Halloween Ends is Jamie Lee Curtis’ final appearance in the franchise.
The Halloween franchise comes to its grand finale with Halloween Ends. If you are unfamiliar with the most updated timeline of this iconic horror franchise, this new trilogy only claims the original Halloween movie that made its debut in 1978. From then, the story jumps to 2018’s Halloween, followed by 2021’s Halloween Kills. The final installment stars Jamie Lee Curtis, who jokingly signed a contract promising not to appear in any more ‘Halloween’ films.
Halloween Ends takes place four years after the events of last year’s Halloween Kills. Laurie is living with her granddaughter Allyson and is finishing writing her memoir. Michael Myers hasn’t been seen since. After allowing Michael’s specter to determine and drive her reality for decades, Laurie has decided to liberate herself from fear and rage. She has now embraced life. But when a young man, Corey Cunningham, is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, it ignites a cascade of violence and terror that will force Laurie to finally confront the evil she can’t control, once and for all.
This final installment takes a sharp turn in the franchise. Some may love it, but many may hate it, and I understand why. Halloween Ends, which sits almost 2 hours, takes way too long to bring back Michael Myers. When he finally shows up, it is comical where he has been living, and I could not help but imagine Pennywise being his roommate. I did not expect a Halloween movie that is supposed to be the grand finale to sideline their iconic killer. I felt bored for half the runtime as the film sets up a subplot and gives a brand-new character most of the screen time.
Additionally, the direction of the film’s plot would have better faired as a spinoff or the logical way to continue the franchise without the OGs. I do not doubt that the audience may feel slightly cheated as they buy a movie ticket to see Laurie vs. Michael in an epic battle one last time, similar to what was delivered previously. However, the redeeming part of the film is the bad-ass Jamie Lee Curtis, who has carried this franchise for decades. In the “End,” this film delivers gruesome kills filled with shocking imagery, delivering a special treat to fans of the genre.
I give Halloween Ends 3 out of 5 stars. 2018’s installment is still the best out of this trilogy that satisfies all generations of Halloween fans. Halloween Ends will be in theaters and on Peacock on October 14th. Do you Vouch for it? Read more Reviews on Nerdtropolis and Subscribe to our YouTube.