“Turn around, he’s right there!”

The Halloween season starts off with a new Michael Myers film.

Final movie of the series, Halloween Ends, kills the franchise for good. (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Final movie of the series, “Halloween Ends,” kills the franchise for good. (CC BY-SA 2.0)

By Samantha Webb

It’s finally the time of the year where we get to sit at the edge of our seats and scream at the television. Frustratingly, the babysitter is precisely placed without notice of the famous franchise killer, Michael Myers. His famous piano music playing in the background, knife in hand, preparing for the kill. The first Halloween movie takes us back to 1978 and with only a $100,000 budget, launched into four decades of the man in the white mask. 

Just six years old at the time, Myers murdered his older sister. And after escaping a sanitorium, he only wants to spill blood. He later finds his younger sister, Laurie Strode and she becomes his next target. 

Through 12 movies, the family of Michael Myers is tortured by a seemingly immortal man. He will survive multiple gunshots, explosions, and stabbings, possibly due to the ‘Curse of the Thorn.’ Druids placed a curse on him, possessing him with inhuman abilities. Maledicted to kill his family on Halloween night, the holiday of Samhain. 

 In 2018, “Halloween Kills” was released. Karen, Laurie’s daughter, and Allyson, her granddaughter, and Laurie team up to take down the Boogeyman. He escapes a meticulously planned house fire set by his three relatives. He kills off old loose ends, the ones he’s left to survive. Ultimately killing his niece, Karen, at the end of the movie. 

“The Halloween Ends” movie begins by creating a rushed character entry and development of Corey, who killed the child he’s babysitting, more or less forgetting the last two movies and their segway into this long-awaited last movie. 

The movie takes place four years after “Halloween Kills,” the babysitter striking Michael’s thirst for blood. While we saw the trauma significance in the last few movies, especially in Strode, the development does not reveal itself but rather shifts victim blame onto Laurie. But, by the end of the cringe-worthy movie, we finally see Jamie Lee Curtis shine. 

After a restless and damaging fight, Laurie pins him to her own kitchen table. With the help of Allyson, he is done with his own weapon of choice. Together, they make sure that there is no escape; no more Michael. Tying him to the top of their car and parading him across the community, they show him off as the whole neighborhood gathers to watch him be dropped into a giant crushing machine, destroyed until he is unrecognizable. 

Michael Myers kept coming back, each and every movie to the point where we knew that the end was never the end. Critics say that the “Halloween Ends” script has holes, a seemingly disappointing end to the saga. It focuses too much on the side characters, and we see very little of the chase that we patiently wait for with Myers. While the special effects and killings become realistic, the dialogue does not. Avid fans say it is devastating, and they are appalled by the choices made by producers. This has truly drilled the franchise into a grave.