Four decades have passed since John Carpenter’s cult classic and still to this day, Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode is revered as the original Scream Queen. And for good reason.
She’s on the verge of a second coming, too, what with Blumhouse and David Gordon Green’s Halloween sequel now barrelling down on its mid-October release date. Said to be just as scary and deeply unsettling as the original, Green’s follow-up picks up immediately where Halloween left off, thereby allowing his sequel to ignore all other films in the timeline.
Indeed, the screenplay cooked up by David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride was enough to convince Curtis to return to Haddonfield one last time, where Michael Myers is plotting another reign of terror – only this time around, the slasher sequel will be told through the eyes of Laurie’s unsuspecting granddaughter, Allyson (Andi Matichak).
And as soon as I read what David Green and Danny McBride had come up with … and the way that they connected the dots of the story, it made so much sense to me that it felt totally appropriate for me to return to Haddonfield, Ill., for another 40th-anniversary retelling. There was the idea of, ‘What do you call it?’ If I had had my druthers, I probably would’ve called it Halloween Retold. Because it’s being retold. It’s the original story in many, many, many ways. Just retold 40 years later with my granddaughter.
For people who like that sort of thing, I think it’s going to be really fun for them to experience. For me, that just doesn’t hold any interest to me. Because I’m frightened enough about all [today’s political climate]. So the idea of now paying money and sitting in a dark theater with a bunch of people and watching something really scary doesn’t really do much for me. But there are a lot of people who love it, and they’re gonna love this movie.