Andi Matichak Breaks Down Michael Myers Showdown – The Hollywood Reporter

[This story contains spoilers for Halloween Ends.]

Andi Matichak is the horror style’s latest remaining woman.

The star of Halloween Ends, in addition to the 2 earlier movies in David Gordon Inexperienced’s Halloween legacy trilogy, had the distinctive honor of becoming a member of the household of ultimate women alongside the style’s most celebrated remaining woman, Jamie Lee Curtis. Within the climactic scene of Ends, Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney) was actively squeezing the life out of Curtis’ Laurie Strode till Matichak’s Allyson got here to her grandmother’s rescue and broke The Form’s arm. From there, the duo completed the Haddonfield boogeyman off as soon as and for all as they bled him out and put him via a metallic shredder.

For Matichak, it’s nearly unimaginable to explain the sensation of not solely saving Laurie Strode’s life however defeating one in all cinema’s most iconic villains within the course of.

“To have that be a notch on my belt is fairly wild, and attending to do it alongside Jamie Lee Curtis is nothing however an honor. I just about obtained to stroll aspect by aspect together with her via this complete journey, however to be current and be a fly on the wall for her remaining bow was actually, actually cool,” Matichak tells The Hollywood Reporter

Previous to filming the trilogy’s center chapter, Halloween Kills, in 2019, Matichak acquired a heads-up that she would seemingly survive Ends, however the trilogy capper’s ending was nonetheless very a lot in flux, general.

“I don’t wish to sound dramatic, however the nearer we obtained to filming, I learn most likely 20 totally different variations of the ending. They had been all sort of the identical with various things plugged in right here and there between the three of us [Laurie, Allyson, Michael]. Each time I learn one thing, I used to be like, ‘What’s going to occur?’” Matichak says.

In a latest spoiler dialog with THR, Matichak (pronounced muh-tee-check) additionally discusses journaling as Allyson and the stunning element that her character lacks.

Effectively, I’m glad we’re purposefully speaking spoilers this time. On the Halloween Kills junket, I requested you and Judy Greer for very common reactions to the ending, and Judy simply went for it.


We each gave one another the identical look as our eyes each widened.

It was annoying! Each of us had been like, “Oh no!” 

Did you, Jamie and whoever else FaceTime Judy from the set of Ends?

Oh, numerous occasions! We additionally despatched texts and images, however we didn’t wish to trigger her FOMO. We simply missed her very a lot, and the three of us truly obtained dinner final night time. It was the primary time we’ve been collectively in a single room since we wrapped Halloween Kills. So it was actually particular. 

Andi Matichak as Allyson in Halloween Ends

Andi Matichak as Allyson in Halloween Ends

Courtesy of Ryan Inexperienced/Common Footage

So if you first acquired the script for Ends, had been you shocked by its course?

Once we had been filming Halloween Kills, I used to be briefed on what Halloween Ends was going to be. So it wasn’t that stunning for me. 

Ends jumps 4 years from the tip of Kills, and Allyson and Laurie at the moment are dwelling collectively. We then see Laurie gifting her a necklace together with her mother and father’ wedding ceremony rings connected. Do you additionally suppose Allyson’s Journey t-shirt belonged to one in all her mother and father?

We thought of it, yeah. Every little thing was very, very thought-out, particularly with our costume designer Emily Gunshor. We spent a variety of time ensuring that Karen [Judy Greer] had a presence all through the complete movie, and the rings had been truly one thing that got here into image a little bit bit later. We wished Allyson to have one thing that would commemorate her mother and father and be a bodily attraction that individuals may see and really feel all through the complete movie.

You blew my thoughts a pair years in the past if you instructed me that Nelson wasn’t truly Allyson’s final title. The complete title didn’t clear, if I recall accurately. Does she even have a final title now?

(Laughs.) I don’t suppose Allyson has a final title. All people nonetheless thinks it’s Nelson, however no, she’s simply Allyson. She’s kinda like Bono. 

Yeah, the web nonetheless thinks she’s a Nelson. 

And you can not right the web. (Laughs.)

So we all know from Halloween (2018) that Allyson was an honor pupil who set her sights on faculty, however now, she’s working as a nurse, alongside a repugnant physician. Did you utilize these damaged goals to create this model of her?

Undoubtedly. One of many issues that was very good about having a good period of time between filming Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends, was having the ability to craft her journey and her path. We had been in a position to determine how she goes from the woman rocking forwards and backwards after shedding all people to the place we discover her originally of this movie. And for me, it was a variety of exploration, internally, talking with David, after which crafting relationships with Jamie, Rohan (Campbell) and the opposite castmembers.

However the factor that was essentially the most useful was beginning a journal as Allyson, and since we had a lot time, I’d write an entry each couple days as if I used to be her in that second of the 12 months. So I’ve virtually a complete 12 months’s price of log that was extremely useful in getting within her mind area. It was journaling as a stream of consciousness, and it simply flowed out. So that you’re capable of see the place her head goes and what’s mentioned and accomplished. It was undoubtedly very cathartic and likewise very eye-opening.

For instance, I believe she at all times wished to go to med faculty. She most likely wished to go to Chicago or some sort of larger pond. However for all the explanations you see within the movie, she finally ends up staying dwelling to be near Laurie. So it’s undoubtedly an enormous a part of it. The 2 of them have accomplished a variety of work to have the ability to have a stable relationship the place they’ve moved ahead and are capable of help one another. However there’s nonetheless lots that’s been left unsaid of their relationship, and there are a variety of scary phrases which are nonetheless hiding within the shadows. So we ultimately shine a lightweight on these.

It’s comparable but totally different to you. You handed up faculty soccer to behave, however Allyson forwent faculty to do one thing she doesn’t precisely love. So there’s a little bit little bit of overlap between the 2 of you. 

Undoubtedly. I’ve at all times felt that Allyson was very near me, particularly in [Halloween] (2018). Once I take into consideration who I used to be again then and the hopes and goals that I had, I wished to see the world a sure approach, like she did. However then life hit and it modified her trajectory. With me, it was fortunately for the higher. A door opened in order that I may change paths, and it’s labored out. However Allyson continues to be in that interim of determining her subsequent step.

(from left) Allyson (Andi Matichak) and Corey (Rohan Campbell) in Halloween Ends

Allyson (Andi Matichak) and Corey (Rohan Campbell) in Halloween Ends

Courtesy of Ryan Inexperienced/Common Footage

So Allyson is immediately smitten with Corey (Rohan Campbell). She makes use of her finest joke on him, and she or he makes each transfer one can presumably make.

(Laughs.) She does.

Does she really feel like she will be able to’t actually be with somebody until they’ve a private trauma of their very own? 

No, I don’t suppose so. The rationale they linked was out of her management. She dated Officer Doug Mulaney on and off for a few years, and he didn’t essentially have that very same sort of trauma.

Thumbs down!

Ugh, yeah. Yuck. However Jesse Boyd is great! (Laughs.) 

Sure, his character is simply very disagreeable.

He’s actually an unimaginable actor, and he did such an important job of bringing him to life. However I discovered lots about their relationship through the journaling course of and what their trajectory was as a pair. And with Corey, it was very a lot a type of moments the place you don’t actually select who you fall for. There was one thing within her and one thing within him that spoke to 1 one other, the second they noticed one another. So she simply needed to comply with that instinct. Once I first learn the script and I noticed how open she determined to be with him instantly, it was extremely stunning for me. She actually laid all of it on the market and requested him to satisfy her midway. So it was extremely stunning and courageous for Allyson to do this, and I discovered much more respect for her at that second.

Did the entire potential Corey Cunninghams learn with you?

A number of auditioned, however I solely met Rohan [Campbell]. It was through the pandemic so it was sort of funky. David despatched me his audition tape earlier within the course of, and he was like, “That is who I’m feeling. I’d like to get you guys in a digital room and get a really feel for what you guys have.” So I met Rohan through Zoom, and for almost all of the time, we didn’t even work on the fabric. We simply talked, whereas David wished to see how we bounced off of one another and what our pure rapport was and the way we regarded subsequent to 1 one other. 

After which we learn via the fabric on the finish, and we did a model of the diner scene. The diner scene was reworked a bunch of occasions, so it was a model of it. After which we did the argument scene after the dance. So these had been the 2 scenes that we did, and on the decision, David and I had a code phrase. I can’t keep in mind what it was, nevertheless it was like ooga booga or one thing. But when we mentioned it, it meant that we each signed off and had been good to go. So David instructed Rohan proper there on the spot that he was our Corey. 

Early on, Laurie is now not dwelling in concern. She’s considerably carefree for a short time, and that was evident when she mentioned a really explicit line to Allyson, in entrance of Lindsey (Kyle Richards). It was the “rip off your shirt and present grief …” line. Did everybody on set erupt over that line?

(Laughs.) We had seen the script, so we knew it was coming, however not lots of the crew did. So after the primary take, everybody was like, “Oh my god, what!?” (Laughs.) It’s so good. Truthfully, after I learn it, I used to be like, “That is essentially the most Jamie Lee Curtis line I’ve ever heard.” I simply may hear her voice on it, and I used to be so excited. Jamie at all times talks overtly about the truth that there’s a lot crossover between Laurie and Jamie. They’ve lived collectively, in a way, for thus lengthy that Jamie is Laurie and Laurie is Jamie. Jamie is Halloween, and Halloween is Jamie. And one of many issues that I like a lot about this movie, particularly the start, is the hope that Laurie has, and it feels very Jamie. However that line is simply epic and so humorous. She’s such a comedic genius, and she or he nailed it each single take differently completely. So we had a variety of enjoyable with that scene, and it was good getting the three of us collectively.

You solely had a number of one-on-one scenes with Jamie within the earlier movies, so we now have to spotlight the one the place Allyson goes off on Laurie. Allyson rebukes her by saying, “My buddies are useless. My mother and father are useless. You’re the one which’s able to fucking hurt.” Was {that a} making an attempt day for the 2 of you? 

It undoubtedly was. We had been allotted a good quantity of rehearsal time earlier than we began filming, and on the weekends [during filming], we’d all get collectively and work the scenes arising. In order that was a scene that we labored on, however we additionally didn’t wish to overwork it. So there was a variety of spinning it on its head and doing it in each conceivable approach. After which, on the day, going toe to toe with Jamie Lee Curtis is completely terrifying, however fortunately, she helps your efficiency in such an exquisite approach as a result of she’s so beneficiant as an actor and as a scene accomplice. However it was undoubtedly a frightening day to get that on the books.

So for the remainder of your life, you get to say that you simply saved Laurie Strode’s life and helped kill Michael Myers. How cool is that? 

(Laughs.) It is extremely arduous to articulate what this complete expertise has been for me and meant for me as an individual and as a creator. So to have that be a notch on my belt is fairly wild, and attending to do it alongside Jamie Lee Curtis is nothing however an honor. I just about obtained to stroll aspect by aspect together with her via this complete journey, however to be current and be a fly on the wall for her remaining bow was actually, actually cool.

When Allyson rushes in and breaks Michael’s arm, how would you describe that day?

It was simply very surreal. A number of what we filmed that day was very, very heavy. We filmed a variety of the procession stuff on the finish, so it was an enormous day. However the overwhelming feeling I’m getting as I’m speaking to you is extra from seeing the movie and the nervousness I felt whereas watching that climactic construct the place Michael has Laurie in his grasp. And when Allyson got here in, the reduction and solidarity was actually overwhelming. I used to be sitting alone within the theater subsequent to David Gordon Inexperienced, watching that complete sequence unfold, and I simply couldn’t assist however cry. This whole expertise is put into that final second, that remaining battle.

And the place does the procession match into all this?

It was sort of pieced out. We did a few of the inside stuff first, like contained in the automotive, whereas the larger procession with vehicles and the stunning grinding of meat was the very last thing we shot. (Laughs.)

The procession should’ve been fairly an endeavor in early 2021.

Yeah, it was, nevertheless it was extremely particular. Jamie and I principally simply sat in a automotive collectively for a complete night time, and we obtained to reminisce about this expertise that has been an enormous a part of my life for the final 5 years and her life for the final 44 years. So these are the moments I keep in mind, however seeing the movie, it was actually touching to have the ability to see the entire forged come again. So I actually felt the gravity of the procession as a result of a variety of it was accomplished with one other unit.

Relationship again to 2018, I at all times assumed you’d be the ultimate woman, however I’m clearly glad that each Laurie and Allyson survived. Did you ever suppose you wouldn’t make it?

Not initially as a result of I used to be briefed on what Ends was going to be very early. I heard the overarching bullet level, and I at all times knew what the final frames had been. I don’t wish to sound dramatic, however the nearer we obtained to filming, I learn most likely 20 totally different variations of the ending. They had been all sort of the identical with various things plugged in right here and there between the three of us. So it was actually attention-grabbing, and each time I learn one thing, I used to be like, “What’s going to occur?” However yeah, I can’t consider that I made it via as a result of nobody is protected in these movies. When David signed on to do the second and third, we did have a dialog, and it appeared as if she was going to outlive Kills. However I’m a little bit little bit of a cynic. I don’t consider something till the day I’m filming it. (Laughs.)

The final we see of Allyson is when she’s driving away from Haddonfield for good. Do you suppose she’s going to have the ability to stay fortunately and love somebody, every time she finally ends up? 

That’s the hope. After all of the ache and trauma that she went via, she received’t have the ability to neglect or fake that it doesn’t exist, or simply shove it to the aspect and act prefer it by no means occurred. It’ll at all times be dwelling in her, and hopefully, her vulnerability doesn’t have an effect on all of her selections and relationships transferring ahead. It’ll undoubtedly play part of it, however she’s obtained an extended street forward by way of determining methods to genuinely stay in a approach the place it’s not at all times dangerous. Perhaps it may be useful at occasions.

Every film filmed in a special state, and this time, you shot Savannah, Georgia, for the fictional Haddonfield, Illinois. Understanding that the areas might not look precisely the identical, are we alleged to assume that Lindsey purchased Brian Mays’ bar from Kills?

In a really early draft, sure, however issues morphed. So we ended up taking a special route, and it become a completely totally different bar. 

Is Allyson’s hospital alleged to be the identical one as Kills? I can’t think about Haddonfield has too many hospitals.

That’s a clinic. So it’s a stand-alone, separate factor, nevertheless it’s beneath the umbrella of Haddonfield Memorial from Kills

For the home the place Corey by chance killed Jeremy, did you construct that set on a soundstage? Or did you truly discover a location with such an imposing, deathly staircase?

It exists, and it’s unbelievable. It’s on the water down there, and it’s so grand, so gorgeous and simply wild. It’s so jarring as a result of there are two entrance doorways, virtually. In that scene with Laurie and Corey, there’s a door behind Laurie and a door behind Corey. So it was the right location to construct suspense for that complete opening sequence, and the staircase is precisely what you see. It’s utterly actual. In a while, they did a pickup of Rohan on the steps, and they also re-created the staircase’s spindles. I consider that’s what they’re known as. I ought to know as a result of Dylan [Arnold] was murdered in between them on Kills. (Laughs.)

The studio’s manufacturing notes have a special account of what occurred to Jeremy within the opening sequence. The notes state that he “plunged to his demise with a knife in his chest.” Did they reshoot that second to make it crystal clear to the viewer that Corey’s involvement in his demise was purely unintended?

The tail finish of how he died was left imprecise by design. There have been a pair iterations the place I consider [Corey] had the knife as a weapon, considering Michael was in the home, after which it finally ends up [in Jeremy]. Or Jeremy had it, after which he ended up virtually impaling himself with it as he fell. So the entire thing was ambiguous by design, however no, there was nothing reshot of that. What’s attention-grabbing about this film is that there have been a variety of totally different variations and a variety of protection of issues, in order that they might have a variety of leeway within the edit. And so watching the movie for the primary time was actually attention-grabbing as a result of we had no concept what was going for use and what wasn’t.

(from left) Director David Gordon Green, Andi Matichak and Kyle Richards on the set of Halloween Ends.

From left: director David Gordon Inexperienced, Andi Matichak and Kyle Richards on the set of Halloween Ends.

Courtesy of Ryan Inexperienced/Common Footage

Out of your curiosity in different departments to the way in which you carry your self in interviews, you appear to have management qualities. Have you ever thought of producing or directing? 

I truly began a manufacturing firm with two of my colleagues, and we’re within the course of of manufacturing our first characteristic. Proper now, we’re within the financing stage, however we’ll go into manufacturing, hopefully, by subsequent summer time. It’s a really cool venture. I’ve at all times felt like I’ve a producorial mind. My mind simply fires on all these cylinders after I’m on set, and so it’s undoubtedly been in my mind for a very long time. Directing is one thing I’d possibly contemplate down the street, however at this precise juncture in my life, I don’t suppose I’m prepared for that but. I talked to David about it, and he was like, “Nobody’s ever prepared.” (Laughs.) However producing is one thing I wish to chew off first. 

A long time from now, if you’re reminiscing subsequent to a crackling fire, what day from this trilogy will you seemingly recall first?

That sounds so cozy! The primary reminiscence that actually involves thoughts is the final shot on Halloween (2018), when Jamie, Judy and I had been at the back of a truck. David had the digicam, and it was simply the 4 of us, driving down a street. It was actually intimate, and it was an attractive sendoff for the three of them. It’s nonetheless overwhelming after I suppose again to that.

Halloween Ends is now accessible in theaters and on Peacock. This interview was edited for size and readability.

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