Warning: The following contains spoilers for Halloween Ends
Halloween Ends director David Gordon Green explains the movie’s one big change from the other H40 trilogy films. Green brought Michael Myers and Halloween back from the dead (again) with his 2018 franchise reboot. Then in 2021, the writer-director unleashed the bloody second episode of a new trilogy with Halloween Kills.
And now Green has – presumably – wrapped up the so-called H40 trilogy with the just-released Halloween Ends. As expected, the movie sets up a final showdown between the unrelenting Myers and his long-time nemesis Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis). Unexpectedly, the film also focuses heavily on a new character, Rohan Campbell’s Corey Cunningham. Halloween Ends indeed wastes no time dropping Corey into the deep end, putting him through hellish trauma in the cold open and later showing how his bullying at the hands of other Haddonfield residents pushes him right into the arms of Myers.
It’s perhaps no surprise that the decision to focus so heavily on an entirely new character, pushing Laurie Strode into the background for much of the movie, has divided Halloween Ends audiences. But director Green assures that there was a solid reason behind the decision to put the focus on Corey and his weird murder apprenticeship under Michael Myers. Check out Green’s remarks to EW in the space below:
I wanted to get a new perspective of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode and the family, and I wanted to bring a new central character to be a pivotal exploration of those characters and the town. We’d seen the story of a stalker, and we’d seen a lot of the ways that trauma had affected Laurie Strode, but I really wanted to see how that affected the town. … Bringing in a new character of Corey Cunningham, and discovering first his own immediate trauma in our cold open, and then how that affects him, and then how an encounter with our already established evil could become kind of an infectious thing. It’s a study of the contagiousness of these negative entities that are in our lives. If they go unchecked, then they spread. If we can wrap our head around them, and be our own hero, then maybe we’ve got a fighting chance.”
What Halloween Ends’ Change Means For The Franchise’s Future
Green clearly had specific themes in mind that he wanted to explore in Halloween Ends, and believed the character of Corey allowed him to delve into them more effectively. But Corey’s arrival also means something else when it comes to the long-term future of the Halloween franchise: the chance to hand off the mantle of The Shape to a new character. Indeed, in many ways Halloween Ends is about the creation of a killer, charting Corey’s descent from decent person to completely homicidal maniac, through a combination of bad luck, psychological torment and Myers’ malevolent influence. This establishes the idea that whatever evil Myers carries within him can be passed to another character and continue on, even if Myers himself has been thoroughly destroyed.
It’s significant of course that Myers’ evil has a chance to outlive his physical form, as Halloween Ends climaxes with Strode and her granddaughter Allyson vanquishing the killer, and Myers’ body being chopped to mulch by a car-crushing machine. Important too though is the fact that the new vessel of Myers’ evil, Corey, also appears to die at Myers’ own hands. But the history of the Halloween franchise is full of unlikely resurrections, and it’s not out of the question that Corey could be brought back from having his neck snapped to put on Myers’ mask and kill and kill again. The title Halloween Ends may promise that this was the final chapter, but as John Carpenter himself recently warned, the franchise won’t truly end until it stops being profitable. So it’s entirely possible that the “last” Halloween movie is really just a set-up for a new beginning, starring a new killer with an alliterative name.