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"I prayed that he would burn in hell. But in my heart, I knew that hell would not have him."
Dr. Loomis

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers picks up right after the events of the previous film in the Halloween series, 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 (Danielle Harris) — who now shares an eerie psychic link with Michael — on Halloween, with Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) once more in pursuit.

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...

The film is the least successful entry in the Halloween franchise, grossing a very modest $11 million, and going straight-to-video overseas. It also performed poorly with critics and audiences, sending the franchise back into Development Hell for many years before 1995's Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.


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.
  • Aborted Arc: The thorn tattoo and the man in black were originally intended to have a much larger and clearer role in the film, but cut footage left these artifacts in the final cut without explanation, confusing audiences for years until Curse explained them.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Rachel's corpse is in relatively good shape after being left in less than ideal conditions in the Myers house attic.
  • Berserk Button: Mikey is utterly obsessed with his car and flips out when Michael scratches it. Unfortunately, him going to attack Michael seals his fate.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The cops showing up at the store before Tina gets back in the car with Michael.
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  • Big "NO!": Jamie lets out an absolutely heartrending one when she stumbles on Rachel's corpse in the Myers' attic.
  • Break the Cutie: Jamie from beginning to end.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Poor Loomis's fate by the end. He succeeds in capturing, tranquilizing and beating Michael unconscious with a 2x4, protecting Jamie from him, but being in his 70's at this point the exertion and stress of the entire night gives him a stroke, collapsing right on top of his defeated nemesis, his last sight before falling unconscious. Even then, while Loomis is incapacitated, Michael is freed later that night from jail by the Man In Black.
  • Car Fu: Michael tries to run down Jamie, Billy, and Tina.
  • Cat Scare: Tina finds one of the kittens that she, Samantha, and Spitz were playing with earlier covered in blood (but unharmed) just before she finds Samantha's and Spitz's bodies, then the equally dead cops before being chased by Michael.
  • Clothing Damage: Jamie's princess costume gets torn during the car chase and the climax.
  • Continuity Nod: The previous film opened over scenes of a farm decorated for the holiday. Later on in this movie, Samantha urges Tina to join her at a party—"The farm's parties always rock!". This is probably the same place.
  • Cool Car: Michael procured a nice, black 1969 Camero from Tina's boyfriend, Michael. Sadly, he destroys it by crashing it into a tree.
  • Covers Always Lie:
    • The poster/cover shows Jamie in her clown costume from the previous film, but she doesn't wear it at all during the movie (not counting reused scenes from said previous film).
    • For that matter, Michael is shown wearing his mask from the original film, which he doesn't wear in this film, and with a double-edged knife, which he doesn't actually use; he uses a chef's knife.
  • Crying Wolf: Spitz dresses up as Myers and chases Samantha and Tina with a fake knife, angering the cops who come to their rescue because they nearly shoot him. Later, when the real Myers comes out of the barn after killing Samantha and Spitz, the cops assume it's another joke and don't realize it's for real until it's too late.
  • Dead Man Honking: Subverted after Myers's car crashes into a tree. Initially, the three people he's been pursuing are relieved at the sound of the car horn, assuming this trope. Their facial expressions turn to horror when the noise stops, revealing that, of course, Myers has survived.
  • Death by Sex: Samantha and Spitz.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Tina comes across as a deconstruction of the Final Girl by showing what happens when the wrong type of girl ends up in that role. During the sequence where she enters Rachel's house looking for Rachel, Tina wanders and has a clear confused expression on her face the whole time. When she later leaves with Samantha, she casts a knowing look back at the house as if to indicate she knows something is wrong. The trouble is, Tina doesn't have the emotional fortitude or willingness to recognize the situation she is in until it is far too late, and she ends up dying in a Heroic Sacrifice to save Jamie that later ends up being a Senseless Sacrifice when Jamie gets abducted. So Tina seems to be aware on some level that she was heading into the role of the Final Girl, but ended up rejecting it because she wasn't strong enough to handle it.
  • Decoy Protagonist: It looks like Rachel is going to reprise her role as the one who survives, but ends up getting killed twenty minutes in.
  • Defiant to the End: Samantha tries to fight back against Michael with the very pitchfork he used on her boyfriend.
  • Diabolus ex Nihilo: The Man in Black just shows up on a bus. While it's clear he has a connection to Michael (both have the same tattoo), who he is and what his motivations are remain unknown when the movie ends. Word of God has admitted they had no idea who the character was when making the movie.
  • Dissonant Serenity: After being captured by the police, Michael just sits in his cell, playing with a chain.
  • Don't Go in the Woods: Michael attempts to run down Jamie, Billy, and Tina in Mike's car, chasing Jamie into a spooky wooded area, before crashing into a tree. He emerges from the burning vehicle unscathed, stalking Jamie and her friends in the foggy woods.
  • Downer Ending: Michael is eventually apprehended by the police, but Dr. Loomis suffers a stroke, and the mysterious Man in Black appears at the last second, killing Sheriff Meeker and most of Haddonfield's police force. Jamie discovers their bodies and Michael's empty cell, weeping as she now knows the terror is far from over and no one is there to save her this time.
  • 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. This does add to the creepy factor when Michael nonchalantly gets out of the car completely unscathed, however.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Max.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Michael survives the finale of the previous film thanks to a hermit who rescues him from the river and takes care of him. Michael breaks the man's neck immediately after waking up.
  • Final Girl: Michael Myers's young niece, Jamie Lloyd.
  • Genki Girl: Tina.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: Michael impaling Spitz with a pitchfork while doing his girlfriend.
    • Same with Michael slamming a hand rake into Mike's face.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Tina sacrifices herself to give Jamie a chance to get away from Michael.
    • Soon thereafter, Deputy Charlie does the same for Jamie, giving her a chance to temporarily elude Michael inside the "Myers house."
  • 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 uses Jamie as bait to lure Michael into a trap, and then beats him savagely with a plank until he's unconscious, yet he continues to beat him, all while screaming "DIE! DIE!" for each hit.
  • Homage: Deputies Nick and Tom were created as a tribute to the bumbling cops in The Last House on the Left.
  • Hope Spot: Rachel is apparently saved from an attack by Michael when Dr. Loomis phones her and warns her to run out of the house, and the police even get involved. Turns out it was a Cat Scare and Michael does some slashing when everyone's gone.
    • Michael crashes his car trying to get Jamie. His body is pressed up against the steering wheel, so the horn is blaring while the characters heave a sigh of relief. Then the horn stops and the car door opens...
    • Michael is locked in a cell and one of the officers is going to take Jamie home. Then the Man in Black shows up and everything goes to Hell.
  • Immediate Sequel: The film picks off right where the previous film left off, with the police dropping dynamite down the hole Michael Myers fell into and Michael narrowly escaping by crawling into a stream and getting washed downstream until he finds a cave with a hermit inside, tries to kill the hermit, but falls unconscious.
  • 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. As does Michael, who of course, kills poor Max.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Rachel doesn't get as far as the first letter.
  • Left Hanging: The Man in Black for one. Also, Loomis is last shown having a stroke and collapsing on Michael. While few believed he died, it was nonetheless curious that none of the other characters addressed it onscreen.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: After Dr. Loomis tranqs and drops a chain net on Michael, he proceeds to relentlessly wail on him with a two-by-four.
  • Modesty Towel: Rachel wears one at one point.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The opening credits have someone carving a jack-o-lantern, which is shown with quick cuts that make it seem like someone is being sliced and stabbed.
  • Neck Snap: The hermit's death. Either that or he was strangled.
  • 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. However, there is a Freeze-Frame Bonus moment near the beginning of the movie, when Michael wakes up in the hermit's shack. With the hermit in the foreground, an unmasked Michael in the background sits up. Even though he is in a dark corner, if you look closely you can see his face clearly enough to see him glance first at the hermit and then at his mask which is hanging nearby.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Tina doesn't take Jamie seriously when Jamie begs her to stay, though this is because she thinks Dr. Loomis's obsessive nature has made Jamie needlessly paranoid.
  • Parental Substitute: Nurse Patsey has been acting as one to Jamie ever since she started living at the children's hospital, and is one of the few sources of emotional stability Jamie has known since the previous Halloween.
  • Peekaboo Corpse: Done when Jamie finds the body of her adoptive sister Rachel.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Jamie's Halloween costume is a princess dress. Tina's costume ain't too shabby, either.
  • Police Are Useless:
    • The Haddonfield Police Station gets massacred again in the end, including Sheriff Meeker this time.
    • When the gunfire goes off in the police station, the officer in charge of protecting Jamie runs into the station instead of driving off to ensure Jamie's safety. Not only does he fail to save anyone, but it's revealed in the next movie that Jamie was then kidnapped by the cult responsible for the massacre and lived a tortured teenagehood before eventually meeting a gruesome fate.
  • Puppy Love: Jamie and Billy.
  • Retcon:
    • Michael's eyes are still completely fine (as they were in Halloween 4) despite his left being pierced in Halloween' and both being shot out in Halloween II.''
    • Michael's mask is completely different despite being the same mask in-universe.
    • The Myers house is retconned into an enormous mansion, as opposed to the simple two-story suburban house it was in the first two films.
    • This film begins the more direct implication that Michael is being controlled by a cult, with the tattoo of thorn and the man in black. It was intended to be at least a little more fleshed out in this film, but cut footage ended up leaving out the explanation, which was saved for the following film.
    • Michael is given human emotion in this film, if only briefly.
    • This film's Loomis has apparently forgotten his fifteen years of experience with Michael as his psychiatrist and his firm belief that Michael is not human and has no human emotion, as he erroneously tries to appeal to his emotions and human side to convince him to stop his killing sprees.
    • The ending of 4 had Jamie kill her foster mother and set her up to become the next killer in Michael's place (or alongside Michael). This film decides to contrast that setup, retconning the foster mother's murder with a simple wounding (not to mention retconning her from a foster mother to a step-mother) and having Jamie's attack be a one-time freak incident as a result of her psychic connection with Michael, leaving her to be an innocent victim instead of the new killer the previous film intended to set her up as.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Why exactly Michael wears a different mask than the one from the previous film even though he's been wearing the same mask for a year is never explained.
  • Scenery Censor: The "big cookie woman" advertisement.
  • 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. At the time this movie was made, it was on the same continuity as the first one, so there's no excuse for the discrepancy.
    • Word of God is that the script required a scene where Jamie hides from Michael in a laundry chute, but this was the only house in the filming location they could find that had one. You'd think they'd just write out that scene instead of trying to pass off a mansion as the same modest home from the first two films...
    • A minor but still noticeable one—Michael lurks behind a tree on the Carruthers's front lawn to observe Rachel when she comes home. However, there was no such tree in the previous film.
  • 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 known that 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.
  • Slashers Prefer Blondes: Samantha of course is killed. Likewise blonde Rachel didn't get to survive this film. Notably, brunette Tina survives much longer than either of them.
  • The Speechless: Jamie spends the first part of the film a mute, mostly thanks to psychological trauma.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Michael pulls off some pretty epic ones. He kills Rachel, but hides the evidence and himself so well that Tina has no inclination of what's happened when she stops by. He also manages to get Rachel's, Max's, and Mikey's bodies to the attic in the "Myers house" with no one seeing him.
  • Stock Subtitle: Though oddly enough, while promotional material repeatedly invoked the Revenge subtitle, the theatrical release didn't actually include it.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: The fate of Rachel Carruthers and Ben Meeker, and even implied to be the case with Loomis.
  • Those Two Guys: Deputies Nick and Tom, who act as (mild) comic relief. The first time we see them, their footsteps are accompanied by goofy music and sound effects, and they're Finishing Each Other's Sentences.
  • Time Skip: Despite a prologue that picks up right when the previous film left off, the film soon jumps ahead by a year.
  • 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 supposed childhood home, the location of his Start of Darkness.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Uhm, hello? Aside from the fact that he's spent the entire last movie as well as this one stalking and terrorizing his elementary school-aged niece Jamie, let's not overlook the fact that Michael nearly mowed down her Puppy Love Billy while chasing them down in a car.