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Halloween ends may be the most divisive entry in the Halloween franchise — except maybe Halloween III: Season of the Witch, (although that aberration has a strong and deservedly growing cult following) – with mostly negative reviews and some fierce hate from many horror fans. However, these factors have not stopped it from grossing over $100 million at the worldwide box office so far.
The film has taken $63.45 million domestically and $39.46 million internationally for a worldwide total of $102.9 million so far. And this is despite it receiving a hybrid release on Peacock. That said, it’s still the lowest grossing of the rebooted Halloween trilogy with Halloween 2018 and Halloween kills grossing $259 million and $133 million worldwide respectively (Kills also had many negative reviews and a hybrid release).
With those kinds of box office results, even before residual products like Blu-ray, DVD and digital releases are taken into account, Blumhouse and Universal may well be tempted to give another filmmaker a shot at the Halloween franchise at some point in the future.
Here’s our coverage of Halloween ends:
Halloween ends is a 2022 American slasher horror film that continues the saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode. The action takes place four years after the events of Halloween 2018 and Halloween kills. The film is reportedly intended to be the final installment of the franchise.
Directed by David Gordon Green (Halloween kills; Halloween 2018) from a script co-written with Chris Bernier, Paul Brad Logan and Danny McBride, based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill. Produced by Malek Akkad, Bill Block, Jason Blum and Atilla Salih Yücer.
The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Will Patton, Kyle Richards, Andi Matichak, Nick Castle, Stephanie McIntyre, James Jude Courtney, Omar Dorsey and Rohan Campbell.
A novel written by Paul Brad Logan will be released on October 18, just four days after the film hits theaters and on the Peacock.
Four years after the events of Halloween Kills (2021), Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) lives with her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) and is finishing writing her memoirs. Michael Myers has not been seen since.
After allowing Michael’s ghost to dictate and drive her reality for decades, Laurie has decided to free herself from fear and rage and embrace life. But when a young man, Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell), is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, it ignites a cascade of violence and terror that will force Laurie to finally confront the evil she cannot control , once and for all …
Halloween ends will be released by Universal on Friday, October 14, 2022.
Reviews [click the links to read full reviews]:
“…Halloween ends ends at the right time for this phase of Laurie and the company’s life and also ends in a super cool way to close this arc that was presented there in 2018. So in addition to closing this bloody arc, this third film honors the franchise and shows that some things live forever regardless of whether they are good or bad. ” 3/5, Arrobanerd [translated from Portuguese]
“The saga mostly reaches a fitting yet contrived conclusion; the legacy characters make their final arcs, but the core themes fizzle out. Ends works best as a stand-alone feature, but its place in the trilogy and Halloween canon is sure to be polarizing.” 2/5, Bloody Disgusting
“There is no closure here, just a last-minute new beginning […] with Green coming to the final chapter of his trilogy with a completely different idea, and one that is painfully half-baked for most of the picture. It’s definitely brave of Halloween ends to redefine closure, but it does so in a very Star wars sequel way that reveals how little planning went into this ultimately unsatisfying franchise revival.” 2 out of 5, Blu-ray.com
“Halloween ends is the kind of left turn that many people hate. This time with good reason. Elements of horror are omitted in favor of this new direction and not only the most obvious or generic, but also all the others that made the previous two so interesting. Some ideas border on the ridiculous and even incoherent and characterless, making it difficult to accept the new direction proposed here.” Cine Grandiose [translated from Portuguese]
“While the long-awaited final showdown between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode is moderately exciting, it’s too late Halloween ends to redeem himself. Worse, it proves that David Gordon Green had no affinity or understanding for the themes originally tackled by John Carpenter, turning his trilogy into a boring self-help book about overcoming trauma.” Cine Resenhas [translated from Portuguese]
“While the body count is significantly lower this time around, that’s not to say the kills don’t lack brutality when they do take place. And yes, there’s a showdown between Strode and Shape that everyone could see coming, and in truth, that suffers from an inevitability of a conclusion that is obviously a mile away.Perhaps that is some of the problem with Halloween ends – it cannot escape the inevitable…” Darren’s World of Entertainment
“The combination of classic horror and a sometimes excruciatingly slow-building story doesn’t work very well. The filmmaker is to be commended for not only wanting to delight fans with predictable gore, but the rhythm of his third Halloween film is erratic and choppy. Fortunately, he manages to make up for this in the final and put a real end to it.” 3/5, Movie Total [translated from Dutch]
“That an emotional core, concerning Laurie Strode’s personal journey to inner redemption, seems to indicate “the present” makes it clear that there is a lot of soul in the whole endeavor. But this is certainly not enough for a sequel that commits almost all of its errors of predecessors, as well as some besides.” 1.5/5, filmy [translated from Greek]
“Halloween ends is exactly halfway between the first and second chapters of the new trilogy: a step back, as far as I know, compared to the virulent catharsis of Halloween kills, but a shy past forward for the themes it carries forward. He tries to create a more intimate reflection on Evil and at the same time close a thirty-year saga with dignity.” 3/5, cinematic hype
“Halloween ends is a film solid enough to conclude Green’s trilogy. Is it the best horror movie to catch this Halloween? We would argue Smile is increasingly sinister. But we’re just glad that Curtis can finally rest and that another average reboot of an iconic franchise has come to an end. That is until another instructor takes it for a spin. Now, that’s a nightmare for another time.” 6.4/10, Geek culture
“For all his risk-taking, Halloween ends disappoints on two levels: by trying to do something different because it simply can’t in the end, and by doing exactly what we expect because the film is so blatantly trying to be something else.” 2/4, Mark Reviews Film
“With a different approach, Halloween End takes this franchise away from its trademark brutal side. I can’t believe it; how could the script lead to such a complex thing? This is ridiculous if you expect a value or a moral message until it reaches the dark side of man never disappears […] This film, intended as a finale, does not pay proper tribute to one of the best butchers of the film medium.” 1/5, Montage Film [translated from Indonesian]
“Halloween ends is certainly not as bad as Halloween kills, mostly because it has some kind of forward momentum and feels like it has a reason to exist, but it’s still not that great. This is perhaps the most middle Halloween movie of the franchise, the one that just sits between the franchise at its best and the franchise at its worst.” Film Meister reviews
“Ends is a harrowing, slow-motion spiral of a cursed soul circling the drain and pulling others into the void, a performance that ultimately speaks to the existential threat Myers posed in 1978 when he got down to the heart of America, and represents a latent, unspoken darkness. it cannot be ignored. Green has not painted exactly the same portrait, but he has retained the broad strokes, and it is clear, alienating at first blush…” Oh, the horror!
“At the grade level, the main focus is for Halloween ends is about the relationship between Laurie and Allison as they both pretend to let go of the past and the growing rift between them, leading them to the epic and highly satisfying finale. Like all Halloween movie, this one isn’t perfect and will leave some fans unhappy with the chances and choices David Green took, but personally, this is the finale I was hoping for.” 8/10, Pasha’s Movie
” … although Green rolled the dice (and lost) on an underwhelming central premise of Endsa satisfying ending to Laurie’s story from Halloween 1978 to 2022 was worth every misstep that torments Kills and Ends. Still, despite this, it’s hard to ignore Halloween 2018 set a high bar for Green’s revival trilogy—a bar that was undermined by the following chapter and barely improved in Halloween ends.” Screen Rant
“The third part was supposed to be what the second was not, stretching the story into another sequel, which means expanding the culmination of the first film into a full-length, that is, the mythical duel between the terminator killer Michael and Laurie as a kind of Sarah Connor Halloween as “only one of them will survive”. Ends will be in the end, just a little too late…” Slobodnada Dalmacija [translated from Croation]
“The power of the ending here feels assumed because the icons shown are supposed to be meaningful, but as this nostalgia boom shows, icons are empty without anything to provide context or purpose, and the ending of Halloween ends has an unfortunate emptiness about it. That said, there was still something about this movie that I enjoyed.” Contact.
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