On the occasion of the release of “Halloween Ends”, here are five things to know about this third and final installment of the bloody horror franchise revisited by David Gordon Green.
What is it about ? Four years after the events of Halloween Kills, Laurie now lives with her granddaughter Allyson and is finishing her memoir. Michael Myers hasn’t come forward lately. After allowing Michael’s shadow to hang over the course of her existence for decades, she finally decided to free herself from fear and anger and turn to life. But when a young man, Corey Cunningham, is accused of murdering a boy he was babysitting, Laurie must confront the evil forces that elude her one last time, in a surge of violence and terror…
The 13th Halloween feature film!
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Halloween Ends is the thirteenth film in the horror saga after Halloween: The Night of the Masks (1978), Halloween 2 (nineteen eighty one), Halloween 3: Sorcerer’s Blood (1983), Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989), Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995), Halloween, 20 years later (1998), Halloween: Resurrection (2002), Halloween (2007), Halloween 2 (2009), Halloween (2018) and Halloween Kills (2021).
While the trilogy was shot in several locations in the southeastern United States, the goal was to ensure that the city of Haddonfield was consistently represented. David Gordon Green recalls, “John Carpenter used Pasadena to camp Illinois on Halloween 1978.”
“We shot in South Carolina and then Wilmington, North Carolina, and then Savannah, Georgia, before ending up in Sylvania, in the same state. We moved a lot but we tried to make sure that the characters and the environment are part of the continuity.”
To build the underground lair where Michael Myers has been holed up for four years, the team settled in Sylvania, in northeast Georgia. The director confides: “I needed a gigantic bridge and an area to build an underground shelter for several scenes.”
“There was nothing suitable for Savannah, so we explored the surroundings and, an hour and a half away, I found the ideal place. The inhabitants agreed to close this access and let us there. spend a few nights.”
James Jude Courtney back
He’s the actor and stuntman James Jude Courtney who hides behind the mask of Michael Myers. He had previously played this character in Halloween (2018) and Halloween Kills (2021). On the three films, he was able to benefit from the advice of Nick Castlethe original performer of the boogeyman.
A common point !
Corey’s interpreter, Rohan Campbell, rose to fame playing Frank Hardy in The Hardy Boys… And if Jamie Lee Curtis embraced an acting career, it was largely thanks to one of her friends who advised her to audition for the original series, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977).
The actress recalls: “I didn’t get the lead role, and I only got a supporting role, but I left college for a month to try to break into the business. But once this month I signed a contract with Universal Studios and left college.”
A (very) lucrative franchise
The Halloween released in 2018 had achieved 255 million dollars in worldwide revenue, for an estimated budget of… 10 million! Its sequel, Halloween Kills, grossed $131 million (at a production cost of $20 million).
The other films centering on the indefatigable masked killer were, for the most part, very lucrative. Halloween: The Night of the Masks thus brought in 70 million for a budget of 325,000 dollars, Halloween 2 25 million (for 2.5 million), Halloween 3: The Sorcerer’s Blood 14 (for 2.5), Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers 18 (for 5), Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers 12 (for 5), Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers 15 (for 5), Halloween, 20 Years After 55 (for 17), Halloween: Resurrection 38 ( for 13), Halloween 77 (for 15) and Halloween 2 38 (for 15).