Decent slasher sequel that tries hard to capture past glories of this series without much success. The first reel is pretty good but from there it is all downhill. The ending is ok and the final image is quite chilling. The major detriment is the hamfisted direction and that is looks like a TV-movie in the way that it was shot. Ok flick if you´re a fan of the series and one of the better sequels.
It's the middle of summer yet I've found myself in a horror mood (go figure). But I daresay the opening credits of "Halloween 4" - possibly my favorite opening credits of all time, a series of eerie images perfectly evoking an atmosphere of autumnal dread - would put anybody in a horror mood. The rest of the film is a serviceable slasher at best, but I can appreciate the attempt to recapture the feel of the original.
The road to mediocrity began with this entry which finds an uninspired Michael tracking down his niece with the usual body count. Young Danielle Harris was quite good here as Jamie but the rest of the cast just flounders. Worth seeing just for those final minutes that promised a lot and delivered........not much.
1.8 stars. If the introductory credits sequence and the last 10 minutes were kept and everything in-between swapped out, you might have a pretty decent film! Danielle Harris out-acts every adult on screen. Sadly, despite her convincing and emotive performance, 'Halloween 4' mostly provoked in this viewer the kind of vaguely bemused, affect-less expression on Michael Myers' newly-eyebrowed mask (ñ_ñ)
A better film than most remember, but also a bit of a drag. Danielle Harris is so sweet and sad that it’s sometimes unbearable to watch, and Michael totally lacks the chilling stillness of his first two appearances, but the final moments really goose up the material. It somewhat borrows from the overrated Friday the 13th part 4, but I would argue that the twist makes more sense here, at least in context.
The gang had left (Carpenter, Hill, Lee Wallace) so they dragged poor Pleasence into this premise stretched thinnest. Although that first half including Myers driving a tow truck is just ridiculous, they make up for it with an inspired and vertical final act - and subplots like the vigilante justice show it's not shallow. A decent flick for afficionados. Seeing the homages to Jamie Lee Curtis is worth the missteps.
Solid sequel that sets the track of "Friday the 13th" series treatment with Michael becoming a robotic superhuman. Great opening sequence with autumnal, rural and hostile imagery without iconic score and just as good ending with evil being something more than just a masked boogeyman. It capitalizes on Donald Pleasence's presence and prophetic lines while the rest is pretty much inferior rerun of Carpenter's original.