Halloween Ends Has Already Achieved An Embarrassing Record

Halloween Ends has received a C+ CinemaScore, the lowest for the franchise.

By Britta DeVore | Published

Over the weekend, the final film in David Gordon Green’s Halloween trilogy was released. With many excited to see how the knock-down-drag-out fight between final girl Laurie Strode and The Shape would go down, it was no shock that fans flocked to Peacock and theaters everywhere to feast their eyes on Halloween Ends. Unfortunately, the film seems to have missed the mark with many viewers, leaving it with a franchise lowpoint C+ CinemaScore after its first weekend on screens everywhere.

To be fair, Halloween Ends’ ranking is dangerously close to that of Halloween Kills, which received a B-, so it isn’t too much of a shocker that the latest installment earned the so-so score. Furthermore, the very idea and story of Laurie Strode and Michael Myers is a slightly silly one with an entity stalking the one-time babysitter over the course of multiple decades. It’s with this gore-filled plot featuring a heavy underside of camp that Halloween comes to its audience and that can make for a hit-or-miss flick. 

Halloween Ends rounds out David Gordon Green’s trio of horror features that first began with 2018’s Halloween. Last year, audiences watched the return of Laurie Strode in Halloween Kills and eagerly gobbled it up, leading to terrific viewership ratings in a post-COVID theater-going world. Wisely, those behind the production made the move to do a double release to both the big screen as well as Peacock, a choice they would make again this time around. 

In last year’s Halloween Kills, Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney) took on not only Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), but also the entire town of Haddonfield, Illinois – the original town from John Carpenter’s 1978 movie that started it all. The film reintroduced us to a slew of familiar faces from Halloween’s of years past including Kyle Richards’ Lindsey Wallace, who was the young girl that Laurie Strode was babysitting in the original movie. Richards and several other familiar names and faces also appear in Halloween Ends

The new movie picks up four years after the events of Halloween Kills and sees Laurie and her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) leading a quiet life and moving on from the terror of The Shape. However, chaos begins to stalk the streets all over again after a young man is accused of murdering the boy he was babysitting, pulling Laurie out of her peaceful memoir-writing retirement. As the name would lead one to believe, Halloween Ends promises to show the final battle between Laurie and Michael with only one making it out alive.

Now that she’s finally calling it quits on the role that launched her career way back in 1978, it’s time for Jamie Lee Curtis to focus on other things. She’s already teased the idea of rebooting her iconic performance in 2003’s Freaky Friday where she starred opposite Lindsay Lohan – something we would absolutely die to see. For those who’ve held Jamie Lee Curtis’ take on Laurie Strode close to heart, a C+ score won’t keep us away from watching the actress’ final bow take on her scream queen character in Halloween Ends.