Halloween Ends

Four years after the events of Halloween in 2018, Laurie has decided to liberate herself from fear and rage and embrace life. But when a young man is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, it ignites a cascade of violence and terror that will force Laurie to finally confront the evil she can’t control, once and for all.

  • Released: 2022-10-13
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thrillers
  • Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Kyle Richards, Will Patton, James Jude Courtney, Nick Castle, Michael O'Leary, Emily Brinks, Nick Lawrence, Ben Manning, Sierra Stoliar, Will Baker, McKenna Edwards, Rohan Campbell, Omar J. Dorsey, Stephanie McIntyre, Emily Brinks, William Brooks Perez, Derrick Lemmon, Nick Lawrence, Dawn Lasusky, Joseph D. Webb, Nick Castle, Michele Dawson, Dillon Belisle, Keraun Harris, Russel Bryan Winstead, Jesse C. Boyd, Joanne Baron, Rick Moose, Michael Barbieri, Destiny Mone, Joey Harris, Marteen, Jaxon Goldenberg, Candice Rose, Jack William Marshall, Diana Prince, Turcotte Nancy, Diva Tyler, Leila Wilson, Blaque Fowler, Tony DeMil, Holli Saperstein, Matt Meece, Jimmie Cummings, Montarius Dailey, Steven Williby, Jibrail Nantambu, Javanna Rogers, Jon Bruce, Dave Brown, Joey Brinkley, Nicky Lawrence, Judy Greer, Drew Scheid, Dylan Arnold, Michael Smallwood, Carmela McNeal, Nedim Jahić
  • Director: David Gordon Green
  • mDanHam - 12 January 2023
    Much better than expected, but I wasn't expecting much.
    After "Halloween Kills," which was nothing but mayhem, almost anything would look good, but even on its own, "Ends" was pretty enjoyable.

    There's a decent story that goes beyond Michael Myers, involving a young man who was responsible for a child's accidental death, who may be going down a dark path himself. Laurie Strode is trying to live a normal life with her granddaughter Allyson, but of course you know that ain't gonna last. There are also some local punks who make trouble for Allyson and the aforementioned young man. Add to all this the fact that Michael is still out there somewhere, and you have the ingredients that make up a good horror movie, with unexpected twists and a satisfactory denouement.

    Satisfactory, that is, for viewers who may not be big fans of the "Halloween" franchise (like myself), as this works nicely as a standalone movie, if you'll have it. Purists and fanatics who take the series too seriously might have issues with what is done here, but it gave me what I wanted to see, and more! No spoilers here, but if you read my review for "Kills," you'll know what I wanted to see, and "Halloween Ends" provides a reasonable approximation of that.

    Now, regarding the title ("Ends")- is it really the end? Well, knowing Hollywood, what do YOU think...?
  • GrayedMan - 1 January 2023
    Here's why this doesn't work.
    According to the first 2 films of this trilogy(which I liked), Laurie Strode lives in defense-mode, with guns and mad-skills in an enforced safe house. Even with all that she's done, she still winds up losing her daughter, son in law, and friends. All she has left is her granddaughter, but instead of doing all she can to protect her, in this film she's just "living". Lindsey has really bad bangs, why? Because she had them as a child? A completely different actor that looks nothing like the child played Tommy was cast as adult Tommy but Lindsey needs to have her childhood bangs? The whole town united against Michael Myers in the last film, finally seeing the truth and proving Laurie right. They all saw first hand what supernatural psychokiller Michael Myers can do, but just 4 years later everyone has forgotten. They mock and have turned on Laurie, they even blame her? This makes no sense. Laurie has had some kind of psychic connection to Michael Myers all this time, yet now he's living under a bridge in the sewer or something underground just blocks from her home and she has no idea? Michael Myers is a well established super-natural unstoppable force but now has aged like a man, has stopped stalking and hunting and just stays underground, waiting for opportunity kills? We never find out if he killed the kid Corey was babysitting. We think yes he did, with the knife disappearing, the door left open, etc. But if he did, that makes even less sense. He came out and killed once, then just disappeared into the sewer? The father of the kid says he thinks Corey was a good kid who didn't kill his son, but looks at him years later for a few seconds and says he could tell Corey was not the same person by his eyes. Really? Again Laurie talks about Michael's eyes, and the connection, but still has no idea. At this point though so much of this movie contradicts what's been established in the last two movies, that we just accept nothing makes sense. And that "teach me" stuff from Corey? Teach him what, how to shove a knife into someone? Now Michael Myers comes out of retirement finally and kills at the doctor's house. Corey purposefully smacks his bloody hand on the glass. Why? To leave DNA?

    Halloween movies are about Michael Myers. This isn't a movie about Michael Myers. It's about Corey, and his screwed up mother, and his poor father, and the girl with baggage he likes, and the pack of bullies that chase him, and the psycho in the sewer he connects to.

    Rohan Campbell is an intense and gifted actor. No disrespect intended. But we don't want a movie about Corey in the Halloween universe. We just want Michael Myers. And, he can't die.