Review: “Halloween Ends” is the worst of the franchise


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Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode in “Halloween Ends.”

Editor’s note: This story may contain spoilers to “Halloween Ends.”

“Halloween Ends” suggests the end of the “Halloween” franchise, which I hope is accurate after watching this movie. The creative kills, jump scares and anxiety-inducing shots of Michael Meyers that make this franchise so popular were not displayed in this finale.

The film follows the idea that the evil possessing Michael Meyers has been transferred to Corey Cunningham, a resident of Haddonfield, Illinois, Michael’s hometown. This is something that was not hinted at in trailers or press events and was not understood until half-way through the film.

Corey accidentally killed the child he was babysitting at the start of the film, though he seemed genuinely upset about it. The town turned on him after this, which is my only guess as to what made him want to become the next killer.

One group of students harass Corey the most about the accident. This is a group of marching band members, which is made painfully obvious by one wearing a letterman’s jacket, one wearing a band uniform and one constantly holding drum sticks — ultimately leading to his demise. This cliche represents the laziness that came with the writing of the script.

After 40 minutes of watching random deaths throughout Haddonfield and residents blaming Laurie Strode for everything, Michael is finally seen for the first time. He spares Corey’s life in the sewer he has been living in, and they end up killing residents together. This seems so out of character for Michael, as it is not like him to let someone go or work with another killer.

Of course, Laurie is the one to kill Michael in the end, something she has been trying to do since the original film in 1978.

The finale showed the destruction of Michael’s body, along with the death of Corey, indicating neither would return. “Halloween” is known for making audiences think Michael is dead when he really isn’t, but it would be a stretch for him to come back after being crushed by a trash compactor.

I did not have high expectations for this film, as the last two were far from perfect. The only thing saving those films were the kill scenes, especially the ones shown in “Halloween Kills” last year. This film did not have those, as most deaths were shown off-screen.

This movie simply did not feel like a classic “Halloween” film with the new killer, uninteresting deaths and Michael receiving very little screen time. Without the icon Jamie Lee Curtis returning as Laurie, almost nothing in this movie related to anything in the franchise. It is even difficult to describe the plot, as it was difficult to understand it while watching. The only redeeming quality I found of the film was that this is the best Michael’s mask has ever looked.

Rating: 3 out of 10