Does Halloween “End” for good? REVIEW – Spoiler Free

As a fan of all thing’s horror, scary and psychological, I was really excited when the Halloween franchise was greeting new life breathed into it in 2018 with a sequel film to John Carpenter’s terrifying first entry in the horror genre. Over the course of four decades, we have witnessed the struggle of good versus evil, but all good things must come to an end.

Halloween Ends sees the final conflict between Jaime Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode and Nick Castle’s Michael Myers, marking the final appearances for both actors in their respective (and respected) roles. Going into this film, I already had expectations for what a last entry for a popular franchise such as Halloween than spans a couple generations would play out. Some of those expectations happened and some did not. As a sequel film, Halloween Ends shows the aftereffects of the events of the previous film, Halloween Kills. One such effect centers on Laurie Strode whose life does not play out the way she expected despite her trying to move forward with it. Given her role in the previously mentioned events, she has become all but ostracized by the people of Haddenfield save for those closest to her, the ones who were there when Michael Myers went on his first killing spree in 1978. Laurie struggles to cope with this, but as the film progresses, she learns that the past cannot be so easily buried. This serves as not only the set up for the final conflict between Laurie and Michael, but also as the closing chapter in the story of Laurie Strode. That is what this film is – this is Laurie’s story.

After 40 years, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Michael Myers (Nick Castle) face off one last time.

Watching Halloween Ends may have fans of the franchise be reminded of Halloween III: Season of the Witch in the way that Michael Myers presence is not felt in the film until the latter half. In other words, the first half goes through the motions of telling Laurie’s story, of her trying to move forward with her life amidst the town reeling for the first murder in four years after Michael Myers disappeared following his rampage in Halloween Kills, of her granddaughter who has to deal with her grandmother’s ghosts while struggling to create her own life, all before we get to the man himself – Michael Myers. This pacing may be a bit lengthy for some fans who were expecting Michael to appear and begin wreaking havoc again. However, given how this film plays out in the end, the pacing could be justified yet even I felt at some point like, “Alright, we get it. Can we get to the ‘meat and potatoes’ of this whole thing?” In my opinion, the pace may have been necessary, but it didn’t need to occupy nearly half the film. When Michael Myers finally does appear, he gets right to work, dispatching his victims with swift simplicity. The final showdown between Myers and Strode gets as intense as one would expect of deadly arch enemies.

Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell) joins the Halloween Ends cast as a love interest for Laurie Strode’s granddaughter.

I have no problem with new character dynamics in shows or movies that I like. But the introduction of this particular character felt unneeded. More accurately, the role his plays in Halloween Ends, I felt, did nothing for the storyline, or rather it did not feel necessary for the storyline. The one part of his role was more useful than the second part. I saw where the director was going with this character, but the other part of their role was unnecessary. It wasn’t detrimental to how the movie plays out. Now, the first part of their role, bringing that small glimmer of light to the darkness surrounding one of the main characters, could have been built upon. This character’s fate could have still happened, but not the way that it did happen. In other words, this character could have been a martyr of some kind for this main character. Had that had happened, we could have gotten a brighter ending for them.

Overall, Halloween Ends does give a proper closing chapter to the story of Laurie Strode and Michael Myers. As a fan who grew up with this franchise, I am glad that the previous entries have all but been erased from existence and the franchise has been given new life with a suitable end.

Halloween Ends gets 3 out of 5.

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