Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Trick or Trailers: Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

Even though the original Halloween was still regarded as the gold standard of the slasher genre, by the late '80s the competition had left Michael Myers behind. While the Halloween franchise had spent most of the decade languishing, Jason and Freddy had racked up body counts, sequels and multiple Fangoria covers. But for the tenth anniversary of Carpenter's classic, producer Moustapha Akkad was out to reestablish Michael's boogeyman cred. In the fall of '88, the long-awaited return of Michael Myers was finally due to hit theaters.

When the trailer was released, it had everything that fans had been waiting for, save for the return of Jamie Lee Curtis. The message was clear: Halloween was back, with none of that Silver Shamrock crap.  


After so long away, having a "real" Halloween movie again, with Michael back as the OG slasher was cause for celebration. While the fact that he kept coming back eventually made his return a case of "beware what you wish for," back then it was a legitimate thrill when 4 was released. All the better for the fact that 4 felt like it was assembled with real care rather than being just a crass cash in.  

After 4, the series frequently struggled to maintain the same level of quality but back in October of '88, it was exciting to be a Halloween fan. At the time, returning to what made Halloween work felt as natural as Loomis slipping back into his familiar trench coat again. 


Caffeinated Joe said...

I like Part 4, it is a decent movie in its own way. Rachel and Jamie are great.

Jeff Allard said...

Agreed. I love both of those characters. It's a bummer they weren't well served by their subsequent appearances. Those characters really got done dirty, in my opinion. But they really shine in 4, at least. And I'd say that 4 is a bit more than decent. I think it's arguably the best of the Halloween sequels. They did a damn good job on that one.