Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers Image
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  • Summary: Ten years ago, he changed the face of Halloween. Tonight...he's back! Infamous killer Michael Myers returns to Haddonfield to find his long lost niece and fufill his destiny of murder and destruction! [Anchor Bay]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. 63
    The final minute of Halloween 4 remains as unsettling today as it was during its 1988 theatrical run. The real reason to see this movie is not for the predictable build-up, but for the cliffhanger provided by director Dwight H. Little and screenwriter Alan B. McElroy.
  2. 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.
  3. 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]
  4. 50
    A no-frills, workmanlike picture.
  5. 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.
  6. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Juan Carlos Coto
    Oct 30, 2015
    38
    Besides the clever name and some striking images from director Dwight H. Little, the only other entertaining bits in Halloween 4 come from Donald Pleasence. [29 Oct 1988, p.C4]
  7. Very much the cheap knockoff of its prototype, but not half as visceral.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Mar 11, 2012
    10
    My favorite "Halloween" movie. I think it was very creative and twisted and just beautiful. I loved it very much! The actors and actressesMy favorite "Halloween" movie. I think it was very creative and twisted and just beautiful. I loved it very much! The actors and actresses were great, especially Donald Pleasence and Danielle Harris. Check it out. Expand
  2. Oct 30, 2014
    10
    after the halloween 3 which was a confusing film , which i did not understand why they made a trilogy with out Micheal Myers , Now halloween 4after the halloween 3 which was a confusing film , which i did not understand why they made a trilogy with out Micheal Myers , Now halloween 4 returns an shoves it in are faces which actually makes us feel better and we can forget about halloween 3. the story didn't piss me off its actually a character of Laurie Strode's daughter in the film which was actually shocking but she have done better ? ..... YES. But its still well same its deals with rage , sex killing scene which sucks and dumb Myers resurrecting. Grade A Expand
  3. Dec 19, 2015
    10
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................scary as **** Expand
  4. christians
    Aug 8, 2009
    7
    A pretty good and enjoyable sequel. even if it's a little campy at points, Halloween 4 is at least a major improvement over it's A pretty good and enjoyable sequel. even if it's a little campy at points, Halloween 4 is at least a major improvement over it's ludicrous predecessor Halloween III: season of the witch. Expand
  5. Nov 4, 2014
    6
    This is one of the better Halloween movies. It isn't perfect, but I really like it. The only real complaint I have is that Michael Myers isThis is one of the better Halloween movies. It isn't perfect, but I really like it. The only real complaint I have is that Michael Myers is all bulky like a football player and his mask looks really cheap. Expand
  6. Oct 31, 2013
    5
    Entertaining at parts, Sort of dumb in others. Doesn't have the same feel that the previous Halloween films had, Comes off as a generic horrorEntertaining at parts, Sort of dumb in others. Doesn't have the same feel that the previous Halloween films had, Comes off as a generic horror film but with Michael Myers in it. Not a terrible movie but I expected better. Expand
  7. 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. Expand

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