Jamie Lee Curtis Talks Horror Films, Producing, and Revisiting Her Most Iconic Character in ‘Halloween Kills’

All through her four-decade reign as Scream Queen, Jamie Lee Curtis has encountered each sort of cinematic horror conceivable. There’s the scythe-wielding pirate ghosts of The Fog; the revenge-seeking psychopath from Terror Prepare; the serial killer tailing her in Blue Metal. She was almost decapitated by her brother in Promenade Night time, chased by way of the Australian outback in Highway Video games, and confronted the last word terror (teenage women!) in Freaky Friday

Michael Myers, nevertheless, was a special story. 

Of all of the boogeymen Curtis has evaded, none have made an even bigger impression on audiences than the masked killer with a penchant for slashing babysitters. Made on a shoestring finances by a gaggle of film-school dropouts led by John Carpenter, Halloween redefined horror when it opened within the fall of 1978. Enjoying the whip-smart Laurie Strode—her first movie function—Curtis went on to turn into such a style fixture that she principally crafted her personal archetype. Comedies like Buying and selling Locations and A Fish Referred to as Wanda confirmed she was able to excess of trying wide-eyed and terrified, however Curtis by no means strayed too removed from the character that propelled her to stardom.

Halloween was by no means meant to turn into a franchise till it grew to become one. No one concerned knew it might quantity to something worthwhile,” the actor advised Vogue over a current Zoom name. “And right here I’m, 43 years later, nonetheless taking part in Laurie Strode.” 

Made for a scant $300K, Halloween grossed $70 million and have become one of the vital profitable impartial movies of all time.

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Curtis introduced Strode again to life for David Gordon Inexperienced’s franchise reboot in 2018. As a substitute of reckoning with the sketchy mythology specified by many years of mediocre sequels–together with a broadly criticized choice to make Michael and Laurie siblings–2018’s Halloween ignored all of them, appearing as a direct sequel to the 1978 authentic. And whereas Laurie Strode could have been a bookish virgin operating for her life then, by 2018 she was able to combat again. When Myers made a bloody return to his hometown of Haddonfield, she trapped and burned him alive in a climactic second that appeared to finish his reign of terror for good. 

However as anybody who’s seen actually any slasher movie is aware of, you possibly can’t maintain a killer down for lengthy. Set moments after the occasions of the 2018 movie, Halloween Kills (which each arrives in theaters and streams on Peacock this Friday) sees the residents of Haddonfield band collectively to take Myers down. Even when Curtis is sidelined for many of the motion—having sustained huge wounds from the final movie—she stays the beating coronary heart of the franchise. With a 3rd and closing installment, Halloween Ends, set to cap off the trilogy subsequent yr, Curtis is making ready to put Laurie Strode to relaxation whereas gearing up for what comes subsequent. 

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