"I prayed that he would burn in hell. But in my heart, I knew that hell would not have him."Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
— Dr. Loomis
picks up right after the events of the previous film
, where Michael ends up shot by Illinois state troopers and left for dead. Despite those efforts, Michael Myers lives — and after a year of rest, he rises again to go after his traumatized niece Jamie — who now shares a eerie psychic link with Michael — on Halloween.
On top of Michael's continuing quest to kill his family, a new mystery shows up in the form of a man in black who watches the night's events unfold from afar...
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers contains examples of the following tropes:
- Air-Vent Passageway: When Jamie tries to escape through one, Michael proceeds to relentlessly stab the outside of it.
- Car Fu: Michael tries to run down Jamie, Billy, and Tina.
- Death by Sex: Samantha and Spitz
- Decoy Protagonist: It looks like Rachel is going to reprise her role as the Final Girl, but ends up getting killed twenty minutes in.
- Don't Go in the Woods: Michael chases the protagonists into an eerie, foggy woodlands with a car. When he crashes the car, he gets out completely unscathed and proceeds to stalk the victims through the forest with a butcher knife.
- Enemy Rising Behind: Michael lurks right behind the oblivious Rachel—several times—yet doesn't kill her. Not yet, anyway.
- Every Car Is a Pinto: Michael chases the protagonists in a car. Even though the car is barely going at a running-pace, it still explodes when it collides with a tree. Though this does add to the creepy factor when Michael nonchalantly gets out of the car completely unscathed.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: Max.
- The Farmer and the Viper: Michael survived thanks to a hermit who rescued him from the river and took care of him. He breaks his neck immediately after waking up.
- Final Girl: Jamie.
- Genki Girl: Tina.
- Gross-Up Close-Up: Michael impaling a guy with a pitchfork while doing his girlfriend.
- Same with Michael slamming a hand rake into a guy's face.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Tina sacrifices herself to give Jamie a chance to get away from Michael.
- He Who Fights Monsters: Almost. Dr. Loomis is ready to use blackmail, threats and physical force to make sure Michael is gonna be put down. It goes so far that he used Jamie as a bait to lure Michael in to a trap, and then beat him savagely with a plank so that Michael got unconscious yet he continued to beat him, all while screaming "DIE! DIE!" for each hit.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Spitz gets impaled with a pitchfork in the midst of sex.
- Kick the Dog: The man in black gives a textbook example.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Rachel doesn't get as far as the first letter.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: After Dr. Loomis tranqs and drops a chain net on Michael, he proceed to relentlessly whale on him with a two-by-four.
- Modesty Towel: Rachel wears one at one point.
- Mundane Made Awesome: The opening credits has someone carving a pumpkin lantern, which is shown with quick cuts that makes it seem that someone is being stabbed.
- Neck Snap: The hermit's death.
- Never Trust a Trailer: The advertising repeatedly claimed that we'd get to see Michael unmasked in this film. Not only was this never really that big of a deal since he'd been clearly seen unmasked in the original film (both as a child and an adult), when he eventually does unmask himself he does so while in the shadows, so we never actually see anything of interest.
- Peekaboo Corpse: Done when Jamie finds the body of her adopted sister Rachel.
- Police Are Useless: The Haddonfield Police Station gets massacred again in the end.
- Puppy Love: Jamie and Billy.
- Series Continuity Error: In the original Halloween, the Myers house is a modest two-story home. In this movie, it's a huge, Gothic-style mansion. Then when we get to the next film, it's back to being a typical two-story house—that still looks completely different from what we saw in the original film. At the time these movies were made, they were on the same continuity as the first one, so there's no excuse for the discrepancy.
- Word of God explains that they couldn't find a matching house like the one from the original film, so they went with the big mansion because the plot required it.
- Shooting Superman: This trope gets referenced in the commentary track - in a scene where a cop clumsily shoots at Michael, one of the commentators mentions that, as a lifelong resident of Haddonfield, the guy should have realized shooting Michael just pisses him off.
- Single Tear: Strangely enough, Michael has a Single Tear moment... before reverting back to his evil self.
- Sinister Scythe: Used to kill Samantha.
- The Speechless: Jamie spends the first part of the film a mute, mostly thanks to psychological trauma.
- Stock Subtitle
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: The fate of Rachel Carruthers and Ben Meeker.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Tina lambasts Loomis and the others for frightening Jamie with tales about the "boogeyman." Little does she know that said fears are quite justified.
- Where It All Began: Loomis sets up a trap for Michael in his childhood home, the location of his Start of Darkness.