‘Halloween Kills’ Ending, Explained : What Happens to Michael Myers?


David Gordon Green’s Halloween Kills ends on a note of shock, concluding Michael Myers’ gruesome rampage in the film in question while setting up for the final chapter, Halloween Ends. The Halloween franchise was birthed with John Carpenter’s classic 1978 Halloween, followed by a series of sequels and spin-offs of varying quality, with the franchise being completely rebooted by Green’s 2018 offering. Halloween Kills continues the saga of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) facing off against her archnemesis Michael Myers (Nick Castle and James Jude Courtney). However, the film unfolds in a completely different direction and can be deemed as a narratorial mess.

Halloween Kills picks up directly after the events of its predecessor, with a grievously injured Laurie being rushed to the hospital by Karen (Judy Greer) and Allyson (Andi Matichak). Pararelly, a distressed Cameron (Dylan Arnold) finds a bleeding Officer Hawkins (Will Patton) in the middle of a park, and firefighters rush to extinguish the fire in Laurie’s house. The latter leads to a cinematically brilliant sequence wherein an unscathed Myers emerges from the burning building and proceeds to slash his way through the first responders, a testimony to Michael’s pure and mindless evil.

Three Women Fight Their Way Through Evil – The Fates of Laurie, Karen, & Allyson

While Green attempts to put Laurie, Karen, and Allyson in the forefront, wherein the three women lend their own perspectives to defeating Myers, the narrative of Halloween Kills comes off as too muddled for any of them to truly shine. Halfway through the narrative, characters from the franchise are introduced in order to highlight the true extent of Myers’ haunting of Haddonfield. One such character is Tommy Doyle (Anthony Michael Hall), who takes it upon himself to mobilize the townsfolk against Myers. However, this attempt ends tragically when the mob mindlessly chases an innocent man to his death. While Green’s decision to keep Laurie and Myers separate to build up anticipation for their final confrontation in Halloween Ends makes sense, it leaves Laurie’s character with very little to do, hurting the film in the process.

While Laurie spends most of her time reminiscing with Hawkins and monologuing about the nature of evil, Karen tries her best to take a rational approach to the situation. Arguing that even the best of trained professionals could not stop Myers, she tries to keep her loved ones out of harm’s way, hoping against hope that the nightmare would eventually come to an end. However, after Allyson bands with Cameron and Lonnie Elam (Robert Longstreet), Karen takes it upon herself to lure Myers out to the mob after he attacks Allyson and kills Cameron. On the other hand, Allyson takes up an extremely proactive stance on putting an end to the evil of Michael Myers, but in the end, it is not enough to stop the extent of his madness.

What Michael Myers Wants In ‘Halloween Kills’?

At the beginning of Halloween Kills, Laurie assumes that the reason why Michael Myers came back 40 years later to attack her is due to the fact that he is specifically targeting her. However, this turns out to be untrue – after Hawkins recollects the events of Halloween night in 1978, he concludes that all of Myers’ actions tie back to the act of murdering his sister, Judith, in 1963.

This turns out to be accurate, as Allyson and the others figure out that Myers is simply retracing his steps back to his childhood home while killing everyone he encounters on the way. In a traumatic turn of events, when Karen walks back inside the house after believing that Myers is dead, he returns and stabs her to death in the very spot he used to stand and watch his own reflection as a child.

What Does ‘Halloween Kills’ Ending Mean?

The ending of Halloween Kills is rather anticlimatic, as it is a veiled allegory about the effect of Michael’s presence on Haddonfield over the years and the endless bodies that are left in his wake. After Michael is subdued by the mob, he resurrects, owing to his resilience and commitment to carrying out his psychological conditioning. This leads to a complete massacre, wherein dozens lose their lives, including previous survivors like Tommy Doyle and Lonnie Elam.

On the other hand, Laurie and Hawkins discuss the terrible nature of Michael’s evil and how it brings out the worst in the best of men. Coming to the conclusion that the boogeyman cannot be killed with brute force or mere weapons, this sets up the scene for the final confrontation in Halloween Ends, which is bound to be fateful and filled with climactic twists.

Halloween Kills is a 2021 Horror Thriller film directed by David Gordon Green. It is based on the characters created by John Carpenter.

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Debopriyaa Dutta
Debopriyaa Dutta
I am a Features Writer/Film Critic at ScreenRant and a frequent contributor to High On Films. I oscillate between extremes, having a tender spot for cinematic pieces that act as an intersection between hope and hell.

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