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Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney, Will Patton, Rohan Campbell, Kyle Richards, Omar Dorsey
OUR RATING: ★★☆☆☆
Horror slasher sequel directed and co-written by David Gordon Green. Set four years after after the events of Halloween Kills (2021), Halloween Ends (2022) follows Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis), who is finishing writing her memoir, and living with her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak). After allowing the specter of Michael to determine and drive her reality for decades, and since he hasn’t been seen, Laurie decides to liberate herself from fear and rage and embrace life. But when a young man, Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell), is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, it ignites a cascade of violence and terror that will force Laurie to finally confront the evil she can’t control, once and for all.
Our Favorite Quotes:'Beware, that when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster, for when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.' (Halloween Ends) Click To Tweet
Corey: It’s Halloween. We’re going to have a good time tonight.
Jeremy: You’re scared because you know Michael Myers is still out there.
Corey: Boogeyman’s going to get you.
Jeremy: He’s not going to get me. Michael Myers kills babysitters, not kids.
Corey: [just before he accidentally kills Jeremy] Let me out! You little s**t! I’m going to kill you, Jeremy!
Laurie: Haddonfield was a peaceful town. And then one Halloween night many years ago, all of that was lost. Michael Myers was pure evil. He took our dreams and turned them into nightmares. As he was locked away in his prison, I disappeared into mine. And then, as I predicted, forty years later, he escaped, and Haddonfield was once again forced to confront this man in a mask.
Laurie: His senseless brutality ravaged my community, and killed my daughter. And then he vanished. Impossible? Perhaps. Truth would evolve into legend as people searched for motive and meaning, looking in the shadows for their boogeyman.
Laurie: In the years that followed, the people of Haddonfield descended into a plague of grief, of blame, of paranoia. The suffering Michael caused became an infection passing on to people who never even crossed his path. And as the town turned in on itself, I made a promise not to let fear rule my life anymore.
Laurie: I bought a home. A place to live with love and trust. Not a trap. Not a place to hide. It has been four years since I last saw my monster. So here I am, a survivor attempting to share my story, and find healing. Michael Myers was the personification of evil. It’s up to each of us whether or not we lock the door and find our resolve, or let him inside. Let it inside. Let evil inside.
Willy the Kid: It is four days until Halloween. It’s time to lock your doors, grab your knife for the fight. You ready? You ready in case the Boogeyman decides to come out and play? I know I am.
'It's up to each of us whether or not we lock the door and find our resolve, or let evil inside.' - Laurie (Halloween Ends) Click To Tweet
Willy the Kid: [over radio] How does one man get shot at, stabbed up, and then he fall down the street and get back up to scare the pi** out of everybody in Haddonfield? Let me tell you how, because this isn’t a man. This is more than a man. This is a beast. One that doesn’t bleed.
Willy the Kid: [over radio] This Boogeyman been sitting in hibernation, but trust me, y’all, he’ll be back.
Terry: [as Laurie tries to help Corey from being bullied] Would you look at this? I mean, a psycho meets a freak show. This is a match made in heaven.
Laurie: [to Corey] Are you the psycho or the freak show?
Nurse Deb: [referring to Allyson’s mask] I say if it’s not sexy, it’s not Halloween.
'You need to find someone that can let go. That makes you want to rip off your shirt and show grief your f***ing tits, and say, “You know what? Let's go.”' - Laurie (Halloween Ends) Click To Tweet
Corey: [referring to Mathis] You shouldn’t let that guy talk to you like that. It’s going to make you sad, even if you don’t think it does.
Allyson: I’ve dealt with much worse. But thank you. Anyway, I’ve just been dealing with it.
Allyson: We should go out sometime and do something.
Corey: With me?
Allyson: With both of us. I mean, we’d both have to be there. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be a very good time.
Laurie: [to Allyson] You know, you need to find someone that can let go. That makes you want to rip off your shirt and show grief your f***ing tits, and say, “You know what? Let’s go.”
Laurie: I like your face. I mean, I like seeing your face.
Frank: So do you. I mean, I do too. I like seeing you too.
'People create their own stories and make their own choices. They believe what they want to believe.' - Laurie (Halloween Ends) Click To Tweet
Sondra’s Sister: [to Laurie] Do you see what he did to my sister? He killed her husband, and he stabbed her. Took her voice! She cannot speak because of you! You were her neighbor, and you don’t even know her name, do you? You tempted, and you provoked that man when you should’ve left him alone.
Willy the Kid: [over radio] I think the man who escaped Smith’s Grove in 1978 was not the same man who killed all those people. The real Michael Myers was murdered that night, and the heavy breather with the mask was the same man who poisoned Pope John Paul I.
Mrs. Allen: [to Corey] A judge might have said you’re innocent, but I know you. I know it was no accident. It was no accident! You pushed my little boy because you got mad, and you lost your f***ing mind! Innocent people don’t do that! No! Evil people do. Evil.
Allyson: I know what it’s like to have everybody looking at you, thinking that they know you, thinking that they know what you’ve been through, but they don’t. But when I look at you, when I saw you the other day, I just saw a person. Just a person just trying to figure it the f*** out. Trying to wake up every day not scared and alone.
Corey: But the difference, Allyson, between me and you is that people look at me like, “Who is this guy? Who is this monster?” And they look at you like, they see you like a survivor.
Corey: [to Allyson] I get it. You survived Michael Myers. You’re a hero with your struggles, and ask anyone. I’m the psycho babysitter. I’m the f***ing kid killer. And you think you can fix me, but you can’t. I’ll spare you the heartache.
'I've run from you. I have chased you. I have tried to contain you. I have tried to forgive you. I thought maybe you were the Boogeyman. No. You're just a man who's about to stop breathing.' - Laurie (Halloween Ends) Click To Tweet
Corey: You just act like a goddamn a**hole because your father treats you like one. It’s contagious, right?
Terry: What did you just say to me?
Corey: I know what it looks like when somebody hates you. And your father f***ing hates you.
Allyson: Just let me be mad! Why can’t I be mad?!
Laurie: You can. You can be mad. You can be very, very mad. And you can smash things. Just be careful. It’s addictive.
Allyson: [to Laurie, referring to Corey] You were right. I liked him.
Vagabond: [after Michael lets Corey go from the sewer] He take people in there now and then. Why did he let you live? I say you go back. You go back in there, and you get me that mask. I’m Michael Myers. He not done with you, you little f***.
[after a struggle, Corey then stabs the man with his own knife and kills him]
'Fear moves through all of us, and we decide when to surrender.' - Laurie (Halloween Ends) Click To Tweet
Laurie: People create their own stories and make their own choices. They believe what they want to believe. I’m hopeful, with perspective, that my experience will help others heal. You have to ask yourself, “Am I in control, or do the elements control me? Life or death. Suicide or cherry blossoms.”
Allyson: [to Corey] I heard what happened. I know it sounds crazy, but when people would talk about it, it was like I knew you. Like I was looking for you. And then she brought you to me.
Joan: [referring to Corey] My son. This town turned against him after the accident with Jeremy Allen. They would’ve felt for him. They would’ve helped him heal. But because your boogeyman disappeared, they needed a new one.
Laurie: I’m sorry.
'The truth is evil doesn't die. It changes shape.' - Laurie (Halloween Ends) Click To Tweet
Allyson: [referring to Laurie] I’m just terrified to think what would happen if she were all alone if I left.
Corey: So, what, you got to stay here, protect her from herself forever?
Corey: [to Allyson] When I look at you, I know I can tell you the truth. I’m not afraid of these people. I’m not afraid anymore. You tell me that you want to burn it down, or you tell me you want to burn it to the ground.