THE END OF HALLOWEEN – Movie Guide | movie reviews for christians
Dominant worldview and other worldview content/elements:
A light biblical worldview on the relentless omnipresence of evil and how it can infiltrate a person’s inner being, but there is no religious overtones made about the subject in the film and no reference to solutions or God or Jesus, plus in one scene a woman appears to be giving the film’s young heroine/protagonist a tarot reading and the young protagonist draws the “death card”, but the tarot reader undermines the card’s potential ominous connotations , although both connotations seem to come true at the end
About 62 profanities (about 40 “f” words or more), two Jesus profanities, five GD profanities, and six mild profanities (like OMG)
Extreme, sometimes gruesome, usually scary bloody violence features a heinous boy who dies in blood in a three-story house after locking his babysitter in the attic, and the babysitter opens the door and accidentally knocks the boy over the stair railing, people are stabbed multiple times, a killer runs over a teenage girl with a truck then tramples her, a woman is stabbed and pinned to a picture on a wall, people fight two killers in bloody fashion , a man is shot in the head when he stands in front of a killer’s gun pointed at another person, a man’s lower face is smashed, and the killer cuts out half of the dead man’s tongue, teenagers fight and beat young man twice, teenagers throw young man off road bridge
Fornication implied in one scene and frequent kissing between the unmarried couple, plus a middle-aged doctor and nurse in his office getting ready to have fun, but nothing else is shown other than brief kisses
Superior male nudity in one scene, and the nurse slips into a nightgown in preparation for having fun with a man at the doctor’s (he’s her boss)
Alcohol consumption :
Some drinking and two people appear a little tipsy or slightly drunk in two scenes
Smoking and/or drug use and abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,
The granddaughter responds to the grandmother who is a bit paranoid and fearful, but the grandmother has good reason to be paranoid and fearful.
HALLOWEEN ENDS would be the last time Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode faces off against crazed killer Michael Myers, but this time there’s another possible killer on the loose, and he just happens to be dating his girlfriend. -orphan girl! HALLOWEEN ENDS suffers from bad, jerky, unexciting direction and has plenty of gory, sometimes horrific violence and abundant, gratuitous foul language, but it has some good twists and warns viewers of the ubiquity of gruesome evil and how it can invade people’s inner being.
The film opens four years after Michael Myers massacred a group of people in Haddonfield, Illinois in 2018, the 40th anniversary of his first escape from the mental institution. Michael just disappeared after the last incident, though he seemed to get stronger and stronger with each person he killed.
Meanwhile, Michael’s nemesis, Laurie Strode, has decided to move on with his life and not worry about Michael’s possible return. However, she is ever vigilant and is writing a book about her experiences to help the public deal with evils such as Michael Myers.
Meanwhile, Laurie’s granddaughter, Allyson, a nurse, meets a young mechanic named Corey Cunningham. Three years ago, Corey was an engineering student. While babysitting a bratty young boy on Halloween night, Corey accidentally knocked the boy down three flights of a spiral staircase when Corey kicked down the attic door after the boy locked Corey in. Since then, the community has ostracized Corey. Also, Corey’s mother is a screaming Harridan, although Corey’s stepfather treats Corey very well.
Allyson falls in love with Corey. Reluctantly, he agrees to go to a Halloween party with her. She wears a cheap cat mask and gives Corey a cheap scarecrow mask. They seem to be having a good time at the party. However, when Allyson appears to abandon him and Corey is confronted by the dead young boy’s mother, Corey thinks Allyson doesn’t really care about him. He leaves the party angrily.
Returning home over a small bridge, Corey is confronted by four teenagers, two boys and two girls, who harassed him the other day at a convenience store when he refused to buy them beer. The main bully dishonestly offers to make peace with Corey, but Corey ignores him. A fight ensues and the main bully ends up throwing Corey over the deck. The bully says it was an accident, but the other teens think he pushed Corey. Either way, the four teens take off in the main bully’s car.
Below deck, someone drags Corey’s body into the nearby sewer tunnel. Corey wakes up the next day to find a weakened Michael Meyers hiding in the storm drain. Michael looks into Corey’s eyes and finds a kindred spirit.
Later, Corey and Allyson reconcile. Corey starts talking to her about getting away from Haddonfield, maybe together. However, after Allyson introduces Corey to her grandmother, Laurie warns Allyson that she sees the evil lurking in Corey’s eyes. She warns her granddaughter about the relationship, but Allyson thinks Laurie is just being paranoid.
Will Laurie’s suspicions about Corey turn out to be correct?
In horror film conventions, characters are often faced with a potentially frightening situation where the “normal” order of things is disrupted. This disturbance can be represented graphically by “binary oppositions”, ie Life/Death, Human/Animal and Civilization/Jungle. For example, Dracula upsets the boundary between Life and Death because he is both alive and dead, the Man-Wolf confuses the boundary between Human and Animal because he is both a wolf and a man, and King Kong upends the line between civilization and the jungle when he escapes the theater to wreak havoc on New York. Faced with this chaos, the characters must attempt to restore order by repairing the balance, frequently by killing or banishing the monster responsible for the disturbance. Once the chaotic monster is destroyed or banished, the characters can then start their lives over. In many modern horror films, however, the monster is unfortunately often victorious. This is unlike past horror films of Hollywood’s Golden Age, where the monster may return for a sequel after meeting apparent death. For example, in 1939’s THE SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (the last time Boris Karloff played Frankenstein’s monster), the monster survived the explosion in the previous film, THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, and a crazed shepherd named Ygor finds him prowling around the sulfur pits created by the explosion.
The HALLOWEEN movies, originally created by John Carpenter (ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and STARMAN) and Debra Hill, imagine a monster that straddles the natural and supernatural worlds. So Michael Myers is a living man with a real family, but he also has supernatural strength and is called a “boogeyman”. HALLOWEEN ENDS is the third in a new trilogy of films featuring the character of Jamie Lee Curtis. In the previous film, HALLOWEEN KILLS, Michael Meyers kills almost everyone who heroically tries to stop him, except for Laurie and her granddaughter, Allyson. Thus, the second film of the trilogy ends without any victory over the monster. Additionally, the ending is capped off with a corny proclamation during the climax that Michael is evil incarnate and that he cannot be killed or destroyed but grows more powerful the more people he kills.
In HALLOWEEN ENDS, however, Laurie’s discussion of evil is more thoughtful and less occult, though her granddaughter, Allyson, appears to be given a tarot reading by another woman in one scene. For example, Laurie warns potential readers of a book she is writing that evil is everywhere and can invade people’s inner beings. Her comments on evil and human nature, coupled with the film’s ending, are biblical, but in a light and undeveloped way, as neither she nor the film presents spiritual solutions to this problem of evil. The film never explicitly mentions God or Jesus.
Finally, despite some good twists, HALLOWEEN ENDS suffers from poor, jerky and unexciting direction, especially in the first half. HALLOWEEN ENDS also has a lot of bloody, sometimes gruesome violence and gratuitous foul language. So while HALLOWEEN ENDS may not be heinous like the previous movie, MOVIEGUIDE® thinks it’s excessive and unacceptable.
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