“The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode comes to a spine-chilling climax in this final installment of the franchise.”

Director: David Gordon Green
Writers: Chris Bernier, John Carpenter, David Gordon Green
Staring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Will Patton, Kyle Richards, Andi Matichak, Nick Castle
Release Date: October 14, 2022

I know that Halloween Ends (2022) was releasing its trailer today. I did not expect it to be out at 5 AM when I woke up this morning. So this was an interesting thing to be watching on the toilet after my morning coffee.

This first trailer for Halloween Ends does not reveal a lot about the plot. It is short and sweet, focusing mainly on the connection between Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Michael Myers. The two have been on each others minds for over four decades, and this is the final showdown. In a quick 1:16 seconds, there are mash ups from the past and the present.

The start of the trailer pays homage to the start Halloween. The slow opening of the door. The drawn out tracking up the stairs. However, when Michael Myers turns the corner this time around, it is not his naked sister sitting in a chair just after promiscuous sex. Instead it is Laurie Strode with a gun pointed directly at him. This may be edited to manipulate the audience, and part of me hopes it is. I hope in Halloween Ends it is drawn out and makes you feel as if you want to crawl out of your skin.

Watch the Halloween Ends trailer then rewatch the beginning to Halloween. You will get some of the visual cues.

This shit makes me nervous. Putting the pumpkin behind Laurie in this shot is too on the nose for an homage. However, one can see it is evened out with Laurie wearing the same blue shirt from the original and her battle with Michael.

Back to Halloween Ends trailer.

The garbage disposal scare did not do it for me. Usually these short trailers or horror movies will have a last tack on that it meant to stick with you. The closet bit in the first Halloween (2017) worked because it was so reminiscent of the first movie with Michael just being a lurking, hulking figure. You don’t need to see him manhandling something or someone to be scared. Also we all get the quick memories of what happened when closet doors were opened in the original.

I was not the biggest fan of Halloween the first time I saw it, and then upon a rewatch I acknowledged that I was being a stickler. While it is not perfect by any means, Halloween does have positive trains to pull from it, but the same can not be said for Halloween Kills (2021). Now, I grant that as of writing this, I have not rewatched it since its debut last year. That is because I really, really, don’t want to. Halloween Kills was a massive departure from what the franchise is best at. I don’t have a beckoning urge to revisit a disappointing watch. With that being said, I will revisit both of director David Gordon Green’s rebooting ventures before tuning into Halloween Ends.

Gordon Green is not scared of taking on major projects. In the future he has The Exorcist reboot/sequel coming in 2023. Much like Halloween, this version of The Exorcist is going to be a direct sequel to the 1973 masterpiece and it will rework the previous cannon to give a new spin on the mysterious demonic entity. On the TV department, Hellraiser is a major project of his. There is not much known about the project, but if you are going to try and stretch out Clive Barker’s body horror filled story, then you have to have some major guts.

The Michael Myers saga comes to an end (supposedly) with Halloween Ends on October 14, 2022.

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