O.H.M.A.D. 2015 Day 29: Halloween 4: The Return of Micheal Myers (1988)

Halloween 4 UK movie posterTen years after they were burned to death, Micheal Myers and Dr. Sam Loomis are once again returning to Haddonfield.  Halloween 4 retcons their fiery death at the end of the second film; this is normally something that would bother me.  Halloween 4 is so good though that I overlook it and I’m glad they kept the two alive. The film opens with an amazing montage of rustic Autumnal landscapes that should be beautiful, but their bareness makes them unsettling.  The first two films opened with a jack-o-latern, and director Dwight Little (Marked for Death, Free Willy 2:  The Adventure Home) is laying down the gauntlet to let us this one will be different.  Micheal (stuntman George Wilbur) has been in a coma since Loomis (Donald Pleasence, of course) blew up a hospital to kill him and is being transported to a new facility without proper restraints because the Smith’s Grove Sanitarium employees are horrible at their job.  Needless to say, Micheal once again breaks loose and returns to finish what he started while Loomis catches wind and gives chase.  Micheal’s sister Laurie Strode has died (Jamie Lee Curtis had other priorities at this time) but not before giving birth to a little girl Jaime Lloyd (Danielle Harris, Hatchet II, Rob Zombie’s Halloween) who is now in a foster home and in Micheal’s cross-hairs. Continue reading

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Roar (1981)

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Noel Marshall, producer of The Exorcist, husband of Tippi (The Birds) Hedren, and father of Melanie Griffith had an idiotic idea to make a movie with his own pet lions and tigers setting out to attack his own family.  The film took eleven years to make, cost $17 million, recouped only $2 million of that upon it’s release, and damn near got him and his entire family killed along with sixty-five crew members.  That film is called Roar, and the recounts of the brutality the cast and crew suffered at the paws and maws of it’s furry co-stars is really a far cry different from what happens on screen. Continue reading