Halloween 5 (62)
Klasky Csupo (main title)
Galaxy International Releasing
20th Century Fox
October 13, 1989
Budget $3 million
Box office $11.6 million
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers is a sequel in the Halloween film franchise. This entry is from director Dominique Othenin-Girard. It was written by Michael Jacobs, Dominique Othenin-Girard and Shem Bitterman. These movies had become old hat by this point. But that didn’t stop the Haddonfield Horror from making over three times its budget at the box office. I liked this movie and thought it was brutal as hell.
The film starts off right after Halloween 4. Michael Myers had escaped being blown up with dynamite but is injured badly. He goes into a coma and is cared for by a local mountain man. Myers awakens one year later to resume his rampage in Haddonfield. Again the target is his niece, Jamie Lloyd. Lloyd has been recovering at a Children's Hospital under the care of Doctor Loomis.
It’s strange because in the last movie they set it up for Jamie to be evil. But I guess they scrapped her being a killer. Instead, we get the same tired formula. I am not opposed to the stereotypical slasher trope. I love seeing jerkbags eat it. It’s just getting tired. She still has a psychic link to Michael. This movie even starts exploring bits of what would become The Thorn.
This is a dark and moody feature. Some scenes are almost melancholie. Jamie and Michael become closer than you had seen before. But you still feel horrible for her. It's a shame that they dropped the storyline that would've had her as a mini-Myers. But, I liked the increased horror and graphic content. Some scenes are super suspenseful. The car chase scene is one example. If it's one thing that these later films had it was viciousness.
The characters are a strong spot for the film. There is a bumbling buddy cop team that is hilarious. I loved seeing those guys (Frank Como and David Ursin) on screen. Danielle Harris was great as Jamie. She was such a great addition to the series. I liked the Jamie story-arc and enjoyed seeing Harris come back for Rob Zombie’s Halloween in a different role. Donald Pleasence as Doctor Loomis is always welcomed. Loomis is an amazing character. When Pleasence is playing him.
I liked the movie. It wasn’t much better than Halloween 4, but it felt like more of an extension. There is a directors cut out there and I suggest watching it. It’s far more explicit and shows much more gore. These movies can all be seen individually and they work. You could be oblivious of the franchise and stumble across this movie and still be entertained. They were trying to make the lore richer.