Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Beau Starr, Jeffrey Landman
Michael lives, and this time they’re ready!
Everybody is assuming that Michael Myers is dead after being shot and assumingly blown to pieces at the end of the previous film. However, Myers was able to get away and has been healing for the last year. Now that he is fully recovered and Halloween is coming up the upcoming night, he is once again after the young Jamie Lloyd.
Jamie has been committed to a children’s psychiatric ward for the last year after she attacked her stepmother with a scissor on the previous Halloween night. She is traumatized by the events and is unable to speak and also has a telepathic link to Myers. Dr. Loomis is trying to reach her and get her to help him find Myers and time is now quickly running out since Myers is on his way back to Haddonfield.
Halloween 5 follows Halloween 4 in the same way that Halloween 2 followed the first Halloween film. It changes the original idea of the previous ending so they can have a new movie to cash in on the success of the previous film. Debuting only a year after the fourth one, this entry seems rushed and does not feel like a labor of love.
The biggest problem with this film is what it did with the excellent ending of the fourth movie. I really loved the ending of that film and it sucks that they didn’t bother to come up with anything else to start off this film with. Another problem is that they try to inject some more to the mystery of Michael Myers here with the “Thorn” cult that was briefly mentioned in the previous film. It’s really poor writing to make that a big part of the story without even trying to explain it to the viewer whatsoever.
I also dislike what they did to the Rachel (Ellie Cornell) character. She was a hero and a great character in Halloween 4 and here they decide to kill her off very early in the film after showing her off as a simple and average blonde chick. I can understand that they did not want her to protect Jamie throughout the entire film since that would seem like a simple rehash of the previous film, but they could still have done the character more justice than that.
Another problem with that is that they just replaced Rachel with Tina, played by Wendy Kaplan (Summer Dreams: The Story of the Beach Boys, Blood Deep). Tina is very typical fun and outgoing 80’s teenager and I doubt that todays audience will take a high liking to her and instead rather find her a little annoying. She is also a character that would fit much more in one of the Nightmare on Elm Street sequels than in Halloween. Kaplan isn’t a great actress either and I would rather have Rachel protect Jamie throughout most of the movie instead of Tina. For some reason they also had two idiotic cops who were obvious comic relief characters and they are so out-of-place in this film and not funny at all.
Director Dominique Othenin-Girard (Night Angel, Omen 4: The Awakening) did not seem to have any interest in the Halloween series and made this into another typical 80’s slasher film instead. It is not bad in that aspect, but you kind of want and expect something more after the previous films in this series. However the movie is fast paced and does look quite gothic and good.
Halloween 5 is a let down from the great previous film. While I am being very negative towards it due to the flawed story and dumb decisions, it is entertaining as a slasher film and does create a good atmosphere. If you are able to look past the storyline then you should find this to be entertaining enough to watch.