Judy Greer Says Halloween’s A Multi-Generational, Female Empowered Movie


There’s a moment in the Halloween trailer, not long after we visit Michael Myers in Haddonfield’s maximum security mental asylum, when Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) admits that, for 40 years, she’s been praying for him to escape.

Why, you ask? So she can kill him, and bring an end to his reign of terror that began with John Carpenter’s original classic back in 1978. But whereas the first Halloween left Michael’s fate on a cliffhanger, David Gordon Green and co-writer Danny McBride have dreamed up a retcon of their own so that The Shape winds up in police custody after killing three innocent teenagers on Halloween night four decades ago. And that’s where Blumhouse’s sequel begins.

But of course, it won’t only be Michael that Laurie needs to contend with, as the film will also see a tense relationship between Curtis’ character and her daughter, Karen (Judy Greer). Having spent the last 40 years fretfully awaiting the inevitable return of Myers from prison, Laurie’s had little time for the people in her life, including her only child.

Be that as it may, Greer still sees Halloween as a “multi-generational, female empowered” movie. Speaking in a recent interview, the actress said the following:

“One of the things I responded to immediately when I read the script was the character of Laurie Strode being the star of the movie. I was just really happy because sometimes with a situation like this it’s like a cameo, and what I thought was so badass about what the screenwriters did was making it a multi-generational, female empowered movie, and Jamie Lee Curtis’s character is again the star.”

When asked if her character would serve as a mediator of sorts between Laurie and Karen, Andi Matichak, who plays Karen’s son Allyson, said that she’s kind of caught in the middle between the two of them.

“(My character’s) been kind of caught in between (them) since I’ve been a kid and like any kid, you do want a relationship with everyone in your family, and if Laurie’s making an effort, which she has been since (my character was) born, then yeah. I’ve always wanted to have some sort of peace.”

“What’s nice about her,” added Greer, “is that seeing Allyson at this age, she’s her own woman, and she can reach out to her grandma whenever she wants. If we were finding her at eleven or twelve that’s something (else), but now she has access to phones and can say, ‘Screw you, mom. I want to talk to my grandma. I want to have her at this event. I want to have a relationship with her.’ So I like that.”

Halloween finally returns home on October 19th, and when it does, horror fans should be on the lookout for cute nods and references to the franchise’s rich history, beginning with a callback to Season of the Witch.

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