Jamie Lee Curtis believes the latest Halloween film is more than just another installment in the horror franchise: she sees it as a direct reflection of what’s happening in our culture when it comes to sexual assault.
“The movie was written in January 2017 and it was a movie about trauma,” Curtis told Page Six at the film premiere Wednesday night. “We never make movies about what happens after the violence. We make movies about violence, we glorify it, but we never ask what happens [after].”
“And in the asking what happens and seeing what generational trauma looks like, all of a sudden on Oct. 10, 2017, that first article came out in the New Yorker,” she continued. “All of a sudden, women started talking about stories of violence perpetrated against them, sexual violence perpetrated against them, oppression perpetrated against them by powerful men in powerful positions who stole their innocence.”
“And now all of a sudden, this idea of women — you see, a bunch of those perpetrators are in prison today. And the women who helped put them there are relieved, a little bit, of that trauma. And that’s what our movie is going to bring to people on Friday.”
Halloween, which as Curtis notes, premieres today, picks up 40 years after the events of the original Halloween. In it, Curtis stages a final confrontation between herself as Laurie Strode and Michael Myers.