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Halloween 5

In its only novel twist, Halloween 5 takes the liberty of setting up its sequel (albeit clumsily) at the film's end rather than 'killing' that pesky Michael Myers and then figuring out how to revive him after counting b.o. receipts. Otherwise, this is pretty stupid and boring fare.

With:
Donald Pleasence Danielle Harris Wendy Kaplan Ellie Cornell Donald L. Shanks Jeffrey Landman

In its only novel twist, Halloween 5 takes the liberty of setting up its sequel (albeit clumsily) at the film’s end rather than ‘killing’ that pesky Michael Myers and then figuring out how to revive him after counting b.o. receipts. Otherwise, this is pretty stupid and boring fare.

The thread of a plot has the killer empathetically linked to his nine-year-old niece Jamie (Danielle Harris), who goes into a sort of epileptic seizure when she senses he’s about to kill again. Meanwhile, the determine Dr Loomis (Donald Pleasence, getting a bit long in the tooth for this sort of duty) also seems to sense that Michael Myers is still alive and keeps badgering the little girl to help him end his scourge.

Director Dominique Othenin-Girard doesn’t bring much to the action, with the exception of a protracted scene in which one of the dimwits in distress (Wendy Kaplan) harangues the killer in a car, thinking it’s her boyfriend in Halloween garb.

Kaplan proves vivacious and fetching as the perky Tina even if the character is flaky. Harris is bright-eyed as the disturbingly beset Jamie.

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Halloween 5

Production: Magnum. Dir Dominique Othenin-Girard; Producer Ramsey Thomas; Screenplay Michael Jacobs, Dominique Othenin-Girard, Shem Bitterman; Camera Robert Draper; Editor Jerry Brady; Music Alan Howarth Art Dir Steven Lee, Chava Danielson

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 96 MIN.

With: Donald Pleasence Danielle Harris Wendy Kaplan Ellie Cornell Donald L. Shanks Jeffrey Landman

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