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‘Halloween’ Defies the Tropes of the Horror Genre With Its Ending

The newest installment in the Halloween franchise has an ending that horror fans should find refreshing.

Halloween, the newest movie in the popular horror-action franchise, comes to theaters this weekend with the promise of this masked psychopath viciously slaughtering every unsuspecting suburbanite he crosses path with. But beyond wondering if Michael Myers has finally learned how to talk through his feelings, you may find yourself asking a key question: Are more Halloween movies coming? It’s a fair question. After all, there is nothing horror movies love more than a never-ending wave of sequels, where even if the villain is killed, there is almost always some indication that the big baddie will be back for more carnage. Does Halloween follow this trend or buck the trend by telling a story that serves as a standalone experience? We have the answer.

WARNING: Obviously, there are some major plot spoilers coming your way so please abandon ship if you want to walk into the film completely blind.

Towards the end of Halloween, Myers has found his way to Laurie Strode’s (Jamie Lee Curtis) house, where she is hiding with her daughter Karen (Judy Greer) while her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) is making her way to the house, not knowing that Myers is there hoping to finish off the Strode family once and for all. Laurie and Myers have a showdown and it appears that Myers has finally bested Laurie as she falls from the second story onto the front yard. However, when Myers looks down at where Laurie should be and, in a nod to the original film, she isn’t there.

Just then, Allyson arrives at the house and finds her mom hiding in the secret room beneath the kitchen. As Allyson and Karen wait in terror, Myers comes down to the kitchen and begins to try and find a way into the secret hiding place. Just as he figures out how to get in (there’s a secret remote, don’t worry about it), Karen grabs a gun and is shaking with terror as she proclaims that she “can’t do it.” However, just when Myers appears, Karen reveals that she was just tricking him and then shoots him in the shoulder. Laurie then appears behind him brandishing a knife and stabs him, causing Myers to fall down into the hiding space.

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Allyson climbs up out of the space and just as Karen is about to escape, Myers grabs her by the foot and tries to pull her back in. However, Allyson then grabs a kitchen knife and stabs him, causing him to fall. At that point, Laurie reveals the room was a trap and bars then block the entrance, making it a virtual prison. From there, the three generations of Strodes burn the house down with Myers left in the basement, with no indication of any sort of escape.

This is a significant ending for the film, as horror movies, including the Halloween franchise, almost always tend to have ambiguous endings that at least entertain the possibility of a sequel. But in this case, Myers appears to have really been killed at the ending. Unlike a lot of the previous films, Halloween makes it clear that Myers is not a superhuman. When he gets stabbed, he bleeds. His only unnatural tendencies seem to stem from his insatiable desire to kill. So logic would dictate that him burning in a house would really cause him to die.

But will this death really stick? It’s hard to say. Halloween is earning rave reviews from critics – it currently has an 86 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes – and is projected to currently earn up to $80 million at the box office this weekend. If the film is loved by horror fans and film critics alike, will studio execs really be able to resist trying to get more milk out of this cash cow? Maybe not but if you take this ending at face value, this may truly be the end of one of the most iconic horror franchises ever made and fans should be happy to see Myers and Laurie go out on a high note.