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Why Does Haddonfield Hate Laurie? Explaining Halloween Ends’ Weird Change

Warning: Halloween spoiler warning ends


Halloween ends switches to the public opinion of Laurie Strode. The movie sees a time jump to four years later Halloween kills, showing that the lasting effects of that night took a toll on the residents of Haddonfield. In the previous film, the city had rallied behind Laurie, forming a mob bent on taking down Michael Myers.

In Halloween ends, iInteractions between locals and Laurie show that the city’s opinion of her has changed over the past four years. Outside the grocery store, Laure is confronted by Sondra’s sister, who blames Laurie for her sister’s condition. Sondra’s sister believes Laurie provoked Michael and is responsible for the damage Myers caused. Similar sentiments were shared by others, including a group of teenagers and Corey Cunningham’s mother. Corey’s mother blames Laurie for how her son is perceived by the city, leading to his connection to Michael Myers. Halloween ends’ depiction of Haddonfield hating Laurie all boils down to them blaming her for Myer’s murders and fallout, an odd choice for the movie given that Michael’s actions aren’t Laurie’s fault.

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Laurie Strode was not responsible for Michael Myers

although Halloween ends turns out Laurie was withdrawn from the rest of town, she wasn’t responsible for Michael’s return. Michael was goaded by two true crime podcasters who showed off Michael’s mask in front of him, possibly reminding the killer of the events of 1978. Michael’s psychiatrist, Dr. Sartain, orchestrated Myers’ escape to further study him for selfish reasons. While those people may be blamed for making the Michael Myers murder spree possible, Laurie was just preparing for the inevitable, namely his return after all these years.

Why Laurie deserved more from Haddonfield

Halloween ends’ decision to alienate members of the town of Laurie was a strange change considering all she’s been through. Some Haddonfield residents blamed Laurie for their losses, but the film doesn’t seem to reflect on all that Laurie has lost. She was never able to live an everyday life, because she always lived in fear, waiting for the return of a monster. She lost her daughter, Karen, and her son-in-law while also suffering from PTSD from the previous events.

Laurie gets a bit of a happy ending after she finally kills Michael in Halloween ends. This time, she makes sure he’s gone for good by having his body disassembled by a scrap shredder. She is joined by the people of the town in a procession for Michael, to get rid of the trauma he collectively brought to Haddonfield. Laurie can then find peace, rekindle her relationship with Agent Hawkins and finish her memoir. However, these final scenes make it clear that the animosity of the residents of Haddonfield against Laurie Strode was unjust, and their participation in the procession shows their own hypocrisy as Halloween ends is ending.

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