Welp. We’re a day early, but not a buck short as the official first look at Blumhouse’s Halloween Ends just dropped and it’s already looking miles better than Kills even with just over a glimpse of a minute!
One full glorious minute of Myers and Laurie going Kill fucking Bill on each other offers just a shadow of what we may expect as we know this is Jamie Lee Curtis’ last hurrah in the Halloween franchise once and for all as the actress stated on her Instagram:
First off, I just want to start off by saying that I’m gleaming like a Halloween jack-o-lantern in Carpenter’s intro credits after stumbling upon this information by pure accident via /Halloweenmovies on Reddit. Halloween is by far, one of the most discussed and beloved horror movies of the horror genre, and finding any kind of new information, facts, or trivia on the film is slim fuckin’ pickings as every horror journalist in the world has said everything and anything they could on the film. But, behold I come bearing gifts on that strange and interesting tale told by none other than the grave keeper of Haddonfield, Angus Taylor to one Samuel Loomis as they trenched through the cemetery. The mystery of Charlie Bowles and what he “proceeded to do” drives us all crazy to this very day. However, I can verify as the story checks out, that Charlie Bowles was based on a real person living in Russellville, Kentucky; and his name was, well, Charlie Bowles.
“He ran a drive-in movie theater in Russellville. Russellville is my hometown and about 30 minutes from Bowling green and Smiths’ grove where John carpenter spent much of his childhood. I always thought that was a cool way to pay tribute to ol’ Charlie.”
She goes on to say that while ol’ Charlie was no hacksaw murderer, he was known to be involved in illegal activities like bootlegging and gambling.
Now, if you’re a John Carpenter buff, you know that while he was born in Carthage, New York, his family later moved to Bowling Green,Kentucky, where his father was the head of the music department at Western Kentucky University. And about fifteen minutes away from a little town called Smiths’ Grove with Russelville another fifteen from that. Carpenter used these places from his years in the Bluegrass state as references in his “immortal classic”; so using names of people he actually knew isn’t that inconceivable.
Upon further investigation, while verifying this information, I came across an interview done by Chris Cooper with Carpenter himself who did indeed confirm Charlie Bowles was a real person, but that, however, he was not willing to discuss anything about Charlie Bowles: “Under no circumstance will I talk about Charlie Bowles. He is the father of an old girlfriend, deceased, and had other things in his life best left unsaid by me.”
So while we may not know exactly what Charlie’s fate was in the film, we do know that Charlie did exist in reality and is forever immortalized as the one lingering cliffhanger in the classic 44-year-old movie.
Now, let’s let our OCD go crazy one more time and revisit that scene.
While Netflix is bust working on a Ghostbusters animated series, Today with an announcement via Deadline, a sequel that was teased in the end credits of Ghostbusters: Afterlife is coming full circle and is slated to hit theaters with a projected release date of December 20th, 2023.
We don’t know too much as of yet as far as any Ghostbuster alumni returning once more, and there have been no casting announcements of any kind. However, one could safely assume that some Afterlife characters will reprise their roles in the new film that takes us back to Manhattan and the legendary Ghostbuster Firehouse.
I just only ask that Slimer gets a cameo this time and we get an ocean of ecto-cooler put back on the shelves for both promotional purposes and my own selfish reasons.