Halloween Ends (2022) will soon be here, and fans are eager to see how it will all end. But the previous film has left us all confused, so there's a question we need to address - is Michael Myers immortal in Halloween Kills (2021)?
Before we recap on the entire Halloween franchise so far, check out the official trailer for Halloween Ends below:
The answer to whether or not Michael Myers is immortal really depends on which of the many Halloween timelines we're referring to. In this case, we are of course referring to David Gordon Green's latest Halloween Trilogy.
But if we revist all the previous Halloween movies - with the exception of Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) - we'll see when Michael Myers has been nothing more than a man, and when he's been something more.
The original Halloween (1978) never divulges Michael's secret. In fact, what's great about this film is that there isn't an answer. Michael is vague at best - is he the bogeyman? Or an escaped lunatic and nothing more? No one knows...
Enter Halloween II (1981), the first sequel, which portrays Michael as an unstoppable zombie (he even walks like one, which we could just put down to concussion after taking a tumble over that balcony).
However, Michael takes bullets to the eyeballs and is even set alight, which kind of answers the question raised by the first film (though a question that never demanded an answer). Yes, he is supernatural in Halloween II.
Halloween 4, Halloween 5, and Halloween 6 are referred to collectively by fans as the "Thorn Trilogy". And by the time we reach the final entry, we learn that Michael is being controlled by an ancient cult - in other words, he's a puppet.
Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) was the first in the franchise to retcon a bunch of sequels, long before Halloween (2018) did. It ignores Halloween 4, Halloween 5, and Halloween 6, acknowledging only the first two movies.
However, in this movie, Michael appears to be completely mortal, as he is killed by decapitation at the end. The trouble here, though, is that as H20 considers Halloween II to be canon, then it would seem that Michael is indeed immortal.
Halloween: Resurrection (2002) retcons H20 by "undoing" Michael's death (in the worst way imaginable). At the end of this film, he's seen burning alive, only to re-awaken in a coroner's lab before the credits roll.
In 2007, the franchise was rebooted by Rob Zombie with Halloween (2007), which got its own sequel in Halloween II (2009). While Zombie pointlessly attempts to give us a "realistic" Michael, ultimately, it's all for nothing.
The second half of the first film does away with this in an instant, as Michael is once again portrayed to be immune to bullets and other deadly objects. Although he is killed by armed police officers in the second film.
And now we have David Gordon Green's Halloween Trilogy. While Halloween (2018) went back to basics by ignoring everything since the 1978 classic, things quickly became confusing all over again with Halloween Kills (2021).
In the 2021 sequel, it is suggested that Michael Myers is immortal, after all. After surviving what for anyone else would have been a fatal attack by a mob, Michael simply gets back up, while a voiceover from Laurie Strode says:
“I always thought Michael was flesh and blood like you and me, but a mortal man could not have survived what he’s lived through. The more he kills, the more he transcends into something impossible to defeat.”
What's even more confusing is that in an interview with IGN last year, director David Gordon Green said the following:
“The suggestion that he is more than a man is a theory that Laurie has. My own personal concept for Michael, which will carry forward as long as I’m involved, is that he’s capable of spectacular things but not impossible [things].
So I don’t personally see him as supernatural, but I see the element of fear that he’s generated and exacerbated is transcending the immediate character and moved on to an entire community.
So, is Michael Myers immortal in Halloween Kills? Well, we'll have to wait until Halloween Ends to find out...
As per Blumhouse Pictures (via Wikipedia), here's the official synopsis for Halloween Ends, the final chapter in David Gordon Green's Halloween Trilogy:
Four years after the events of Halloween Kills, Laurie is living with her granddaughter Allyson after the death of her parents.
Laurie has decided to take all the fear and rage, she has been holding onto for the last 4 decades and write a memoir which is almost completed.
Michael Myers has once again disappeared and hasn't been seen since. This time Laurie has decided to liberate her fear and rage and embrace life with open arms.
All is quiet in Haddonfield, but when a young man, Corey Cunningham, 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 couldn't control, once and for all.
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Halloween Ends stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Will Patton, Andi Matichak, and James Jude Courtney, and Kyle Richards, who will be reprising their roles as Laurie Strode, Frank Hawkins, Allyson Nelson, Michael Myers, and Lindsey Wallace.
Newcomers include Rohan Campbell (Corey Cunningham), Michael O'Leary (Dr. Mathis), while original Michael Myers actor Nick Castle is also expected to reprise his role as the killer (in part), having done so in both previous movies.
The film will be released in theaters on October 14, 2022 by Universal Pictures. It is unknown at this time if it will release simultaneously on US streaming service Peacock like its predecessor Halloween Kills.