Halloween: Laurie Strode vs. Michael Myers, 40 Years Later

Halloween: Jamie Lee Curtis talks Laurie Strode’s reckoning 

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Oct 19, 2018, 5:35 PM EDT (Updated)

Forty years after John Carpenter’s original Halloween terrified audiences, Jamie Lee Curtis has once again returned to the role of Laurie Strode. Unlike her prior reprisals, this is a Halloween that ignores all previous sequels and spin-offs, and pits Strode against Michael Meyers (Nick Castle, also reprising his role) for one final, deadly showdown. 

“For me, being able to step back into Halloween was with a complete open heart and open arms,” Curtis tells SYFY WIRE in our video interview. She goes on to say that Laurie’s life has been consumed by the trauma Michael Meyers caused that fateful night four decades earlier. It runs so deeply within Laurie, that trauma has even severely strained the relationship she has with her own family. 

When Laurie first encountered the masked killer, she was a high school student on a babysitting gig. Now, 40 years on, she’s spent her entire life preparing for the moment she knew would come: when Michael Meyers escapes from the mental institution where he’s been imprisoned. 

Rather than cower in fear, Laurie realizes that this is the moment she’s been preparing for all these years. And nothing will stand in her way.

Wiping the slate clean, as it were, was a condition that Curtis wanted in place before she agreed to reprise the role of Laurie Strode — possibly for the last time. 

“Laurie Strode is getting the opportunity to take back the narrative of her life,” says Curtis, who seems excited to get the chance to give the iconic character some real closure on the moment that has defined her life. 

We’ll see how all this plays out when Halloween opens nationwide on Oct. 19. Will you be there?