through David Gordon Greenis brand new Halloween trilogy, we are regularly reminded that it has been forty years since Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney/Nick Castle) got home first. The 2018 reboot that followed decades of remakes and reboots would go on John Zimmerman‘s original vision. It’s a solid story with bits of grief and trauma thrown in, but most of all, Green wanted to make the truest sequel to the original. its sequel, Halloween kills, is a total cheese feast that takes the goof factor to eleven. Sure, the story beats are pretty ridiculous and the script ranges from heavy McBridian comedy to overly pretentious monologues about hope, but it’s a lot more entertaining than many of the other sequels. Now we’re thirteen films deep. Given all this history, audiences have no reason to bother with the new release Halloween ends expect something different than what we always got. However, this is not the film we were marketed for and for that we have to be thankful. Halloween ends is by far the most emotional film in the franchise yet, one that fans should embrace.
The film begins in a way that feels right for the franchise. Exactly one year later kills, It’s Halloween night once again and a babysitter in his early 20s, Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell), watching a naughty kid named Jeremy (Jaxon Goldenberg), while his parents go to a party. The way it all plays out in the first few minutes feels ingrained in what came before, even down to the thing play on tv. Things go bad after a prank by Jeremy goes awry and Corey accidentally kills him. We’re sent straight to the credits and we scratch our heads and wonder what on earth this could have to do with Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), but are quickly introduced to their plot. This is where the familiar begins to fade. Haddonfield is in the worst shape it’s ever been in. A montage detailing the dark state of the city puts the audience in the right headspace for what is to come and shows people still reeling from the damage Michael wrought. The killer has disappeared and people are anxiously awaiting his return at any moment. Oddly enough, while everyone else mourns, Laurie Strode has finally moved on and is enjoying life. Occasionally, her newfound optimism bursts when people across town accuse her of pushing Myers to commit violence. It’s at this early point in the film that Laurie and Corey’s stories show their similarities and things really take off.
Three years after the film premiered, Corey’s life has spiraled out of control. Though he was acquitted of the accident, the townsfolk now treat him like a freak who got away with murder. Much like Laurie, he has nowhere to go without being connected to his traumatic past. About twenty minutes later, now that the audience has been introduced to Corey’s current situation and Laurie’s happiness is mostly reflected in private, Halloween ends really shows his true colors. The film moves away from the series’ typically eerily funny charm and dives headfirst into the sobering and depressing. Now that Michael is nowhere to be found, the citizens of Haddonfield would rather point to anyone they can and paint him as a monster than try to move on.
Nobody can take a break
Throughout the film, Corey continues to bump into high school students, adults, and even Jeremy’s mom (Candice Rose), all of which will not let him survive the film’s opening scene. It would be one thing for Corey to be a total jerk, but instead he’s a seedy bookworm who gave up his dream of going to engineering college and retired to the junkyard of his family estate. home, his mother (Johanna Baron) is abusive, and his father (Rick Moose) half-heartedly does what he can for his son, but above all shows total indifference to everything around him. He is a character who is eliminated from life, avoiding home whenever he can by staying in the junkyard for long periods of time. The usual humor that David Gordon Green and Danny McBride brought to this trilogy is missing from Corey’s scenes. There is never recklessness; the audience is forced to immerse themselves in his condition. At first you might think that his eventual love affair with Laurie’s granddaughter Allyson (Andy Mathak) would add more optimism to the film. Soon after, Corey begins to embrace his dark side, and you get the feeling that absolutely no one in Haddonfield will ever be able to overcome their most bleak hardships. By portraying Corey as an extremely unlucky protagonist-turned-villain, the filmmakers deliver the saddest lead ever Halloween Film has survived by far.
Like many slasher movies, most ends’ easier-to-watch scenes come at the beginning when the audience meets or interacts with characters. Laurie comes into the film, writing memoirs, baking cakes, and fooling around with Allyson. For the most part, life seems easier than it has been in a long time. Laurie’s handling of her trauma comes to a head when she exits a grocery store and is accused of provoking Michael into his recent murders. This happens in the presence of an old neighbor (Diva Taylor) of Laurie, which we saw when they got stabbed in the throat halloween kills, can’t speak now. It’s a brutal scene in a way that the Halloween Movies didn’t aspire to that before. Laurie feels guilty for the woman’s current position as well as her husband’s death, topped by the fact that she cannot name her old neighbor. After 43 years and a mostly superficial film series, it’s amazing to see such an emotionally charged scene pulled off so well. This is the same show where Michael Myers rams a shotgun through someone’s body and pins them to a wall! It’s not that Halloween ends is something of a masterpiece of dramatic storytelling, but this parking lot scene works better than any of the awkwardly serious moments in this recent trilogy. Where Green is different Halloween Movies aim for drama through over-written monologues and themes that don’t work as well as you think, this new film keeps things simple. No matter how good she is, Laurie cannot escape her past. And even if it seems like a good match has emerged for Allyson, things are bound to take a turn for the worst, eventually leading to The Shape itself.
A slit in the heart
As the film progresses in its plot, its slasher elements become more apparent. Whether Corey allies with Michael, leads people to him, or takes matters into his own hands, the fallen protagonist begins picking up people who either hurt Allyson and himself or got in their way. These newer ones Halloween Movies have all been pretty wild in their killing scenes, but usually there’s still that blockbuster slasher sensibility at play that makes you cringe in fear and laugh in shock. Here, almost every time Corey kills someone, it’s just a huge downer. There’s no fun to be had. You just want to shake him and make him see the downward spiral his life is headed for. This feeling continues and only gets worse until Michael finally kills Corey. Shortly after, Laurie and Allyson kill Michael and the town destroys his body in a car compactor. After just sitting through the most depressing one Halloween Movie still, it would be hard to make yourself jump with excitement at Michael’s eventual death, but it makes for a rather cathartic ending. Michael is perhaps the most brutal of this trilogy, so it’s nice to see the legendary killer finally go down.
Almost all Halloween Movies are perfect for lining up in the background while you dismantle jack-o’-lanterns and get in the spirit of October. Overall, for better or worse, they’re fun movies that are scary enough to set the mood for this month but not scary enough to darken the rest of your day. Halloween ends is the exception to this rule. This all-new trilogy has had ideas here and there about the implications of Michael Myers’ actions, but never before has it been the focus of an entire film. It’s a film that thematically has much more in common with a feature film joker when it does something like that The Curse by Michael Myers. So far, the reactions have been divided. It’s a real love-it-or-hate-it movie. From every franchise Halloween Fans have more reason than anyone to be more receptive to new entries taking such a big, risky swing. Back in 1982, Carpenter and co. had the idea of dropping Michael Myers and making the series an anthology with a new Halloween theme Halloween Film to be released every year. This gamble led to the controversial Halloween III: Season of the Witch, a movie that people initially hated but has since grown into a massive cult following and is a popular October staple. Fast forward to 2022 and Halloween ends opens with credits in the Season of the Witch Font. It’s a choice that almost confirms that Green needed to know how divisive this final film was going to be.
Movies in huge franchises that are as keen on it as this one should be encouraged. The more times we get the same predictable movie, the more stale a series becomes, ultimately leading to total disinterest from fans and non-fans alike. We don’t want that! A film within a genre series like this that aims to make you feel more than the popcorn in your stomach should at least be respected. But how Season of the Witch and pretty much everyone else Halloween Movie, time will likely be on the side of this film that will garner a cult following for years to come. In the meantime, for those who didn’t like the movie and are worried ends Since this is really the last film in the series, take two seconds to think about it. Much like his own franchise, when you thought it was all over, you ever did Yes, really Do you think Michael was dead?
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