Halloween Ends

In my review of the 2018 version of “Halloween,” I said that the people who made it didn’t “really understand what made the first film a masterpiece.” I don’t want to be that guy, but if the confusing “Halloween Kills” didn’t prove me right, “Halloween Ends” sure does. What’s so strange about this really strange sequel is that it’s easy to admire its wide swings at doing something different with a trilogy closer, but Green and his team can’t figure out how to tie their undeniable ambition to something that makes sense.

“Halloween Ends” isn’t much of a “Halloween” movie, much like the criticism of “Halloween 3: Season of the Witch.” In fact, some of the structure is meant to be a nod to that change from the Michael Myers formula. Instead of directly ending what was set up in the last movie, this one introduces a new villain and spends way too much time on a half-baked young love story.

Halloween Ends

However, it has to come back to Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), even though the convoluted path these movies took to get there has taken away any sense of urgency from the final showdown. We all know that the title of this movie is a lie, which doesn’t help. In the future, there will be another “Halloween” movie, which will make this even more of an odd detour in the history of a horror legend. even though “Halloween Pauses” might not sound as interesting.

Instead of picking up after the chaos of the last movie, in which Judy Greer’s character, Karen Nelson, died, “Halloween Ends” opens in 2019 with a new character named Corey Cunningham. This is a stupid choice that still bothers me (the downright bad Rohan Campbell, poorly directed to a dull performance).

He is babysitting for a Haddonfield child who is a little afraid of all the murders in the area. When the kid decides to play a joke on Corey, something goes wrong and the little jerk dies. This makes Corey an outcast. Three years later, Laurie is working on her memoir and living with her granddaughter, Allyson. The book has way too much voiceover about evil and other things (Andi Matichak).

After being picked on by a bunch of tough marching band guys, which may be a first for a movie, Corey starts to lose it. He finds Michael Myers in a sewer, and the two of them pretty much become best friends, causing violence all over Haddonfield.

The ambitious idea seems to be that evil isn’t just in famous monsters like Michael Myers but could also come from a normal babysitter whose life is ruined by an accident. Corey gets infected by Myers’ evil, but Allyson can’t see his true evil and falls more in love with the brooding maniac because, well, it’s a movie. It’s not enough to say that Corey and Allyson’s love story is poorly written and hard to believe. Everything about it is just wrong.

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A shocking number of “Halloween Ends” are badly made. The editing, framing, and writing is all worse than in the other two movies as if the team was hired to make this one as part of a contract and was trying to get it done as quickly as possible. More likely, Green and his team had a really ambitious idea for a movie about the nature of evil and how fearful societies can make violent loners, but they also had to make a “Halloween” movie.

This movie falls apart because of two ideas that push and pull against each other. What starts out interesting gets dumb, and Green can’t even master the art of a good kill. Some of the people he kills here are killed in a very boring way; only a DJ’s death is worth remembering. And we know that it’s all leading up to Laurie vs. Michael, which was so exciting in 2018 but has lost all of its power.


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