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Halloween Ends

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2022

‘…thirteen rehashes later, Halloween Ends can’t stop soon enough…’

Yikes! The thirteenth film in the Halloween franchise is the conclusion of a new trilogy of films that ignore various other franchise entries and position themselves as direct sequels to John Carpenter’s original 1978 hit. ‘I get so excited about all that boogeyman bullsh*t’ says one of the characters in David Gordon Green’s film, reflecting on-going public interest in serial killer Michael Meyers. And a hit it is, Halloween Ends is a pre-sold monster for Paramount with a projected $60 million opening based on US ticket sales, although that number may fall with the film available for home viewing via Paramount +.

If that all sounds promising enough, it’s just a shame that Green’s Halloween trilogy has been a rather shonky creation; the first film was a straight re-tread of the original, pitching Meyers against Haddonfield’s most determined non-victim Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), following up with a lousy sequel which side-lines Strode in hospital while various local no-marks got deaded by Meyers. Having failed to deliver the definitive rock-em, sock-em climax promised in the first two of his Halloween films, Halloween Ends attempts to locate our waning pulse of enthusiasm for a final conflict, but is hampered by the kind of miserable soap-opera padding that afflicted the first two films.

Introducing a barrel-load of new characters in the third part of a trilogy sounds desperate, and it plays that way too, like a half-baked semi-supernatural 80’s reworking. Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell) is a misunderstood young man despised by the community for accidentally killing a child while babysitting. Cunningham finds romance with Strode’s grand-daughter Allyson much to her grandmother’s disapproval, but it turns out that Cunningham has been hanging out with Michael Meyers in the local drains. Some kind of transferance has taken place between the two misfit men, and they launch a masked tag-team killing spree that only Laurie Strode can stop. The most inventive kill here is a mouthy DJ who has his tongue cut out and left like a meat-patty on a spinning record on a turntable where it gets endlessly flipped by the stylus; them’s the kind of grim humour you get from Halloween films if you fancy it.

Aside from re-using Carpenter’s classic theme music, getting Curtis to reprise her iconic role is the sole winning card on offer here. Strode may feel that at this stage of her life, her choices are limited to ‘suicide or cherry-blossoms’, but she’s far more than just a woman ‘who teased a man with brain damage and he snapped’ as the script has it; an older character makes for an experienced, mature centre for audience identification. But with large swathes of soapy nonsense to get through, and barely any Michael Meyers or even any killings until the last 40 minutes, Halloween Ends doesn’t give Laurie the send-off she deserves; the ending when it finally arrives is brief, anti-climactic and perfunctory. Watching Halloween films seems like an unstoppable American past-time, but thirteen rehashes later, Halloween Ends can’t stop soon enough.

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  1. Oooo. I actaully rather enjoyed this specifically because Michael was barely in it. I thought Corey stood on his own for the most part. I admit the passing of the torch thing is kind of cheesy, but I liked it. Then again, I have been known for my contrarian Halloween opinions.

    • I fully agree that this is a contrarian opinion; to be, giving Michael a sidekick to tag team the killings is some very weak sauce. But I did think the actor playing Corey did as well as he could in the circumstances…

    • It’s the end of it as far as I’m concerned. The same team seem to have lined up an Exorcist prequel for next year, so that’ll be the next thing up…

  2. You can say that again. Check out my movie review of Halloween Ends. I totally agree here. I thought the other two Halloween movies that David Gordon Green did were amazing. But all of that build up fell apart in this trashy third and final installment. David Gordon Green destroyed his own Halloween trilogy. We all shouldn’t see his next movie which is, The Exorcist. Lets have some commonsense and not watch that one so David will listen to the fans.

    • I guess they hope he can unscramble a fractured franchise by working in the style of the original and presenting as a direct sequel. It worked for the first Halloween by Green, but whether you liked the first two films or not, they just dropped plot lines and had this new wannabe character who eventually teams up with Meyers. Meyers doesn’t need a pal, he’s not Sonic the Hedgehog. Who thought that would be a good idea?

  3. Huge John Carpenter fan here. I thought the 2018 Green film was a love letter, a great tribute to the original 1978 classic. Had high hopes for the rest of Green’s trilogy, but Halloween Kills to me was a massive, colossal failure and afterwards I had no hope this one would be any good either. It will be nice to hear Carpenter’s score as usual, but based on what I have read here and elsewhere, without even seeing this yet…this Halloween fan certainly hopes Halloween Ends. For good. I’ll be fine rewatching and appreciating the 1978 movie. (I also watch Halloween II and III, which I don’t brag about but should include here for transparency’s sake…)

    • No shame in liking a Halloween III. Like you, I thought the first of this trilogy worked as a tribute, but the second and third film will put you off your dinner. Just not enough good ideas to sustain…

  4. Time for this franchise to be put down. Come up with new ideas for goodness sake. With the new Hellraiser being out, I’ve realized that hollywood is creatively bankrupt and is desperately trying to hide that fact.

    • You have got the right end of the lollipop then, because in terms of actual good films, only the first one is worth seeing.

  5. Just watching Halloween Kills this morning. Synchronicity. Not expecting much as I was underwhelmed by the first part of this trilogy. Did you mean Halloween Ends is a presold monster?

    • I do, seems like an automatic hit whether its any good or not. I didn’t think this was quite as awful as Kills, but it’s not much good.

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