These are MY 5-star flicks, so Tough Titty-Toenails if you don't agree! I'm all about this one! A techno-warlock and his corporate android-minions plot to take back Halloween by using its very own mass-consumerism against it and sending millions of mask-wearing kiddies into (presumably) the sacrifice-thirsty mandibles of long-dormant Celtic deities. Better than that "Michael Myers is my brother/uncle" nonsense!
Stand alone entry originally intentioned as a yearly Halloween series of separate films that this film killed by performing so poorly. Problem being the silly scripting involving pagan magic, possessed Halloween masks and perhaps the worst doctor ever. Uninspired and hokey though the score from Carpenter is memorable as is unfortunately the damn jingle that is played incessantly.
I don't understand why there are people in this world that say this is the best movie of the series. Why do you exist. HE'S NOT EVEN IN THIS ONE. (Edit: Ok I was really pissed the first time around, clearly, but I keep watching it for some reason. That reason being the masks. They keep pulling me back, the bastards.)
As enigmatic as its presence in the series: commercialism driving fun and the continuation of that fun (sequels) into conformity (androids/masks). The cultic roots (witchcraft) reemerge with television. But Carpenter's score lulls us about, and we are stung by Silver Shamrock, till finally snakes and rats devour the young, and then the old inside out through the masks we allow our young to wear.
It wasn't the absence of Michael Myers that made me dislike this sequel, it was the unbelievable mess (especially in the last 10 mins.) of what was attempted to be the first in a new anthology series that made me dislike it quite a bit (despite the concept of the film being pretty intriguing). Carpenter's score is still pretty cool, nonetheless.