Warning: SPOILERS are ahead Halloween ends.
David Gordon Green defends decision to limit Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney) screen time in Halloween ends. Four years after the events of Halloween killsThe film sees Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) confronting The Shape one last time as he comes out of hiding on Halloween night in Haddonfield. Meanwhile, granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) begins to fall in love with Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell), who is training with Myers to become Haddonfield’s next “Shape.”
In a surprising turn of events, Michael Myers and Laurie Strode take a huge backseat as Halloween ends dedicates its focus to Corey Cunningham, the franchise’s newest character. After being attacked by a group of teenagers, Cunningham accidentally encounters Michael Myers in a sewer. The Form initially strangles him, but sees darkness lurking in Cunningham and chooses to spare his life. The two begin to wreak havoc on Haddonfield, while Cunningham begins to grow closer to Michael Myers, leaving Laurie concerned given his relationship with Allyson. Myers only appears in Haddonfield during the final showdown, where Laurie awaits his return so she can finish him off for good.
Now, in a recent interview with ColliderDavid Gordon Green explains why Michael Myers has a limited screen presence during: Halloween ends. The director defends the choice, stating that it would have felt wrong to have done the film differently, while also admitting that limiting Myers’ screen time was one of the film’s biggest risks. Check out what he said about this below:
“It’s still a controversy today. I just watched the movie for the first time two days ago outside of a technical format, i.e. in a sound mix or a color correction. We really just got this movie out. [Laughs] So two days ago, and I look at it, and I think, ‘We’re asking a lot.’ But when we were in the editing room, and we would do it [it] otherwise it felt wrong. So if you don’t have intuition, if you don’t have vision, you shouldn’t be making this movie. And I think there are obvious challenges and things that you would discuss with editors, with producers and say, ‘This feels good’, and at one point we just looked at each other and said, ‘We’re taking a big risk here, but it feels good, and we know we’re getting into it. Let’s go for it.'”
Was Halloween ending a satisfying ending for fans?
Of Halloween ends limiting the screen time of both Michael Myers and Laurie Strode, the film received a mediocre reception from critics and fans alike. Additionally, given the film’s focus on Corey’s descent into darkness as Allyson grows closer to him, many believed it was not doing correctly what was initially set up in the 2018 Halloween reboot and in Halloween kills. The 2021 sequel saw Michael Myers brutally decimate most of its characters, including Laurie’s daughter Karen (Judy Greer), setting the stage for what could have been the rematch of the century between one of the horror film’s most terrifying antagonists and the ultimate last girl.
However, since the film spent most of its time exploring Corey Cunningham’s “evil” awakening in him to show that Michael Myers is one of the many Shapes that could grow in Haddonfield, Laurie Strode’s final ending is yet another unsatisfactory conclusion. The character’s storylines have already been reconnected twice, with Halloween H20: 20 years later ignoring most of its previous sequels to give Laurie a fitting ending, while the direct sequel, Halloween: resurrection, killed her within the first twenty minutes. Makes you wonder if there will be another sequel to Halloween endsbecause it’s clear that audiences haven’t seen the last of Michael Myers, Laurie Strode and Haddonfield, in a franchise that has had many so-called final chapters.
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