Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

R | 96 mins | Horror | 13 October 1989

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HISTORY

       Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers is part of an eight film series. It is preceded by Halloween (1978); Halloween II (1981); Halloween III: Season of the Witch ; and Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Meyers (1988). It was followed by Halloween: The Curse of Michael Meyers (1995); Halloween: H2O (1998); and Halloween Resurrection (2002, see entries).
       Actors Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell and Beau Starr reprised their roles from Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Meyers.
       According to a 14 Oct 1989 LAT article, executive producer Moustapha Akkad bought the rights to the “Halloween” films from director John Carpenter, writer/producer Debra Hill and executive producer Irwin Yablans. Akkad disagreed with the direction the franchise took with Halloween III: Season of the Witch, when the series veered away from "Michael Meyers" and introduced a new story line. Initially the rights were put up for auction, but no major studio was interested, and Akkad was able to outbid several independent companies. In a 3 May 1989 HR article, Akkad stated that he decided to reestablish the “Michael Myers” storyline and to make the future movies more of a serial, with each film picking up where its predecessor left off.
       The 25 Apr 1989 HR reported that principal photography was scheduled to begin on 1 May 1989 in Utah. As reported in the 7 Jul 1989 HR, shooting was completed 11 Jun 1989. Locations included Salt Lake City, Ogden and Provo. Line producer ... More Less

       Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Meyers is part of an eight film series. It is preceded by Halloween (1978); Halloween II (1981); Halloween III: Season of the Witch ; and Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Meyers (1988). It was followed by Halloween: The Curse of Michael Meyers (1995); Halloween: H2O (1998); and Halloween Resurrection (2002, see entries).
       Actors Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell and Beau Starr reprised their roles from Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Meyers.
       According to a 14 Oct 1989 LAT article, executive producer Moustapha Akkad bought the rights to the “Halloween” films from director John Carpenter, writer/producer Debra Hill and executive producer Irwin Yablans. Akkad disagreed with the direction the franchise took with Halloween III: Season of the Witch, when the series veered away from "Michael Meyers" and introduced a new story line. Initially the rights were put up for auction, but no major studio was interested, and Akkad was able to outbid several independent companies. In a 3 May 1989 HR article, Akkad stated that he decided to reestablish the “Michael Myers” storyline and to make the future movies more of a serial, with each film picking up where its predecessor left off.
       The 25 Apr 1989 HR reported that principal photography was scheduled to begin on 1 May 1989 in Utah. As reported in the 7 Jul 1989 HR, shooting was completed 11 Jun 1989. Locations included Salt Lake City, Ogden and Provo. Line producer Rick Nathanson estimated that over thirty-six days of production were set in Utah. The company spent close to $1.5 million in the state, and sixty-five percent of the cast and crew were locals.
       The 14 Oct 1989 LAT article stated that the film’s overall budget was $5.5 million.

      The following acknowledgements appear in end credits: “Special Thanks to: Utah Film Commission, Leigh von der Esch, Director; U.S.D.A Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Salt Lake Ranger District; Delta Airlines; Passionella Cashflow.”
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Hollywood Reporter
25 Apr 1989.
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Hollywood Reporter
3 May 1989.
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Hollywood Reporter
7 Jul 1989.
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Los Angeles Times
14 Oct 1989
F1., F7.
Los Angeles Times
16 Oct 1989
p. 5.
New York Times
14 Oct 1989
p. 13.
Variety
18 Oct 1989
p. 32, 34.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Moustapha Akkad presents
A Magnum Motion Pictures, Inc. Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d-2d asst dir
Dir, Addl photog
"Halloween 4" footage dir by
PRODUCERS
Line prod
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
3d asst cam
Steadicam op
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Key grip
2d company grip
Spec still photog
Unit photog
Dir of photog, Addl photog
1st asst cam, Addl photog
2d asst cam, Addl photog
Addl op, Addl photog
Addl 1st asst cam, Addl photog
Key grip, Addl photog
Arriflex cameras provided by
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Art dept coord
Art dept runner
FILM EDITORS
Apprentice ed
Apprentice ed
Negative cutter
Addl asst ed
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Asst props
Prop buyer
Prop buyer
Set des & const coord
Asst set des & painter
Set dec
Set dec
Leadman
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
Set dresser
On set dresser
Swing gang
Const foreman
Lead scenic artist
Asst scenic
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Const
COSTUMES
Cost des
Key costumer
Ward asst
MUSIC
Mus supv
for International Music Grouo
Asst mus supv
Score performed by
Score performed at
SOUND
Prod sd mixer
Boom op
Co-supv sd ed
Co-supv sd ed
Sd ed
Dial ed
Dial ed
Sd asst
Sd ed prod
Sd eng
Foley artist
Foley artist
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Title seq by
Supv, K. N. B. EFX group crew
Supv, K. N. B. EFX group crew
Supv, K. N. B. EFX group crew
Mechanical EFX, K. N. B. EFX group crew
Titles and opticals
MAKEUP
Spec makup eff des & created by
Makeup and hair supv
Asst makeup and hair
On set makeup application, K. N. B. EFX group cre
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Exec in charge of finance
Prod coord & post-prod supv
Asst to exec prod
Loc mgr
Loc asst
Loc scout
Prod accountant
Asst prod accountant
Trancas Int'l accountant
Asst prod coord
N. Y. casting
Extras casting coord
Dir's asst
L. A. prod liason
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Transportation asst
Cook/Driver
Cook's asst
Craft service
Animal handler/Dogs
Set security
Studio teacher
Post prod asst
Post prod accountant
Prod equip provided by
Post-prod services provided by
Insurance provided by
Hotel accomodations provided by
Travel services provided by
STAND INS
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt coord
Stand-in
Stand-in
Stand-in
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Halloween Theme" written by John Carpenter
"Romeo Romeo," written by Michael Hennesy and Paul Wood, performed by Becca
"Dancin' On Midnight," written by Rick Chadock and Dennis Churchill Dries, performed by White Sister
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SONGS
"Halloween Theme" written by John Carpenter
"Romeo Romeo," written by Michael Hennesy and Paul Wood, performed by Becca
"Dancin' On Midnight," written by Rick Chadock and Dennis Churchill Dries, performed by White Sister
"Anything For Money," written by Jeff Robert, performed by DV8
"Second Time Around," written by Thomas and Paul Guzman Sanchez, performed by The Rhythm Tribe
"Willie On The Washboard," written by Jim Wilson, performed by Queen Ida and Her Zydeco Band, Blue Northern Publishing Co., BMI, courtesy of GNP Crescendo Records
"Sporting Woman (Baby I'm Yours)," © 1989, Diggy, Deboogedy Music, BMI, produced by Diggy and Mary Chosak, vocals by Eileen Clark.
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DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
13 October 1989
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 13 October 1989
Production Date:
1 May--11 June 1989 in Utah
Copyright Claimant:
Trancas International Films, Inc., and the Return of Myers
Copyright Date:
6 November 1989
Copyright Number:
PA464024
Physical Properties:
Sound
Recorded in Ultra-Stereo; B.A.S.E., Bedini Audio Spacial Environment
Color
Duration(in mins):
96
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29954
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Rachel hits masked serial killer Michael Meyers with a pickup truck, throwing him next to the mouth of a mineshaft. Jamie, Michael’s eight-year-old niece, approaches his still body as a convoy of police cruisers appears, led by Sherriff Ben Meeker. Michael leaps up with knife in hand. Police open fire, and Michael falls into the mine. To make sure he is a dead, Sheriff Meeker blows up the mine entrance with dynamite. However, Michael escapes through another shaft and falls into a nearby river, where he is found by a mountain man who nurses him back to health. One year later, Michael kills the old man and heads to Haddonfield, Illinois. Jamie, who is being treated in a psychiatric hospital for stabbing her stepmother under Michael’s influence, senses Michael’s presence and goes into convulsions. Dr. Loomis, Michael’s former psychologist, arrives and prevents another doctor from performing a tracheotomy. As Jamie is now a mute, Dr. Loomis demands she write down what upset her, but the girl only quakes in fear. The next day, Rachel gives Jamie a pink ballerina’s costume for the clinic’s Halloween costume pageant, while Rachel’s friend, Tina, sneaks Jamie’s Doberman, Max, into the clinic. As Jamie hugs her dog, Dr. Loomis arrives and orders everyone out. Rachel goes home with Tina, who begs her to come to a Halloween party. When Tina leaves, Rachel locks Max in the house and goes upstairs to take a shower. At the clinic, Jamie tries to scream “Max,” but can only gurgle. Billy Hill, another young patient, translates this for Dr. Loomis, who immediately calls ... +


Rachel hits masked serial killer Michael Meyers with a pickup truck, throwing him next to the mouth of a mineshaft. Jamie, Michael’s eight-year-old niece, approaches his still body as a convoy of police cruisers appears, led by Sherriff Ben Meeker. Michael leaps up with knife in hand. Police open fire, and Michael falls into the mine. To make sure he is a dead, Sheriff Meeker blows up the mine entrance with dynamite. However, Michael escapes through another shaft and falls into a nearby river, where he is found by a mountain man who nurses him back to health. One year later, Michael kills the old man and heads to Haddonfield, Illinois. Jamie, who is being treated in a psychiatric hospital for stabbing her stepmother under Michael’s influence, senses Michael’s presence and goes into convulsions. Dr. Loomis, Michael’s former psychologist, arrives and prevents another doctor from performing a tracheotomy. As Jamie is now a mute, Dr. Loomis demands she write down what upset her, but the girl only quakes in fear. The next day, Rachel gives Jamie a pink ballerina’s costume for the clinic’s Halloween costume pageant, while Rachel’s friend, Tina, sneaks Jamie’s Doberman, Max, into the clinic. As Jamie hugs her dog, Dr. Loomis arrives and orders everyone out. Rachel goes home with Tina, who begs her to come to a Halloween party. When Tina leaves, Rachel locks Max in the house and goes upstairs to take a shower. At the clinic, Jamie tries to scream “Max,” but can only gurgle. Billy Hill, another young patient, translates this for Dr. Loomis, who immediately calls Rachel. When she tells him Max is missing, Dr. Loomis orders Rachel to run. Wearing only a towel, Rachel races to her neighbor's house and calls the police. Two deputies, Nick Ross and Tom Farrah, arrive just as Max trots back to his yard. As the police leave, Rachel drags Max back into the house before getting dressed. As she walks into Jamie’s bedroom, Michael appears and stabs her to death. At the police station, Dr. Loomis tries to convince Sheriff Meeker that Jamie’s convulsions are proof that Michael is back, but the sheriff is distracted by a report that someone has dug up a little girl’s grave and stolen the coffin. Later in the day, Tina meets her friend Samantha, who confesses she is planning to sleep with her boyfriend, Spitz, for the first time. They are interrupted when Tina’s boyfriend, Mike, drives up in a convertible and tells them to get in. At the clinic, Jamie awakens from a nightmare and looks out her window to see Michael hiding in the bushes. Rushing to the basement, she hides in the boiler room where a janitor finds her. Later, Dr. Loomis demands Jamie write down Michael’s whereabouts. When she recoils in horror, he shakes her, screaming that Michael will kill Rachel. A nurse arrives and yanks the girl away. Simultaneously, a dark stranger dressed in black clothes and silver-tipped cowboy boots steps out of a bus, with a tattoo identical to Michael’s on his right wrist. Later, Dr. Loomis visits the home where Michael murdered his sister. Talking as if Michael were there, Dr. Loomis explains that Jamie is the only person who can take away Michael’s rage. Dr. Loomis leaves and the dark stranger steps out of a closet. Across town, as Mike waits in front of the store where Spitz works, Tina jumps into his car wearing a monster mask. He is not amused, kicks her out and drives behind the store where Spitz puts three cases of stolen beer in his trunk. After Spitz leaves, Michael steps out of the shadows, snaps Mike’s neck and drives off in the convertible. That night, dressed as a slutty maid, Tina climbs into Mike’s car. Wearing Tina’s mask, Michael is behind the wheel. Thinking the driver is Mike, Tina orders him to stop at the store so she can buy cigarettes. At the clinic, Jamie takes her place for the costume pageant. Billy Hill gives her a bouquet of flowers for good luck and she kisses him on the cheek. As they step onto the stage, Jamie collapses and silently screams “Tina.” Billy is able to get her to give Tina’s location and conveys the information to Dr. Loomis. Tina steps out of the store to see Mike’s car gone, and is swarmed by a small army of policemen who escort her to the clinic. When Jamie sees her she screams Tina’s name, causing Tina to burst into tears. Tina refuses to stay the night, so Jamie and Billy sneak out of the clinic and head for the farm where the party is being held. At the party, Tina cannot find Mike and thinks he stood her up. Her irritation increases when she discovers deputies Ross and Farrah sitting outside in a police cruiser. She gets Spitz to put on a mask like Michael wears and he chases her and Samantha out of the house wielding a toy knife. The police get ready to shoot until Spitz removes the mask. He and the two girls run into a barn, but knowing Samantha wants to sleep with Spitz, Tina rejoins the party. As the two lovers are about to consummate their relationship, Michael appears, stabs Spitz with a pitchfork and decapitates Samantha with a scythe. Tina returns to the barn to tell her friends that everyone is going skinny-dipping and finds their corpses. She runs outside as the last car leaves the farm. Spotting the police cruiser, she runs up to ask for help, only to find the deputies dead. She sees Mike’s convertible, just as Jamie and Billy appear and tell her to run. The car crashes through a wooden fence and is about to run Tina over when Jamie screams for Michael to chase her instead. The car swerves, hits Billy, and chases Jamie into the woods where it smashes into a tree and bursts into flames. Michael emerges holding a butcher knife, but Tina leaps out of the darkness and attacks. Michael stabs her to death, as Billy appears, grabs Jamie and runs for the road. Dr. Loomis, Sheriff Meeker, and his deputies arrive and Michael slips back into the darkness. Jamie tells Dr. Loomis she is now willing to help him. Dr. Loomis walks to the edge of the woods and calls out that he is taking Jamie to Michael’s old house. There, Meeker sets a trap by placing Jamie in a bedroom with a deputy named Charlie, another deputy, and surrounding the home with his other deputies. He receives a radio message that Michael is attacking the clinic and orders Charlie to get Jamie to the police station while the rest of the force chases Michael. However, Dr. Loomis pulls a pistol and orders Charlie and Jamie to remain locked in the bedroom. Michael arrives, kills a deputy that is waiting outside, and enters the house. He is confronted by Dr. Loomis who explains that Jamie can cure Michael of his rage if he will allow her to do so. Michael seems to listen, but when Dr. Loomis reaches for his knife, he stabs the doctor and hurls him down a flight of stairs. Hearing the commotion, Charlie makes a rope ladder, but before he can use it, Michael cuts through the door with his butcher knife, wraps the rope around Charlie’s neck and tosses him out the window. Jamie leaps into a laundry chute and slides to the basement only to find the chute’s door is stuck, trapping her inside. Michael goes to the basement, and stabs through the chute’s aluminum siding. Jamie climbs back up the chute and into the attic where she finds the stolen coffin and the bodies of Rachel and Max. Hearing Michael approach, Jamie climbs into the coffin and closes her eyes. When the killer stands above her, she calls him “uncle” and asks him to remove his mask. He does, and she tells him he looks like her. Michael tears up, but when Jamie reaches for him, he tries to stab her. Jamie rushes downstairs where the bleeding Dr. Loomis grabs her and screams for Michael to come and get her. As Michael approaches, Dr. Loomis drops a steel net and beats him unconscious with a board. Later, Michael is placed in a jail cell. When Meeker claims Michael will be imprisoned until he dies, Jamie states he will never die. As a deputy escorts Jamie out of the station, the dark stranger enters. Hearing gunshots, the deputy rushes inside and more shots are heard. Jamie enters the station to find all the deputies dead and Michael’s cell empty. +

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