Haddonfield rallies against a new boogeyman while Laurie Strode
prepares for one final confrontation with Michael Myers.
Halloween Ends (2022)
Directed by David Gordon Green
Written by Paul Brad Logan, Chris Bernier,
Danny McBride, David Gordon Green
Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney, Rohan Campbell, Will Patton, Kyle Richards
Sequel to 2021's Halloween Kills
Hot damn, this one divided people. David Gordon Green's trilogy started off so damn promising. 2018's Halloween might just be my favorite of the whole franchise. His follow-up, Halloween Kills, didn't sit right with fans, who found it derivative, unimaginative, and annoying with its repetitive mantra "Evil dies tonight." Still, it looked like he'd stick the landing with Halloween Ends. While I thought it was entertaining and a decent finale to the trilogy Green had established, I totally understand why fans are condemning it left and right. For starters, it's only about Michael Myers for the last fifteen minutes. Most of the movie follows Corey Cunningham (Campbell), a babysitter who accidentally killed the kid he was watching and became the new villain of Haddonfield by a town desperate to project their fear and anger onto something, with Michael in the wind.
It's been six years since Michael's rampage, and Laurie (Curtis) has done her best to move on. She and her granddaughter Allyson (Matichak) live together, and Laurie is writing a book to cope with her trauma. Allyson runs into Corey, who hates himself for what he's done. The two start dating, but Laurie sees in Corey the same darkness she saw in Michael. Corey, meanwhile, runs into Michael in the sewers, and Michael lets him go, sensing in him a kindred spirit. The two start killing together, but nearly everyone who dies in this movie has it coming, so that's refreshing. Michael is also finally portrayed as a bit more human. He's not fully recovered from his wounds in Kills, and he's weaker. Of course, once the Corey story gets finalized, we do get the final showdown between Michael and Laurie, and that bit was so damn satisfying that it just about saved the movie for me.
Halloween Ends is going to go down as one of the most divisive horror films of all time. Fans are hating it so much that there are people demanding he be removed from the upcoming Exorcist reboot. I think that's being irrational. This film isn't that bad if you want something a little different. I kinda liked it. Sorry if you didn't.