Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
Halloween 5:The Revenge of Michael Myers is a 1989 slasher movie and the fifth installment of the Halloween franchise. It was written and directed by Dominique Othenin-Gérard.
Just one year after the events of the previous film, Michael Myers returns to Haddenfield once again in an attempt to kill his niece, Jamie Lloyd.
Why It Sucks
- Much like A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, the movie tries to go for a more comedic tone which feels out of place next to the previous four installments.
- Most of the new characters, especially Tina and the two goofy police officers, are annoying and unlikable.
- Ruins the iconic ending of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers by revealing that Michael Myers is still alive and the evil not being passed on to Jamie Lloyd.
- Several cartoonish moments, like Jamie somehow being able to outrun the car Michael is driving.
- Michael Myers' mask is very ugly and looks like its constipated.
- Numerous plot holes. For example: Why would the old hermit keep Michael Myers in his house for an entire year without calling the police or taking him to a hospital?
- Dr Loomis goes from being a confident and selfless psychiatrist who is willing to sacrifice his own life to protect innocent people from Michael Myers into an unlikable jerk who berates Jamie and uses her as bait for Michael Myers.
- The soundtrack is very generic and almost non-existent.
- Anticlimactically kills off Rachel Carruthur (a popular supporting character from the previous film) at the beginning of the movie.
- Sheriff Meeker (another popular supporting character from the previous movie) is severely underutilised and abruptly killed off in the epilogue.
- The movie tries way too hard to humanize Michael Myers by making him cry and taken out with tranquilliser darts.
- The Myers House looks absolutely NOTHING like it originally did in it’s predecessor. In this film, it’s been reduced to a gothic Victorian-style house.
- Abrupt and unsatisfying ending in which Michael Myers is thrown in jail. Only for him to be broken out of prison by some mysterious Man in Black and Jamie Lloyd crying, "NOOOO!", as the credits roll.
- False advertising: The poster shows Jamie Lloyd dressed in her clown costume. But she's not seen wearing it in the entire film aside from flashbacks.
- The tagline "Michael Lives. AND THIS TIME THEY ARE READY!" doesn't make any sense because it's not an action-oriented film and the people aren't prepared for Michael's return.
- The cinematography is subpar and lazy as it makes it feel more like a direct-to-video movie.
- So much padding and boring filler that makes the movie feel longer than it actually is.
- Because of this there is no suspense and horror.
- Jamie's psychic connections with Michael Myers are nothing more than a rip-off of Tina Shepard from Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood.
- Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasence and Ellie Cornell still give their best performances.
- The scenes with Jamie and Billy are pretty cute.
- Some of the kills are cool and memorable.
- The laundry chute scene is pretty terrifying.
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers was released on October 13, 1989, and was universally panned by critics, audiences and fans of the Halloween film series alike. It currently holds a 13% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 3.59/10 and a Critic consensus that reads, "Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers finds the series embracing the crude slasher conventions with pedestrian scares, disposable characters, and aimless plotting."
Many of the cast members have also spoken out against the film, with the late Donald Pleasence having disagreements with the producers and the director about the script and mishandling of the film. Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell and Don Shanks even admitted that they a hard time on set.
The film grossed $11.6 million at the US box office on its $6 million budget, making it the lowest grossing film in the entire franchise.