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Halloween Ends

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
Halloween Ends
Halloween Ends

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Michael Myers slashes his last in a decent 13th – and final – Halloween outing

After 14 movies, 44 years and about 7000 gory stabbings, stranglings and assorted other violent murders, the Halloween franchise finally breathes its last. And for all that this age-old slasher series has felt played out in recent years, this final instalment is a pleasant surprise: not massively scary, but a nimble and surprising enough epitaph to a franchise that hit a nadir as recently as its last film, the irredeemably bad Halloween Kills

It’s the same creative team here: director David Gordon Green and a posse of co-writers that includes his old stoner-com buddy Danny McBride. This time, though, they wisely shift away from the old formula of having The Shape murdering his way through a terrrorised Haddonfield and freshen it up with some decent ideas about how collective trauma manifests in a community. (Not, surprisingly, by everyone immediately hiring U-Haul trucks and legging it to the other side of the country.)

Instead, Halloween Ends offers up an eerie kind of father-son dynamic as lost soul twentysomething Corey (Rohan Campbell), an inadvertent victim of the town’s enduring thirst for recrimination, reacts psychotically to a buried trauma of his own. An encounter with Michael Myers, now living in semi-retirement in a storm drain, sparks a surrogate rampage with Corey acting as his psychotic proxy. 

The waning Myers remains a force of motiveless evil, ready to spring – or creak – back into action, but this new evil is intriguingly developed and nicely played by Campbell with a believable mix of hurt and snowballing rage. A Heathers-like amour fou between him and Laurie Strode’s granddaughter (Andi Matichak) is a smart warm-up to the main event.

Because this is still a Halloween movie and we’re all here for Jamie Lee Curtis’s Laurie finally graduating from scream queen to full-fledged badass. If the character, while still loveable and much more prominent than in Halloween Kills, is a pastiche of her original John Carpenter iteration, then so is the movie. But it’s just got enough fresh ideas, laughs (mostly intentional) and queasy jump scares to make for a raucous Friday night at the movies.

In cinemas worldwide Oct 14.

Phil de Semlyen
Written by
Phil de Semlyen

Cast and crew

  • Director:David Gordon Green
  • Screenwriter:David Gordon Green, Chris Bernier
  • Cast:
    • Jamie Lee Curtis
    • Kyle Richards
    • Will Patton
    • Nick Castle
    • Andi Matichak
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