“Halloween Ends – A Not So Fitting Ending”

Warning: Several spoilers.

John Carpenter’s “Halloween” premiered on October 25, 1978, in Kansas City, Missouri. From that moment forward, the film went on to  become a marvel of the horror genre. The characters of Michael Myers, Laurie Strode, and Dr. Loomis, brought to cinematic life in the film, have become iconic. Cast members, as well as the crew involved in the making of the original production, didn’t think the movie would launch a franchise, but, it did. Since the release of the 1978 original, and prior to “Halloween” (2018), there have been nine films produced, eight of which feature Michael Myers. “Halloween Ends” is the culmination of a trilogy, that began in 2018, with the release of “Halloween,” and continued with the 2021 release of “Halloween Kills.” In brief, the creative forces behind the trilogy, took the approach that they were going to remove from the franchises’ time line, all of the sequels. The 2018 film, was to be viewed as a direct sequel to Carpenter’s 1978 original.

At the start of the film, “Halloween Ends,” Corey (Rohan S. Campbell) is a young man, with a seemingly bright future ahead of him. In order to earn money, he agrees to a job babysitting Jeremy (Jaxon Goldenberg), on Halloween. At one point during the evening, Jeremy goes and hides from Corey. While searching for Jeremy, in his parent’s large house, Corey enters a room, and Jeremy locks him inside. Understandably upset, Corey implores Jeremy to let him out of the room, but Jeremy is having too much fun at Corey’s expense. In panic mode, Corey begins kicking at the door, in an attempt to free himself. He also yells things out loud, that will come back to haunt him. After a number of successive kicks, Corey manages to burst through the door. Unfortunately for Jeremy, who is standing on the other side, in front of a staircase railing, the kick sends him hurtling to his death. This takes place, mere moments after his mother (Candice Rose), and father (Jack William Marshall), arrive home, and hear Corey yell that he is going to kill Jeremy. The death is ruled an accident, but people are unwilling to believe that it wasn’t intentional, thereby turning Corey into Haddonfield, Illinois’s newest pariah.

The film shifts its time period to three years later. It’s 2022, and Laurie Strode, portrayed by BAFTA winner Jamie Lee Curtis (Trading Places), is attempting to put her past encounters with apex predator, Michael Myers, behind her. Strode is seeking closure from her horrific past, and one of the ways she copes with it, is by writing the book “Stalkers, Saviors, and Samhain,” which contains her memoirs. In addition to her literary endeavors, she is sharing her home with her granddaughter, Allyson (Andi Matichak). She is a nurse, who feels isolated from most people, because of the incidents from her past that also pertain to Myers. When Laurie has a chance encounter with Corey, who is being harassed by a group of bullies, she at first thinks playing the role of matchmaker would be a good thing for both Allyson and Corey. Strode takes Corey to the hospital, where he meets Allyson. She attends to the cuts on his hand, that he got from breaking a bottle while being bullied. During the duration of the film, Strode will come to regret the introduction.   

For a film that supposedly sought to end the storyline between the heroine, protagonist Strode, and her antagonist, the embodiment of evil, Myers, the film takes, what I felt was a distracting departure from what it should have dealt with. Instead of the film centering on Strode and Myers, it primarily focuses on the new character of Corey. I believe the filmmakers were attempting to convey, that anyone pushed far enough has the capacity for evil inside of themselves, as a means of revenge against their tormentors. I am not disagreeing with the premise, but I simply wasn’t interested in Corey’s character. If he had been introduced in “Halloween” (2018), or at least in “Halloween Kills,”  I might have had more of an investment in his plight. I watched the film to see Strode and Myers, both of whom were deprived of screen time, for a character, that doesn’t come to fruition by the film’s conclusion. It would be one thing, if Corey became the next Michael Myers, but he doesn’t. After watching the movie, I wondered, other than being force fed commentary from the filmmakers on the nature of evil, what was the point of Corey’s character? Furthermore, the way his character and Myers cross paths in the movie, and what takes place afterwards, I thought was very contrived.                                                                          

In regard to the final battle between Strode and Myers, which the marketing for the film hyped, it was, at least for me, something which left a good deal to be desired. I fully comprehend what the filmmakers were attempting to do with the trilogy, but as a fan of the entire franchise, I simply was unable to forget all of the films that had come before “Halloween Ends.” I didn’t consider the fight to be exciting. I thought the battle between Strode and Myers, in “Halloween” (2018), was far more entertaining, and would’ve been better served being saved for this film, as opposed to being placed in the first of the three movies. Michael Myers, a seemingly indestructible killing machine, is taken out by Strode far too fast, and, quite frankly, too easily. It is not befitting a character that has endured for the past four decades, and Strode’s vanquishing of Myers comes across as tainted.    

“Halloween Ends” was directed by David Gordon Green (Red Oaks). In addition, Green co-wrote the screenplay for the film withPaul Brad Logan (Manglehorn), Chris Bernier (The Driver), and Danny McBride (Vice Principals). The film premiered at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain, on October 6, 2022. Parts horror and thriller, the movie has a runtime of 111 minutes. One of the highlights of the film was the soundtrack composed by John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, and Daniel A. Davies. It’s a combination of old and new music, and it worked well to showcase what was transpiring on screen. 

Disappointed … that was how I felt, when the film ended and the credits began to roll. As aforementioned, Strode and especially Myers were underutilized in the film. The character of Corey was over utilized. What started off well with 2018’s “Halloween,” and continued with “Halloween Kills,” which contained several thrilling moments, concludes with a disjointed, often times boring film in “Halloween Ends.”  The characters of Strode and Myers deserved better, and so did the viewer.

                  

                                                                                   

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About robbinsrealm

I was born in Smithtown, New York, and grew up, worked, and lived in various areas of Long Island before moving to Boca Raton, Florida where I now make my home. In addition to being an aspiring writer, I am also an English teacher. I have a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master’s Degree in Education, both from Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. In my spare time you will find me engrossed in books, watching movies, socializing with friends, or just staying active.
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9 Responses to “Halloween Ends – A Not So Fitting Ending”

  1. cindy knoke says:

    Sounds like a pass. Thanks for the review. Happy Halloween! 🐈‍⬛🕸️🎃🍭👻

  2. filmmiasma says:

    I think I’m one of the few people that thought this was OK – not great at all but I didn’t really get the outrage and hate. Now. A few weeks later and I’ve seen VHS 99 and Halloween Ends is a beautiful miracle in comparison. At least to me anyway .

    • robbinsrealm says:

      I certainly didn’t hate. I don’t think I could hate a film that had the Myers / Strode characters in it, as limited as they were.

      I haven’t seen VHS 99. I’ll assume from what you wrote, that it is a good thing that I never watched it. I remember watching the first VHS film, and liking it for the most part, especially the vignette with the creepy girl. The second one, I didn’t like so much. I think that is why I never watched any of the films that came after it.

  3. terrepruitt says:

    I can’t say I remember Halloween. And I have not watched all the subsequent movies. I have enjoyed the hype leading up to this end, though. And by hype I mean, Jamie Lee Curtis’s Instagram. Somehow it got on my feed and I have enjoyed some of her posts. But that is all I can say. I am sorry the end was such a disappointment.

  4. The Greene Screen says:

    Well done and said. I can’t believe this story is what they decided to go with for the finale.

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