It is Halloween…and it ends. Those are the frankly hilarious words that the legendary John Carpenter used to describe the latest installment in the long (and at times baffling) Halloween movie franchise. Halloween Ends is the last film in this new trilogy that connects directly back into the events of the very first movie. Just one year ago, we got Halloween Kills, where there was much hootin’ and hollerin’ about “evil dies tonight” only for Michael Myers to not die. But, the Halloween Ends trailer suggests that the decades-long battle between The Shape and Laurie Strode will come to an end. (Probably not, but let’s pretend.)
This final trailer really sets up the battle between MM and Laurie, from his reemergence to her determination to get revenge. Everything from her paranoia about seeing him all over the place to the realization that he is back four years after killing her daughter is chilling. It adds on to a previous trailer that focuses more on their actual physical battle.
In this one, ya boy Mike enters into a house to sneak up on Laurie. But she’s ready and waiting with a gun pointed at his head. They do a whole lot of fighting as she tells that m**therf**ker to come get her. Of course, we still don’t get a lot of plot details from these Halloween Ends trailers. But do we really need anything? This is it. The final showdown after over 40 years of strife. Michael Myers vs. Laurie Strode. And, according to the Halloween Ends synopsis, only one of them will make it out alive.
Four years after the events of last year’s Halloween Kills, Laurie is living with her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) and is finishing writing her memoir. Michael Myers hasn’t been seen since. Laurie, after allowing the specter of Michael to determine and drive her reality for decades, has decided to liberate herself from fear and rage and embrace life. But when a young man, Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell; The Hardy Boys, Virgin River), 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 can’t control, once and for all.
Well…Michael Myers seems sort of immortal (even in this new timeline), so the odds are not in Laurie’s favor. Now, will Halloween Ends really be the last Halloween movie as its trailer suggests? It’s a pretty strong possibility. There’s really nowhere else for the franchise to go after so many films. (Thirteen to be exact.) And surely Jamie Lee Curtis is ready to leave Laurie Strode behind. But you can never say never with horror. Evil always finds a way to never die.
Halloween Ends will release in theaters on October 14. It will simultaneously will also simultaneously be available to stream on Peacock.
Originally published August 23, 2022.