Fans were disappointed with Halloween Ends for many reasons including Michael and Laurie’s limited screen-time, the new focus, and the strange pacing of the film.
The Halloween franchise was created in 1978 with the original John Carpenter films, but the franchise now includes 13 films.
Halloween Ends is the last film in the David Gordon Green trilogy, but since it featured so little of Laurie and Michael, and had a strange focus and pacing, fans were disappointed after its release.
The history of the Halloween franchise
While the original John Carpenter Halloween film received mixed reviews from critics when it was first released in 1978, the Halloween franchise and its main villain, Michael Myers, have since become cult-classics.
The franchise has now grown to include 13 films in total, with the most recent trilogy by director, David Gordon Green, focusing on the relationship between Michael Myers and Laurie Strode in the Halloween (2018), Halloween Kills, and Halloween Ends, films.
Why did Halloween Ends suck?
Halloween Ends comes as the much-awaited final instalment in this trilogy and it was even marketed as being the end of the franchise in general, even though people are sceptical of whether this will prove to be true in the long run.
This is likely why the film has become the most watched film of all time when it premiered on the Peacock streaming service on 14 October 2022 and managed to cash in about $41.3 million on its opening weekend in theatres.
However, this initial success was quickly overshadowed by the backlash from viewers and fans of the film who felt like it missed the mark entirely, not only in its own right as a Halloween film, but as what was supposed to be the grand finale to the entire film franchise.
Many fans expected that Halloween Ends would be a sort-of final show-down between one of the most iconic scream-queens, Laurie Strode, who is portrayed by Jamie Lee Curtis, and “the Shape” that has consumed her life for so long.
However, one of the main criticisms for this film is that Laurie and Michael barely have any screen time in the film.
To add to this, audiences also found the new focus on the abstract concept of evil and what it means for the town of Haddonfield unnecessary and heavy-handed.
In the end, David Gordon Green’s attempt to put his own spin on such an iconic and beloved franchise ended up making Halloween Ends unfocused and jumbled.
This, coupled with poor pacing and too few of the elements that fans love about the franchise is why Halloween Ends sucks.
Why Laurie and Michael should have had more screen-time
Since it feels like much of the David Gordon Green trilogy’s storyline so far has been building up to the eventual show-down between Michael and Laurie, many viewers expected that most of the film would be centred around these two characters plotting or even facing off a few times.
After all, Michael is the reason why most people watch the Halloween films. However, the film decided to introduce a new main character with Corey and it focused on his love story with Laurie’s granddaughter, Allyson, instead.
It is strange for the final movie in a trilogy to introduce an entirely new main character and villain into such an iconic series and fans only got to see a badly injured Michael who was partially obstructed in a few scenes, before the final fight, and Laurie was largely pushed to the side for most of the film.
This made the entire film feel somewhat out of place and like it was not really a Halloween film.
Why the focus on a more abstract evil did not go over well with fans
It is very clear that Halloween Ends was determined to show that there is more evil in Haddonfield than Michael Myers.
Even though this is an interesting point of view, since it was emphasised so many times and the creators even introduced a whole new plotline to drive home their point, it just ended up being annoying to fans who really wanted to see a new take on these classic slasher-films, with lots of building tensions and gory details.
What made the pacing of the Halloween Ends so bad?
The Halloween films are popularly known for their slow and creeping tension. However, in Halloween Ends, the entire films feels too slow, partly because it feels like the main Corey-storyline is just filling the gaps until Laurie and Michael finally interact again.
This, paired with the fact that most of Michael’s kills are lack-lustre and there are only a few jump-scares, makes the film feel too drawn-out and long.