Jamie Lee Curtis Discusses The #MeToo Themes Of 'Halloween'
"Women are trying to take back the narrative in their own lives from men who have abused them..."
Jamie Lee Curtis is currently on the promo circuit for the new Halloween film, which has carved out a new timeline for the franchise by ignoring every prior sequel in favour of an entirely new narrative.
This confusing tidbit means that the new Halloween sequel, also titled Halloween, picks up 40 years after the initial murders.
Laurie Strode is a mother and grandmother, but this time around, rather than her son John from Halloween: H20, who was played by Josh Harnett, we'll see her as a mother to daughter Karen, who'll be played by Judy Greer, and granddaughter Allyson, played by Andi Matichak.
Still, some things never change, and Michael Myers is still an unstoppable psychopath who's out for blood, and Laurie Strode is not having it.
While discussing the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, Curtis said that although it's a horror film, the film's story is also relevant to women in the #MeToo era.
“Ultimately as we are learning in so many areas, women are trying to take back the narrative in their own lives from men who have abused them, in myriad ways,” she said. “And this is just one example of it.”
Through its depiction of Laurie as a mother and grandmother, Curtis said, it also addresses the repercussions of unprocessed trauma and the way it trickles down through the generations.
“I don’t know if 40 years ago I would have ever thought that Laurie Strode would have a daughter, let alone a granddaughter,” she said. “I just don’t think I ever took it that far. Trauma is a generational disease because it affects everybody in the family. So that’s what I think is so exciting about [this film]. They’ve explored that through the relationships between mother, daughter, granddaughter.”
Halloween will hit Aussie cinemas on October 25.
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