By LILY TINOCO | Reporter
The saga continues for Palisadian Jamie Lee Curtis as she returns to the slasher genre and reprises her role for the next two installments in the Halloween trilogy: “Halloween Kills” and “Halloween Ends.”
In David Gordon Green’s 2018 horror movie “Halloween,” Curtis plays Laurie Strode, who confronts her long-time enemy, Michael Myers. The film is a direct sequel to the 1978 John Carpenter cult-classic, and the masked figure continues to haunt her since she narrowly escaped a killing spree on Halloween night decades before.
The film earned more than $250 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing chapter in the franchise and set a new record for the biggest opening weekend in history for a horror film starring a woman, according to the film’s website.
The latest film, “Halloween Kills,” is about the outrage fueling the community. With Strode’s experience hunting serial killer Myers, she’s now in the position to give advice in this installment.
“The Strode women join a group of other survivors of Michael’s first rampage who decide to take matters into their own hands, forming a vigilante mob that sets out to hunt Michael down, once and for all,” according to a synopsis of the film.
The release of “Halloween Kills” was originally slated for October 2020, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday, September 8, one of the first and only slasher films to do so.
Curtis was presented the festival’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement award, an award given to actors and filmmakers for their significant contributions to cinema.
“I am incredibly humbled to be honored in this way by the Venice International Film Festival,” Curtis said in a statement. “It seems impossible to me that I’ve been in this industry long enough to be receiving ‘Lifetime Achievement’ recognition, and to have it happen now, with ‘Halloween Kills,’ is particularly meaningful to me. Halloween—and my partnership with Laurie Strode—launched and sustained my career, and to have these films evolve into a new franchise that is beloved by audiences around the world was, and remains, a gift.”
“Halloween Kills” is anticipated to be released on Friday, October 15, in theaters and on the Peacock Premium streaming service. “Halloween Ends,” slated for a 2022 release, has Curtis returning as Strode to carry the trilogy to its conclusion.
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