The final #4 of the month is Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Meyers. Apparently plan A was that MM not be in any more Halloween films after #3. Anyone who’s seen Halloween: Season of the Witch a) has that hideous song stuck in their heads and b)knows the series really kinda needs MM. Luckily the song in my head as I watched the movie wasn’t the ditty from H3, but instead “This is Halloween” from Nightmare Before Christmas.
IMDB’s trivia section tells me that John Carpenter and Debra Hill wrote a very different screenplay for this movie which was rejected. They then sold their interest and this film was penned to cash in on the slasher boom of the 1980’s. And we can tell. Halloween 4 takes place on (you guessed it!) Halloween, ten years after the events of the first and second films. We learn that Laurie is dead and she had a daughter, Jamie. For some reason someone thinks it’s a good idea to move MM to another holding facility without talking to Dr. Loomis, and much to everyone’s surprise, he kills everyone in the ambulance and escapes, heads back to Haddonfield to kill his niece. The best part of the movie is when Jamie picks out a Halloween costume for herself and selects a clown costume just like the one MM wore when he killed his sister and her lover when he was a boy.
The rest of the plot is pretty standard fare. MM shows up, most everyone dies. Including the dog. I’m getting damn sick of all these dead dogs! The characters in this one are particularly thin. There’s the fella Jamie’s foster sister Rachel likes—she had to cancel their first date so he’s shacked up with the slutty bimbo sheriff’s daughter. Don’t worry, they all die. The thing I like best about all these iconic 80’s slashers is how with each one I watch, I appreciate Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon a little bit more.