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Jamie Lee Curtis explains how the new Halloween parallels the era of #MeToo

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Sep 6, 2018

After 20 years, Jamie Lee Curtis is once again returning to the Halloween universe in order to square off with notorious, mask-wearing mass murderer Michael Myers. 

Ignoring every other film in the franchise (including the 1981 sequel that Curtis starred in), the upcoming horror film — written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and directed by the latter — acts as a direct follow-up to the 1978 original. Laurie Strode, now with a family of her own, has been waiting for Myers to break out of his mental institution. She's hell-bent on revenge, wanting to kill him for the murder of her friends (and attempted murder on her life) all those years ago.

During an interview with Empire Magazine, Curtis drew some interesting parallels between Strode's relationship to Michael and the current #MeToo movement.

“I don’t know if Danny [McBride] and David went into the writing with this intention, and certainly the #MeToo movement had not taken root yet," Curtis said. "But really what happens in this movie is you have a woman who is traumatized and has lost her purchase in the universe. You have a woman who is going to take it back, saying, ‘You no longer write my narrative. I do.’”

Curtis added that she was immediately sold after reading the script, which she did in a very short span of time. What really drew her in was the idea of Laurie living with this emotional weight on her shoulders for nearly four decades.

"For me, there is something incredibly powerful about telling a story about trauma and what trauma really does to a human being," the actress said. "You have now a longitudinal study of trauma in the case of Laurie Strode. Here is a girl who was 17 years old when this occurred, in her senior year of high school. The woman we meet now is a trauma victim, who is committed to the only understanding that she knows — which is he's coming back."

Halloween will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 8, before stabbing into theaters everywhere Oct. 16.