"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 Halloween franchise into a Genre Anthology 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 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. Loomis, as usual, follows the trail back to Haddonfield, and it soon becomes a race against time to save Jamie from her psychotic uncle.
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers contains examples of the following tropes:
And Then John Was a Zombie: The film ends with Jamie stabbing her foster mother and holding Michael's butcher knife, implying that she has become the new killer.
Bandaged Face: Michael is covered in bandages when escapes from the ambulance.
Lindsay and Tommy, the kids from the first two movies, make brief appearances as teenagers early in the film.
Cut Phone Lines: Michael doesn't just cut the phone lines of his victim's house. He cuts the phone lines and causes a blackout in the entire town.
Know how he did it? Just by throwing some poor smuck into a electric generator at a power plant. Michael knows how to improv.
Danger Takes A Back Seat: 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.
Death by Sex: Trampy Kelly, who sleeps with Brady, her friend's boyfriend, gets killed, as does Brady, said cheating boyfriend. The virginal Rachel, of course, 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 Good Old Fisticuffs. Unfortunately, since it's Michael Myers, he shrugs off everything.
Empty Promise: 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 Little "No".
Final Girl: Jamie Lloyd and her foster sister, Rachel.
Finger Twitching Revival: When the doctors in the ambulance with Michael mention his niece, he slowly clenches his fist before waking up and making his escape.
Gross Up Closeup: A close-up is shown of Michael tearing a man's throat out with his bare hands.
Heroic Sacrifice: Inadvertently done by Brady who tries to shoot Michael, then futilely struggles with him, ultimately giving Jamie and Rachel a chance to escape.
Offscreen Teleportation: 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.
Scars Are Forever: Both Loomis and Michael bear gruesome burn scars from the explosion in Halloween II.
Shoot Out the Lock: 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, Reality Ensues. Having been blasted with a shotgun, the lock is far too hot to touch.
Take Me Instead: 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.
Take That: In a cut scene, Michael is coincidentally looking for a new mask at a store the same time Jamie is. He grabs a Ronald Reagan mask and walks off screen. A few seconds later, he throws it away and grabs the bleached William Shatner mask instead.
Theme Music Withholding: The opening credits feature a creepy syntherizer score, until it cuts to the hospital with the main theme in full blast.
Dr. Loomis managed to survive the explosion of the first floor of a hospital in Halloween II (1981), 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...
Welcome to Hell: 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.
What the Hell, Hero?: 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.
Would Hurt a Child: 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).