Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Beau Starr
Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard
Genre: Horror, Slasher
Released: October 13, 1989
MPAA Rating: R
The Halloween franchise, compared to Freddy and Jason’s series, is probably the most uneven of all the slasher series.
Nothing will ever top the awful unconnected mess of Halloween III, which is why part four was such a welcome return to form, but this entry, while still at least a somewhat competent entry in the series has a whole crapton of WTF moments.
The movie brings back the Jamie character, only now she is in a children’s hospital haunted by her previous experience being guarded by inept cops, who are also busy looking out for yet another batch of sexed of teenagers who this time out are so annoying and unlikable that The Shape is the unquestionable good guy of this movie for dispensing with them.
The most likable girl from the previous film, and the anchor that held it together is stupidly killed off early on here, which means the emotional weight of the movie has to rest on the child actress.
Donald Pleasance here in his next to last of these films is in one of those “clearly doesn’t give a shit” type performances. This was obviously just another payday for him. Also the director here takes some real liberties with the Myers characters.
If you want a soft, sensitive serial killer this may be the movie for you. Michael Myers at one point in this movie takes off his mask and CRIES. And the fact that that’s only the second stupidest part of this movie—the ending with the 1920s style gangster massacre takes the cake, should tell you all you need to know.
Watch this one only if you are doing a marathon binge and have a couple of brewskies on hand to kill some brain cells. Said brain cells will consider it a mercy killing.