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  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Despite Tina being disliked, she dies sacrificing herself so that Jamie can get to safety.
  • Ass Pull:
    • The Man In Black. Word of God claims that they didn't even know who he should be before the next film was made.
    • Retconning the twist ending of 4 is seen as this too.
  • Complete Monster: Michael Myers. See here.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: One of the main reasons for the films more negative reputation amongst fans. Between the movie killing off Rachel, one of the more likable characters from the past film in favor of focusing on her more annoying best friend Tina, the inclusion of annoying, incompetent and downright idiotic characters you’re rooting for Michael to kill, and the overall bleak feeling the film sets up like the aforementioned death of Rachel and even the ending where you believe that everything is fine now that Michael is in jail, only for the Man In Black to show up, free Michael, kill all the cops and leave Jamie all alone with her knowing it’s never going to end (and the next film making it even worse knowing she’s been kidnapped by the cult just moments later), a lot of fans find it hard to root for anyone or anything in the movie.
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  • Designated Hero: Dr. Loomis is supposed to be a heroic, confident and sacrificial psychiatrist like in the previous films, but here, he's shown to be a unlikable, cranky jerk who bothers Jamie for information of Michael Myers and lashes out at her for keeping quiet and even uses her for bait to get Michael into his trap.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • A lot people think that Jamie is the only reason to watch this movie, primarily for Danielle Harris giving a great performance and the fact she doesn't actually do anything obnoxious.
    • Likewise a lot of fans were furious at Rachel getting killed off, claiming she would have made a better protagonist than Tina.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Nurse Patsey trying to do what she can to give Jamie the emotional support and care she has desperately needed, as does Rachel, who seems to have stayed a lot closer to Jamie than their parents did since last year.
  • Narm:
    • Michael floating down a river.
    • Jamie screams out "Cookie Woman!" after having a vision of Tina in trouble. The line wouldn't be narm, but it's the fact Dr. Loomis, being half-crazed, is pretty much forcing Jamie into screaming out where Tina is, leading to the Cookie Woman line.
    • A lot of fans generally consider Michael's crying to be a Villain Decay moment. The viewpoint being that Michael crying kills the scary aura of him and the original concept of Michael being pure evil.
    • The two bumbling cops having silly clown music play during their scenes.
    • Tina, Sam, and Spitz playing with kittens in a barn. Seriously. They show a whole scene of this in a fricking Michael Myers film.
    • The Myers house explicitly looking like a friggin' mansion for no reason.
    • Michael is a little hard to find scary in this movie thanks to his mask being jokingly compared to Nicolas Cage.
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  • Narm Charm: It should be noted that Donald Pleasence's confused delivery of "Cookie Woman... Cookie Woman???" is the best line in the film.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Tina gets this for being the protagonist instead of Rachel, who gets killed off early on.
  • The Scrappy: Spitz, Mikey, Samantha, Billy, the two comic relief Cops.... Really, it's just a cast full of Scrappies. Thankfully they all die by the end of the movie, except for Billy (who's mercifully the least offensive of them).
  • Sequelitis: A mild case; it still has a better reputation than Halloween: Resurrection and the theatrical cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, but is still seen as one of the weakest entries in the series for being too derivative of the fourth film (which itself had come in for some criticism for copying the first film too closely), dropping a bridge on Rachel, most of the lead characters being pretty annoying, and the Gainax Ending.
  • She Really Can Act: Danielle Harris was already praised for her performance in both this and Halloween 4. But, many found the scene when she discovered Rachel’s lifeless body to be her most convincing and most heartbreaking performance in the whole series.
  • Signature Scene:
    • The only other reason to watch this movie besides Danielle Harris's performance is to see Loomis take Michael down. Even vocal detractors loved it. Loomis traps Michael in a net, shoots him with tranq darts, and then proceeds to wail on him with a 2x4. Even a stroke can't stop him.
    • Michael stabbing at Jamie through the laundry chute. According to James A. Janeisse, it's a scene that fans of the fifth film cite as a favorite part.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: Tina, Samantha, Spitz, and Mikey were really annoying and they get killed in the end. Tina, however at least sacrificed herself to save Jamie, but still.
  • Tearjerker:
    • The scene where Michael is called uncle, sheds a tear, takes off his mask, and reels back in shame when Jamie tries to touch him could be considered Narm. But, consider this; Michael may be FAR from sympathetic, but it seemed that there was at least some bit of humanity in his heart. Considering he never openly takes any joy in killing (just pure emotionless killing, with some sinister tendencies), this implies that Michael is a slave to evil. A disease that can never, EVER be cured. And for a moment...he knew this.
    • Jamie seeing Rachel’s Peek-a-Boo Corpse in the attic. As if she hadn't been through enough up to that point.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Many were outraged that Rachel was such a bit player in the film and killed off so easily, as her Cool Big Sister persona was considered much more preferable than her friend Tina. It doesn't help that even series producer Moustapha Akkad regretted doing this.
    • Sheriff Ben Meeker is also terribly wasted in this film as well, with a disappointingly diminished role in comparison to his more prominent one in 4. Considering how both proactive he was and the fact that his own daughter was killed by Myers in the year previous, one would expect him to be out in full force alongside Loomis like before. Instead, he's barely present until the third act and his two idiotic deputies soak up his screentime. It doesn't help that the ending implies he's killed alongside the other cops by the Man In Black.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • It's mentioned in the later part of the film that Michael attacked and killed SWAT officers at the clinic Jamie was originally at. This sequence was actually filmed, but was cut for unknown reasons.
    • The retconned twist ending from the previous film is seen as an interesting change of course - this film could've had Jamie be the killer or even have her team up with Michael - but that is all thrown out the window here.
    • The movie opens up the possibility of Jamie becoming a pariah to the citizens of Haddonfield when a brick is thrown at her hospital window with a note stating “The Evil Child MUST Die!” considering she fatally wounded her foster mother and is related to Michael Myers. That plot point is quickly dropped altogether soon after it was established.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Donald Pleasance and Danielle Harris are widely considered to give great performances far above the quality of the film, to the point they are considered the only reason to watch it.
  • What an Idiot!: As Michael raised his sacrificial knife, Jamie called out "Uncle!" and requested that he remove his mask so that she could see his eyes "Let me see." Michael paused, then removed his mask, She responded the he looked just like her watching as a Single Tear streaked down his face.
    • You'd Expect: For Jamie to remain calm and not do anything but watch Michael's unmasked face with a tear.
    • Instead: She asks to wipe the tear from Michael's face and reaches up and touches his face sending him into a rage and throwing the coffin. Smooth move, Jamie.
    • 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 dying a gruesome fate.

  • WTH, Costuming Department?: Michael's mask in this film is one of his most widely disliked masks in the series; it has a rather blank expression, long hair and crude looking paint job. Therefore, it looks absolutely nothing like the original film's or even the previous film's mask that it's supposed to be.


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