Written by Michael Jacobs
Release date(s) October 13, 1989
Preceded by The Return of Michael Myers
Followed by The Curse of Michael Myers
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers is a 1989 American horror film and the fourth sequel in the Halloween film series. It was directed by Dominique Othenin-Girard and starred Donald Pleasence, who again portrayed Dr. Sam Loomis and Danielle Harris, who returned to play Jamie Lloyd. The film takes place exactly one year after the events depicted in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. The Shape has returned to the sleepy town of Haddonfield, Illinois to murder his niece, Jamie, who is now mute. Dr. Loomis tries to save the day with the help of Sheriff Meeker.
The film begins with a recap of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, in which Michael Myers (Don Shanks) is shown being shot at and falling into a mine shaft. Michael, however, finds a way out and stumbles into a nearby river, making his way into a small shack by the river owned by a local hermit where he collapses and remains in a comatose state for a full year. On October 30, 1989, Michael awakens, kills the hermit, and returns to terrorize Haddonfield, where his young niece, Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris), continues to live after nearly being killed by Michael the year before.
Jamie has been rendered mute due to psychological trauma, but exhibits signs of a telepathic link with her evil uncle. Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) is aware of Jamie's psychic link with her uncle, and tries to convince Sheriff Ben Meeker (Beau Starr) that Michael Myers is alive. Meanwhile, Michael kills Rachel (Ellie Cornell) with a pair of scissors, and begins to stalk her friend, Tina (Wendy Kaplan), as well as her friends, Samantha (Tamara Glynn), Spitz (Matthew Walker) and her boyfriend Mikey (Jonathan Chapin). Michael stalks Mikey and kills him outside a garage with a rake to his head. Tina, Samantha, and Spitz go to a Halloween party in a barn. Michael both kills Samantha and Spitz in a farm. Once the party was over, Michael chases Tina and Jamie with a car. While in pursuit of Jamie, Michael runs into a tree seemingly dead but Michael steps out of the car and is ready to kill Jamie however, Tina runs at Michael sacrificing herself to save Jamie and dies. After Tina and the others are killed, Jamie agrees to put herself in danger to help Loomis stop Michael for good. With Jamie's help, Loomis lures Michael back to the old Myers house.
In the Myers house, Jamie tries appealing to her uncle's humanity but ultimately fails, and Michael Myers is defeated by Loomis who uses a tranquilizer gun to weaken him and then proceeds to violently beat him unconscious with a wooden plank. In the end, Michael is locked up in the local sheriff's station, to eventually be escorted to a maximum-security prison. However, a mysterious stranger dressed in all black, previously seen throughout the film, attacks the police station, causing an explosion and shoots the police, killing Sheriff Meeker and several others. Jamie walks through the station finding the bodies of gunned officers, and goes over to Michael's holding cell to discover that it is empty.
Returning from Halloween 4 were veteran actors Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, and Beau Starr as Dr. Sam Loomis, Jamie Lloyd, Rachel Carruthers, and Sheriff Ben Meeker, respectively. Starr would later appear in an un-aired Halloween 5 television spot.
Karen Alston, who portrayed Darlene Carruthers in the previous film, reprised her role in the beginning of the film showing the anonymous person in the mask stabbing her as she falls into the bathtub of water. Her voice-over was recorded by Wendy Kaplan. Kaplan won the role of Tina Williams, the loud and "willy" friend of Rachel's. After Rachel's demise, Tina inherits the role of Jamie's protector.
George P. Wilbur, who had portrayed The Shape in the previous film, did not express interest in returning to play the role. Don Shanks was cast to play the speech-less, white-masked, murderer. Shanks had already played a similar character in the first two Silent Night, Deadly Night films. Shanks also played the Man in Black. Wilbur, who had to wear hockey pads to appear to have a bigger build, would later portray the Shape again in the next installment, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. Shanks did not have to wear the hockey pads because he was already built big.
Max Robinson would play Maxwell Hart, the doctor who assists Jamie when she is having one of her nightmares in the beginning of the film. Betty Carvalho appears as his assistant, Nurse Patsey, who has a "motherly" feel to Jamie. Jeffrey Landman portrayed Billy Hill, Jamie's best friend, who has a stuttering problem. Landman worked with a coach who taught him about stuttering to help him prepare for the role.
Newcomers such as Tamara Glynn, Matthew Walker, and Jonathan Chapin appear as Samantha Thomas, Spitz, and Mike, who are friends of Tina and Rachel.