Unfortunately, Halloween: The Final Night (Halloween Ends) wasn’t the closure fans were hoping for for the longstanding feud between Laurie Strode and Michael Myers. For whatever reason, the director and writing team decided that the film was not going to focus on the confrontation of these two characters, but to introduce, almost out of nowhere, a new character to represent Myers’ influence on Haddonfield. The decision was repudiated by the vast majority of fans. And now it is the director of the tape, David Gordon Green, who explains his decision.
In interview with Movie Maker, Green clarified that the film was always intended to be completely different from its predecessors. Was it the best decision?
“We had to decide how we wanted to bring these characters to a close. We never considered making a movie about Laurie and Michael,” the filmmaker said. “How did we make it not just a nice nod to the franchise? The concept that there should be some sort of showdown between the two never crossed our minds. He wanted to see where they would go. He wanted one to win and one to lose. But we were always more ambitious with that. So how did we want to solve it? Doing what no one but us would do: making a love story. It’s our version of coming out strong and opening our hearts to this community and these characters.”
The director mentioned that he had long wanted to do a love story, and even incorporated hints of romance into his film prior to developing his trilogy of Halloweenthe drama stronger than fate (2017) with Jake Gyllenhaal.
Talking about the Haddonfield community and the introduction of Corey Cunninghamthe babysitter victim of bullying who becomes a psychopath, Gordon Green explained:
“I had a lot of those same urges not to do this just about a psychopath. Instead, we tried to make the film about what creates the psychopath, without going into Michael Myers’ psychological history. People have tried to do it before and it doesn’t interest me because it tends to make it less scary as an entity. But can we enter into the development of evil? About what a community that neglects the welfare of their own can unleash on themselves in a way they did not intend. That’s a fascinating thing and I think it happens all the time,” he added.
Curiously, although the creative team did not think of making this last tape a confrontation, the marketing went for the opposite. Even on the posters Halloween Ends They clearly anticipate a movie based on the final battle between Laurie Strode and Michael Myers. Unfortunately, that battle doesn’t last more than 5 minutesAnd by that point in the film, many already felt betrayed by the way one of horror’s most iconic villains was treated.
As if that were not enough, some fans of the tape took the time to calculate how many minutes the villain appears in the last film of the saga. And the result was disappointing for many: just 10 minutes. Unfortunately, the rejection was noted. Halloween Ends it debuted with $40 million at the US box office, being the worst result of the new trilogy. Nevertheless, in its second weekend it fell 80%being one of the biggest falls in the history of cinema.
You like me Halloween Ends? How would you have preferred the final showdown between Laurie Strode and Michael Myers?
John Joseph Cruz I am one of those who always defended Robert Pattinson as Batman and can see the same movie in the cinema up to 7 times. My guilty pleasure? Low budget horror movies.