All good things must come to an end. So must all horror franchises. Even those that revolutionized the genre. Especially those. It’s fitting that Halloween Ends, which will be in theaters on October 14, is the thirteenth entry in the Laurie Strode/Michael Myers saga. That’s an auspicious and suitably spooky number to end on.
Jamie Lee Curtis has portrayed Laurie Strode, the original “Final Girl,” for four decades. That’s a lot of screaming. Poor Laurie, she deserves a rest.
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.
I’m a huge horror fan, and the original Halloween is one of my all-time faves. But the law of diminishing returns has strongly applied to recent entries in this series. So, as a completionists, I’m breathing a sigh of relief that we’re finally putting this one to bed.
Returning to the cast of Halloween Ends along with Curtis are Andi Matichak as Allyson, Will Patton as Officer Frank Hawkins, Kyle Richards as Lindsey Wallace and James Jude Courtney as The Shape.