In this special Halloween episode (recorded in person and unedited!), hosts Katherine Troyer and Toni Tresca talk about the conclusion (at least for now...) of the Halloween franchise as they discuss the 2022 horror slasher film Halloween Ends.
Episode Highlights: We look at the ways that this film attempts to explore the nature/nurture dichotomy of evil before ultimately arriving at the same largely affirmative conclusion upheld by much of the franchise. We unpack the Michael Myers/Corey bromance plotline and discuss why exactly this story development both weighed down the narrative and felt out of sync from the 2018 and 2021 films. And we talk about the missed opportunity make more of the film about Jamie Lee Curtis, err...Laurie Strode...and Michael Myers.
A Dose of Scholarship: The film is too new to have any critical reception written about it yet, but we encourage you to explore existing scholarship on slasher films in general and the Halloween franchise more specifically.
This podcast episode first aired on October 31, 2022. Happy Halloween!
We recorded this episode in-person and it is (for better or worse) unedited!