Jamie Lee Curtis Reveals What She Regrets Most About The ‘Halloween’ Franchise

The new Halloween is already much buzzed about, having earned some pretty great reviews, especially when considering how horror movies typically fare with the critics. The original film, released in 1978, spawned seven sequels, a remake and a sequel to the remake. The heroine of the original film, Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis, only appears in two of the sequels. And of course, the character, played by Scout Taylor-Compton, appears in the the remake as well as the remake’s sequel.

Throughout the franchise, the mythology surrounding the masked killer, Michael Myers, became more expansive and at points utterly bizarre. Some of the sequels connect only tangentially, if at all. While Laurie Strode was said to have died in Halloween IV, turns out that wasn’t true. The heroine made a new appearance in Halloween H20, which was released 20 years after the original film. People were thrilled that Curtis was back. But it turns out, she has some regrets.

In an interview with EW about the upcoming movie, she says of Halloween H20…

“When Halloween was, like, 19 years old, I remember calling John and Debra and we had lunch. I said to them, ‘Guys, the movie’s going to be 20-years-old next year, and we’re all still doing the job 20 years later.’ I said to them, ‘Why don’t we revisit it?’ And there was a conversation, but then everybody was busy, and it turned out not to be what I wanted it to be. Initially, I wanted it to be with John directing, Debra producing. And that didn’t happen, for myriad reasons. And John didn’t write it, so then we had to hire a writer, and then Debra had something else. By the end of it, I was the only one involved with it.”

She went on…

“Now, to this day, I regret that I didn’t say to everyone, If Debra Hill’s not the one producing this movie, I’m not doing it. But what ended up happening was, she wasn’t part of it, John wasn’t part of it, and I was still part of it, and it was a machine going down the road. I was excited about it, and, honestly, I was going to be paid well. I hadn’t made any money on the Halloween franchise at all. I mean, really, in all of those years I hadn’t really made any money. It just gave me a lot of fame. And now I was going to get a paycheck.”

She explained…

And I was excited about it, because I liked where we were going with [the film]. It was, in a weird way, a movie about post-traumatic stress then. The difference [from the new Halloween] was, it was someone who had run. So, she had fled from Haddonfield, she had changed her name, she had run as fast as she could in the other direction, and Michael Myers caught up with her. But, you see, she told no one, no one knew who she was, she was a new person in a new town. She had a child and her life was proceeding. And I liked that. By the way, I insisted she be an alcoholic, I insisted that she not be traumatized. And then, of course, there’s a moment when she turns back. Because really the intent of that movie was to say, You really aren’t alive if you’re running for your life all the time. If you’re running for your life your whole life, you’re not alive. So, you’re really dead. So, if you’re dead, why not try to face the fear, and in the facing of the fear maybe you’ll die, but if you don’t die, maybe you’ll finally live. And that was really the emotional intent of that movie.”

Before closing by saying…

“If you see that movie, it’s not a great movie, it’s a good movie, and that emotional intent is in the movie. But it was never what I hoped it would be for all these reasons that ended up being things that were out of my control.”

The new Halloween is a direct sequel to the 1978 film, ignoring the continuity of all the sequels that came after it. It is written by David Gordon Green, Jeff Fadley, and Danny McBride. Green also took on the helm of directing. John Carpenter, who wrote the original film with Debra Hill, returned to the franchise for the first time since Halloween III to act as a producer and consultant.

People loved the movie.

But there were still those who were team Halloween H20…

You can see and decide for yourself. Halloween is in theatres now.

H/T: Twitter, EW