Starting around Halloween 4, that masked nut Michael Myers stopped chasing his sister (played by Jamie Lee Curtis in the first and second films, as well as Halloween H20) and went after his niece. Now he's chasing her around again in part 5, but it's a lot of other people who die in the process. Donald Pleasence continues his mad-doctor bit from the earlier movies, Danielle Harris is the unfortunate relation, and Donald L. Shanks plays the monster. The film is an improvement on parts 2 and 4 (part 3 having nothing to do with Michael Myers), but it still amounts to routine slaughter with none of John Carpenter's stylistic brilliance from the original movie. --Tom Keogh ... Read more
ANOTHER "HALLOWEEN" CLASSIC LOOKS GREAT ON DVD!
HALLOWEEN 5 is a scary sequel that has all the susepnse and scares you'd expect from Michael Myers and company. You might say this is the sequel that officially made the series a "stereotypical slasher movie" but I look at movies like HALLOWEEN 5 and compare them to sequels like FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 5 and you suddenly realize HALLOWEEN 5 is a masterpiece. H5 has a dark atmosphere, some really frightening set pieces, and Donald Pleasence gives his best performance as the crazed Dr. Loomis. The DVD is pretty good, with an old documentary, "some" new interviews, a TV spot (no trailer!!) and a booklet. The new transfer is also the best looking print I have ever seen for this movie. Worth the cash.
Disapointing, entertaining nonetheless
After a superior predecessor (HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS) the fifth instalment proves to be a little dissapointing. It is at this point that even horror fanatics begin to toy with the question- will HE ever die? Still though the movie still holds many shocks and scares. The movie continues straight after Halloween 4 in where Michael presumed dead after being knifed, shot several times, and falling into a mineshaft manages to escape just before the town nuke the place! Fortunately Michael having found refuge is taken in by a hermit. But, one year later, as soon as he awakens he kills the hermit. Myers continues to pursue his niece Jamie (Danielle Harris) and he'll do anything to get her. Donald L.Shanks the man responsible for playing the monster does an excellent job at showing the brutality potential of Michael Myers. Another element that proves original in the film is the introduction of the emotional Michael of where we discover that he must kill in order to stop the fury in his head. We are also introduced to the DARKMAN of whom we know nothing about and of whom is more explained in the later sequel. Halloween 5 pretty much follows it's predecessor in that the same themes are there- Michael hunting down his family members while madman Dr.Loomis plays the protector and the man responsible for possibly killing Myers. However, as with all Halloween films there are many holes such as Myer's house which seemed to have gone under a chrysallis formation. Once a two storey house, now it has become a mansion.
Apart from plotgaps and acting this film is quite an average yet worthy sequel to the now stale Halloween series.
more on number 5
the more i read over the reviews the more i feel it is necessary to properly defend this movie to those who i can sense are not horror movie fans and are biastly saying this movie is bad.
ok well first off, some of the acting is bad, yeah, the psychic, connection, well if u saw 4, ud understand, at the end jamie has become michael in a sense, creating the connection, cheesy, yes, but it does, in the horror universe, make sense. the other thing i find people whining about is the whole mystery man, he is explained eventually, so why criticize it? if that is what ruins it for you, then i think the question must be asked, if you're rating this one so low, did you even like part 1 to begin with? if you aren't even a fan of the series, then please do not speak on the quality of this film, i know very many people like that, comedy lovers, who criticize horror. if you are a fan of the series, then i can accept the dislike for this movie, but if you have no room to speak, then don't. this movie is really good, especially to those, such as myself, who were children of the 80s, and this was best to us!
the best halloween sequel
this is clearly the best of the sequels, simply for the fact that it has the most memorable ending of the halloweens, and has its most endearing character, jamie. Yeah it has its flaws, but so do all movies, and these movies should only be judged by those who at least like horror movies. now what sets 5 apart is the atmosphere, it seems so much more like actual halloween then all the others, and has a much darker coloration than the others. 4 has many of the same elements as 5, but 5 just brings you more into the action with jamie all alone without rachel.
now, also u have to consider the other sequels before immediately saying this movie is bad. look at part 2, totally flawed and michael just magically gains superhuman abilities ex. pushing the nurse's head in boiling water, that burns her flesh away and leaves him perfect! now part 3, thats just a sad joke, enough said. 4 reasonably good but with lots of flaws about how michael and loomis are even alive, but overall good, and from what i've heard, the highest grossing of the sequels. part 6, psh, just trash! all new characters, except loomis, and that sad excuse for an actress trying to be danielle harris as jamie. (killing off jamie just made me hate the movie from the start) but it just introduces too much supernatural elements that make little sense and just overall blows. no wonder they made H20 leave that realm and make up a new, even gayer universe, where 4,5,and 6 do not exist. let H20 rot in hell for all time, the hands down worst sequel, not counting the sad excuse of part 3. the least deaths, the least action, the least sense-making plot, and just stupid to bring in a son now instead of jamie, as her daughter. uhg! i hope others realize how wrong H20 is! and last but not least, resurrection aka part 8; the movie that gave me hope in sequels for this series. entertaining is basically all it is, with some actual scare factor. the storyline is decent for getting others (non family related people) for michael to go after. though the writers are kind of dead-ended with this one, no one to really pursue now, but still, if this is the last, let it go out like this, than with H20!
now with all this taken into consideration, any halloween fan should agree, 5 is the best sequel to this series and the combo of jamie, loomis, and michael, will always be the best mix for halloween. if u do not agree, i am sorry, but that's how it is.
Underrated, but still flawed...
Halloween 5 is, in my opinion, the most underrated of all the Halloween sequels. People immediately bash it becuase of the Meyers house turning into a big, gothic mansion, the bad mask, the silly music that plays when the "comic relief" cops are shown, the annoying charectors, and the overrall cheesiness of it. So, the problems are pletntiful...and I agree that those are all defintely bad things, but it still managaes to entertain and scare (me, atleast)...Daniel Harris, tho she doesn't have much to say in this installment, does what she can good. Donald Pleasence again plays his role as Dr. Loomis very well. Really, the only things that irratate me (besides those listed before) include the murder of Rachael; this would have been alot better if she had stayed alive for the whole film and fought beside Jaime., and the way that Michael stalks Tina and Sammy for no reason. Then again, why did he stalk Jaime, Lynda, and Annie in the first? The box for Halloween also lies. It says something like "He's back, and this time they're ready"; well, no, they're not. And it also boast that Michael will be unmasked; we barely get a glimpse of his face in poor light. And besides, we saw his face in the first one almost perfectly already! Overall, I DO reccomend the fifth installment despite its many problems.
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