It Ends (Again)
At this point, we have seen it all when it comes to the Halloween movies. While the franchise has had its share of hits and misses, most of these movies fall somewhere in the middle. In 2018, David Gordon Green set the groundwork for a new trilogy of Halloween films that serve as direct sequels to the original 1978 film. You might be familiar with David Gordon Green’s work on Vice Principles and Righteous Gemstones. Danny Mcbride is a frequent collaborator with Green and was one of the co-writers in this trilogy of films. Their chemistry is evident in these films. It has been four years since the beginning of this undertaking, and now it is finally finished with Halloween Ends.
Halloween Ends emphasizes new beginnings with Laurie Strode re-entering society and trying to find some sort of normalcy. She is living with her granddaughter, Allyson, who was somewhat of a “final girl” from the previous film, Halloween Kills. Laurie does what any loving grandmother would do and sets her up on a date with a fresh character named Cory Cunningham, who was accused of murdering a kid he was babysitting. Cory is played by Rohan Campbell, who does an excellent job bringing fresh blood to the franchise. I do not want to spoil the film for you but as you can imagine, things get eventful.
At this point, Michael Meyers has not aged well as he is reclusive in retirement. This film takes a ‘Friday the 13th part 5’ approach with Michael Meyers in the backseat for much of the movie. I am sure this one will live in infamy for this reason. We must alter our expectations and enjoy what is on our plate. The first film of this trilogy was breathtaking and could have stood on its own. The second film was a bit to be desired but was fun as it relied on its comedy and critique of mob mentalities. As for the third film in the series, it did not live up to the expectations set by the first film. What it did do was take a creative angle that we have not seen yet in this franchise. Even though Halloween Ends was not as heavy on the comedic element as Halloween Kills, what it lacked in comedy, it made up for in charm.
Although I did enjoy these movies quite a bit, Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends feel less like films and more like pilot episodes to an HBO Halloween series. Knowing who the writers were on these projects, I can see why. At the end of the day, I can honestly say that they did a respectable job, considering what has already been done with these characters.
About Nathan Conrad:
He’s best known as the Nashville-based Hip Hop/Indie Pop emcee Spoken Nerd, but this isn’t your typical rap project. He rhymes playfully at times, singing and/or rapping, juxtaposing his style with real-life situations and subject matter. Occasionally Spoken Nerd will find inspiration in films and will put it into song. With eight full-length albums into his career, the rapper has built a healthy catalog of music, which doesn’t include the number of EPs and singles released. His most recent release is the collaborative effort Grapes, with Juan Cosby.