“Halloween” star Jamie Lee Curtis doesn’t understand why people like to be scared. But she does understand the need to scream during the era of Donald Trump’s America and #MeToo.
“It just so happens that there was kind of a wacky election a couple years ago that really resulted in a lot of anger and a lot of frustration,” Curtis said at Variety‘s Comic-Con studio. “And there is no better way to get your frustration out than to basically scream. And I think somehow that the way all of it lined up was this perfect moment coinciding with #MeToo, Time’s Up, and all of this female empowerment where women are taking back their narratives and saying, ‘Enough is f—ing enough.'”
The new “Halloween” takes place 40 years after Laurie Strode had her near-death confrontation with the sadistic Michael Myers, and Strode is still dealing with the trauma. Curtis thinks women battling their own trauma will be able to relate to Laurie’s desperate attempts to convince skeptics of Myers’ return.
“It’s my turn to write the narrative, and that’s what Laurie Strode has been trying to do for 40 years,” Curtis said. “It feels like a confluence of that frustration and that rise of empowerment has come together in this movie in a beautiful way.”
But Curtis doesn’t see Laurie as a flawless, invincible heroine. Like many who have suffered unexpected setbacks, Curtis’ adult character is just trying to stay above water.
“She only kicks butt when, again, she is forced to by the confrontation with Michael Myers,” Curtis said. “It’s tricky because any woman who fights back is a survivor and a champion, and we have a world right now where women are finally saying enough is enough, time’s up, #MeToo — and Laurie Strode is one of those women. She’s not an ass-kicker. She’s a survivor.”
The sequel to “Halloween” hits theaters on Oct. 19.