Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers (1989)

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Connections: Halloween

Presumed dead after a shoot-out with the Haddonfield police, Michael Myers is secretly nursed back to health -- and returns a year later to kill again and once more targets his young niece, Jamie. Jamie is now recovering in the local children's hospital after attacking her stepmother and losing her voice. Her mental link with her evil uncle may be the key to uprooting her family tree. --TMDb
Review by bluemeanie
Added: April 12, 2007
Oddly enough, John Carpenter was so upset with the way "Halloween 4" turned out that he considered taking on the fifth entry, just so he could end the franchise on an upbeat note. Alas, that never happened and we are left with the thoughts of what might have been. Instead, we get the worst entry into the franchise, the dreadful and worthless "Halloween 5". It's what happens when the studio just starts greenlighting entries for money and puts no effort in making sure the finished product is worth a damn. That is what happened here.

This film takes up one year after "Halloween 4", with Michael Myers surviving the barrage of bullet wounds from the previous film. Once again, he comes looking for his niece. I'll give you one thing -- he's determined. And, good old Dr. Loomis is on the hunt again, looking more and more like a California Raisin with each new entry. Will Michael Myers find his niece? Will Dr. Loomis get an action scene where he's not leaning against a wall? Will the soundtrack feature a song by a hair band? Yes. No. Yes. Any other questions?

I consider there to be three separate 'mini-franchises' within the "Halloween" franchise as a whole:

Halloween II
Halloween H-20: 20 Years Later

Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Every other "Halloween" film ever made

What pisses me off is that "Halloween 5" is the most commonly watched of the franchise because AMC airs it ten times a day every day leading up to Halloween. It's the worst entry in the franchise and more people see it on a consistent basis than they do the original. It's a travesty. Here, Michael Myers is reduced to nothing. He's a ghoul and nothing more. He stopped being a serial killer when he lost the ability to be apprehended, in my opinion. I found this film about as engaging as a termite infestation in my colon. 2/10.
Tristan #1: Tristan - added 04/12/2007, 07:30 PM
While I did enjoy this, even as a kid I knew it was a weak film. But I'm a sucker for the boogeyman slashers, and I loved it just the same. - 6.5/10
BuryMeAlive #2: BuryMeAlive - added 04/13/2007, 06:06 AM
The series is more like:

1. Halloween I & II
2. Season of the Witch
3. Halloween 4,5,6
4. H20 & Ressurection.

Besides the original, the series of 4,5,6 are my favorites.
bluemeanie #3: bluemeanie - added 04/13/2007, 09:52 AM
You just put them in the original order?
Tristan #4: Tristan - added 04/13/2007, 10:02 AM
I don't think he understood what you were going for by separating the films.
bluemeanie #5: bluemeanie - added 04/13/2007, 10:39 AM
Crispy #6: Crispy - added 04/13/2007, 12:16 PM
Kind of surprised you didn't go into this movie hyping to all mighty hell that MICHAEL TAKES OFF HIS MASK! Nothing to get excited over though. They had to cheat their way out of that as well.
BuryMeAlive #7: BuryMeAlive - added 04/13/2007, 06:09 PM
Oh, yeah, I misread your post bluemeanie... I was just saying that the Halloween series are more or less 4 series.
bluemeanie #8: bluemeanie - added 04/13/2007, 06:40 PM
Yeah...I forgot to mention that. It pissed me off too, just like I hated whenever Jason took off his mask. YOU DON'T TAKE OFF THE FUCKING MASK!!! You just don't. The character automatically loses a little credibility. And, I remember them using that as some sort of hook, but they totally didn't do a damned thing with it. If you're finally gonna reveal the true face of someone like Michael Myers -- it had better have some fucking impact.
Crispy #9: Crispy - added 04/15/2007, 02:32 AM
Not to mention that they showed his face way back in the original. So it being some big mystery wasn't that big of a deal. *shakes head* stupid people.
bluemeanie #10: bluemeanie - added 04/15/2007, 12:24 PM
Yeah, but a lot has happened since the first film. I lot of supernatural elements were thrown in the "Halloween" soup, so his showing his face in the fifth part was totally different than him showing it in the first. Back then, he was still human, supposedly.
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