the director of Halloween endsDavid Gordon Green has revealed that it was never intended to further explore Michael Myers and Laurie Strode’s story in the film. Released on October 13, Halloween ends revolves around the character Corey Cunningham, who has fallen in love with Laurie’s granddaughter, Allyson. It explores his eventual spiral into a sporadic homicidal lifestyle after an indulgent obsession with Michael Myers.
The film is set four years after the rampant, domineering presence of serial killer Michael Myers in Halloween kills. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her role as Laurie Strode, who now lives with her granddaughter Allyson. Following her trauma and grief Halloween kills‘ ending are touched upon, but when Allyson bonds with Corey, who has a fascination with Michael Myers, the film continues the story of Laurie’s fear and her refined desire to protect. James Jude Courtney and Nick Castle also return as Michael Myers, although fans were largely disappointed that Michael Myers wasn’t there Halloween ends this much. Apparently that was always the plan.
Speak with TV lineGreen revealed that Halloween ends was intended to be completely different from its predecessors within the franchise. The infamous killer and target between Michael and Laurie, Laurie’s trauma and the general hysterical panic in the city would never be the focus after Halloween kills. Rather than focus on Michael Myer’s backstory, the director thought it more appropriate to focus entirely on a new character rather than a final showdown:
“We never considered getting a Laurie [Strode] and Michael [Myers] movie. The idea that it should be a final showdown never crossed our minds.”
Did the Halloween Ends director miss the franchise’s point?
The public has reacted divisively to the film, even going so far as to start a petition Halloween ends be recreated. Since the infamous franchise was previously centered around a ruthless, calculated, and domineering serial killer, the new protagonist’s amateur nature and lack of exploration of previous beloved characters and their stories contributed to the massive backlash the film received. Since the franchise revolves around Michael and Laurie, it begs the question of why the recently released movie has completely shifted its focus.
Lots of hype around Halloween ends was centered around a final showdown between Laurie and Michael, with most of the marketing material being released around their final brawl towards the end of the film. This fake-out certainly contributed to the fear surrounding the film, but Halloween ends Thematically explores what the franchise has always been about: the endurance of evil. Whether or not that was the right move for the final chapter of this trilogy is up for debate, as Corey’s trauma is a focus of the overarching story or Laurie Strode in what is purported to be her final appearance. Despite fans’ concerns over the minimum screen time allocated to Michael Myers, only time will tell if Halloween ends can be redeemed through another movie as it’s almost guaranteed he’ll return even if Laurie isn’t.
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