Halloween Ends Director on New Tone and Narrative Themes for Laurie and Michael Myers’ Final Showdown

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Jamie Lee Curtis and Director David Gordon Green. Photo by Ryan Green/Universal Pictures

Halloween Ends is the final showdown between Laurie Strode and Michael Myers, and director David Gordon Green is back in the director’s chair as he finishes this chapter in the franchise. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie along with Andi Matichak as Allyson Nelson. With the third film in the new trilogy, the director aimed to shift gears and take audiences in a different direction.

One direction involves how Michael Myers has shaped the world of Haddonfield.

“I just don’t want to be redundant,” Green tells Nerd Reactor. “You know, I want to introduce a familiar environment, familiar world characters, Haddonfield, and then try to find a new way tonally and narratively, to express some of the themes I want to explore. And I do want people to feel like they’ve got their grounding and they feel like they’ve come to a comfortable familiar place and then not know what the hell is going on and to start to unravel and turn heads with some of our narratives.”

Rohan Campbell portrays Corey Cunningham, a new character introduced as a love interest for Allyson and also a way to show how Michael Myers has affected the town.

“It is trying to explore things that Michael can’t explore through this character of Corey,” Green said of Campbell’s character. “So if I can’t explain some exposition of Michael, I can take a new kid that is kind of a consequence of Haddonfield unraveling, and I can ask questions that he can answer.”

It’s been teased that Halloween Ends is the final showdown between Laurie and Michael Myers, and audiences have been seeing how it’s all going to end ever since the filmmakers planned the new trilogy.

“That was always the goal,” Green said. “To see what happens if Laurie and Michael go toe to toe and bring this ultimate conflict to a head and trying to make sure that there’s not only physicality and brutality within the sequence, but also, it’s emotional. And there is an intimacy of two survivors that have been at each other’s throats for 44 years.”

Laurie will also have to deal with her strained relationship with Allyson, her granddaughter. There’s been a lot of tragedy in the family since Halloween 2018.

“To me, it’s just dramatic storytelling,” Green said. “It’s finding the juxtaposition with these characters. You don’t want them on the same journey. You want them on a very different journey. You want conflict. As I have grown to know Andi, who plays [Allyson], she certainly has got a great vast ability of things that she can do and I want to exercise that. She was the inspiration to escort this movie into a love story, which the Halloween franchise hasn’t really dealt with so much.”

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