While Michael Myers remains one of the big screen’s most celebrated villains, it’s no secret that 1989’s Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers isn’t exactly most fans’ favorite entry into the Halloween saga. This is reflected in its disappointing box office.
Of course, 1989 was a down year for slashers all around, also playing host to A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child and Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan, neither of which is generally considered a top tier horror sequel.
Halloween 5 still does have its fans though, and they will be delighted to learn about an awesome-sounding deleted scene involving Michael Myers massacring an entire SWAT team. Actor Don Shanks detailed the scene in an interview with Halloween Movies.
“Oh, I took out Haddonfield’s SWAT team, I killed a whole bunch of people. [The scenes] took place at the hospital, the place where Danielle’s character left from. If you remember, the police get on the radio (in the film) and they say, ‘He’s here,’ and the whole SWAT team (which is stationed) at the Myers house gets in their cars and they drive off, and there’s one guy left up (in the house) with Danielle in the bedroom, and then there’s one guy down below in a police car (on the street), and over the radio he hears people screaming. So that’s where the (SWAT massacre) scene was to be – just before that.“
“There’s one guy, and I mean they show it, when they’re taking out one of the bodies, whose head is twisted around. They put the wardrobe on him backwards, and he looks like his head’s been twisted one hundred and eighty degrees. And another, the direction was, ‘Take an M16 rifle, and you’re just walking through these guys and killing them.’ There’s Donre Samson, a big tall black guy that I kill, and another one, I put the M16 through his head, and another guy, I break his neck and stomp on him, you know. The whole idea was that you’d hear everybody screaming (over the radio) when he’s killing everybody. So we did all these really quick shots. You know: ‘Pick this guy up. Knock this guy down. Stab this guy.'”
While I’ve never been a huge fan of Halloween 5, I can’t deny that the thought of Michael mowing down a SWAT team and destroying people with an M16 brings a huge smile to my face. If only this badass scene had made it into the finished film.
After the massive success of last year’s Blumhouse Halloween movie, here’s hoping it doesn’t take too much longer to get Haddonfield’s favorite son back in theaters. This theatrical slasher drought is killing me, pun fully intended. Get on it, Hollywood.