Jamie Lee Curtis says that Halloween Kills is a masterpiece, made for our current times. The film is a sequel to 2018’s wildly successful Halloween, one that jettisoned the existing Halloween canon and was a direct sequel to the 1978 film. Many cited the film as a return to form for the long-running horror series and the film went on to make $255 million worldwide on a minuscule budget. Two sequels were announced shortly after, with Halloween Kills initially set to be released this year, with Halloween Ends following in 2021. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, both films were pushed back one year.
The trio of new films sees Curtis reprising the role of iconic scream queen Laurie Strode, decades after the events of the original film. The 2018 film saw Laurie Strode’s daughter and granddaughter brought into the fold, as they fight against the serial killer and intergenerational trauma. Halloween Kills is set to feature their return, as well as the return of some other familiar faces. Kyle Richards will be reprising her role as Lindsey Wallace from the 1978 film, one of the children Laurie Strode was babysitting when she was attacked by Michael Myers the first time.
Despite all these callbacks to the past, though, Curtis says that the new film speaks particularly to the current moment. In an interview with SiriusXM’s Jess Cagle, Curtis talked about the sequel and the ways in which it will continue to address the trauma the series characters have experienced. How this trauma develops, though, is the most interesting part, with Curtis saying the film develops into a story about how trauma can overtake an entire community:
“What we were seeing around the country of the power, of the rage of voices, big groups of people coming together enraged at the set of circumstances, that’s what the movie is. The movie is about a mob. And so it’s very interesting because it takes on what happens when trauma infects an entire community. And we’re seeing it everywhere with the Black Lives Matter movement. We’re seeing it in action and ‘Halloween Kills’ weirdly enough, dovetailed onto that, proceeded it, it was written before that occurred, but then of course, so when you see it, it’s a seething group of people moving through the story as a big angry group, it’s really, really, really intense. It’s a masterpiece.”
What’s most interesting about Curtis’ comments, beyond her implication of the film’s timeliness, is what they say about the plot of the upcoming sequel. The recent teaser for the film seems to indicate that the film picks up directly after the events of the 2018 film, at least initially. Additionally, with Curtis saying the film is about a mob, it seems as if the sequel could be going in a new direction. Usually, Michael Myers’ victims are singled out and alone when he attacks them, but with Curtis’ comments and glimpses in the new teaser, the roles could finally be reversed. Could the town of Haddonfield finally be banding together to go against Michael Myers once and for all?
While fans will have to wait an entire year to see Halloween Kills, it’s hard to imagine the film’s timeliness will fade. It’s also hard to imagine that the citizens of Haddonfield will succeed in getting rid of Michael Myers. With a third film on the way, Myers won’t be going anywhere anytime soon and neither will the feelings Curtis says the film addresses. The current political moment seems to be one that is sticking around, regardless of the results of any upcoming election. Much like the potential plot of this sequel, people are fed up with all-powerful boogeymen terrorizing their lives and many of them are banding together to fight against those monsters, both fictional and real.