With the release of Halloween Ends, the reimagining of John Carpenter’s original Halloween by David Gordon Green has reached its conclusion, and the story does, in fact, come to an end. Your connection to the franchise will determine whether or not you think that particular ending is the appropriate one.
The events of Halloween Ends take place on Halloween night in 2022, which is four years after the events of the first two Halloween movies that were directed by David Gordon Green and took place on Halloween night in 2018. However, Ends launched on Halloween in 2019.
A young man by the name of Corey, played by Rohan Campbell, is currently acting as Jeremy’s babysitter while the boy’s parents attend a Halloween party.
It turns out that the child is a jerk, and he pulls a prank on Corey by trapping him in a room on the second floor. The door is brought crashing down by Corey’s kick, which sends Jeremy careening over the banister and causing him to land with a crunch in a pool of blood three floors down, directly in front of his parents, who are horrified.
Let’s fast forward to the year 2022. Jamie Lee Curtis’ character, Laurie Strode, has evolved into a new woman. She has purchased a home and is currently leading a peaceful life with her granddaughter, Allyson (Andi Matichak), who works as a nurse. However, she does not carry a weapon. Knitting and baking are two of Laurie’s favorite past times, and she’s brought both backs into her life now that she’s writing a memoir and rewatching the original Halloween from 1978. She even participates in Halloween festivities lately.
Fortunately, Laurie is still a badass despite all that has happened to her. Corey and Laurie first crossed paths when Laurie saved Corey from being beaten up by a group of high school bullies at a petrol station.
She takes him to Allyson to get his hand stitched up, and during this time, the two of them begin to develop feelings for one another. Sadly, a significant portion of this movie is focused on the two of them and their relationship, which can be rather taxing to watch at times. It’s not that Corey is a bad person, to begin with; he’s just thrown into a bad scenario.
Although the reasons for Jeremy’s death are never made public, he is shunned in the community, and his mother’s controlling behavior borders on abuse. Despite this, he is never prosecuted or sent to prison for Jeremy’s death. In a similar vein, Laurie is held responsible for inviting Michael Myers to town and for spreading havoc on an otherwise peaceful enclave of the suburbs because of her actions.
It is impossible to give into much more detail about the movie without entering the realm of spoilers, but based on the responses of the audience members in the screening I saw, anyone who has a strong love and affection for the Halloween series did not enjoy this movie. Those, on the other hand, who only watch Halloween movies for a passing interest, appeared to adore this installment.
The essence of good vs. evil appears to be the central topic of Halloween Ends, much like it is the central premise of all Halloween films. Michael Myers seems to represent evil, while Laurie Strode seems to represent virtue. However, something that was introduced in Kills and continues to be developed in Ends is the theory that Haddonfield, New Jersey, is truly the source of evil or the first step in the development of evil.
There were, after all, the ludicrous and angry mobs in Kills. There were no riots in Ends, but there was a lot of fury in the air (some of which was legitimate, and some of which was not), and we noticed that evil appeared to have taken root in other people in a town in a manner that we hadn’t seen before. There was one particular scene that had me saying, “what the fuck was that?” (I won’t spoil anything for you, but you will know it when you see it), and you will know it too when you see it. – and not in a positive sense at all.
In the chapter “Ends,” Laurie has undergone yet another transformation. It made reasonable that she had to come to terms with going on with her life after losing her daughter in Kills and with her boogeyman presumably disappearing; nevertheless, she seemed to transition between 1978 Laurie and 2018 Laurie a little bit too quickly.
Kills should have found a bit more of a happy medium between these two extremes, as it’s difficult to believe that Laurie would revert to her traditional grandma ways (which are remarkably similar to her old teenage habits). However, as she transforms back into Kickass Laurie, this new development is rendered meaningless anyhow.
It is possible that the fact that this is the very last time we will ever see Laurie and Michael Myers go head-to-head contributes to the high level of suspense generated by their confrontation (supposedly). You won’t feel deceived by the conclusion of the movie, regardless of whether you’re on Team Laurie or Team Michael. This not only makes what came before it a lot easier to forget about, but it also makes the movie, in general, a lot more enjoyable.
It would appear that Halloween Ends is an attempt to provide fans of the Halloween franchise with something fresh, something original, and something that is a little bit different from what they have seen previously; nonetheless, the endeavor is unsuccessful.
Halloween Ends shifts the focus of the narrative away from Michael and Laurie and more toward Allyson and Corey, which is not what you want to see at the conclusion of a series starring two of the most iconic figures in the horror genre. It doesn’t matter how wonderful or even how great their final battle is; the viewers will still be left wanting more.