It is pretty much normal for sequels to pale next to their predecessors, but that doesn’t stop there from being one or two decent ones being thrown into the mix and the fifth film in the Halloween franchise is proof of that. While not the grandest of sequels that I’ve seen I won’t deny that it was a reasonably good one.
The story follows on from where the previous film left off and Michael is once again after Halloween 4 survivor Jamie Lloyd. However, this time she and Michael share some sort of strange mental link which ends up having a negative effect on Jamie as the film moves guns blazing from the opening all the way to a decent conclusion. Unfortunately said ending isn’t properly explained until the next film which suffers by comparison to number 5. If they had cleared everything up here they could probably have ended the story and not bothered with the sixth film.
I think the effects in this were nice enough. All the death scenes are pretty mean and are helped thanks to those blood effects that are modestly good. This particularly comes to light near the end which involves a bunch of dead bodies, a coffin and Michael…..Crying? It makes sense in context. Now about the death scenes. They are probably one of the films strong points, but at the same time don’t hold up next those in some of the other installments e.g. Halloween 2 (2009). Not too bad on the whole is the general look of the effects and deaths put together.
The acting is another one of the films strong points. Donald Pleasance makes another awesome appearance as Dr. Loomis who now seems more desperate than ever to stop Michael (Donald L. Shanks) who is also damn good whenever he arrives to stalk the protagonists or kill off the minor characters. Now the best performance here comes from Danielle Harris who reprises her role as the innocent Jamie Lloyd and brings some real emotion and depth to the film. I think for, at the time, a child actor Harris is absolutely brilliant and it was good that she came back for the remake and its sequel. A couple of other good performances come from Tina (Wendy Kaplan) and Billy (Jeffrey Landman) who both bring some good scenes to the film which by the end was necessary.
Far from perfect, but not appalling, Halloween 5 The Revenge of Michael Myers is one of the sequels that you might want to check out if you are a fan of the Halloween films. From beginning to end it is a real treat (ahem) for those who agree that Jamie Lloyd, Dr. Loomis and Michael Myers are a great trio.