The Nightmare Comes To A Close In The Trailer for ‘Halloween Ends’

This may have been common knowledge that I simply missed, but this trailer opened with a big surprise to me…a 4 year time jump. I was certain all three films would comprise one really long day, or at most series of days. The last film in David Gordon Green’s trilogy Halloween Kills had the most intense final act of any horror film in recent memory. Some of that tension came from horror characters being horror characters (DON’T ASSUME THEY’RE NOT GETTING UP), but most came from that shocking final shot where Laurie Strodes daughter (Judy Greer) was murdered. It almost seemed like it could have been a fake-out, dream sequence type deal. Nope, the full trailer confirms it happened.

The footage also lays out that Myers disappeared that night and hasn’t been seen in 4 years, which is more terrifying if you think about it. The unending suspense of when, not if, he’s going to show back up. At least you only really have to worry about that one night a year. What follows that revelation is a peak in what could potentially be the most terrifying and visceral of all the films in this franchise. There’s something about the violence on display, it’s un-tempered, raw even, and results in a gut feeling that you can’t shake.

The trailer also promises that Gordon Green hasn’t forgotten the films roots, with quick fan service played in one characters unfortunate end tacked to a wall with Michael doing that puppy dog side glace from the first film. Honestly, that’s the major complaint I have about the trailer, just how much it shows. Granted, he may have a body count in the dozens by the end of it but we clearly see the end result for at least two characters. Less is more, certainly they would have learned that from watching the original film.

PS. I get wanting to see under the mask but why not check AFTER you’ve removed the head from its shoulders? 

Halloween Ends hits theaters AND streaming via Peacock on October 14th, 2022.

Official Synopsis: 

This is Laurie Strode’s last stand.

After 45 years, the most acclaimed, revered horror franchise in film history reaches its epic, terrifying conclusion as Laurie Strode faces off for the last time against the embodiment of evil, Michael Myers, in a final confrontation unlike any captured on-screen before. Only one of them will survive.
Icon Jamie Lee Curtis returns for the last time as Laurie Strode, horror’s first “final girl” and the role that launched Curtis’ career. Curtis has portrayed Laurie for more than four decades now, one of the longest actor-character pairings in cinema history. When the franchise relaunched in 2018, Halloween shattered box office records, becoming the franchise’s highest-grossing chapter and set a new record for the biggest opening weekend for a horror film starring a woman.
Four years after the events of last year’s Halloween Kills, Laurie is living with her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) and is finishing writing her memoir. Michael Myers hasn’t been seen since. Laurie, after allowing the specter of Michael to determine and drive her reality for decades, has decided to liberate herself from fear and rage and embrace life. But when a young man, Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell; The Hardy Boys, Virgin River), 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.