Jamie Lee Curtis battles Michael Myers one more time in Halloween Ends, which brings this particular trilogy to an end on Peacock and in theaters on October 14th.
While we wait, Bloody Disgusting’s interview show The Boo Crew Podcast had a chance to sit down with both Jamie Lee Curtis and director David Gordon Green (Halloween, Halloween Kills, Halloween Ends) this week, and the full conversation has been uploaded this afternoon.
The Boo Crew previews, “We invite you to hang out with us for a conversation with the iconic and wonderful Jamie Lee Curtis and the extraordinary multi award winning filmmaker David Gordon Green. Jamie says a beautiful goodbye to Laurie Strode and an exciting look at what’s to come, David talks about the emotional journey designed for you in this incredibly unique Halloween film, crafting an all new vision for Haddonfield and so much more!”
For Jamie Lee Curtis, Halloween Ends isn’t an ending but rather a new beginning.
She tells The Boo Crew, “What [Halloween 2018] has given me, besides a whole new audience of people who love it… it has risen Laurie Strode to a legendary place of courage, tenacity… people identify with her so much. I am now Laurie Strode and Laurie Strode is me. There is no character for me to play. She has become me, I have become her. So everywhere I go, every person I meet, I am saying ‘Goodbye and thank you, from me and Laurie.’ Because we are the same. And it’s incredibly beautiful, emotional, and powerful to say goodbye in a film like Halloween Ends.”
She adds, “It’s ending, but for me I am BEGINNING because of David and the 2018 movie. I am beginning my creative life. I now have a company. I’ve now written a screenplay. I’m going to direct that screenplay. I buy books and end up making TV shows and movies. All of which I did not have the opportunity to do before the 2018 movie. So I owe so much not only to Laurie Strode but also to David Gordon Green. So it’s not ending. It’s really a beginning for me.”
“This third one, I always felt needed to be a love story. It needed to be a love letter to an audience, to a fanbase,” Gordon Green tells The Boo Crew. “Trying to figure out a way to tell a story about evil that wasn’t going to reveal more about Michael Myers’s childhood or backstory… [or] his motivation. It was creating a new character that conveniently got to weave itself into the love story, that got to explore the manifesting of evil as it relates to Haddonfield, and also open up a side of intuition and instinct in Laurie that we haven’t seen before.”
Gordon Green also notes that John Carpenter’s Christine and The Fog both served as inspirations for Halloween Ends, and he even worked a nod to The Thing into the film.
You can listen to the full chat with Jamie Lee Curtis and David Gordon Green below.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for Halloween Ends: “Four years after the events of last year’s Halloween Kills, Laurie is living with her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) and is finishing writing her memoir. Michael Myers hasn’t been seen since. Laurie, after allowing the specter of Michael to determine and drive her reality for decades, has decided to liberate herself from fear and rage and embrace life. But when a young man, Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell), is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, it ignites a cascade of violence and terror that will force Laurie to finally confront the evil she can’t control, once and for all.”
Nick Castle, the original Michael Myers, had recently noted that Halloween Ends will be a “surprising” conclusion to David Gordon Green‘s trilogy, while makeup effects artist Chris Nelson similarly teased that the third installment in the trilogy is “weird” and “different.” And John Carpenter had also called the new movie a “departure” in a recent interview.
Halloween Ends will also feature the return of Will Patton as Officer Frank Hawkins, Kyle Richards as Lindsey Wallace and James Jude Courtney as The Shape/Michael Myers.