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Halloween finale lacks killer punch

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HALLOWEEN ENDS (MA15+)

  • Director: David Gordon Green
  • Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Andi Matichak, Will Patton, Rohan Campbell, Kyle Richards, James Jude Courtney
  • Genre: Horror
  • Running time: 1 hour 51 minutes

In 1978, an independent slasher flick introduced the evil incarnate Michael Myers to the world.

At the time, the John Carpenter-directed Halloween, which starred Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut, cost between $300,000 and $325,000 to make.

But, it grossed $70 million at the box office – and spawned at least 13 sequels, not all of them good.

The plot centred around a mental patient, Myers, who was committed to a sanitorium for murdering his babysitting teenage sister on Halloween night when he was aged six.

Fifteen years later, he escapes and returns to his hometown, where he stalks a female babysitter by the name of Laurie Strode (Curtis) and her friends while under pursuit by his psychiatrist.

The original movie received rave reviews, while earning Jamie Lee the title as the “scream queen”.

Numerous follow-up films about the pair languished between “passable” and the “absurd” (think Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers).

However, in 2017, the powers-that-be, along with Blumhouse Productions, decided to revisit the series.

With new director David Gordon Green at the helm, Halloween (2018) and Halloween Kills (2021) were filmed back-to-back and stayed true to the 70’s classic.

The former, set four decades after the original, pitted Strode (Curtis, again) face-to-face with Myers after he takes flight – following a bus crash – while being transported to another prison.

In the next instalment, Michael escapes Laurie’s trap and tries to reach her, killing many people, including those nearest and dearest to her.

Those two offerings gave the film-makers a perfect platform to finish Myers’ reign of terror in a fitting way.

But, sadly, Green missed the mark with the finale, Halloween Ends.

The disjointed storyline is weak, relying on a character never seen before to re-ignite Michael’s violent urges.

In fact, the director labelled the theme of the movie a “love story”, which doesn’t really fit the horror genre.

And, while Curtis and newcomer Andi Matichak, as Strode’s granddaughter Allyson, along with Hollywood veteran Will Patton, do their best, it’s not enough to save Halloween Ends.

Rohan Campbell as Corey Cunningham, a young man accused of murdering a boy he was babysitting, was a poor casting choice.  

However, to be fair, the script didn’t help his cause.

RIP Michael.  

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