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Halloween Ends Movie Review : A bloody good farewell to Hollywood’s famed franchise
Halloween Ends Review: Some 45 years after its first instalment, comes the finale and the only most predictable part of this one is that it starts and ends on two different nights of Halloween. In between the two, director and co-writer David Gordon Green goes all out giving the fans of this famed franchise a riveting plot that is as unpredictable as it is relentless, bloody and bone-chillingly savage. This one’s definitely not for the weak-hearted. And the best part is that they don’t just start spilling blood out of nowhere. Green and his writers take some time to let their story and characters simmer before the slicing and dicing begins and continues unabated.
We’re made to invest into the lives of his characters, who are all connected by the recurring fear of a mysterious Boogeyman, Michael Myers, who is once again on the loose. Among them is Corey, played by Rohan Campbell, who brings the required vulnerability to his complex character of a young man, who feels wronged and bullied by the people of his town. The writing of his character and his journey are so strong that it elevates the overall narrative. Allyson (Andi Matichak) perfectly compliments Corey’s brokenness and together their story is deeply engaging. Jamie Lee Curtis lends her unassuming charm to Laurie Strode, whose struggle to end Mike’s reign of terror inside her own mind, feels all too real. As most of these actors reprise their roles from previous instalments and this one directly follows the 1978 original, it’s imperative to be in tune with its predecessors to fully enjoy the finale.
The film’s screenplay moves at an even pace and doesn’t let your attention slip. Surely, it could have been tighter and also more logical. For instance, it’s hard to believe that a town besieged by terror of a serial killer for so many years has almost negligible police presence or crime investigation. The innovative and macabre killings of the young and the old are elevated by an eerie background score and a retro-like setup of an imaginary old American town. This gives the overall proceedings a very trippy and trance-like feel, which only add to the terrifying atmospherics and experience. This despite the fact that Halloween as a festival is used only cursorily and more symbolically.
There are fewer jump scares but all of them land pretty well. Screenplay becomes bloodier as Green races towards a grisly climax to end this Halloween horror forever. As Laurie Strode puts it. “The evil never dies, it changes shape,” – a belief that helps most Hollywood horror franchises cash in on their legacy of blood-curdling terror. ‘Halloween Ends’ also takes off from that but this time it looks like the makers are serious about bringing it to a definite end. No matter how much blood is spilled.