This fourth entry in the Halloween saga finds Michael Myers in a seemingly comatose state in a hospital in Ridgemont. Two doctors arrive to transport him back to Smith’s Grove. He’s wrapped in bandages, so though apparently surviving the hospital explosion of Part II, Michael still has significant injuries. We learn this is 10 years later, in 1988, and Michael seizes his opportunity to break free after killing the transfer personnel. He’s obviously making his way back to Haddonfield, where a young girl sits and watches as it rains outside. Her name is Jamie Lloyd, she’s seven years old, and has been adopted by the Carruthers family. Her mother, we learn, has supposedly been killed in a car accident, and her name was Laurie Strode (making Myers her uncle). Jamie has been consistently having dreams and visions of the “nightmare man” (Myers). She doesn’t like being adopted all that much, but likes the family well enough, and looks up to older sister, Rachel. Rachel must sacrifice her date with jock Brady on Halloween night so she can babysit, and tries to get Jamie to go trick-or-treating. She declines, but wants to get ice cream instead. Everyone in her school is dressed up in costumes, and at the end of the day, begin picking on her because she’s an orphan (“Jamie’s mommy’s a mummy!”) She cries and runs outside to the loving arms of Rachel and her friend Lindsey in her car. It is assumed this is Lindsey Wallace, all grown up, from the first film. By now, Loomis, who also survived that fateful night 10 years earlier, is on his way to Haddonfield, knowing Myers escaped and coming across a corpse filled ambulance used to transfer Myers.
Loomis drops by a gas station which just so happens to be Michael’s latest stop, and discovers more dead bodies. Loomis tries to kill Myers, but only blows up the establishment instead, as Michael hops in a truck and hits the road. Jamie has decided to go out that night and wants a costume, so Lindsey drops them off at the discount mart, where Rachel’s boyfriend, Brady, works. He and his buddies have had their eye on Kelly Meeker, the sheriff’s daughter and token slut, for some time, and when Rachel has to cancel their date, he ends up at her house. Typical. When Jamie and Rachel get to her house trick-or-treating, Brady makes his presence known and he and Rachel argue. Unbeknownst to Rachel, Jamie has run off with the other kids, who are being picked up by their parents because of the town curfew that has been implemented thanks to an adamant Dr. Loomis. Jamie’s all alone now; I guess the other parents didn’t care about her. Rachel searches for her for a while, and senses someone watching her, so she takes of running and bumps into Jamie. By now, Sheriff Meeker and Loomis have arrived and take them back to Meeker’s house, where Brady and Kelly get dressed just in time for them to all walk in the door.
Rachel appears to know what was going on, and confronts Kelly after they’ve all boarded up the house and called the state police. Meeker and Loomis had gone back to the police station earlier and found everyone dead, thus prompting some local rednecks to take the law into their own hands. Michael has made his way into the house despite their best efforts, leaving Rachel, Jamie, Kelly, Brady, and a random cop. The cop is killed, and Kelly is next. Rachel finds them, and grabs Jamie and they attempt to leave. They tell Brady to come too, but he’s decided he can take on Michael. He’s wrong. So Rachel and Jamie make their way to the attic, and out onto the roof where they struggle against Myers. Rachel falls off the roof, and Jamie thinks she is dead, so she runs away, and bumps into Loomis. He takes her to the schoolhouse, thinking it is safe, and of course it isn’t. Loomis is attacked, but survives, and Michael nearly gets Jamie until a now-conscious Rachel blasts him with a fire extinguisher. They take off, meeting up with the vigilante rednecks who decide to drive them to safety and leave Myers for the police. Myers is somehow on the truck already and manages to kill them all, so Rachel has to take over driving, eventually tossing Michael into the road by slamming on the brakes. She plows into him and he lands in some sort of abandoned mine thingy. The police arrive, and Jamie has gone over to hold Michael’s hand for some reason, as he rises and the police shoot him way more than Loomis did in parts I & II. They all go back to the Carruthers’ house, who have since arrived home, and run Jamie a bath. We see someone grab a mask and put it on, which hearkens us back to memories of Judith Myers, and attack Mrs. Carruthers in the bathroom. As she screams, we see Loomis’ face, completely terrified, as the camera pans up to the attacker…..it’s Jamie, holding a knife with her clown costume still on, covered in blood.
This film has many fans, of which I am one, and some haters, which is natural in any ongoing movie series. Michael is back, which is a good thing, but he always walks differently because he is played by different actors, and in this one, his mask is much too white. I suppose that is because he had to pick up a new mask at the store, seeing as how he’s been in a coma for ten years. I doubt they’d have kept his trademark disguise, and it was probably destroyed in the fire anyway. So, I guess that’s not a real substantial complaint. I think many people just didn’t feel like that this one focused not as much on Myers’ killing having no explanation, and instead focused on Jamie, and her connection to Laurie, and thus, Myers. I can see why people think that it is sort of shifting too far away from the original films, that it’s almost like a new Myers. But that’s okay – he still kills efficiently and creatively, and will always catch up to people by simply walking, whereas the characters are always out of breath. Good ol’ Michael is still there, the one we all know and love, he just has to contend with a niece now who steals so much screen time thanks to the adorable Danielle Harris! I love this sequel, and think a lot of people secretly do as well! 🙂