Halloween Ends: Bonkers

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Halloween Ends – Bonkers

Remember that wild Halloween Kills episode from last year? Melvin & Dan are ready to rock your world with a roaring sequel episode on Halloween Ends, a finale so bonkers it blows our minds! 


  • (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 34-minutes talking about Werewolf by Night, the borderline TV-MA Marvel special on Disney Plus! (PATREON EXCLUSIVE) 
  • Melvin and Daniel talk around the movie before actually getting into specifics, because that’s what Halloween Ends has done to your hosts. 
  • Spoilers from the get-go, as Melvin and Daniel realize they can’t discuss the movie much without getting into specifics. 
  • Daniel clocked it; it takes 40 minutes before Michael Myers even shows up in Halloween Ends. You practically forget it’s a Halloween movie by this point. 
  • Daniel, “This really feels like a strange episode, a Halloween-themed episode of Twin Peaks.”
  • In isolation, a lot of the new ideas throughout Halloween Ends are neat, but the way all of them are used and balanced here is very poor.
  • Melvin & Daniel agree: the diner scene is when the movie starts to lose them.
  • There’s actually a lot to appreciate and enjoy about Halloween Ends, including its general mood and atmosphere. Unlike most movies, all three of these Halloween features are exceptional at capturing atmosphere and look very sleek.
  • As movie lovers, how we enjoy movies becomes much more complicated, as even the worst movies like Halloween Ends can become more enjoyable than the most competent ones.
  • Melvin suspects the marketing, and the fact that this is a “trilogy finale” and not just another sequel with the expectation of another sequel soon after really impacts the reception and enjoyment of Halloween Ends.
  • Melvin & Dan suspect Halloween Ends will earn a strange reevaluation as a black sheep in the Halloween franchise, largely due to its extremely strange ideas.


Andi Matichak and Rohan Campbell in Halloween Kills

Halloween Ends is Rated R for bloody violence and gore, language throughout and some sexual references. It features Jamie Lee Curtis, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney, Rohan Campbell, and Will Patton. Directed by David Gordon Green. Halloween Ends is currently in theaters and available on Peacock.

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Melvin Benson Cinematic Doctrine Christian Movie Podcast Host

Melvin Benson is the Founder, Editor-In-Chief, and Lead Host of Cinematic Doctrine. He’s written fiction and nonfiction for over a decade with short stories featured on the Creepypasta Wiki and Wattpad. His novelette Ethereal Temptation, a teen drama with a tinge of magical-realism, can be read for free here. His hope is to see King Jesus glorified as far as the east is from the west!

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