It's all led to this. After nearly 45 years - depending on which timeline you follow - Laurie Strode and Michael Myers will have their final battle.
Halloween Ends marks the end of the franchise, at least for Jamie Lee Curtis. It also marks the end of this trilogy produced by Blumhouse and directed by David Gordon Green. Launched in 2018, the first entry served as a direct sequel to 1978's Halloween, ignoring the events of the many other films in the series. It received strong reviews and enjoyed stellar box office returns. The COVID-19 pandemic delayed its two follow-ups, with Halloween Kills arriving last year in theaters and on Peacock. Both the reception and gross took a hit.
This final film, set four years after the events of Kills, finds Michael Myers coming out of hiding to return to Haddonfield. Laurie sees this as her last opportunity for vengeance, even if it costs her everything.
Halloween Ends arrives in theaters and streams exclusively on Peacock on October 14.
About Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about.
I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague.
Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work.
In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo.
I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.