Halloween Ends movie review - Aussieboyreviews
DOES HALLOWEEN ENDS FINISH THE TRILOGY WITH A GORY FINALE?
Without a doubt, this Halloween instalment is strongly bloody and gory. However, the story falls flat, Michael Myers’ kills aren’t as frequent or memorable, and it’s a highly disappointing end to a Halloween trilogy.
Laurie Strode is living with her granddaughter and finishing writing her memoir four years after her last encounter with Michael Myers, who hasn’t been seen since. But when a young man is accused of killing a young boy he was babysitting, it ignites a spree of violence and terror on the town, forcing Laurie to confront the evil once and for all.
Director: David Gordon Green
Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Andi Matichak, Rohan Campbell, James Jude Courtney, Will Patton, Kyle Richards
Writer: Paul Brad Logan, Chris Bernier, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green
Release Date (Australia): 13 October 2022
Runtime: 111 minutes/1h 51m
Genre: Horror, Thriller
CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)
Horror themes include several people being terrorised, attacked and murdered by a serial killer. A young boy is killed in an accident in which he falls from a flight of stairs after being knocked by a door.
The film features gory depictions of people being attacked, stabbed, shot, cut and choked, as well as a character being thrown into a meat grinder, often accompanied by gory blood detail, injury detail and blood spurting.
The film features use of the words “f**k”, “s**t”, “p***y”, “d**k”, “ass” and “bitch”.
The film features multiple sexual references throughout, including a scene of implied sexual activity and uses of the word “f**k” in a sexual context.
R (for bloody horror violence and gore, language throughout and some sexual references)
Aussie boy's thoughts
The finale to this Halloween trilogy takes the risk by trying to be something completely different, but this is the exact opposite to how you should end the trilogy. Did they completely forget about the previous instalments to the trilogy and the whole trilogy itself? What happened behind all of the screenwriting, and ideas, and production, and execution of this movie?
Jamie Lee Curtis is back for another more-of-a-supporting-role than a featured hero role, which is where the disappointment begins. Anyway, the film is set four years after the events of Halloween Kills, with Laurie Strode living with her granddaughter as she writes her memoir, but there’s a big focus a young man who was accused of intentionally murdering a young boy while babysitting him. The thematic plot aspect feels very new, despite Halloween (2018) actually having a story, but it’s because it comes after Michael Myers’ chaotic killing spree in the previous film.
Since the previous instalment was packed with extremely frequent and fun deaths, centred on major blood and gore, the small amount of killings in this film is extremely frustrating, and you’re questioning whether the film you just saw was the same film you were meant to be seeing. Halloween Ends deserves the credit and praise for trying to do something different, and it actually works out for some time, but it completely squashes your expectations. Plus, this movie never answers the questions relating to the big block of time between the stories of Halloween Ends and Halloween Kills.
The failure of this film is actually painful, knowing that this WAS the final product. This is one of the biggest disappointments of 2022 and even people who just see these Halloween horror movies for fun, expecting plenty of gory kills and Michael Myers sequences, will even be disheartened that this was the final product. It’s actually quite entertaining for a while and seems promising, but Halloween Ends failed in the end, and not even the sprinkles of darkly hilarious humour and nostalgia throughout can save it.
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