Jamie Lee Curtis hates horror movies and doesn't understand why she's become a horror icon
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Horror icon Jamie Lee Curtis says that she's a horror 'hater' and doesn't know why she's known for them.
As Halloween creeps up on us like Mike Myers fresh out of the asylum, we sat down with Curtis to get her thoughts on the final film in our favourite horror franchise.
Halloween Ends will drop in cinemas tomorrow on 14 October, and is everything we could've hoped for.
In 1978, John Carpenter redefined the horror genre with his low-budget, high tension flick, Halloween.
It was everything good about 70s filmmaking; the plot was simple, the costumes resourceful, and the atmosphere electric.
So, it's safe to say that we were a little apprehensive to see what that story would look like in 2018 when David Gordon Green took the reigns.
We sharply inhaled entering the theatre, worried that our favourite horror flick would somehow be tainted, but we were pleasantly surprised to find that we didn't breathe out for the entire film.
The breath hitching tension that the film created was a testament to what Curtis says is the 'great affection' the director had for the original story.
Even the infamous knitting needles make a timely reappearance in this film, with Curtis saying: "And you see her knitting, you know — it's David Gordon Green layering in things. In the original 2018 movie, at Laurie's house upstairs in her bedroom, when when we were doing the flashback sequences of when Karen was little, Laurie's straw hat which was in her bedroom in the 1978 movie is on the wall."
What's special about this franchise, and about Laurie Strode and Micheal Myers, is how real they feel, from the sets to their scenes together.
Their chemistry feels so real Curtis explains because it is, with her terrified reactions being just that, a reaction.
In fact, Curtis isn't entirely sure why it's the genre she's known for: "I don't like it. So I don't understand why, then, I am known for these movies.
"But that’s also the beautiful aspect of it because it's real for me. So what you're watching on screen, even though I know where he is. My natural reaction to that is that I think [...] because I am real and I am reacting in that situation."
This realness even extended to stunts, with the Freaky Friday actor explaining that she fought to do a pretty violent scene in the movie.
During their final showdown, Mike Myers smashes Laurie's head through a window, and it's something she was determined to do, explaining: " I'll take a punch, I'll take a choke or a hit or a push or a thing or thing. I'll put my head through the glass window of the glass cabinet in the kitchen. I fought for that. I was like, let's do that."
And do it she did as the result, like the rest of Green's trilogy, speaks for itself.
Halloween Ends is released in cinemas on October 14.
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