Considering her showbiz lineage, actor Jamie Lee Curtis could easily be considered Hollywood royalty as the daughter of big-screen legends Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. While married and unfortunately divorced, the star couple amassed more than 200 roles between them during their illustrious careers. They acted under the auspices of the best, as Curtis teamed with such famed filmmakers as Billy Wilder and Stanley Kubrick, while Leigh collaborated with several greats, including Alfred Hitchcock and John Carpenter.
Jamie Lee Curtis not only followed in the footsteps of her famous acting parents, but she also established her own identity in Tinseltown with her role as Laurie Strode — a babysitter who a masked killer, Michael Myers (Tony Moran and Nick Castle), stalks in Carpenter’s 1978 landmark horror thriller “Halloween.” In a wonderful bit of serendipity, Curtis became a horror icon for a new generation, much like Leigh did in the classic Hitchcock thriller “Psycho” 16 years before. In “Halloween Kills,” the connection between the mother’s and daughter’s films come full circle.
Jamie Lee Curtis says Halloween Kills has homages to Psycho
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jamie Lee Curtis pointed out how the haunting conclusion of “Halloween Kills” not only contains several tips of the cap to the 1978 “Halloween,” but several homages to the film that made her mother a screen legend. “Psycho,” of course, includes the terrifying scene where Marion Crane (Leigh) is stabbed to death by Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) in Hitchcock’s horrifying shower scene.
“The last 10 minutes of this film are a masterpiece. It brings so many homages from both the 1978 movie to even ‘Psycho,’ my mother’s demise in Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho.’ There are elements,” Curtis revealed to THR. “The cinematography, the sound, the music, the performances, the direction is exquisite and terrifying. And then the ending is so shocking that you’re left … (Curtis gasps.) It’s almost like you’ve cut off a beautiful piece of music, and I admire the bravery of the filmmaking because it resonates more that way.”
Curtis noted for THR that the ending would have been “swagger-y” and “gratuitous” if the scene had gone in a different direction.
“What’s beautiful about the way the movie ends is that it’s just like the violence that it’s showing,” Curtis said. “It’s brutal and surprising, and the surprise of the end, I’ve seen it with audiences. They’re like, ‘What!? No! No!’ So, it’s fantastic.”
What makes the consequences of the scene — which will not be revealed here — even more thrilling is that it sets up what promises to be an epic conclusion to the film saga when “Halloween Ends” is released on October 14, 2022.
“Halloween Kills” opens in theaters and streams exclusively on Peacock on October 15.Internet Explorer Channel Network