Plot: After Michael Myers was involved in a shootout with the police and fell down a mine shaft, everyone thought he was finally gone for good. But once again, Myers has beaten the odds and survived the ordeal, thanks this time to a well meaning bum who nursed him back to health. As he heals, he has one thing on his mind and that is the murder of his niece, Jamie. Jamie has been silent since last year’s encounter with Myers, but has just discovered that she has a mental link with him, she can see what he sees. As soon as his wounds have healed, Myers journeys back to Haddonfield and plans to finish what he started one year ago. But with Jamie’s new powers, Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance) thinks he can engineer a plan to thwart Myers once again, this time forever. It will be a difficult and dangerous effort of course, but the risk must be taken. As if all this wasn’t enough, there is a stranger dressed in black roaming the town, whom no one knows who he is and why he is present. Will Dr. Loomis and Jamie be able to end this madness once for all, in the same house where it all started?
Entertainment Value: I love Michael Myers, but by this fifth installment in the series, the shape was running on fumes. Halloween 5 isn’t bad, especially by horror movie franchise sequel standards, but it never rises above mediocre and hopes that will be enough to tide over fans. I do think the narrative here had some potential, as the ties between Myers and Danielle Harris’ Jamie could have been interesting, but the movie does little with that potential. Harris proves to be the best part of Halloween 5 in fact, as her performance is enthusiastic and fun to watch, while her costars seem checked out, with even Donald Pleasence sleepwalking as Dr. Loomis. The pace is slow, with a glacial middle section that just drags on and on, while little happens, aside from some brief, not so creative kills. I don’t need a deep story to appreciate Michael Myers, but Halloween 5 just goes through the motions and makes minimal efforts to entertain, even the kills feel rushed and forgettable. But it is still fun at times to watch Myers in action and Harris is quite good, so there’s a little to like here, though only gluttons for the franchise will get much out of this lackluster sequel.
No nakedness. One scene has a nude woman behind a shower curtain, but just her silhouette is visible. Michael Myers also interrupts a sexual liaison, but no real skin is on showcase. Halloween 5 has a good amount of violence, but not as much blood as the kill count might suggest. The kills are brief and while Myers uses some fun instruments, the methods aren’t that creative or memorable. But we do have Myers using a pitchfork, scissors, scythe, and a garden claw, so it is humorous to see him embrace the rural tools in his escapades. The bloodshed is minimal, with more aftermath blood than active, kinetic gore. So you’ll see some trickles of crimson, but it is minor and no graphic damage is ever shown. The dialogue is passable, but doesn’t offer much in terms of memorable or wild lines. Loomis is always good for some obsessive rants and there’s some mild teen talk, but otherwise, just basic dialogue here. On the craziness scale, there’s not much that is wild, over the top, or wacky in this one, just a straight ahead, basic horror sequel stuff.
Overall Insanity: 0/10