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Halloween Ends- The Release of Laurie Strode *Spoiler Review*

Updated: Oct 24, 2022

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Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) has been running from Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney) for over 40 years. This time she vows to end it. The movie goes back to 2019, 2 years after the events of Michael’s last appearance in Halloween Kills. Here we are introduced to Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell) who was babysitting a young boy named Jeremy, Jeremy pulls a prank on Corey and locks him in the attic. As Jeremy’s parents come home, Corey in a panic starts kicking the door to try and open it. Not knowing that Jeremy is on the other side, Corey kicks the door with so much force that it knocks Jeremy over the banister, and he falls and dies. Corey was cleared of any wrongdoing, but the town doesn’t let him forget.

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Laurie and her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) are still healing from the events of Michael’s last appearance in their town. Laurie is writing a book about her journey and Allyson is trying to move forward with her life working as a nurse. We see that they are both trying to work through their trauma in their own way. Laurie meets Corey when she sees some local kids bully him. Laurie comes to his defense and takes him to the doctor’s office where Allyson works. Allyson and Corey instantly connect.

Corey is very complex. He wants to do right and move forward with his life, but the people of the town won’t let him. His mother (Joanne Baron) is overbearing, more so since the incident. Corey’s step- father (Rick Moose) is more understanding and has him working the salvage yard. Allyson invites Corey into a bar owned by Lindsey Wallace (Kyle Richards). There, Corey is confronted by Jeremy’s mother and runs. On a bridge, he is confronted by the bullies and pushed over, we see that Corey is dragged into a sewer and is confronted by the man himself, Michael Myers. Michael looks into Corey’s eyes and sees the trauma that he has endured. Once Corey emerges, he is changed.

Corey starts to embrace his darkness. Corey starts to go down the same dark path as Michael. First killing the people who denied Allyson her promotion, then focusing on his bullies. As Corey tries to act normal, Laurie sees that darkness within him emerging. Laurie, who the town also blames for Michael’s reappearance is helped by Deputy Frank Hawkins (Will Patton). Corey slowly begins to take over where Michael left off and the town on Haddonfield and Laurie are back on alert. Allyson doesn’t believe the warnings of her grandmother, that Corey is going to the dark side. She has observed Corey taking over the persona of Michael.

Michael and Corey also have a complex relationship. They fight and Corey takes Michael’s mask. Corey is upset that Laurie has advised him to stay away from her granddaughter. Laurie knows a confrontation is coming with Corey and possibly Michael. There is an epic fight between Corey and Laurie and then Michael comes to reclaim his mask and finish Laurie off once and for all. Allyson who sees her grandmother taking a knife from Corey’s neck assumes the worst then her grandmother has lost it. She soon realizes when she sees the police action at the factory that her grandmother may be in trouble. They both fight Michael together. In an act of healing not just for Laurie and Allyson but for the town of Haddonfield they take Michael to the salvage yard where everyone witnesses his body being destroyed.

Halloween Ends is a resolution to a 40- year -old storyline. Laurie gets to write her own ending and Allyson gets to start a new life. Halloween Ends shows you how unresolved trauma can lead to a lifetime of misery and darkness but once you heal and overcome those traumas then you will be able to move forward with your life. Halloween Ends was not the all-out Michael killing spree, but it really was about Laurie confronting Michael because that was her trauma to deal with as well as her granddaughters as this type of trauma went through generations. I say congratulations Laurie Strode you are finally free of your trauma.

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