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Halloween Ends

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Bloody, gory (possible) end to long-running slasher series.

Movie R 2022 111 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 17 parent reviews

age 17+

I’ve been a big fan of the halloween franchise from the beginning, and I have to say was pretty excited after seeing halloween 2018, even halloween kills sat very well with me, but I have to admit halloween ends was pretty bad, a very bad way to end a true cult classic icon. Halloween ends was very disappointing all the way threw.
age 15+

It All Ends Here in a sloppy mess!

It All Ends Here The famous legacy between Micheal Meyers and Laurie Strode all ends here . . . but not in any satisfactory sort of way, it wasn't even entertaining enough to give it more stars! I was ish-looking forward to this movie, and I even saw the other two movies (Halloween [2017] and Halloween Kills) to get myself prepared for this one. But when I came out of the theater, I was more than disappointed in the film, I was peeved about the movie, and I felt deprived from the lack of entertainment it actually could have had! First of all, to put it simple: This movie was trash! The previous movies I felt like had some entertainment and plot, but this one -- this one compelety ignored the previous ones (and even at points ignored the legacy of the franchise), and it truly felt like a spin-off movie for the series more than a end to famous(ish) Horror Series, it peeved me out. The plot was more than trash worthy. Because of how it ended, the plot meant nothing in the end. It was utter garbage, down the drane, type of plot, and it was more than a useless one to. Another thing was that the real Micheal Meyers had less screentime than its predecessor films, and that deeply not only annoyed me but bothered me. None of the freaking characters except really Laurie and Micheal were memorable, and really it felt one sloppy mess of it all. The kills in this movie were less fun to see and its uqinuess of the kills were lame. More than one of the kill was either a PG-13 type of kill, or off screen kill, which of course PEEVED me off because I was expecting full blown R-rated violence, gorey type of crap! But nope! At times, the violence could be strong, but a lot of it felt under restraints. It felt like the kills could have more potential of becoming more gruesomly violent and gore. That was another thing I was looking forward to this movie: All the strong violent killings, but it felt more PG-13 than the other movies! The battle between Micheal and Laurie only really lasted 5 minutes, and thank goodness it had some strong violence/blood to it. And that was really only the redeemable part of this crap-hole movie (besides the FREAKING HALLOWEEN MAIN THEME SONG!!!). From the beginning to the start, it felt like one sloppy, rushed mess and it never had that true Halloween feeling. It just felt messy, sloppy, and it also felt like the people behind it just wanted to end it in a BIG rush!

Is It Any Good?

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This supposedly final chapter in the long-running franchise plays with some intriguing ideas but fails to cohere in a meaningful way. Halloween Ends is an improvement over Halloween Kills, but it still falls short of the 2018 Halloween. Director David Gordon Green's visual palette is positively dystopian here, with the bright Halloween decorations unable to distract from a landscape of trash and clutter, everything worn down and worn out. The most interesting idea in Halloween Ends is the introduction of Corey Cunningham. He's a pretty good guy who suffers an unbelievably bad turn of fate when he causes the accidental death of a child. The movie makes him sympathetic, letting viewers in on how he feels about this life-changing moment and how he deals with the mob mentality reaction to it.

Unfortunately, the plot then turns on an unexplained, even lazy, supernatural moment wherein Michael Myers somehow "transfers" his murderous tendencies to the young man. So if Corey isn't responsible for his own transformation, what does it mean? Weirdly, his character arc is similar to one in another John Carpenter movie, Christine (1983), in which a mild-mannered character falls under the influence of a classic car. But this retread doesn't even have that much of an idea. Corey's character eventually takes screen time away both from Laurie (who has flipped 180 degrees since the 2018 movie and become a happy, pie-baking homemaker) and from Michael himself. And poor Allyson seems positively delusional for being attracted to the troubled Corey. Laurie has dialogue about the various kinds of evil and whatnot, but, sadly, the pieces of Halloween Ends rarely seem to click together. It's less an ending than it is a series simply running dry.

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