REVIEW: HALLOWEEN IV: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS

CAST

Donald Pleasence (The Great Escape)
Danielle Harris (Left For Dead)
Ellie Cornell (Free Enterprise)
George P. Wilbur (A Nightmare on Elm Street 5)
Beau Starr (Goodfellas)
Sasha Jenson (Teen Angel)
Michael Flynn (The Outpost)
Michael Pataki (Aiport ’77)
Kathleen Kinmont (CIA)


Michael Myers has been in a coma for ten years since the explosion at Haddonfield Memorial Hospital and is being transferred to Smith’s Grove Sanitarium by ambulance. Upon hearing that he has a niece, Michael awakens, kills the paramedics, and makes his way to Haddonfield to look for her. Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence), Michael’s former psychiatrist, who also survived the explosion, learns of Michael’s escape and gives chase. He follows Michael to a small gas station and eatery, where Loomis finds Michael has killed a mechanic for his clothes, along with a clerk. Michael then escapes in a tow truck and causes an explosion, destroying Loomis’s car in the process. Loomis is forced to catch a ride to Haddonfield to renew his search for Michael.

Meanwhile, eight-year-old Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris), the daughter of Laurie Strode and Michael’s niece, is living in Haddonfield with her foster family, Richard and Darlene Carruthers, and their teenage daughter, Rachel. It is Halloween and Jamie’s foster parents, Richard and Darlene, are heading out for the night and Rachel (Ellie Cornell) is left to babysit her, causing her to miss her date with her boyfriend Brady (Sasha Jenson). Jamie knows about her uncle Michael, but she is unaware he is the strange man she has been having nightmares about. After school, Rachel takes Jamie to buy ice cream and a Halloween costume. Michael has already arrived in Haddonfield, and almost attacks Jamie in the store. That night, Rachel takes Jamie trick-or-treating, and Michael goes to the electrical substation and murders a worker by throwing him into live high voltage parts, plunging the town into darkness. Dr. Loomis arrives in Haddonfield and warns Sheriff Ben Meeker (Beau Starr) that Michael has escaped from custody and returned to Haddonfield. Michael single-handedly takes down a police station and slaughters the police force. A lynch mob is formed by the town’s men with the agenda to take down Michael as they remembered the massacre ten years before.

Rachel discovers her boyfriend Brady cheating on her with the Sheriff’s daughter Kelly (Kathleen Kinmont), and loses Jamie. After being chased by Myers, Rachel reunites with Jamie. Sheriff Meeker and Dr. Loomis arrive and take the girls to Sheriff Meeker’s house with Kelly and Brady, and a deputy. They lock and board up the house, and Loomis departs to look for Michael. With Meeker in the basement awaiting the arrival of the state police, Michael enters the house quietly and undetected. He kills a deputy off-screen, and then murders Kelly by impaling her with a shotgun.

Rachel discovers the bodies and races upstairs to get Jamie, but she is gone. Brady and Rachel realize they are trapped in the house, and Rachel finds Jamie. Michael appears and struggles with Brady before crushing his skull, killing him. Michael then chases Rachel and Jamie up to the attic. They climb through a window onto the roof and Jamie is lowered down safely, but Michael attacks Rachel and knocks her off the roof. Being pursued by Michael, Jamie runs down the street, screaming for help and runs into Dr. Loomis. They take shelter in the school, but Michael appears and throws Loomis through a glass door before chasing Jamie through the school. Jamie trips and falls down a flight of stairs. Before Michael can kill his niece, Rachel appears, alive, and sprays him in the face with a fire extinguisher.

The lynch mob and the state police arrive at the school after hearing the alarm. Four men from the mob agree to take Jamie and Rachel over to the next town in a pick-up truck. Michael has hidden on the underside of the truck; he climbs into the bed of the truck and kills the men, including the driver. Rachel is forced to drive, continuously attempting to throw Michael off. She succeeds in doing so and saying “Die, you son of a bitch!”, rams him with the truck, sending him flying into a ditch near an abandoned mine. The police arrive and as Jamie approaches Michael and touches his hand, he rises. The police shoot Michael until he falls down the abandoned mine and is presumed dead.

Jamie and Rachel have been taken home, and Darlene and Richard-who have arrived home-console the girls. Darlene goes upstairs to run Jamie a bath. Jamie, overwhelmed by Michael’s essence, dons a clown mask and stabs her stepmother with a pair of scissors, though not fatally. It ends with Jamie standing at the top of the stairs, emotionless with the scissors in her hand and stained with blood, with Dr. Loomis screaming as Richard, Rachel and Sheriff Meeker stare in horror.

This movie does have good acting from Donald Pleasence, Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris. A decent plot. I specifically enjoyed the trailer boys Earl and his crew that go around shooting in the bushes and killing someone they think is Michael Myers. That scene always gets me laughing. Pure comedy!

REVIEW: C.I.A. II: TARGET ALEXA

CAST
Lorenzo Lamas (Renegade)
Kathleen Kinmont (Halloween 4)
John Savage (Dark Angel)
John Saint Ryan (General Hospital)
Lori Fetrick (Lois & Clark)
Pamela Dixon (Magic Kid)
Branscome Richmond (Batman Returns)
Larry Manetti (Magnum, P.I.)
Gary Wood (Air America TV)
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Since the last “CIA” film, Alexa (Kinmont) has given up working for the government and now relaxes in a small town, content to raise her daughter on a horse ranch. She thought she put her former life behind her, but Graver (Lamas) comes back into the picture. He asks her to infiltrate yet another criminal organization, to get yet another microchip, which would control yet more nuclear weapons. This time around, the main baddie is Franz Kluge (Savage), and his henchmen are Straker (Ryan) and Lana (Fetrick). Will Graver and Alexa be able to work together again to defeat the bad guys? And who can you really trust? Lorenzo Lamas must really care about the CIA franchise (such as it was at the time) and the character of Graver, because he stepped into the director’s chair for this one. Sure, this movie didn’t really need to be made, as it covers very similar ground to the first film while not being as good – but this movie is a lot funnier than the first one. The dialogue is sillier than ever before and some of the situations are pretty ridiculous. But it all has the backing of the classic stuntwork and blow-ups behind it.
Lori Fetrick is mainly known to American Gladiators fans as Ice, and her presence here shows this film as pure 90’s.  While it can be confusing trying to determine the difference between “Code Name Alexa” and “Target Alexa”, if you must see only one, go with the first (Code Name). But this one isn’t bad at all, it’s still worth watching. It’s just a little bit unnecessary.

 

 

REVIEW: C.I.A.: CODENAME ALEXA

 

CAST
Lorenzo Lamas (Renegade)
Kathleen Kinmont (Halloween 4)
O.J. Simpson (The Naked Gun)
Alex Cord (Airwolf)
Pamela Dixon (Magic Kid)
Jeff Griggs (Breaking Point)
Michael Bailey Smith (The Hills Have Eyes 2)
Stephen Quadros (Cradle 2 The Grave)
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Mark Graver (Lamas) a mild-mannered CIA agent but also a man of action. He won’t hesitate to jump into the fray and cut through the red tape. Further evidence that he is cool are his ponytail and constant, well-groomed five o’clock shadow. (Graver’s Chief: “I don’t approve of your methods, but you certainly get the job done”.) Graver gets the assignment of a lifetime when he goes up against a gang of terrorists led by the sadistic Victor Mahler (Cord). These baddies shoot up churches, kill cops and are just plain evil in every regard. And now they want nuclear weapons. To get them, Mahler must get a hold of “The Microchip!” and he will go to any ends to get it.
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Meanwhile, cops Murphy (Simpson) and Benedetti (Griggs) are also working the case, and they come across Alexa (Kinmont), a ruthless assassin working for Mahler. Soon, Graver realizes he can use Alexa to infiltrate Mahler’s compound but he must undo her brainwashing. So he basically kidnaps her young daughter and keeps them both at a massive CIA compound. So now the feds, the cops and Alexa must work together to bring down Mahler because Alexa’s daughter, and the fate of the world, are at stake. Will she come through, or revert back to her old ways? A major plus for this PM production is its fast pace. The movie really zooms by, and no wonder, as it has classic Lamas, Kinmont as a very tough cookie (Lamas and Kinmont together once again), Alex Cord, in a very entertaining manner, chews the scenery, a rockin’ score by Louis Febre, a CIA command center that has it all from martial arts training to a gun range to an upscale restaurant – all in one room, and, last but…actually least – OJ Simpson. What other movie could claim these things.
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If you’re a fan of the low budget action films then you will like CIA Code Name: Alexa