Is Halloween Ends really the last film in the legendary franchise?

Filmmaker David Gordon Green and star Andi Matichak tell IndieWire how they see the supposed “end” of all the chaos and murder.

[Editor’s note: The following article contains spoilers for “Halloween Ends,” including its conclusion.]

If you put “ends” right there in the title, ask for it. This is the pickle for David Gordon Green’s trilogy capper Halloween Ends. So is this really the end of the legendary franchise? Green has a diplomatic answer.

“I think evil doesn’t die, it changes form,” Green told IndieWire. “And that can become something to really think about, the negativity that might be greeted with at some point in your day. If you want to take that and act on it and tighten it up and then pass it on to the next person, you can do that. It can be as contagious as you want or allow it to be. And when you say, “I’m going to welcome this hardship, this tragedy, and then I’m going to turn that around, and I’m going to find the lesson and the learning and the misunderstanding or the miscommunication or the love in that lost moment and turn it into something more meaningful and more positive things are there too.”

Even though (and it’s a big “if”) this is the end of the series, Green’s films have always urged audiences to consider the impact of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode’s (Jamie Lee Curtis) decades-long struggle on the rest of the series Small town Haddonfield. That’s one thing that doesn’t go away even after the credits roll.

“It’s embedded in their history and the city needs to build on that now,” said co-star Andi Matichak, who plays Green Laurie’s granddaughter Allyson in all three films. “Allyson’s trauma from the 2018 massacre, it’s not something you can just pretend doesn’t exist, or bundle it up and put it in a box and forget it ever happened, it’s part of your story now.” It’s up to the individual to find out, and the community to figure out how to heal and move forward in a way that is hopefully healthy and productive for living a happy life.”

For Matichak, and especially Allyson, this is the end. For now. “There’s so much iteration of what an ending can be, and it’s probably what we envisioned for everyone and everyone’s destiny,” Matichak said. “For better or for worse and how people are doing well or not, that’s a good final chapter for me.”

It’s also apparently a good final chapter for Michael Myers, who ends up getting killed in a battle royale with Laurie that Matichak thinks is “so epic and harrowing and exciting.” And that’s not all, because after Laurie (with a little help from Allyson) has Michael sliced ​​and diced and seemingly forgotten, the two take it a step further: they strap him onto the roof of Allyson’s car and drive him see across town for everyone, and then dump his body in a massive junk shredder. You see his head explode. It’s pretty clear.

Michael Myers (aka The Shape) in Halloween Ends, co-written, produced and directed by David Gordon Green.

“Halloween Ends”

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Understandably, Green is excited to see what fans think of his supposed end, if not this whole sprawling series, of his little corner of the franchise. (Green’s plan for a single trilogy isn’t just philosophical, because as producer Jason Blum explained to Screen Rant earlier this year, Halloween Ends is Blumhouse Productions’ deal for the franchise once Halloween Ends arrives, with his rights then falling back original producer Malek Akkad.)

“I think the beauty of these horror movies is that we can just express ourselves and let it all out,” Green said. “For me, it’s just an incredible creative platform, an opportunity to be boisterous and do whatever kind of crazy shit I can think of, and then there’s a fanbase waiting to give it one or the other.” way to devour.”

And as Green IndieWire previously said, he remains open to how people want to devour the film.

“I just wanted it to be something for people to think about and discuss, and it has a certain level of ambiguity and uncertainty,” Green said. “That was important to me. As much as this is a popcorn-eating-with-your-friends-and-midnight-madness-enjoyment-, somewhat cheesy, but also artistically sovereign genre film for me, I also like a film that you can talk about it on the way outside. … I love a film with these intricate layers, and it raises a lot more questions than it answers.”

Halloween Ends, a Universal Pictures release, is in theaters now and streaming on Peacock.

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