Metascore
43

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7

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Critic Reviews

  1. The best of the sequels to Carpenter's seminal slasher movie...Directed with flair by Little, who does not blatantly ape Carpenter's style, the movie delivers a number of effective chills without relying too heavily on the kinds of tired tricks and bloody gore that have made this genre a boring cliche.
  2. Tampa Bay Times
    Reviewed by: Janis Froelich
    Oct 30, 2015
    58
    This chiller has its predictable and unpredictable moments. As random, brutal murders on film go, Halloween 4 does do a creditable job of setting up the terrifying scene, only to have something unexpected happen. [28 Oct 1988, p.7]
  3. 50
    A no-frills, workmanlike picture.
  4. In this film, suspense and psychological horror have given way to superhuman strength and resilience...The one effectively handled scene is the last, which promises a sequel with a feminist twist.
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Sam
    Aug 24, 2005
    0
    Only 2 words can describe this movie, it sucked. A monstrous disappointment. Wait, no it ain't! the second, third, 4th and so on Only 2 words can describe this movie, it sucked. A monstrous disappointment. Wait, no it ain't! the second, third, 4th and so on Halloween movies sucked! The first was great, don't see the rest. Full Review »
  2. Dec 8, 2012
    7
    Is it as good as the first one? No. Is that a fair statement? No. Halloween II did its fair share to distance the franchise from its brilliantIs it as good as the first one? No. Is that a fair statement? No. Halloween II did its fair share to distance the franchise from its brilliant roots, and with no Carpenter on board, H4 didn't stand a chance to fully right the ship. That said, it got plenty of things right; this is probably the best of the many, many sequels in the series. Can't say I was crazy about Michael's mask in this one, and the opening murder scene is too much of a stretch, even for this kind of movie. On the plus side, the atmosphere and viewer psychology of the first movie are back; the traumatized town in a blackout makes an awesome setting, and there is a better balance of scare scenes versus down time, which tricks you into letting your guard down in time for big moments. And even though I was never that crazy about the ending, it is undoubtedly a clever attempt at bringing the franchise full circle. Of all the different canons of Halloween out there, the I-II-4 trilogy is the best, as long as you pretend that 5 and 6 never happened. Full Review »
  3. Jan 4, 2016
    6
    Obviously a step down from the original and even from Halloween II. H4 revives Michael Myers who was AWOL in HIII: Season of the Witch withObviously a step down from the original and even from Halloween II. H4 revives Michael Myers who was AWOL in HIII: Season of the Witch with gimmicky and clich├ęd plots. The themes present in H4 are mostly borrowed from the original, which isn't a bad thing, but without Jamie Lee Curtis or John Carpenter's involvement everything just feels a bit tacked on. Donald Pleasence's return as Dr. Loomis makes is bearable to watch, but just barely. Full Review »