Universal has released the first trailer to “Halloween Ends” the epic final chapter to the sequel trilogy directed by David Gordon Green. While originally developed to be set on the same night as “Halloween (2018)” and “Halloween Kills,” “Halloween Ends” takes place four years later and finds Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) trying to adjust to a life of peace and serenity after spending most of it living in fear. But when a young man, Corey Cunningham 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.
Yes, we’ve all heard that all good things must come to an end. And with a film franchise like “Halloween,” the word “end” doesn’t necessarily mean anything because it finds a way to come back to us. But it seems like “Halloween Ends” is the definitive conclusion to this particular arc.
Though the trailer seems to play off that “Halloween Ends” takes place on the same night, the plot description tells us that the finale takes place four years after the events of “Halloween Kills.” There also seems to be more of tonal departure for the film as it moves away from the traditional mass murder we’re accustomed to seeing in the original film and the recent installments.
These narrative twists could help the “Halloween Kills” feel fresh rather than doubling down – or tripling in this case – on what made the first one so successful. Of course, the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic took place at the same time could have had something to do with the changes to the script and production.
“Halloween Ends” opens in theaters on October 14, 2022.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for “Halloween Ends:”
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.