Halloween Ends Review – A Disappointing Finale to a Beloved Franchise

Halloween Ends

Halloween Ends is, simply put, a complete and utter disaster. With the filmmakers continuing to provide real-world meaning into the film, this time around, there isn’t a huge body count to offset the dull philosophical aspect of the sequel. Green and McBride laughably try to implement substance by adding a Carrie element to the storyline. Unfortunately, it effectively takes away from the build-up (and promotions) of an epic final showdown between Laurie Strode and Michael Myers. As a result, Halloween Ends consists of plenty of filler and brand-new characters that no one cares about.

An enormous chunk of the film revolves around Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell) and Allyson’s (Andi Matichak) relationship. Sadly, none of this storyline adds a thing to Ends‘ storyline. The movie wants to convince you that it’s a critical element as Corey is written as this good kid who gets bullied enough to become a killer, a la Carrie. At the same time, this also keeps Laurie and Michael Myers on the sidelines since they’re barely supporting characters here. While both Campbell and Matichak are strong actors, they both take away from the one thing most Halloween viewers have come to see. Also, their characters become increasingly aggravating as the film moves on.

What’s frustrating about it is that Halloween started so well, only for Halloween Ends to sputter at the finish line. It was assumed that the duo had a three-film storyline to bring John Carpenter’s franchise to an epic close. The way the past two films played out says otherwise. Ends feels like a completely different film and disconnected than the last two films.

Halloween Ends consists of plenty of filler and brand-new characters that no one cares about.

At least with Halloween Kills, there’s enough gore and cannon fodder to satiate horror audiences. However, with Ends, the movie focuses more on the character development of Corey and Allyson than providing audiences with murderous action in a slasher film. While it’s true that the David Gordon Green and Danny McBride Halloween sequels have a higher message, this one isn’t even trying to be a slasher anymore. 

More egregious is that the film completely backtracks on making Michael Myers a superhuman being of evil and destruction. In Halloween Ends, he’s broken down and human—showcasing that the events of Kills finally took their toll on him.

Overall, Halloween Ends is a disappointing finale to a beloved slasher franchise. There will be those who enjoy Ends‘ attempt to change the status quo of slasher films. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me. With the death of Laurie’s daughter at the end of Kills, the ending led us to believe that the final showdown between Laurie and Michael would be epic. Sadly, it ends with a big ol’ meh.

Rating: 2/5 atoms

Halloween Ends hits theaters and streaming only on Peacock on October 14th.

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