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Halloween Ends Director Responds to Fan Backlash and Shares Alternate Ending

Halloween ends Director David Gordon Green has responded to fan backlash, which earned the streaming/theatrical release a 57% viewer rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a “C-” rating from TVLine readers — even as it emerged as the most-watched film or series of all time over a two-day period on the Peacock streaming service.

in theatres, Halloween ends opened to a respectable $41.3 million, only to plummet more than 80 percent over the weekend.

When asked about the negative feedback, Green claimed he simply embraced the latest installment, telling MovieMaker, “When someone says, ‘Build your dream home on this lot with this title and these characters,’ everyone becomes something else find little things that matter to them and they will make it their own. That’s what I did.

“For every backlash,” he continued, “you also get people thanking you for taking it to a new place and keeping it alive and full of love.”

Green said that when designing the conclusion of the latest trilogy, the question was, “How do we not just make it a nice, neat loop for a franchise?” Adding, “We never thought about doing a Laurie [Strode] and Michael [Myers] Movie. The concept of it being a showdown-style final brawl never occurred to us.”

Instead, Green set out to tell a “love story” — between Laurie’s granddaughter, Alyson (played by Andi Matichak) and Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell), a babysitter falsely blamed for the death of a child he was watching and then was outlawed – and in the process explore “what can create the psychopath without having to go into a psychological backstory by Michael Myers”.

Green also revealed that in addition to using the same blue credits font as Halloween III: Season of the Witchan early draft had a much more direct nod to the decades-old franchise’s first non-Michael outing.

“There was an ending I wrote that we never filmed, and it’s set at the Silver Shamrock factory spewing out witch, skeleton, and jack-o-lantern masks… and then it started making Michael Myers Spitting out masks,” Green shared, “but at the end of the day I figured that’s just fan service for people who know what Silver Shamrock is.”

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