The Halloween Ends Director Explains the Film’s Controversial Twist

Spoiler alert: This story contains MAJOR SPOILERS for the end of Halloween.


Halloween ends is in theaters now (and on Peacock for those who want to stream it at home), and to put it lightly, fans have their thoughts on the film. It became quite a controversial installment in the franchise that resulted in heavy criticism from critics and heavy criticism on social media. Even so, there are many Halloween fans give the film credit for taking an unexpected approach to the story, saying that in due time, Halloween ends will get his credit.

In any case, one thing that drew a lot of criticism was sidelining Michael Myers after he was last seen in the brutal halloween kills end. The killer’s screen time is much more limited as he now spends his days living in the sewers, only attacking those unlucky enough to get close enough for him to drag them inside. For some reason, Michael chooses to spare the life of a young man named Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell), and the two form an unexpected partnership with Corey bringing in new victims for Michael. Corey then betrays Michael by stealing his mask, using the fear of Michael Myers to carry out his own killing spree in Haddonfield, primarily targeting those who have wronged him in a way reminiscent of Christina.

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Although the film has a definite ending, the way the film introduces a new Michael Myers-influenced killer leaves the door open for the story to continue. In a new interview with THR, the director David Gordon Green addressed the film’s writing process, noting that it was unintentional to create sequels. The idea was to surprise the audience by doing something to “shake it up” instead of something that feels “a bit stagnant or cliche”. From the interview:

“I don’t think I felt the need to plant a seed. The real twist you’re talking about is tied to a point where you could keep things going, and it wasn’t by any other intention than me and the writers thinking it might be cool. In the writers’ room, it’s like a rehearsal. It’s kind of a free space where you can say, “OK, we’re here now. This event has just happened. We will do Choose your own adventure. Where would you go?” And then the four of us write a version of it. So we do moves like this and say, “It’s kind of stagnant or cliched here. What can we do here to shake it up? And then , what if that happens? Boom! Or if it was the curveball? Boom!” And then we talk about the rest of the movie. So that was where part of the massage was taking place a year ago, and I guess that massage continued throughout production.”

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Green also talked about the inspiration for bringing in a new character like Corey Cunningham in the first place. He thought about how the daily onslaught of depressing news is something that can contribute to someone’s mental breakdown, as it’s something he’s observed in friends. This observation led to the change of tone in Halloween ends.

“I think this story highlights the contagiousness of negativity. In an entertaining movie, popcorn and midnight madness like Halloween ends, it is what creates evil and what manifests evil. But I think there’s also a relatable form of what it is. If your head starts spinning and you can’t sleep at night because you watched the really depressing headlines right before you went to bed, it can not only disrupt your sleep, but it can also destroy your psyche or your confidence in yourself or in your community. It’s not a movie with messages, but I see a lot of friends of mine who are subject to depression that’s outside of their immediate universe and in a world that they can’t control because of the voices and the articulation of perpetual hostility. So I’m doing everything I can in my life to avoid that and redefine that.”

The filmmaker then goes on to explain how Corey in particular, as someone suffering from PTSD from his own horrific Halloween night tragedy, would be affected by something like the mass hysteria associated with a local serial killer. like Michael Myers.

“So the town of Haddonfield suffers from that, and when you find a character like Corey Cunningham, who is a very vulnerable person at a traumatic time in his life, there’s no community to turn to because everyone world has already deconstructed [him] in their own pessimism, paranoia and blame. So how do you heal, and where do you go from there? If the film asks one question the world should think about, it’s this one.”

Halloween ends plays in theaters and on Peacock.

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