Halloween 5 (1989)
Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Wendy Foxworth
Storyline: Michael Myers survives the shooting and comes back to track down little Jamie who is now in a mental hospital for children.
Review: This continues right where number 4th movie left off. Jamie is now in a hospital and she cannot longer talk due to trauma and shock (stupid part of the film actually). Annoying Rachel is still around and visits her regularly with her friend Tina. Doctor Loomis is also still around and still predicts and over shadows the young girl as Michael Myers is root of all evil and will be back to kill her. Michael survives his last over deal and floats to a remote area where someone takes care of him (Son of Frankenstein type feel).
Michael comes back and hunts Jamie and Rachel (which he finally gets YA!) and kills off everyone that gets in his way. The movie is pretty much the same as the last one; we have stabbings, hangings, pitch forks, gardening claw and great scene involving a laundry chute. This is also the beginning of the rune symbol which leads into part 6 and explains who rescued Myers from jail in the end.
Rating: This film is your typical slasher film; we have hot babes (Wendy Foxworth and that blonde), some blood, many chase scenes and Dr. Loomis spreading his prophecy of doom.
Halloween 4 (1988)
Director: Dwight H. Little
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, Danielle Harris, George P. Wilbur
Storyline: Ten years after the Michael Myers massacre he escapes the mental hospital and returns to Haddonfield to kill his niece.
Review (spoils): Michael Myers (George P. Wilbur) escapes when he was being transferred and he heads back to Haddonfield to now kill his niece Jamie (Danielle Harris). Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) is also back after he hears that he escaped to track him down before he gets to his young niece. Laurie Stroude is now dead and her daughter Jamie lives with her adopted family named the Carruthers and their daughter Rachel (Ellie Cornell) is her main caretaker. Michael comes back and does find Jamie after she takes off on her own on Halloween night and he kills everyone that gets in his way.
Michael is back which is nice as it just made sense to continue with him in the series. We get a thumb through the head, a dead dog, some electrical deaths, shotgun jammed through the chest and a gory throat rip. This all ends with a shootout and he falls in an old well. Jamie gets messed up through the whole ordeal and puts on the clown costume and kills her adopted mother (a nice little ode to the first film).
The film does suffer some bad acting and writing unfortunately, the Rachel character’s goody too shoes attitude can be annoying after awhile, why was there Myers masks in the store, who makes out at work, why was there a coil of cable on the roof by the chimney and yes the Brady character is a dick. So yeah there were some flaws.
Rating: Michael Myers is back so too me this is a bonus and plus this is the intro to the Jamie character which also leads Danielle Harris career in horror. Sure they killed the cop’s daughter who we all thought was hot when we were teens but the film is not that bad overall. Cheers to Michael’s comeback.
Halloween 2 (1981)
Director: Rick Rosenthal
Main Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Dick Warlock
Storyline: Right after the first movie the hunt for Michael Myers continues.
Review (Spoils): Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is now in the hospital after the terrifying night of been stalked and attacked by Michael Myers. Myers learns this and attacks the hospital to kill Laurie once and for all. Laurie has flashbacks of visiting a young boy in the mental hospital …wait Michael is her brother that she forgot she had! This might sound cheesy but it works. This film is actually really decent compared to other follow up sequels that the horror genre has spilled out to us. We have lots of chasing and escaping scenes along with some nasty knife jabs, hammers and a boiling water sequence which makes making love in the tube not so great. Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence once again does an awesome job in this series to bad it does not last in the series after this one. We end the film in a blaze of glory thanks to Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence).
Rating: This is where the series was originally to end with the Michael Myers story which would have been fine really as it went a bit weird after this film before it got back on track. I’m glad the explanation of Myers and Samhain was done unfortunately the reason of Myers always coming back is not explained till later. To this point of the series this was another great sequel.
Director: John Carpenter
Main Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J Soles, Tony Moran
Storyline: It’s 1963 on Halloween night and young boy by the name of Michael Myers kills his sister and get committed. Turn to 1978 and he comes back on Halloween to finish what he had started, must kill all his relations.
Review(Spoils): This is one of the first movies that started the slasher craze of the late 70s and early 80s.We have lonely and awkward Laurie Stroud (Jamie Lee Curtis) watching her back and living her life up to babysitting it seems. She has no love life (but she wants one) and her friends are constantly pressuring her to have a life and to top it she is related to the serial killer Michael Myers! (Tony Moran) No wonder the woman is so depressing. Jamie Lee Curtis does do a great job playing this type of character I’m not sure if it was purpose or if it was just because she did not feel comfortable in the part ….. but it works.
Michael Myers is one of the icon characters of horror, best known for his while pale Captain Kirk mask and his overalls and matching kitchen knife. For that alone this movie gets props for making an iconic character that graces many more films to follow in this series. John Carpenter does a great job making the character be this empty hollow entity.
Rating: The final scene with Laurie hiding in the house and Myers stalker her is just classic (closet scene is one of my favourite of the film) and the originality of being one of the first main stream horror slasher this holds higher than the movie itself. I have seen this movie so many times and it reminds me of my childhood when it comes to watching movies. Bring on Halloween! As said by Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence ) “You’ve got to believe me, Officer, he is coming to Haddonfield… Because I know him! I’m his doctor! You must be ready for him… If you don’t, it’s your funeral.”
From Beyond the Grave (1974)
Director: Kevin Connor
Main Stars: Peter Cushing, Ian Bannen, Ian Carmichael, Donald Pleasence
Storyline: Four short stories that are all related to items from an antique shop.
Review: Came across this little film when on a hunt for some Hammer Production films that I have not seen or own. I had no idea that it was four short stories similar to the Creepshow idea (probably stolen from this idea) which to me is a downfall. I’m not a big fan of these types of films, so yes we are starting negative. The four stories come with the titles “The Gate Crasher”, “An Act of Kindness”, “The Elemental” and “The Door”.
“The Gate Crasher” is the best one of the whole bunch which is not saying much. This involves a haunted mirror and man who has to kill to feed the ghost that is trapped within it.
“An Act of Kindness” is a strange story which involves an ex military man’s medal and a man gets caught in lie around being a war vet. This is the second best story of the movie.
“The Elemental” is the dumbest of them all it is about a snuff box with an invisible elemental that haunts a man’s shoulder.
“The Door” is another one that was boring, where a man buys an ancient evil looking door that opens to another plane.
Rating: I had high hopes for this film after the first two stories and then it just fell very flat. It’s too bad as I’m a Hammer Film fan but this one was just lame and boring towards the end.
Raw Meat (1973)
Director: Gary Sherman
Main Stars: Donald Pleasence, David Ladd, Sharon Gurney, Hugh Armstrong,
Storyline: People are slowly disappearing and getting murdered in the lower part of the London subway system. A young couple get trapped into the investigation.
Review: I heard of this movie a long time ago and then it became long and forgotten in my memory. I came across this movie once again when on a hunt for some gory films. Well this one sure does run red but there is something lacking in this film that I cannot put a finger on.
It starts off with a top civil servant paying for a prostitute and the deal goes bad. Then all of sudden a madman appears and murders him! This is where the movie is partly lacking. There is no backdrop storyline for the murdering cannibal couple (Hugh Armstrong being the man) that live in the subway tunnels. I mean none! What happened to cause the couple to become killing maniacs? Because of this lack of backdrop the movie left me feeling “what was the point of the film”. The main storyline then becomes the young couple (David Ladd, Sharon Gurney) trying to prove they are innocent to the murder of the civil worker and then helping track down the killer. Sure the character Patricia (Sharon Gurney) is easy on the eyes, minus the 70s mullet but there just was not enough going on to keep me fully interested in the film. Donald Pleasence plays your typical inspector (similar to Halloween film but he is a doctor) but it still was not enough to fill my horror craving.
Rating: The film was not horrible but it was like I have said before above “lacking”. There is some good gore and nasty killings but to me it was a very average horror film.