HALLOWEEN ENDS – Review by T.J. Callahan

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Halloween Ends: “We’re gonna have a good time tonight.”

After 12 movies and 45 years, originator John Carpenter and crew say they have made their final Halloween film with Halloween Ends. It even says it in the title, but this film franchise has said goodbye longer than the Cher farewell tour. You can grind up Michael Myers into little bitty
murderer meatballs all you want, you’ll only make him angry.

Halloween Ends takes place four years after Halloween Kills. The masked one has been nonexistent, but when a bullied young man with a Joker complex is pulled into Mike’s lair, the two becomes partners in crime and bring tag team terror to their Illinois town. But Laurie Strode, still played fiercely by Jamie Lee Curtis, refuses to let the pair get away with any more murders.

She’s the new “sheriff” in town and is ready to cut these boogeymen off at the pass.

Halloween Ends begins with a quick recap of all the previous films. Once the audience is up to date, the movie becomes a David vs Goliath, Batman vs Superman, Godzilla vs King Kong fright fest that is more gory than suspenseful. While there are requisite jump scares, this Halloween is less about hair-raising and more about relationships and community-wide revenge.

Halloween Ends does go out with a bloody bang despite its anemic plot, but after 45 years are we still looking for substance or just silly slasher fun? The audience I saw this film with clapped and cheered and laughed with the characters, not at them. Halloween Ends is horror that isn’t horrible. It gets a 6.

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T. J. Callahan

Longtime Houston radio personality, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for The Sam Malone Show on AM 1070 The Answer in Houston. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and streaming on Radio Brave. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her live every Thursday morning at 9:20 central on KNTH. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association, the Houston Film Critics Society and a board member and 2017 inductee to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.