When discussing Halloween Kills in a recent interview, star Jamie Lee Curtis says filming the sequel was emotional for her. Curtis stars in the sequel to 2018’s Halloween, the reboot/sequel of John Carpenter’s iconic 1978 slasher horror of the same name. Curtis has portrayed the character of Laurie Strode since the original film through many of its sequels, such as Halloween 2, Halloween: Ressurection, Halloween: H20, before returning to the role for the 2018 film.
Curtis returns in the sequel alongside Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, and James Jude Courtney, who reprise their roles as Laurie, her daughter Karen Nelson, granddaughter Allyson Nelson and Michael Myers, respectively. 2018’s Halloween saw an older Laurie preparing for the day Myers would return, while Halloween Kills continues the story immediately after on the same night. With such a close, long-running relationship with the franchise, Curtis has opened up about why filming the latest installment was emotional for her.
When interviewed by THR, the star was asked about what the most memorable moment when filming the sequel was for her. Curtis explained that seeing Kyle Richards and Nancy Stephens return as Lindsey Wallace and Marion Chambers respectively, who they played in the original film, made her realize the passage of time and how long they’ve been a part of the franchise, and how their characters have grown. She then discussed that Halloween Kills tells the story of Laurie, Kyle, and Nancy as survivors, bringing her a moment of survival and pride.
“When I saw Kyle Richards and Nancy Stephens [from the original Halloween], I realized the passage of time and how long we’ve all been a part of this story. There was a moment where I ran into both of them early on. And it was very emotional because Kyle Richards was little Lindsey, a little girl I’m babysitting in [Halloween]. And she’s now a full-grown woman, living a very wonderful life. The passage of time was extraordinary. In this film, we are telling more of the story of Laurie Strode and Lindsay and Marion, Nancy’s character, and that we’re all survivors. And it was a great moment of survival and pride.”
Halloween Kills once more returns to Haddonfield, with Richards’ and Stephens’ characters of Lindsey and Marion returning alongside Tommy Doyle, now portrayed by franchise newcomer Anthony Michael Hall. Lindsey, Marion, and Tommy first appeared in the 1978 film, Tommy and Lindsey were the children Laurie and her friend Annie were babysitting on the night of Myers’ massacre, while Marion Chambers was a colleague to Myers’ psychiatrist, Dr. Samuel Loomis, making them the few survivors to escape Myers’ wrath. Though each character has returned in previous sequels, this is the first time each character has returned in the new continuity established in the 2018 reboot/sequel.
The current Halloween trilogy will seemingly bring the story started in the 1978 film to a close, with producers being unsure of the franchise’s future following its conclusion. Curtis has previously discussed how she believes Halloween Ends will be the last time she plays Strode, leaving behind the influential character she made her acting debut playing and has returned to at various stages of her career. As such, both Curtis and audiences will have grown alongside Strode’s journey, watching her develop from a teen caught in a nightmarish scenario to the prepared and ready survivor seen in Halloween Kills, making her upcoming departure the end of an era for both Curtis and the horror genre.