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->''"Six bodies, Sheriff! That's what I've seen between here and Ridgemont! A filling station in flames! I'm telling you Michael Myers is here, in this town! He's here to kill that little girl and anybody who gets in his way!"''
-->-- '''Dr. Loomis'''

When the idea of making the ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}'' franchise into a GenreAnthology [[Film/HalloweenIIISeasonOfTheWitch didn't work out]], the studio had an obvious solution: bring back The Shape himself.

In ''Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers'', ten years have passed since Michael Myers terrorized the town of Haddonfield, Illinois. The fire that seemed to consume both Michael and Dr. Samuel Loomis (Creator/DonaldPleasence) put Myers in a comatose state and burned Loomis over a good portion of his body, but both men lived. During a medical transport, Michael awakens from his comatose state and heads back home with a new target in his mind: his young niece, Jamie (Creator/DanielleHarris). Loomis, as usual, follows the trail back to Haddonfield, and it soon becomes a race against time to save Jamie from her psychotic uncle.

While not seen as the best of the series, it was well-received by fans at the time of its release, and did decent business at the box office, enough to bring Michael Myers back for good. It also begins a three-part story arc that continues with the [[Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers 5th movie]] and concludes with ''Film/HalloweenTheCurseOfMichaelMyers''.
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!! ''Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers'' contains examples of the following tropes:
* AdultFear: The whole main plot of the movie. Right down to the ending!
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: [[spoiler:The film ends with Jamie stabbing her foster mother and holding Michael's butcher knife, implying that she has become the new killer]].
* BandagedFace: Michael is covered in bandages when he escapes from the ambulance.
* BigBlackout: Caused by Michael.
* BigDamnHeroes: Loomis and Meeker picking up Rachel and Jamie off the street. It's not played up as a grand rescue, but the audience knows Michael is lurking about and would've made his move if not for the arrival of the police car.
* BigNo: Loomis has the biggest no of history in the ending [[spoiler:when he sees Jamie after she stabbed her foster mother]].
* [[BigBrotherInstinct Big Sister Instinct]]: Rachel to Jamie. She goes through absolute hell to protect her little sister.
* BusCrash: Laurie died in a car crash.
* CallBack: The ending is one for the [[Film/{{Halloween 1978}} first film's]] opening.
* CarFu: Rachel uses her car to run Michael Myers over. But since Michael is Michael, it doesn't faze him in the slightest.
* ContinuityNod:
** Michael and Dr. Loomis have burn scars from the climax of [[Film/HalloweenII1981 the second film]].
** Lindsey and Tommy, the kids from the first two movies, make brief appearances as teenagers early in the film.
* CutPhoneLines: Michael doesn't just cut the phone lines of his victim's house. He cuts the phone lines ''and'' causes [[BigBlackout a blackout]] in ''the entire town''.
* DangerTakesABackSeat: Michael pulls this off by clinging to the bottom of a pickup truck. Earlier in the film, this is how he manages to get to the house where the team has barricaded themselves, by hiding in the backseat of a police car.
* DeathBySex: Trampy Kelly, who sleeps with Brady, her friend's boyfriend, gets killed, as does Brady, said cheating boyfriend. The virginal Rachel survives. For now, anyway.
* {{Determinator}}: Brady does everything he can to hold Michael off for Rachel and Jamie to escape, first firing at him with the shotgun, then rifle-butting him with it, and then just going for GoodOldFisticuffs. Unfortunately, since it's [[ImplacableMan Michael Myers]], he shrugs off everything.
* EmptyPromise: From Loomis to Jamie, in the school. Subverted when she asks him if he ''really'' believes they'll make it out alright, and he gives a barely audible LittleNo.
* FinalGirl: Jamie Lloyd and her foster sister, Rachel.
* FingerTwitchingRevival: When the doctors in the ambulance with Michael mention his niece, he slowly clenches his fist before waking up and making his escape.
* GrossUpCloseup: A close-up is shown of Michael tearing a man's throat out with his bare hands.
* HeroicSacrifice: Inadvertently done by Brady who tries to shoot Michael, then futilely struggles with him, ultimately giving Jamie and Rachel a chance to escape.
* HighVoltageDeath: Know how Michael managed to cause a blackout? Throwing some poor schmuck into a electric generator at a power plant. He knows how to improv.
* HopeSpot: All right, the State Troopers are headed into town and the truckers are getting Rachel and Jamie to safety. Everything's gonna be okay--OhCrap Michael's hanging onto the bottom of the pickup truck!
* IgnoredExpert: Loomis again. He knows exactly what happens after the ambulance crash, despite Hoffman's protests. Meeker is a little skeptical of Loomis's claims early on, but he's more willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Kelly gets impaled to the wall [[ImprobableUseOfAWeapon with a shotgun]].
* ImprobableUseOfAWeapon: Rather than shooting Kelly with the shotgun, Michael impales her to the wall with it.
* ItsPersonal: Loomis's stake in this. He points to his burn scars and remarks he doesn't want anyone to go through what he did.
* KickTheDog: Michael kills Jamie's dog Sundae
* KidsAreCruel: Some of the kids at Jamie's school tease her for the fact that she's an orphan, and for her relation to Michael.
* MurderByMistake: A group of vigilantes accidentally shoot to death parkgoer Ted Hollister, thinking he might have been Michael.
* NeckSnap: Brady's death.
* OffWithHisHead: Happens offscreen to an officer in the police station.
* OffscreenTeleportation: When Jamie and Dr. Loomis manage to escape the Myers house, they run away, leaving Michael in it, and decide to hide in the school. Loomis breaks open a door - which sets of the burglar alarm - rushes inside, and immediately runs into Michael, who not only managed to get to the school before them, but also got inside without setting off the alarm.
* OverprotectiveDad: Don't go thinking that Meeker didn't notice how Brady was home alone with his daughter.
-->"Oh, yeah... I catch you gropin' my daughter, I'll use that shotgun on you. You understand?"
* PoliceAreUseless: The Haddonfield Police Station gets massacred.
* PutOnABus: Loomis is told that Sheriff Brackett has retired and moved out of town.
* RightBehindMe: Rachel complains about having to give up her date with Brady to babysit just as Jamie walks in from behind.
* ScarsAreForever: Both Loomis and Michael bear gruesome burn scars from the explosion in ''Halloween II''.
* ShootOutTheLock: Subverted. Brady tries to do this so that he, Rachel, and Jamie can escape Micheal (having padlocked the doors to keep him out, they now have no time to unlock them when he gets in anyway). Unfortunately, RealityEnsues. Having been blasted with a shotgun, the lock is far too hot to touch.
* StockSubtitle: Justified because, after the Myers-less third movie, the producers wanted to make it absolutely clear that Michael was back.
* TakeMeInstead: When confronting Michael at the diner, Loomis invokes the trope -- saying Michael could kill him in exchange for leaving the people of Haddonfield alone. Michael remains still following this, suggesting he turned it down and prompting Loomis to try to shoot him.
* TakeThat: In a cut scene, Michael is coincidentally looking for a new mask at a store the same time Jamie is. He grabs a UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan mask and walks off screen. A few seconds later, he throws it away and grabs the bleached Creator/WilliamShatner mask instead.
* ThemeMusicWithholding: The opening credits feature a creepy syntherizer score, until it cuts to the hospital with the main theme in full blast.
* UnexplainedRecovery:
** Dr. Loomis managed to survive the explosion of the first floor of a hospital in ''Film/HalloweenII1981'', returning with a slightly burnt face, a limp, and mangled hands.
** The same goes for Michael, seeing as before the explosion, he got shot in the eyes by Laurie, causing him to become blind. To be fair, it's implied that he isn't exactly human...
* WelcomeToHell: The comatose Myers is about to be transferred, much to the relief of the staff at his hospital.
-->'''Cop:''' Yeah, I'll be glad to see this one gone. Yes, indeedy. Welcome to hell.
* WhatTheHellHero: After Loomis riles a group of truckers into becoming a lynch mob against Michael, Sheriff Meeker calls him out on it. Loomis, however, turns the tables by pointing out that the ''entire police force'' is dead and said truckers may be the only defense the town has against Michael.
* WouldHurtAChild: Michael, obviously. But strangely enough, Dr. Loomis, who does not hesitate to slap iron at a child no less than twice in the movie (to be fair though, the first time he doesn't know they're just kids).
* YourCheatingHeart: Brady moved onto Meeker's daughter when Rachel got tasked with taking Jamie out trick-or-treating.

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