Technically, films about people struggling to outrun a purely evil, knife-wielding enemy have existed since even before the term “slasher movie” was coined, but most aficionados trace the definitive origins of the horror subgenre to the 1978 release of HALLOWEEN. Director and co-writer John Carpenter’s seminal masterpiece of suspense introduced the world to leading Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis and quintessential cinematic villain Michael Myers. It also kicked off a hit franchise that – supposedly – is coming to a close with one of the most anticipated horror movies of 2022, HALLOWEEN ENDS.
Only time will tell if the 13th installment – or the fourth if you only want to count this particular timeline – of the “killer” series is truly its final chapter. Yet, there is no question that the finale of director David Gordon Green’s “requel” trilogy is an occasion so momentous that it will be made available to see on IMAX when it debuts in AMC Theatres on Friday, October 14. For die-hard horror fans planning to see HALLOWEEN ENDS, here are three spoiler-free reasons to see it on the biggest screen possible.
Shocking New Kills
Just like there is more than one type of horror movie, there is also more than one type of fan of the particular subgenre of slasher movies. Some audiences seek out the most disturbingly graphic and inventively brutal scares possible – like a scene from 1974’s THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE – while others may just want something that will appeal to their own dark sense of humor – which Wes Craven’s A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET or SCREAM franchises have always been good at. HALLOWEEN ENDS, however, gives you the best of both worlds.
The HALLOWEEN franchise is home to some of the most memorable kills in the history of horror cinema and this latest film adds to its legacy of carnage by never holding back. There are death scenes that offer classic and simple thrills and some that are, actually, more grounded and truly upsetting, while a few others are more tastefully tongue-in-cheek – which you might have expected with Danny McBride as a co-writer again. Some characters even meet a fate similar to Michael Myers’ MO in the original film, but that is not the only way the sequel appeals to fans of that classic.
Two Horror Icons Face Off
In 2021, HALLOWEEN KILLS – the direct follow-up to the 2018 requel simply called HALLOWEEN – was marketed on the promise that Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode was fixing for another earth-shattering showdown with the man who nearly took her life 40 years earlier. However, the horror movie hero was actually relegated to a hospital bed for most of the film and never even shared any screen time with Michael Myers. HALLOWEEN ENDS has been marketed the same way but, this time, it really means it.
The new film, which takes place four years after the events of the last two, actually sees Laurie Strode in a better place. She is now living with her granddaughter, Alison (Andi Matichak), and having learned to let go of the fear that has haunted her for decades. However, her peace is interrupted by a string of new murders that culminates into the brutal, epic battle between Michael and Laurie that fans have been waiting years for.
Haddonfield Never Looked Better
The enduring game of cat-and-mouse between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode is the prime reason audiences come back to see more from this saga – especially when you consider how the Jamie Lee Curtis-free installments are, typically, the least beloved in the series. However, the one character who is just as important to the franchise as its central hero and villain is not a person, but a place called Haddonfield.
In HALLOWEEN ENDS, the surviving citizens of the fictional Illinois town are, unlike Laurie, still struggling to move on from the terror they faced years earlier. The town itself acts as a symbol of the degrading effects of lingering, post-traumatic fear and it shows in every frame of the movie on both an emotional and visceral level. Haddonfield has truly never played a more important role in a HALLOWEEN film before this one and you can really tell by its especially striking appearance this time.
As the climactic, concluding chapter to one of the most important series in horror movie history, HALLOWEEN ENDS is an event that lovers of the macabre certainly cannot miss. It has some of the most insane and inventive death scenes from a slasher movie in recent memory, it gives its iconic setting a new sense of topical and relatable importance and it pits its two flagship characters against each other in a face off for the ages. What better way to bear witness to this than on the big screen or in IMAX when the sequel hits AMC Theatres?