Blumhouse’s Halloween is set to slay the box office when it slashes into theaters on October 19th. It’s been billed as a battled 40 years in the making and reunites Laurie Strode (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) with original Michael Myers actor Nick Castle. We’ve already seen some of the action in trailers and, one thing is certain: Strode is a mess.
Sure, she’s strong and prepared and (obviously) resilient, but she’s haunted and solitary, living life on the fringes. While the citizens of Haddonfield seem to have gotten on with their lives in the aftermath of The Shape’s original massacre, it’s clear Strode is still stuck in 1978. During a recent interview with Syfy, Curtis offered some insight into the tortured character she plays:
“Very clearly, Laurie Strode had no help. She had no mental health services; a group of psychologists didn’t descend on Haddonfield. I believe Laurie Strode went back to high school two days later with a bandage on her arm, and that’s about it. I don’t think people talked about it, and so for me, the exploration of trauma was integral to, not only the writing but for then, the performance.”
In the same interview, Curtis described a moment of emotional solidarity with the crew:
“The entire crew wore name tags that said ‘We are Laurie Strode.’ What they were saying to me, what they said in that moment, was that the trauma that happened to Laurie Strode, they were all part of it. That they were all carrying her, caring for her, and hoping to deliver her from evil. And that was incredibly emotional for me, just the gesture of that. It meant we were all in this together, in a way that Laurie Strode never had in her life. And that has made all the difference.”
It’s an important message, one that’s worth repeating: We’re all in this together. And I’m not just talking about horror fans united in their love of Halloween, I’m talking about human beings doing our best to get by in a world that doesn’t always make sense. We all have our unique scars and wounds, but the world has as many heroes as villains. Sometimes, just showing you care is all it takes to be a hero to someone in need.
It’s been 40 years since Laurie Strode survived a vicious attack from crazed killer Michael Myers on Halloween night. She now faces a terrifying showdown when Michael returns to Haddonfield, Ill. — but this time, Laurie is ready for him.
Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he penned with his frequent collaborator Danny McBride; in addition to Curtis and Castle, the film stars Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, and Will Patton.
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