THE PLOT THUS FAR
It’s one year later after the events of Halloween 4. Michael survives the shootings and on October 31st he returns with a vengeance. Lurking and stalking, Jamie, Rachel, and Rachel’s friends, Michael forms a plan to lure Jamie out of the children’s hospital where events lead up to the confrontation at the Myers house.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Now telepathically linked to her uncle, young Jamie waits anxiously in Haddonfield Children’s Hospital, exactly one year later. She knows that her uncle is coming, but cannot express herself with speech. Thankfully Dr. Loomis is still around, and he senses that Jamie knows something but believes that she is protecting Michael. Jamie’s sister Rachel reprises her role for about ten minutes, unfortunately, since Michael eventually kills her in one of the many well-directed scenes in this installment.
The film falls on its face for a number of reasons. You have the shoe-horned Man in Black deus ex machina. You turn Jamie into the worst part of Friday the 13th Part VII. Never ever give your horror characters the ability to use psionics, unless her name is Carrie White. Everything else keeps tripping up, while Donald Pleasance turns into a ham just to stay on the screen. It’s a misstep throughout the running time that is only saved by the nostalgia factor.
The Blu-Ray comes with a brand new commentary track, featurette and a trailer. The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 is pretty soft with dialogue, but the bass is insane for this kind of track. What I find weird is that some of the older featurettes look VHS style rough. 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