Boo this Tina! Booooo her!
Halloween 5 (1989)
Directed By: Dominique Othenin-Girard (Omen IV: The Awakening)
You know how now days some of the SAW films seems a little flat? Well I feel that has to do the with the fact they are rushed so quickly just so they can have a SAW film each year and the same thing happened in 1989 with Halloween 5.
Halloween 4 was a big hit! It spent two weeks at the top of the box office, people loved Danielle Harris as Jamie! All was good in the Halloween hood, so what do they do? They get working on another ASAP.
What would follow in Halloween 5 is a movie a lot of folks consider to be a misstep in the franchise. And after watching this film last night I really have to agree.
It’s one year later after the events of Halloween 4. Michael survives the shootings and on October 31st he returns with a vengeance! Also after what we last seen in part 4 Jamie is locked away at a children’s hospital and is unable to speak at the start of the film all while being somewhat connected to her uncle. If it sounds a little “out there” trust me it is.
The good about this film is you get Loomis and you get Jamie..you even get Rachael back for a while but this movie spends way too much time away from those key people in this movie. Without one of those three on the screen to work with Michael you end up in a movie that at times really seems to drag in parts, parts where dragging should be the last thing that is going on.
With this being the case we are forced to spend a lot of time with the character of Tina (played by Wendy Foxworth). Tina may very well be the most annoying person in the world! Why on earth she out lives some other folks in this film and at times is the focus is beyond me. Out of all the things this movie does wrong I think the worse thing is not switching the places in this film of Tiny and Rachael.
Also added in for some lame tribute to The Last House on the Left (or so they say) is two goofy Cops who try way way too hard to be funny. It sticks out badly in a Halloween film and it does this move no favors. Who thought that was a good idea clearly had no idea what they were doing.
Let’s not forget this movie introduces us to The Man In The Steel Toe Boots! Aka, The Man in Black! As he broods around, plays a major part in the ending, but turns out to be a major bust as a satisfying explanation on the guy is never really given. I think if you wanted to find the point that Halloween might have jumped the shark you’ll look right to this movie and the whole Man in Black part of the story.
But it’s not all bad, you still have Jamie acting her little heart out and Loomis being the Loomis we know and love. Everyone else is hardly worth a mention but those two are gold.
So what can I say guys? Next to Resurrection it’s my least favorite Halloween. It’s messy, it’s open ended with some elements, and it’s a major let down following the very good part 4. They don’t even bother tucking Micheal’s mask in half the time.
When the people behind a movie will admit it wasn’t their best effort you know you are dealing with a bad movie. They know what people don’t like about this movie and they know what they could have done to improved it but it’s long too late now folks.
Worth having just to complete your collection but if you’re looking to just watch a movie you may not want to pick this one. Outside Jamie and Loomis you don’t get much else.
The Rating (5.5/10)