Her trademark pixie cut is nowhere to be found. Instead she wears shoulder-length locks, jeans and a denim button-up shirt. Her cheeky, bubbly personality has been replaced by a hardened gaze. Forty years after taking on the role that defined her career, Curtis has stepped back into the shoes of Laurie Strode, the bookish babysitter who survived the murderous rampage of horror icon Michael Myers back in The original Halloween remains an icon. An unknown man wearing a white mask stalks and slays unsuspecting high-schoolers in suburban Illinois.
Forty years after the events of the original film, murderous Michael Myers escapes from the institution that housed him and heads back to Haddonfield. Halloween creator John Carpenter is serving as as an executive producer and consultant for the new project and, fortunately for horror fans everywhere, did the music as well. But with this one, we just literally cut the line. Whether or not people loved or hated those stories has no relevance to this movie.
In the new film, Strode is both mentally and emotionally scarred by the events of her adolescence. Traumatized and convinced that Myers will return to finish the job, Strode transforms her secluded home in the woods into a heavily fortified estate. The lingering trauma has made it impossible for her to maintain healthy relationships, exemplified by two failed marriages and an estranged relationship with her daughter, Karen Judy Greer , and granddaughter, Allyson Andi Matichak.
And it is fucking crazy. Fucking crazy. The actress, an unequivocal icon to everyone in the room, treated us like old friends and spent nearly an hour sharing her thoughts on the evolution of the Halloween franchise and her varying levels of engagement with it over the decades.