THE PLOT THUS FAR
Ten years after his original massacre, the invalid Michael Myers awakens and returns to Haddonfield to kill his seven-year-old niece on Halloween. Can Dr. Loomis stop him?
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Michael Myers breaks out of Ridgemont Psychiatric Hospital and heading off to Haddonfield, where his target now is Laurie Strode’s daughter, Jaime is now living with the Corruthers. Jaime is plagued by nightmares of her uncle, Michael Myers, despite constant reminders that he is dead. When Myers escapes, Dr. Loomis goes out on the hunt and nearly gets fried by Myers at a rural gas station. Back in Haddonfield, Jaime is out trick-or-treating when suddenly Myers attacks, forcing Loomis and the police to intervene.
The physical return of Michael Myers is welcome, and enough time and miserable sequels have now passed since this film was first released in 1988 to consider it pretty good, if not anything exceptional. Director Dwight D. Little succeeds at capturing some atmosphere in his dark and misty night shots, and Pleasence has reached the point where he has completely gotten into his character of Loomis and he’s a lot of fun to watch. The action starts right away and things move along pretty briskly until around the midway point, at which time we get bogged down with some padding in the scenes inside the local sheriff’s house.
The Blu-Ray comes with brand new commentaries and a ton of ported over featurettes/interviews/trailers. Dwight Little comes out of the commentaries sounding quite capable as a horror director. The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 is pretty soft with dialogue, but the action comes to life. I’ve been playing with the audio in the AV Theater, so I don’t if I should chalk it up to that. However, that 1080p transfer has brought what I always considered to be a lesser sequel to life. This is a recommended purchase for all horror fans.
RELEASE DATE: 08/21/2012