Setting: Haddonfield, October 30th 1989
The film opens with the end sequence of Halloween 4, with Michael being shot and falling into the Earth. However, it is revealed that he did not in fact die, but rather fell into an underground river which carries him along until he is washed ashore and rescued by a man. A year later Michael comes back to life, an event felt by Jamie who has developed a psychic link with Michael.
In the year since she tried to kill her mother, Jamie has been confined to Haddonfield Children's Hospital and is unable to speak. She is very weak, but is regularly visited by her adopted sister Rachel and her friend Tina.
Michael returns to Haddonfield and starts killing all in his path, with Jamie unable to warn Tina of the danger, and unwilling to talk to Dr Loomis. Rachel is soon killed, and when Tina is in danger, Jamie runs to try and save her.
Dr. Loomis takes Jamie back to the Myers' house with a full police escort, who are called away, leaving Dr Loomis, two policemen and Jamie to fend for themselves. The policemen are soon disposed of by Michael, who chases Jamie, yet Michael is almost touched by Jamie's innocence and sheds a tear. This does not last long, and Michael soon returns to his evil self, but is caught by Dr Loomis, who has a heart attack and collapses on the caught body of Michael.
Michael is transported to the local police station.
The police station is visited by the Pointy Shoe man, a hat-wearing man who has been seen stalking in the background, and all inside are killed. Jamie visits the police-station, sees all the corpses and realises that Michael has escaped. She turns around and screams "No!"...
|1.||Hermit who rescued Michael||Strangled||His house||Rescued Michael|
|2.||Rachel Lloyd||Stabbed||Her house||Relative|
|4.||"Spitz" Pete||Stabbed with fork||Barn||Had sex|
|5.||Sammy||Head chopped off||Barn||Had sex|
|9.||Eddy||Off screen||Over radio||Police|
|11 & 12||Cops||Off screen||Police station||Police|
|Donald Pleasence||Dr. Samuel 'Sam' J. Loomis|
|Ellie Cornell||Rachel Carruthers|
|Donald L. Shanks||Michael Myers|
|Danielle Harris||Jamie Lloyd|
|Beau Starr||Sheriff Ben Meeker|
|Karen Alston||Mrs. Darlene Carruthers|
|Wendy Kaplan||Tina Williams|
|Tamara Glynn||Samantha 'Sammy' Thomas|
|Jeffrey Landman||William 'Billy' Hill|
|Max Robinson||Dr. Max Hart|
|Betty Carvalho||Nurse Palsey|
|Frank Como||Deputy Nick Ross|
|David Ursin||Deputy Tom Farrah|
Characters with names in itallics are recurring characters.
Just as the series began to look impressive with Return Of Michael Myers it hit rock bottom with 1989's Revenge. All the tension from Return has gone, replaced with mass death scenes and the most annoying characters to ever hit a slasher film. The worst of which is Tina, who spends her time giggling, and doing nothing else. Why Tina is so close to Jamie is never adequately explained, nor is why Jamie spends her time worrying about what's happening to Tina and not thinking of Rachel, her now-murdered sister.
Tina is a main character in the film, but you never know why. She is just there, and is annoying. You just feel that she is there because they couldn't get the actress who spent 5 seconds playing Lyndsey in Return. Frankly, when she is finally killed, you feel relieved. The same applies to a pair of policemen who are accompanied by clown noises whenever they appear, and say lines such as "we're not very good cops". Revenge does not take itself seriously, yet is devoid of any humour.
A year after Jamie was seven, she is now 9 years old, an example of how sloppy the plot is in comparison to the rest of the series. Another example of a poorly conceived and executed character is that of the Pointy Shoe Man. He is a man who lurks in shadows, wearing pointy shoes and a big hat. He never seems as menacing as he would in Curse Of Michael Myers.
Overall, a disappointing film with few redeeming features, few scares, the only death scene of interest being Rachel's. Apart from her death, you feel on Michael's side, and frankly see no reason why characters such as Tina deserve to live any longer. Without doubt, the worst in the series.