44 years after the world was introduced to one of the most terrifying horror villains in cinema, Michael Myers and Laurie Strode are facing off for the final time in the upcoming Halloween Ends.
While previous installments have followed a pattern of intense showdowns between a constantly vigilant Strode and supernaturally strong Myers, Jamie Lee Curtis says the conclusion is nothing like fans have seen from the franchise before.
Curtis, who has played the iconic “final girl” Strode in several Halloween installments, teased that her character has finally moved on from Myers’ reign of terror—leaving her vulnerable when he returns home yet again.
“It’s a movie about a final reckoning…between Laurie and Michael. There is a battle between them, and the irony is that the 2018 and 2021 movies were about a woman who was prepared for Michael,” the actress told Bloody Disgusting in a recent interview.
“Every day of her life, since she was 17 years old. This is a movie where she’s actually moved on. Laurie doesn’t see Michael coming.”
Strode Faces a Different Threat This Time Around
Curtis says that Strode’s guard being down and preoccupation with another character leads to a “very different result” when The Shape returns.
“The fight with Michael is much more violent, unexpected, and it has to be like a street brawl. This movie…this other character comes in that she’s concerned about, but she’s not thinking about Michael. And then Michael comes back. And so the fight was an unexpected fight.”
Although Michael Myers has been ominously lurking in the shadows—both literally and figuratively—for Laurie Strode’s entire life, something more horrifying has taken him off of her mind.
“The opening of this movie is every parent’s worst nightmare. This is a babysitter with a child on Halloween night, that goes terribly wrong,” Curtis said of the opening scene, reminiscent of the 1978 classic that started it all.
“It’s so crazy intense,” she added.
Read the full synopsis for Halloween Ends below:
“Four years after the events of last year’s Halloween Kills, Laurie is living with her granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichak) and is finishing writing her memoir. Michael Myers hasn’t been seen since. Laurie, after allowing the specter of Michael to determine and drive her reality for decades, has decided to liberate herself from fear and rage and embrace life. But when a young man (Rohan Campbell) is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, it ignites a cascade of violence and terror that will force Laurie to finally confront the evil she can’t control, once and for all.”