Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

USA, 1988
84m (Spain), 88m
35mm film, Panavision, colour, 1.85:1
Ultra Stereo, English

An American horror film directed by Dwight H. Little.

Plot Summary

It’s been ten years since the events of Halloween (1978) and Halloween II (1981). While being transferred from the Richmond Mental Institute, Michael Myers escapes and goes back to Haddonfield looking for his niece, Jamie Lloyd, daughter of his late sister Laurie. As Myers menaces the girls new adoptive family, Dr Sam Loomis rushes to Haddonfield to confront his nemesis again.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Dwight H. Little
© MCMLXXXVIII [1988] Trancas International Films, Inc. and Halloween 4 Partnership
Moustapha Akkad presents. A Trancas International Films, Inc. production
Executive Producer: Moustapha Akkad
Produced by: Paul Freeman
Associate Producer: M. Sanousi
Screenplay by: Alan B. McElroy
Story by: Dhani Lipsius, Larry Rattner, Benjamin Ruffner, Alan B. McElroy
Characters: John Carpenter *
Director of Photography: Peter Lyons Collister
Edited by: Curtiss Clayton
Music by: Alan Howarth
“Halloween Theme” by: John Carpenter
Sound Mixer: Mark McNabb
Costume Designer: Rosalie Wallace
Make-Up Technician: Kenneth Horn
Make-Up Artist: Susan Reyes
Hair Stylist: Diane Memmott
Special Effects Make-Up: Magical Media Industries, Inc.
Designer/Supervisor: John Buechler
Special Effects Co-ordinator: Larry Fioritto
Casting by: David Cohn, Paul Bengston
Locations: Midvale, Utah, USA; Ogden, Utah, USA; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA *

Donald Pleasence (Dr Loomis)
Ellie Cornell [real name: Ellie Gottwald] (Rachel Carruthers)
Danielle Harris (Jamie Lloyd)
Michael Pataki (Dr Hoffman)
Beau Starr (Sheriff Meeker)
Kathleen Kinmont (Kelly)
Sasha Jenson (Brady)
Gene Ross (Earl)
Carmen Filpi (Jack Sayer)
Raymond O’Connor (security guard)
George P. Wilbur (Michael Myers)
Jeff Olson (Richard Carruthers)
Karen Alston (Darlene Carruthers)
Nancy Borgenicht (woman attendant)
David Jensen (man attendant)
Rand Kennedy (trooper #1)
Don Glover (trooper #2)
Robert Conder (trooper #3)
Richard Jewkes (trooper #4)
Jordan Bradley (Kyle)

Alternative Titles

Halloween IV – Michael Myers Kehrt Zurück – Germany

Sequel to
Halloween (1978)
Halloween II (1981)
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

Halloween 5 (1989)
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

See also
Scream (1996)



  • Cinefantastique vol.18 no.5 (July 1988) p.19
  • Cinefantastique vol.19 no.1/2 (January 1989) p.28 – illustrated review (Halloween 4: Executive producer Moustapha Akkad keeps on slashing, minus John Carpenter by Dennis Fischer and Eric Gilmartin)
  • Cinefantastique vol.19 no.3 (March l989) p.55 – review (by Steve Biodrowski)
  • City Limits no.422 (2 November 1989) pp.34-35 – review
  • The Dark Side no.60 p.18 – review
  • Empire no.6 (December 1989) p.80 – illustrated review (Empire directory by Kim Newman)
  • Fangoria no.179 (January 1999) pp.14-17, 80 – illustrated interview with Danielle Harris (All grown up and nowhere to run by Michael Rowe)
  • Fangoria no.236 (September 2004) pp.62-65 – illustrated interview with Dwight Little (A little scary by Michael Helms)
  • Fangoria no.267 (October 2007) pp.38-40, 42 – illustrated interview with Danielle Harris (Little Miss Halloween by Ryan Turek)
  • Fear November/December 1988 p.35 – review
  • Film Review Special no.42 (Psycho) p.85 – illustrated DVD review (Halloween 4 by Grant Kempster and David Miller)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.302 no.12 (3 May 1988) p.30 – credits
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.56 no.671 (December 1989) pp.369-370 – illustrated review
  • Screen International no.651 (7 May 1988) p.403 – credits
  • Starburst no.136 (December 1989) pp.20, 22 – illustrated review
  • Time Out no.1002 (1 November 1989) p.43 – review
  • Variety 26 October 1988 p.14


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  • Sci-fi Chronicles by Guy Haley (ed.) p.299
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