(L) Halloween, 1978. Distributed by Compass International Pictures
Imagine having a relative following you around with one mission: to kill you. That's what Laurie Strode had to deal with throughout the Halloween franchise. The character's brother, Michael Myers, escaped from a mental hospital fifteen years after killing their sister, and in 1978, Myers returned to Haddonfield, Illinois, to do it again.
It was a failed attempt, although many innocent bystanders who crossed his path were killed. Yet, that wasn't the end of the Michael Myers saga, as the latest Halloween movie, Halloween Ends, was just released in 2022. History repeats itself; Michael searches for Laurie, killing whoever is in his way. They crossed paths, Laurie fought for her life, and she apparently killed him at the end. Only to find out that Michael is not dead.
Laurie Strode is the ultimate scream Queen character in horror films, and it's all because the amazing actress who portrayed her is Academy Award-winning Jamie Lee Curtis.
Born in 1958, Curtis was only 20 years old when she became Spooky Season's leading lady. Her character displayed signs of strength, courage and determination to live until the end—at that's exactly what she did.
How did she snag her debut film role? Apparently, producer Debra Hill casted her because Curtis' mother, Janet Leigh, had been known in the industry as a Horror icon. Leigh garnered an Oscar-nominated performance in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960).
It doesn't take away the fact that Curtis worked hard in the role, and she definitely deserved the opportunity to showcase her talent despite her mother being an icon.
As you celebrate the spookiest season of the year, and love classic frightening movies, indulge in the Halloween film series.
PS: Look for Nancy Stephens as Nurse Marion Chambers in the movies. She was also in an episode of Providence called "Family Ties."