Here’s a sentence you’d never expect to hear: Halloween saved my life.
Yet at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con, a place where anything can happen, a fan of the 1978 movie said almost exactly that.
During a Q&A session for the 2018 Halloween film, a fan stood up to ask the “original scream queen,” Jamie Lee Curtis, a question. Before getting to his inquiry, though, he provided a brief story about how the film wound up saving his life.
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) July 20, 2018
There’s a hush that falls over the audience as it tries to determine whether this guy is full of it, but as a lump forms in his throat and he shares his sordid tale, it becomes more apparent that, yes, Laurie Strode is partially responsible for his survival.
The was an unexpected heartwarming moment during the audience Q&A.
A guy said Curtis' performance in the original film saved his life.
— Michael Blackmon (@blackmon) July 21, 2018
Much like Curtis’ on-screen character, the fan, identified by Getty Images as Jeffrey Scott, was trapped in a home invasion scenario. His could-be killer wielded a knife and cut the phone wires, leaving him trapped within his own home. With Halloween in mind, Scott realized his only chance for survival was to make a break for it, much like Strode did across the sleepy streets of Haddonfield.
“I’m a victor today instead of a victim,” Scott told Curtis after sharing how he escaped by channeling his inner Laurie Strode.
Standing ovation for a guy who says #Halloween saved his life during a home invasion. What would Jamie Lee Curtis do? he asked himself, describing his horrifying moment. “I'm a victor instead of a victim because of you,” he tells @jamieleecurtis, breaking into tears.
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) July 20, 2018
In response to the incredible story and for his appreciation that she was responsible for his survival, Curtis left the panel and embraced Scott in an emotional hug.
Ummm, 1st question is a man saying how Jamie Lee Curtis’s portrayal in #Halloween saved his life when a home invader w/ a knife came after him 20 yrs ago & he came to #SDCC to thank her & she left the stage to hug him & I DID NOT EXPECT THE HORROR PANEL TO BE THE ONE I CRY AT!
— Ananda Dillon (@AnandaWrites) July 20, 2018
The unexpected wave of emotions that washed over the horror panel spread over social media as people caught wind of the moment between Curtis and Scott.
Dammit! I just takes so little to make me tear up these days. I love @jamieleecurtis so much and absolutely believe her when it comes to the sincerity and love she displays towards her fans. A one of a kind star and beautiful human being #HalloweenMovie https://t.co/vLuIm5vpDN
— Donald Théoret (@d_theoret) July 21, 2018
— Joe JUiCE McCarthy (@JoEjuiCeisloose) July 21, 2018
Laughing and crying!
— According to Garpo (@AccordingGarpo) July 21, 2018
Scott’s story may have even inspired a new universal way for people to handle stressful situations, one that you can bet we’re going to start following.
“What would @jamieleecurtis do?” is my new mantra
— Pam Zich (@RebelSpeducator) July 21, 2018