Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

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Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers is a 1988 American slasher film directed by Dwight H. Little, written by Alan B. McElroy, and starring Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell, and Danielle Harris in her film debut. Awakening from his ten year coma, Michael Myers returns to Haddonfield on Halloween Eve to kill his seven-year-old niece, while being pursued by Dr. Loomis.

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Halloween 4:
The Return of Michael Myers
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDwight H. Little
Screenplay byAlan B. McElroy
Story by
  • Alan B. McElroy
  • Danny Lipsius
  • Larry Rattner
  • Benjamin Ruffner
Based on
Produced byPaul Freeman[1]
CinematographyPeter Lyons Collister
Edited byCurtiss Clayton
Music byAlan Howarth
Distributed byGalaxy International Releasing[3]
Release date
  • October 21, 1988 (1988-10-21)
Running time
88 minutes[4]
CountryUnited States
Budget$5 million
Box office$17.8 million (US)

As its title suggests, the film attempted to bring back Michael Myers after his absence in Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982). Initially, John Carpenter and co-producer Debra Hill intended to create an anthology series, with only the first two films being connected. Halloween 4 was originally intended to be a ghost story, but after the poor reception of Halloween III, the idea was abandoned.

Released in the United States on October 21, 1988, Halloween 4 grossed $17.8 million domestically on a budget of $5 million, and received mostly negative reviews from critics. However, the film, much like the series in general, has developed a strong cult following since its release. The film begins the "Thorn Trilogy" story arc which would be continued in Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995).[5][6]