Halloween Ends Review

 David Gordon Green did something different, and that is something I can admire him for. He went a different route when developing Corey Cunningham as someone who wanted to be like Michael Myers. Almost like an apprentice in this movie. Cunningham “accidentally” killed the child he was babysitting on Halloween night, and the whole town turned against him. Almost like they were trying to latch onto a new killer for Haddonfield because Michael Myers wasn’t present. Gordon Green also tried to reverse the cycle of the child going after the babysitter, which would have worked if the story had gone in a different direction. The bones of the story are there. It’s the execution of it that didn’t quite work. In the beginning, this third film felt like they needed to fill time to stretch out the final standoff between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. And when that happened in the last fifteen minutes, it didn’t even feel warranted. 

Halloween Ends is probably the most anticlimactic way to end the franchise because of how detached Michael Myers and Laurie Strode was from the story. It had the potential to be a good ending if Gordon Green decided to stick with one direction for Cunningham in the end. People thought Halloween Kills was too graphic and had too many kills. This third film is the total opposite. There was one good kill, and the film lacked the suspense that Halloween (2018) was filled with. It’s an underwhelming finale to a feud that has lasted four decades. Laurie does get some closure, and there are references to Halloween (1978). But it doesn’t deliver anything epic in terms of a final story. The opening of this film felt like an entirely different movie than the other two in the trilogy, and it didn’t feel like Halloween. 

Review by: Amanda Guarragi 


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