"Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers" is very formulaic, seemingly borrowing all of its ideas from other popular 80's flicks, but it executes all of the cliches and conventions of the genre with skill and style.
I've always had a...complex and unstable relationship with (the original) "Halloween 2". Depending on my mood, I will view the movie as a solid slasher and a worthy followup to "Halloween"- a classic within the genre. But the cynic in me will also notice that "Halloween 2" foreshadows a problem that would ultimately ruin the franchise (for me).
The "Puppet Master" films were selected for my March Franchise Marathon, which is nice because I was never able to complete these movies...Yet after watching the original, I find myself afraid...and not for the right reasons. The first is supposed to be the best, right?
I can see many viewers calling "Maniac" boring and I wouldn't blame them. But I thought the filmmakers did a masterful job at creating a never-ending feeling of unease thanks to the atmosphere and amazing performance by Joe Spinell- who is adorable and terrifying at once.