I hope you like cheese. This book is full of it. In this edition of Trends of Terror, film critic Steve Hutchison reviews 150 horror and horror-adjacent movies so bad they’re good, sorted from best to worst. How many have you seen?
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Ignoring the third installment of the Halloween franchise, which took an independent tone and storyline, this one centers on a child who becomes the new target of what seems like the undead version of Michael Myers. Donald Pleasance is the only returning actor, but there are other continuity factors and characters that link this to the first two movies.
It throws scary imagery your way, namely from the perspective of our young lead, but too often as hallucinations, omen or dreams. It's more complicated than it should be and gets worse by the end credits. Having a kid as main protagonist brings a breath of fresh air, though, and vulnerability, therefore tension. The style is reminiscent of John Carpenter's legacy but with emphasis on apprehension.
Halloween 4 has a multigenerational character collection either fighting or running from what's described as the boogeyman. Some of the supernatural build-up works; some doesn't. Jason Voorhees has powers by now and so should Michael Myers, someone thought. He’s just not a very consistent character, sadly, but this establishes him as the watered down horror icon; a legend, nonetheless.