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The End to a Highly-Acclaimed Horror Franchise in Film History is Here

By InCinemas  /  13 Oct 2022 (Thursday)

Halloween Ends is Laurie Strode’s last stand.

After 44 years, the most acclaimed, revered horror franchise in film history reaches its epic, terrifying conclusion as Laurie Strode faces off for the last time against the embodiment of evil, Michael Myers, in a final confrontation unlike anycaptured on-screen before. Only one of them will survive. Icon Jamie Lee Curtis returns for the last time as Laurie Strode, horror’s first “final girl” and the role that launched Curtis’ career. Curtis has portrayed Laurie for more than four decades now, one of the longest actor-character pairings in cinema history.

When the franchise relaunched in 2018, Halloween shattered box-office records, becoming the franchise’s highest-grossing chapter and set a new record for the biggest opening weekend for a horror film starring a woman. In 2021,Halloween Kills earned the biggest opening weekend for any horror film in the pandemic era and simultaneously set a new record for a non-live event premiere streaming on Peacock.

In this unexpected final chapter, set 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), 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.

Halloween Ends co-stars returning cast members Will Patton as Officer Frank Hawkins, Kyle Richards as Lindsey Wallace and James Jude Courtney as Michael Myers (aka The Shape).The supporting cast includes Omar J. Dorsey, returning as Sheriff Barker, and new characters played by Jessie C. Boyd, Joanne Baron, and Michael Barbieri. From the creative team that relaunched the franchise with 2018’s Halloween and Halloween Kills, the film is directed by David Gordon Green from ascreenplay by Paul Brad Logan, Chris Bernier, Danny McBride and David Gordon Green, based on characters created by John Carpenter and Debra Hill.

Here are some facts about the slasher film:

Halloween Ends is the thirteenth installment in the Halloween franchise, and the final film in the "H40" trilogy that commenced with the 2018 film and directly follows the 1978 film, disregarding all other entries.

This is Jamie Lee Curtis' eighth time playing Laurie Strode in a Halloween film. After 44 years as Strode, Curtis is one of an elite pantheon of artists who have played the same role on film for more than four decade. She was just 20 years old when the first Halloween was released in 1978.

Director David Gordon Green, who has helmed and co-written all three films of the trilogy, and his fellow filmmakers have given each film its own creative signature and narrative and emotional arc, while still providing fans what they love about the franchise. He said:

Audiences expect certain ingredients of a Halloween movie, so we’ve tried to provide that. Sometimes, we have leaned into the trope or the cliches of the mythology, and other times we have put a spin on it.

Although the trilogy has been filmed in multiple locations throughout the south-eastern U.S., the filmmakers' goal has always been to create a cohesive portrait of Haddonfield and its environs. The franchise was shot in South Carolina, Wilmington, North Carolina, Savannah, Georgia, and now ending in Sylvania, Georgia–keeping to consistency of the franchise's character and backdrop.

John Carpenter, the franchise’s godfather and composer of its unforgettable iconic score returned to write the music for this final chapter, alongside Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies. As with the soundtracks to 2018’s Halloween and 2021’s Halloween Kills, the soundtrack for Halloween Ends was recorded in its entirety at Carpenter’s home studio and Daniel Davies’ studio. Carpenter said:

The three of us compose, perform, and record allthe music, and everything is mixed by Daniel together with John Spiker. The unmistakable mix of software synths, vintage analogue equipmentand live instrumentation provide the signature sound of a Halloween film. However, because Halloween Ends is unlike any chapter that has come before, the soundtrack for this film is expanded to match heightened stakesof this climax to the trilogy. The main themes have all been passed down from the original Halloween. We have refined them and created new themes for new characters.

Although Halloween Ends is the finale of the trilogy and this chapter of the franchise, director Green suspects that someday, somewhere, Michael Myers may be resurrected somehow. Only time will tell.

Catch Halloween Ends in cinemas now.
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