Happy October and welcome! All 31 days this month, I will be reviewing all the films I watch in the month of October. They’re mostly a selection of horror or suspense films in my own library or films and shows that have been recommended to me.
Please enjoy and leave a comment!
And if you missed any of our past reflections, take a look:
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
The Haunting (1963)
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)
The Other (1972)
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
The Shining (1980)
Halloween II (1981)
The Evil Dead (1981)
Halloween III – Season of the Witch (1982)
Teen Wolf (1985)
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
The Monster Squad (1987)
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
The Lost Boys (1987)
Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn (1987)
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
They Live (1988)
Our next film is…
WATCHING: Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
DIRECTOR: Dominique Othenin-Girard, an award-winning film and theater director, who basically wrote and directed this, “The Omen IV”, a segment of “The Red Shoe Diaries”, then went back to directing French/Swiss films. Dude was better than this film deserved.
WHAT IS IT?: It’s Halloween in Haddonfield…again…and because this franchise won’t die, Michael Myers rises up to start killing the year following last year’s Haddonfield debacle.
THE PLOT: Because this film is addicted to retconning EVERYTHING the fans don’t like, yes, Michael Myers is brought back to health by a homeless man. Jamie didn’t REALLY murder anyone at the end of #4. Her foster mom survived her attack and the excuse here, vindicating Jamie is that she’s now “under the influence of Michael” and has a psychic link of sorts with him.
The thing about defending the lesser “Halloween” films is that when you sound these things out and describe them, you feel your own brain giving you an incredulous look and you can hear an inner voice asking “really?”
Anyhow, Jamie, Rachel, Myers and Loomis are all back so this blood feud MUST CONTINUE.
WHAT DID CRITICS THINK?: They thought it sucked. I know, big surprise. Most of them thought it was another sad retread and that the franchise had gotten lost in the worst of the muck it ended up creating with the first film.
WHAT DID I THINK?: “Halloween 5” is directed by Dominique Othenin-Girard, a Swiss-French director who started out with stuff like this and eventually became an award-winning filmmaker.
He isn’t given much to work with here. Donald Pleasence was not entirely happy with the premise and said he thought that Jamie’s character should have become pure evil, like Myers, and that Myers should have taken her in and protected her — but producer Moustapha Akkad wasn’t having any of that and said fans wanted it to be good vs. evil. Jamie stayed good and Myers continues to be the one and only antagonist.
This entry is made somewhat more interesting with the entrance of the mysterious “Man in Black” who is seen traipsing around from time to time as the film goes on and who plays his hand near the end of the movie. Also interesting was Jamie and Myers’ meeting inside of the house. Director Girard wanted this because he believed that Myers became more scary after showing human emotion, since he’d have to overcome that again to be more evil.
The movie is what it is. This and “Halloween 4” were pretty much filmed back-to-back with the same cast, so we got the same film with a bunch of the moving parts moved around.
I do have a soft spot for all the “Halloween” films but, at this point, however, the series was getting tired and “Halloween 5” stunk of taking too many trips to the well.