The Halloween franchise is interesting because of its multiple timelines, meaning it’s up to viewers to decide what is canon and what other films they want to ignore. I used this mindset in how I approached David Gordan Green’s trilogy that kicked off with Halloween in 2018. I have to be honest; this trilogy did little for me as a Halloween fan, and my disappointment was only escalated by Halloween Ends. Green’s movies have elements in them that I love, like the return of Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie and the exploration of how tragedy affects the entire town of Haddonfield and leads to generational trauma.
There are also elements I don’t like: bad dialogue, victim shaming, very sexist writing, a lack of understanding of what makes Michael so evil and scary, mini-story arcs that went nowhere and took valuable time from the main action, and truly unlikable characters. It took me two tries to get through Halloween 2018, and I left Halloween Kills severely underwhelmed. Halloween Ends continued the trend of delivering sub-par Michael Myers material. And he was barely in the movie.