Warning: SPOILERS lie ahead for Halloween Ends.
David Gordon Green defends the decision of limiting Michael Myers’ (James Jude Courtney) screen time in Halloween Ends. Set four years after the events of Halloween Kills, the movie sees Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) confronting The Shape one last time as he comes out of hiding during Halloween night in Haddonfield. Meanwhile, granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) starts to fall in love with Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell), who trains with Myers to become Haddonfield’s next “Shape.”
In a surprising turn of events, Michael Myers and Laurie Strode take a massive backseat as Halloween Ends devotes its focus to Corey Cunningham, the newest character of the franchise. After being attacked by a group of teenagers, Cunningham accidentally meets Michael Myers in a sewer. The Shape initially strangles him, but sees darkness lurking inside of Cunningham, choosing to then spare his life. The two of them start wreaking havoc on Haddonfield, as Cunningham starts to grow closer to Michael Myers, causing Laurie to worry given his relationship with Allyson. Myers only appears in Haddonfield during the final confrontation, where Laurie awaits his return, so she can finish him off for good.
Now, in a recent interview with Collider, David Gordon Green explains why Michael Myers has a limited screen presence during Halloween Ends. The director defends the choice, stating that it would’ve felt wrong had he done the film differently, while also admitting limiting Myers’ screen time was one of the movie’s biggest risks. Check out what he said on the matter below:
“It’s still a controversy today. I just watched the movie outside of a technical format, meaning in a sound mix or a color correction, for the first time two days ago. We really just finished this movie. [Laughs] So two days ago, and I’m watching it, and I’m like, ‘We’re asking a lot.’ But then when we were in the editing room, and we would do [it] differently, it felt wrong. And so if you don’t have an intuition, if you don’t have a vision, you shouldn’t be making this movie. And I think there’s obvious challenges and things that you would bring to discussion with editors, with producers and say, ‘This is what feels right,’ and at a point we all just looked at each other and said, ‘We’re taking a big risk here, but it does feel right, and we know we’re getting into. Let’s go for it.’”
Was Halloween Ends A Satisfying Closure For Fans?
With Halloween Ends limiting the screen time of both Michael Myers and Laurie Strode, the film received a middling reception from both critics and fans. Additionally, given the movie’s focus on Corey’s descent into darkness as Allyson grows closer to him, many believed that it did not correctly pay off what was initially established in the 2018 Halloween reboot and in Halloween Kills. The 2021 sequel saw Michael Myers brutally decimating most of its characters, including Laurie’s daughter Karen (Judy Greer), setting the stage for what could’ve been the rematch of the century between one of horror cinema’s most terrifying antagonists and the ultimate final girl.
However, because the film devoted most of its time to exploring Corey Cunningham’s “evil” awakening inside of him to show that Michael Myers is one of the many Shapes that could grow in Haddonfield, Laurie Strode’s latest ending is yet another unsatisfying closure. The character’s storylines have been retconned twice already, with Halloween H20: 20 Years Later ignoring most of its previous sequels to give Laurie a fitting end, while its direct sequel, Halloween: Resurrection, killed her off within the first twenty minutes. One wonders if there will be another sequel to Halloween Ends, as it’s clear that audiences haven’t seen the last of Michael Myers, Laurie Strode and Haddonfield, in a franchise that has had many so-called final chapters.
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