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Halloween director defends Michael Myers only being in final film for 10 minutes

Emily Brown

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Halloween director defends Michael Myers only being in final film for 10 minutes

Warning: Contains minor spoilers

The director of the latest Halloween movie has defended the decision to limit Michael Myers' screen time as the epic franchise comes to an end.

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Even if you're not a fan of scary movies, you'll probably know the name Michael Myers - not to be confused with the guy who brought Shrek to life.

No, Michael Myers is the determined killer featured in the Halloween movies, who has a vendetta against Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis) and is recognisable thanks to his creepy white mask.

After five films involving the two characters, fans might have expected them both to feature heavily in Halloween Ends; the latest movie which promises to bring an end to their story.

Myers only features in Halloween Ends for 10 minutes. Credit: @MJPWGaming/Twitter
Myers only features in Halloween Ends for 10 minutes. Credit: @MJPWGaming/Twitter

However, after the release of the horror this month, fans figured out that Myers features for a total of 10 minutes and 55 seconds, out of a film with a runtime of 1 hour and 51 minutes.

Rather than focusing so much on Myers and Laurie, Halloween Ends draws attention to Laurie's granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) and her love interest, Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell).

The film's director, David Gordon Green, discussed keeping Myers 'hidden' after having also worked on the 2018 film Halloween, telling Collider that though controversial, it was what the filmmakers felt was best for the movie.

Jamie Lee Curtis has starred across five films in the franchise. Credit: Universal Studios
Jamie Lee Curtis has starred across five films in the franchise. Credit: Universal Studios

He commented: "It's still a controversy today. I just watched the movie outside of a technical format, meaning in a sound mix or a colour correction, for the first time two days ago. We really just finished this movie.

"So two days ago, and I'm watching it and I'm like, ‘We’re asking a lot.’ But then when we were in the editing room and we would do [it] differently, it felt wrong. And so if you don't have an intuition, if you don't have a vision, you shouldn't be making this movie."

Green continued: "And I think there's obvious challenges and things that you would bring to discussion with editors, with producers and say, ‘This is what feels right,’ and at a point we all just looked at each other and said, ‘We’re taking a big risk here, but it does feel right and we know we're getting into. Let’s go for it.’"

Some fans have commended the decision to keep Myers absent. Credit: @jtimsuggs/Twitter
Some fans have commended the decision to keep Myers absent. Credit: @jtimsuggs/Twitter

Green's decision appears to have paid off for some supporting fans, one of who said the film 'rocks'.

Commending the decision to limit Myers' time on screen, the fan commented: "Halloween Ends rocks, can see why some are disappointed but I really liked it. MINOR SPOILERS, but having a film where Michael Myers is almost entirely absent and incredibly physically weak, yet his influence and evil are entirely present was a perfect way to end this trilogy."

Though you might not see much of Myers, you can see his story come to an end - maybe - in Halloween Ends now.

Featured Image Credit: Universal

Topics: Halloween, TV and Film, Celebrity

Emily Brown
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