By Brenda De La Cruz
“Halloween Ends” is a slap in the face to the entire John Carpenter franchise and its fans. The movie is a waste of time and energy.
A bit of background on the entire franchise for those who are out of the loop.
The 1978 original “Halloween”was meant as a stand-alone film with plans for other movies in the series to have other types of plots, such as what was done in “Halloween III.”
The original film did so well the team decided to continue with the storyline.
However, along the line of making more “Halloween” films, different timelines were created through different writers and directors.
The timeline a viewer chooses to watch will determine the storyline they follow.
There are a total of 13 movies and five timelines in the “Halloween” franchise. The first timeline includes the 1978 original “Halloween,” followed by “Halloween II,” “Halloween 4,” “Halloween 5” and “Halloween 6.”
The second timeline starts with the original “Halloween,” followed by “Halloween II,” and then completely jumps forward 20 years to “Halloween: H20,” ending with “Halloween Resurrection.”
The most noticeable difference between these two timelines is that the main character Laurie Strode, played by iconic scream queen Jaime Lee Curtis, has a different child in each.
Many fans were confused at first, wondering where one daughter went and why a son appeared instead.
The third timeline consists of two movies, “Halloween” (2007) and “Halloween II” (2009) made by music artist and movie director Rob Zombie.
This included tons of gore and violence, along with a more human background for the villain of the franchise, Michael Myers.
The fourth timeline is the newest and current one which includes the original 1978 film, followed by “Halloween” (2018), which takes place 40 years later, “Halloween Kills” and “Halloween Ends.” “Halloween III” is considered to be its own timeline, having absolutely nothing to do with Myers.
Throughout this franchise, Myers is feared and known as The Boogeyman and is called The Shape due to him not being considered human. The character is meant to be thought as pure evil. His mission is to simply kill anyone in his way.
“Halloween Ends” begins with a new type of opening for the franchise that has nothing in common with the previous typical plots of other “Halloween” films.
However, this turns out to be the best part of the nearly two-hour film. Myers is who drives fans to the theaters and who keeps this franchise alive, yet he only makes a handful of appearances in this film. This film instead focuses on a new character, Corey played by Rohan Campbell and even drags out his purpose in the film.
Given the themes each timeline follows, “Halloween Ends” does not even come close to Myers’ typical purpose in this new film. His purpose is to wreak havoc on Halloween night.
The film lacks creativity and screams lazy on the writer’s part.
For the die hard fans who have grown up watching the well-known Michael Myers, this film feels like a quick washing of hands.
If “Halloween” is to actually end, at least give it a good send-off.
There are no scary scenes or jump-out-of-your-seat type scares like these movies usually have. Overall, it is a waste of time and money. The movie is in theaters and is available for streaming through a subscrption to PeacockTV.