See Jamie Lee Curtis In Halloween Ends First Video
It all ends!
It’s hard to believe, but what’s sure to be the bloody conclusion to the Halloween revival film series is almost here. In less than three months, Halloween Ends will hit theaters, once again starring Jamie Lee Curtis in the role that crowned her the Scream Queen — Laurie Strode. And now the first gripping trailer for the finale is here.
The trailer opens with someone — presumably the ultraviolent Michael Myers — sneaking into a home during the night of the eponymous holiday. His entrance is greeted by his old would-be victim, who appears only too ready for his arrival. You can watch the trailer below.
The action in the trailer focuses on the merciless conflict between Curtis’ Laurie Strode and her decades-old nemesis, with Myers at one point attempting to shove her hand into the garbage disposal. Interspersed throughout the Halloween Ends trailer are shots of Jamie Lee Curtis from previous films, including the 1978 flick that started it all co-written and directed by John Carpenter. At the end of the trailer we get the finale’s release date of Friday October 14.
As Deadline notes, beside Jamie Lee Curtis, there aren’t a lot of actors from the series reprising their roles, largely because Michael Myers didn’t leave many of them alive by the end of last year’s Halloween Kills. James Jude Courtney returns as Myers, Andi Matichak once more plays Laurie Strode’s daughter Allyson, and Will Patton once again plays Officer Hawkins. Also returning is Kyle Richards, who had a small part in last year’s film and was actually with the franchise in the very beginning. In 1978’s Halloween, Richards played Lindsey — one of the children Laurie Strode babysat. Variety reported in December that Richards would return for Halloween Ends in an expanded role. Brand new to the series is Rohan Campbell as Allyson’s new boyfriend Corey.
If critics had their way, the series would end before Halloween Ends saw the light of day. While 2018’s Halloween was both a critical and commercial hit, reviewers tore Halloween Kills to pieces, including Giant Freakin Robot’s own Drew Dietsch, leaving it with a horrible Rotten Tomatoes score of 39%. But, as recorded by Box Office Mojo, the sequel brought in $131.6 million on a $20 million production budget. Those numbers aren’t nearly as impressive as those of its predecessor — which made $255.6 million against a $10 million production budget — but its predecessor didn’t have a global pandemic to contend with. With fans much more willing to risk trips to the theater than they were last October, Halloween Ends is likely in for some good returns.
Along with its critical failures, Halloween Kills also had a hefty controversy to contend with. One scene of the film has Michael Myers brutally slaughtering a group of firefighters, which some fans felt went way too far. An online petition went up demanding the scene be removed from the film, to no avail. If the overall brutality of the revival films directed by David Gordon Green so far are anything to judge by, Halloween Ends won’t be any more careful with viewers’ sensitivities.