Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers (1989)








DIRECTOR: Dominique Othenin-Girard

WRITERS:

Dominique Othenin-Girard
Shem Bitterman
Michael Jacobs

CAST:

Donald Pleasence
Danielle Harris
Ellie Cornell
Beau Star
Wendy Foxworth
Tamara Glynn
Matthew Walker
Jeffrey Landman
Jonathan Chapin

PLOT:

One year after the events of Halloween 4. Michael Myers has returned to Haddonfield to finish off Laurie Strode's daughter Jamie Lloyd once and for all. Michael Myers has survived being gunned down by the townspeople of Haddonfield and plans on seeking his revenge. Michael Myers decides to lure Jamie Lloyd out of a children's hospital. Dr Loomis and the Haddonfield police department must try and protect Jamie and stop Michael Myers before it's too late.







Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers like Halloween II picks up right after the events that took place in the previous film. The movie begins with the final showdown scene from Halloween 4. We see that Michael Myers has survived being gunned down by the residents of Haddonfield and has just managed to escape an explosion that he probably would've survived anyway. It's time for Michael to return to Haddonfield and continue on his quest to kill Laurie Strode's young daughter Jamie Lloyd and her b-grade final girl replacement, Rachel.

What Halloween 5 gets right in my book is that they reveal that Jamie Lloyd is now a mute after the events of Halloween 4. So for the first half of the film, Danielle Harris is unable to speak, whine or scream throughout the film. So she is a lot less annoying this time around. Once she gains her voice back, her character becomes grating once again. I also enjoy that the writers had the balls to kill off our second-rate Jamie Lee Curtis only fifteen minutes into the film. Where they go wrong is that they replace her with someone even more annoying. Her name is Tina Williams.

Now we come to the issues that I have with this film. Jamie Lloyd now has telepathy. While the Halloween series has been relatively grounded in reality with the exception of Halloween III: Season Of The Witch or with the fact that Michael Myers appears to be immortal. The first four Halloween films feel like they are set in our reality without ever feeling like they really jump the shark. Halloween 5 seems to start to shift gears and head towards the supernatural. The telepathy subplot has Jamie Lloyd being able to sense when Michael Myers is near or when her friends are in danger. It doesn't feel authentic to the Halloween story, and it had me rolling my eyes.

Another problem that I had with Halloween 5 is that they introduce a character who appears to be a second villain, The Man In Black. He strolls into Haddonfield, he steps on a dog and manages to walk into Haddonfield Police Department and gun down the entire police force. The movie ends with Jamie Lloyd going into the police station and discovering all the bodies, it just ends. I haven't seen how this plays out in Halloween 6 yet, so for all I know, this is a subplot that is introduced but never explained. It's a terrible subplot to introduce into a film like Halloween when you plan on not revealing the second villain. Once again, this feels like a television series cliffhanger. This isn't Harry Potter or The Hunger Games. This is a slasher with no resolution.

In Halloween 5, we also don't get any real explanation as to why Jamie Lloyd brutally stabbed a woman at the end of Halloween 4. While we get a flashback scene and we see the act in more graphic detail. We are just thrown back into the story and its sort of quickly brushed over to get back to Michael Myers butchering innocent people. Are we meant to honestly believe that after committing such a heinous act that any police department is going to protect a young girl who also attempted to murder someone? Dr Loomis also protects her. She seems to have taken on Michael Myers love of killing people yet no one bats an eyelid in Halloween 5. Everyone treats her as innocent.

I think that Halloween 5 improves with the gore and bloodshed. While not as extreme in terms of brutal deaths, the work done by KNB EFX is a vast improvement over the terribly tame Halloween 4. A lot of the death scenes feel incredibly ferocious here. We as an audience also get to see a lot more. I was really impressed with the scenes that involved the pitchfork and the cultivator. Never once during the movie did I ever feel like there may have been interference from the studio to tone down any of the gore or violence like I did with the previous film.

It appears that the director and sound designer who worked on the movie decided to add cheesy 'slapstick' sound effects into the film. After Rachel runs out of the house, scared that her dog has run away and maybe even Michael Myers has broken into her home. The cops come out of the house where they discover her dog running down the road. Cue the slide whistle sound and some cheery, happy music. It happens just the once in the movie, and both my partner and I looked at each other and laughed out loud. Whoever thought this one moment of comedic timing worked in the scheme of a Halloween film really missed the mark.

Lastly, we come to the acting in Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers. Danielle Harris is an actress that I really enjoy watching. It's just that in both Halloween 4 and Halloween 5, I found her so irritating. This could be down to the fact that it's her first two roles and she was a child. Donald Pleasence is the saving grace just as he was in Halloween 4. I started to feel that even he was starting to just be coming back for the money by Halloween 5. His heart doesn't really seem in this series anymore. This is a pay cheque at this point. Wendy Foxworth as Tina, she's terrible.







DEATH TOLL: 17

BLOOD AND GORE:

- A woman is stabbed with scissors in a flashback.
- An old man is killed by having a huge rock dropped on him.
- Two police officers are found dead in a police car, holes in their neck.
- Michael Myers crashes a car into a tree and it blows up.
- A man's head is repeatedly smashed into a car dashboard.
- A dog is found dead in an attic.
- Six police officers are found dead in a police station.
- A woman is stabbed in the shoulder and dies from the wounds.
- A dead rodent falls out of a pipe.
- A man is hit in the head with a garden fork.
- A police officer is thrown out of a window with a rope around his neck.
- A man is slashed across the stomach and chest with a kitchen knife.
- A woman is stabbed in the heart with a knife.
- A girl is sliced with a scythe.
- A man is stabbed through the back with a pitchfork.







Halloween 5 is the second film in the Jamie Lloyd trilogy. Just like Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers fell short, this continues that trend. By now, if I can't get on board with the switch up in the series, I doubt I'll enjoy Halloween 6. While Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers is gorier and has a few shock moments, this doesn't hold up to the original three Halloween films. The movie is left on a cliffhanger, has a disposable cast and doesn't resolve certain questions raised in Halloween 4. With the introduction of what appears to be a second villain is also left out. This fifth entry is a complete mess.

2 comments:

  1. slasherlover542 July 2017 at 16:56

    I like the jamie films. Not as great as the laurie strode films but I still think it's tied in together.

    I agree on the cliffhanger endings though. Just ridicilous in a theatrical film.

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  2. Yeah the cliffhanger ending is still one of the worst things about this movie. For me, Halloween 4 is the downhall of the franchise. It sort of picks up again with H20 but it goes down again with Resurrection.

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