FINAL GIRL explores the slasher flicks of the '70s and '80s...and all the other horror movies I feel like talking about, too. This is life on the EDGE, so beware yon spoilers!

Oct 29, 2005

Part 4- The Return of Michael Myers

Alright, well, if they really felt they HAD to bring poor Michael back one more time, I guess this isn't the worst they could've done.

The whole "didn't Myers and Loomis explode at the end of Part 2?!" thing is solved pretty easily- "They both nearly burned to death!". Ahh, good enough for me. Now it's 10 years after the tragic events in Haddonfield, and Michael Myers is being transferred from one asylum to another. In the back of the ambulance, one of the paramedics oh so foolishly lets it slip that Myers has a niece living in Haddonfield. This makes Michael so pissed off that not only does he clutch the gurney sheets in a fury, he kills everyone inside the ambulance and heads off in search of his niece! And he doesn't just kill the paramedics, either- he umm..inserts his fingers into the head of one of them like it was a bowling ball. Not the easy way, through the eyes and mouth, either- I'm talking directly through the skull. I guess he spent some time with a Fingers of Steel videotape.

Where did this niece come from, you ask? Well, apparently Laurie Strode got married and had a daughter, Jamie (played by Danielle Harris, who is just so cute I want to put her on a keychain or something). Laurie and hubby are now dead, so Jamie is living with a foster family. Dr. Loomis is back, too, hot on Michael's trail, knowing he'll find Jamie soon enough. Michael does find her, and chaos and dead bodies ensue. At the end, Michael is shot up real good and falls into...some kind of...big hole or something. Loomis and everyone assumes he's dead. Then in a lovely twist, it seems young Jamie will be picking up where Uncle Michael left off...

I've actually never seen parts 4-6, nor Resurrection, so at least I've got some surprises tonight. The first being, this movie wasn't so bad! I really liked the end scene, with Jamie in the clown costume holding the bloody scissors. The rest certainly can't hold a candle to the original (and Michael's mask just doesn't look right), but it certainly could've been worse. It coulda been scarier, too, but we can't have it all, now, can we? What I WILL have right now, however, is some pizza and Part 5!

10 comments:

Rich said...

Great blog, been checking it out all week.

My fave parts of Halloween 4...

1. The kids chanting, "Jamie is an orphan! Jamie is an orphan!"

2. Loomis trying to hitch a ride with a convertable full of cheerleaders. That's in this one, right? Haven't seen it in awhile.

Stacie Ponder said...

You've got it...the cheerleaders tease poor Loomis and then peel out, leaving him standing in a cloud of dust. Damn teenagers!

Des said...

Fingers of steel? The hand of evil, Stacie. What did I tell ya?

Carnacki said...

OK< you put michael myers in an ambulance and you don't strap him down? I'm sorry, those are Darwinian award recipients in y book.

Steve said...

I also loved the ending of this. It made me so excited to see the rest of the series. Too bad we all were so greatly let down....

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Anonymous said...

I love this movie. After 1 and 2, it's my favorite. They kept a lot of the elements of the original slasher films of the early 80s - claustrophobia, good acting, methodical pacing and some great moments with Loomis. I love his hitchhike with the preacher.

Excellent film, for what it is.

Amanda By Night

SikeChick said...

In addition to having Fingers of Steel, Michael also has self-rejuvenating eyeballs since last we saw him Laurie had played Duck Hunt and won with Mike's. But we'll ignore all that.

Drew said...

I love this scene:

(Jamie and Rachel come out of the school, clutching each other and obviously frightened)
RACHEL: He's inside!!

REDNECK LYNCH MOB MEMBER: Jesus, where?!

RACHEL: In the school!

Classic.

Anonymous said...

One thing I love about this movie and all the sequels after part 2 is that even though LAURIE SHOT MICHAEL'S EYES OUT HE CAN STILL SOMEHOW SEE. Decent movie though