Halloween Ends Revisited: The Final Cut

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Halloween Ends Revisited: The Final Cut is the first of a planned four-part series focusing on the storyline established in the H40 trilogy, starting with Halloween (2018). Although I loved Halloween Ends when it came out and it satisfied me in its intended aim, I can still see the flaws that a lot of people have problems with. With that in mind, I took the time to cut 20+ minutes of footage, replace one sequence, extend another sequence, and recolor the entire film to present a hopefully more enjoyable version of this divisive film.

I am proud to present Halloween Ends Revisited: The Final Cut.
To create a more enjoyable version of Halloween Ends.
Additional Notes:
- The film, and deleted and extended scenes were recolored using DaVinci Resolve. - Audio for deleted and extended scenes were upmixed into 5.1 with NUGEN Audio's Halo Upmix plug-in in Adobe Audition.
Other Sources:
- Halloween Ends 4K Blu-ray Combo Pack: The film and deleted/extended scenes used were sourced from the blu-ray of this pack.
- Halloween Ends Soundtrack Vinyl: Select tracks were digitized and cleaned up for bridging scenes after cuts were made.
- Halloween (2018) Soundtrack Vinyl: "Intro" was digitized and cleaned up for replacing "Midnight Monster Hop" by Jack & Jim.
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- 5.1 and 2.0 soundtracks.
- Chapter stops.
Cuts and Additions:
- 00:00:00:00: Added Fanedit Warning.
- 00:00:06:09: Added Netflix Dark Style FE Logo.
- 00:00:11:09: Added my faneditor logo.
- 00:00:15:03: Inspired by the Universal Studios leader from Freaky, I made it completely blue, matching the color of the opening credits font. “Midnight Monsters Hop” by Jack & Jim has been completely removed, and I replaced it with "Intro" by John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter, and Daniel Davies from the Halloween 2018 soundtrack.
- 00:01:22:03: The death of Jeremy Allen, and our first look at Corey Cunningham and the Allens, was completely removed. I did this so first time viewers can learn about Corey's struggle along the way, and question whether this act was an accident or not. The credits run all the way through like the original film.
- 00:16:28:06: Laurie's over the top advice delivery was completely removed. Allyson pulls the death card, Lindsey tells her what the card signifies in Tarot, then it's on to the Cunningham/Prevo house for dinner.
- 00:21:07:01: Laurie being confronted outside of the supermarket was removed. The scene ends on Frank saying hello to the cashier ringing him up, then straight to Allyson and Corey going to the party.
- 00:30:00:18: The Corey meets Michael sequence replaced by the "Michael Shakes Things Up" extended scene. I did this to get rid of the transference of evil angle.
- 00:39:45:12: Added a shot of Joan watching Laurie leave from the "Joan's Bunny Slam" extended scene.
- 00:39:47:23: Added short sequence of Laurie going to her truck and seeing Corey peeking at her out of a window from the "Joan's Bunny Slam" extended scene.
- 00:52:57:13: Completely removed Michael and Corey killing Dr. Mathis and Deb at Dr. Mathis' house. Although I really like this sequence, I can admit that it's a wasted opportunity with how everything turns out in the official end.
- 00:57:10:14: Removed Corey and Laurie's conversation at the Allen house. This conversation is removed to get rid of the transference of evil angle.
- 01:05:09:06: Joan's full death is restored via reintegration of the "Joan's Recipe for Disaster" extended scene.
- 01:16:14:17: Corey's death at Michael's hands has been removed. I did this to leave Corey's fate open-ended, and the audiences' imagination run wild after the film's over. Shots of Laurie getting up and locking the doors were also removed, just leaving the shot of her walking across the kitchen entrance Michael style and Michael "sensing" her.
- 01:23:28:14: The sequence around Michael's death now ends with Frank coming into the kitchen, looking at Michael, then looking at Laurie and Allyson. No words are exchanged, and the midnight funeral procession and subsequent disposal of Michael at the junkyard never happen. It just goes from there to Laurie working on her memoir again.

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I thought the audio editing was spot on. The recolouring passed me by, so the editor must have done a great job at fitting it well into those scenes. There was one noticeable bit regarding visual cuts that I'll come onto, but on the whole it seemed to flow and not cause any attention.

Regarding the slight plot changes, I think the editor is correct that by removing the Jeremy Allen death scene it then does leave much more of a mystery on Corey as the viewer is left more in the dark without a backstory and the audience are left to wonder what exactly happened during that evening. I think having less "team up" Michael and Corey was for the best, at least to me personally since I don't believe Michael would have alliances with anyone anyway if you've watched a single Halloween film. That was my personal trouble with original film overall, but there's nothing you can do about it since Corey is the main character. You wouldn't have much of a film left.

Honestly, do I think Corey's death was open ended? Probably not. It just seems like a suicide by an already dying crazed loon since most people don't survive a knife through the neck, but I think that ending is fine. The jump/cut from there is a bit noticeable regarding Laurie walking and Michael being around. You are scratching your head somewhat, but I went along with it. Probably no additional footage to play with, so I assume the editor did the best with what they had left.

Overall I think the pacing is better. The characters are a bit more fleshed out and believable. And audio editing is great. If I were to ever watch Halloween Ends again then I would pick up this edit. Good job.

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Owner's reply May 07, 2023

Thank you for such an honest review! I’m grateful to know that someone enjoys my work. A lot of these edits I do for myself, but I also keep potential viewers in mind while working, and it’s awesome to know that people can get just as much enjoyment out of my edits as I do.

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