Halloween Ends

Emily Meneses

Halloween Ends is the last movie the Halloween franchise will produce in the year of 2022 on October 14. The film was directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Jason Blum, Malek Akkad, and Bill Block.

The Halloween franchise released its first movie, Halloween, in 1978. This scary, suspenseful horror film was based on the year 1963, when six-year-old Michael Myers was cursed with the urge to kill, which led him to murder his seventeen-year-old sister, Judith Myers. He was locked away for fifteen years in the Smiths Grove Sanitarium, a mental health facility and detainment center for the criminally insane. On October 30, 1978, he escaped while being transported to his court meeting, stole a car, and drove to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois. Now free, he looked for his next potential victim–Laurie Strode.

Halloween came out in 1978 and has a total of 96% on the Tomato meter and an audience score of 89%. According to Roger Ebert, “Halloween is a merciless thriller, a movie so violent and scary that, yes, I would compare it to Psycho.” Starting from the original, this movie would lead to the start of the popular horror films people would be eager to watch. From 1979 to 2021, the horror franchise received much popularity and has improved its story since then. Lots of fans are now awaiting the final film, “Halloween Ends.” Peacock will be streaming Halloween Ends on October 15, a day after the film is released.

Although many movies from this franchise have received a lot of support, they have also received a fair share of backlash as well. For example, the film Halloween Kills, for example, received mixed reactions due to the previous movie in 2018, Halloween 2. Many people enjoyed both the 1978 and 2018 Halloween films because they are among the best in the franchise. However, many critics claimed that Halloween Kills was a step back. Many were unsatisfied by how they failed to resurrect the sequel, causing them to be uninterested in seeing the upcoming movie that is going to be released on October 14, 2022. According to David Stratton, “Halloween Kills is an ugly, messy film. It’s a little depressing to learn that yet another sequel is supposedly in the works.”

The Halloween series for the past few decades has received a lot of popularity among horror fans. The producers of Halloween designed the slasher very well. Michael Myers is so clever and calculated in his plans, never spilling a word or aimlessly roaming around. Movie producer John Carpenter described Michael as “almost a supernatural force—a force of nature….an evil force that’s loose.” Nicholas Rogers also added a similar description, claiming “Myers is depicted as a mythic, elusive bogeyman, one of superhuman strength who cannot be killed by bullets, stab wounds, or fire.” This is because in the ending scene of Halloween (1978), Michael is shot 6 times by Dr. Loomis, yet vanishes when he falls to the ground outside the house. This scene was scripted to terrify the imagination of the audience about his survival and also lead them to suspect who Michael Myer was. This movie inspired many other slasher movies, like A Nightmare on Elm Street (Freddy Kruger) and Friday the 13th (Jason Voorhees). Many can agree that the Halloween franchise is a classic horror film and will be remembered by fans even after their last movie.