John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis at the Beyond Fest Halloween Screening – Event Report

On Wednesday, October 1st, the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, CA screened the classic John Carpenter 1978 film Halloween, and we were there for a very rare discussion with the director and his star, actress Jamie Lee Curtis.

Screening as part of Beyond Fest and presented by the American Cinematheque and Amity, the digitally re-mastered film (under the supervision of cinematographer Dean Cundey) was greeted by a sold-out house, as was the arrival of director Carpenter and legendary scream queen Curtis, who took the stage to a standing ovation for a lengthy discussion on the film, it’s place in cinematic history, and more with moderator Geoff Boucher. We ran video of the discussion and following Q&A in its entirety, which can be found below, as can select photos from the momentous evening.

In addition, star Curtis, who wasn’t on hand to sign, took a moment out regardless to lend her autograph to a vintage Lamson butcher knife, which will eventually be auctioned off via Dread Central’s The Horror Starlets and Busted Foundation, with proceeds to benefit local Los Angeles woman struggling with breast cancer. A shot of the signed knife resides in the gallery below.

This writer would like to thank John Michael Elfers for handling the still photography, Margot Gerber and Grant Moninger of the American Cinematheque and Beyond Fest’s Christian Parks for facilitating the signing, and most of all, Jamie Lee Curtis for her time.

For more, visit Beyond Fest  and the American Cinematheque.


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