If you haven’t seen the new Halloween, don’t read this. There will be massive spoilers.
You’ve been warned…
When director David Gordon Green and Danny McBride announced they were making a new Halloween reboot I was a little surprised. The duo, along with their writing partner Jeff Fradley, are mostly known for outrageous comedies like HBO’s Eastbown & Down and Vice Principals. They then said they weren’t carrying on the continuity of the series, or remaking the original film, instead they were making a sequel to John Carpenter’s original classic. One that ignored the many, many sequels that already existed.
Needless to say, I was curious to see what they did.
Halloween debuted to record breaking box office numbers and critical raves, and now there’s talk of another sequel, but, had the film followed its original ending, that sequel would be minus one key player.
The new Halloween ends with Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode locking Michael Myers in her basement and setting him on fire, but we never see him die. Thus leaving plenty of room for The Shape to return
Originally, Green, McBride and Fradley had a much darker ending planned.
According to Bloody Disgusting, an early version of the script featured Laurie dying a hero’s death. She’d be killed by Michael while stabbing him with a screwdriver in a final attempt to save her family. As part of the final struggle, her daughter would push Michael out of a window (where he’d disappear into the night again), and when Laurie’s daughter and granddaughter check on her they confirm she’s been killed.
The intention here was to shift the focus of the franchise to the two new heroines.
What do you think, would have preferred the original conclusion, or were you satisfied with the theatrical ending? Let us know in the comments below.