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Halloween 5

A troubled kid who turned mute after surviving a serial killer's massacre discovers she has a reciprocal telepathic link to him.
United States
1989
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Festivity: 
Halloween
Character Focus: 
Serial Killer Film
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
Cultists: 
Worshipper
Relative: 
Related
5.04
Contagious madness!
5.04
3.04
5.04
5.04
3
3
3
Performances
Pace
Ambiance
The events of Halloween 5 take place after those of the last chapter. Our leads return to conclude what feels like two parts of a whole, this one slightly more accessible but lazier. Danielle Harris's character is now mute and traumatized. The movie integrates new plot elements pertaining to a symbol Michael Myers has tattooed on his forearm. It complicates things and serves little to no purpose.
A lot is shot in daylight and the suspense still works. And, if you weren't convinced this is truly a product of its time, watch out for teenagers fooling around and partying in the third act, bringing us back to the subgenre the first Halloween established. The structure borrows from the Friday the 13th and other cheesy slashers, but the ambiance is proper; the humor absent.
Most actors are doing a solid job with what they're given. Because the main protagonists are grieving, this one is kind of depressing. Add to this an abundance of plot holes, dreams, hallucinations and flashbacks, and you get a headache-inducing narrative. It's where Halloween 4 fails. Shortcuts are taken when it comes to dialogue and the filler clusters the story.
Alternate Titles: 
Halloween V
Halloween Part 5
Halloween Part V
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
Halloween V: The Revenge of Michael Myers
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