Green & Curtis Talk "Halloween Kills" Director's Cut, "Ends" Ideas, & Carpenter's Approval
Green unleashed a bunch of exciting tidbits about his Halloween trilogy. While our review of the newest entry, Halloween Kills, doesn't give that film wild praise, we did speak highly of the set-up for next year's conclusive installment, Halloween Ends. During interviews with Collider and Uproxxx, director/co-writer David Gordon Green and star Jamie Lee Curtis revealed quite a lot about the current film in theaters and the next. In his interview with Collider, Green talked about how an extended version of Halloween Kills will be featured on the film's eventual Blu-Ray release, teasing the version: "This is the director's cut through and through, but there's an additional scene that we filmed that was scripted. And actually I think is a pretty brilliant scene." He wasn't specific but did add the following quote:
"So we're going to do an extended version on the DVD, just so people can see an extended ending that's different and cool. We ended up lifting it when I became more confident of where we're going to pick up in the next movie, it felt it didn't feel authentic to where we're going to go. So we lifted it. So we just said, we're kind of coming up with, okay, then if we lift that, where do we end? And it was actually Couper Samuelson at Blumhouse, he was just, let's just end when it's over. Lights out. He mentioned it, he was like remember in Rogue One, when you wanted the movie to end? When it was a Darth Vader going ballistic at the door."
Then, looking ahead Green and Curtis teased separate elements of Halloween Ends in their interviews with Uproxxx. Green notes that the film will have a time jump and acknowledge the real-life pandemic, though by the time the film starts it will be in the past:
“Where we’re leaving these characters on Halloween 2018, the world is a different place. So not only do they have their immediate world affected by that trauma, having time to process that trauma – and that’s a specific and immediate traumatic event in the community of Haddonfield. But then they also had a worldwide pandemic and peculiar politics and another million things that turned their world upside down.”
Curtis then added some of the subtext that will be featured in Ends, following the themes of trauma and mass hysteria that the first two installments grapppled with. Ends will grapple with what actress Curtis has labeled the "cultural phenomenon of violence""
“That’s what the third movie ultimately is, a very powerful examination of violence…It comes at it from a slightly different way. You’ll like it…If you believe in me at all, I promise you what David Gordon Green has come up with as a way to complete this trilogy is sensational.”
And while she praises the conclusion's script, she was quick to acknowledge the film's provoking thematics, in a separate interview with The Illuminerdi, may rub some audiences the wrong way:
“It’s going to make people very angry. It’s going to stimulate people. People are going to be agitated by it. And it is a beautiful way to end this trilogy. Now that’s all I kind of knew from David. Only recently have he and I started to talk a little bit post-Venice film festival a little bit about the movie, a couple of little tweaks that I’ve offered, but very little that you know, this man makes great movies. I just have to stay out of the way.”
On a final note, in an interview with Green, conveys how no matter what he did he was never afraid to ask the thoughts of John Carpenter himself:
"Once I like it, and I feel this is the path we're on, now I bring him in and get his criticism, and inspirations, and ideas. That's very important to me on the script level. And then, when we're in production, I'll usually check in with him a couple times. But then, when we're editing, I'll put together an assembly, and then, very frequently, I'll watch him watch cuts."
He also went on to praise Carpenter's score for the film:
"It is totally trippy, because he is one of my filmmaking idols. I'll be on a Zoom link watching him watch it, and he'll turn around and give me his commentary and thoughts. And then, as a collaborator, his incredible and essential contribution as a musician with his son, Cody, and [composer] Daniel Davies. It is as inspiring as you'd hope it would be for someone who you just admired your entire life. Before I even knew what a director was, I was enjoying his movies."
Halloween Kills is currently expected to dominate this weekend at the box office so no doubt we will get to see the conclusive installment of Halloween Ends, whatever it may bring, when it lands in theaters on October 14th, 2022.