In the trailer for Halloween Kills, Jamie Lee Curtis’ hardened protagonist Laurie Strode declares that “evil dies tonight”, but needless to say, the fans aren’t so sure about that.
Back in 1978, audiences were introduced to the boogeyman.
Michael Myers – or The Shape, as he’s credited – roamed the streets of Haddonfield, stalking and slashing a string of victims in grisly fashion.
John Carpenter’s horror masterclass is often championed as one of the greatest films the genre has ever produced, with Laurie generally declared one of the greatest of all final girls.
Jamie has more than earned her royalty status amongst the horror community and has reprised the role across a number of sequels in the franchise. However, many argued she delivered her most emotional and magisterial performance to date in David Gordon Green’s Halloween in 2018.
Fortunately, she’s back in the sequel this October, but some audiences are concerned she’ll fall prey to Michael for the very last time. So, does Laurie die in Halloween Kills?
WARNING: HALLOWEEN KILLS SPOILERS.
Does Laurie die in Halloween Kills?
No, Laurie Strode survives the events of Halloween Kills and Jamie Lee Curtis has reinforced in interviews that she’ll return to reprise the role in the forthcoming sequel, Halloween Ends.
While speaking with Total Film, the 62-year-old American actress looked ahead to comment on the third installment of the new trilogy:
“I would say, given what I know about the next movie, I think it will be the last time that I will play her. And I’m not saying something like, ‘Oh, because I die!’ It’s nothing to do with that. I’m talking about emotionally what they have constructed. I think it will be a spectacular way to end this trilogy.”
Taking this insight into consideration there’s no reason not to expect Laurie back in action to face off Michael in the concluding chapter.
She reinforced this in her interview with Bloody Disgusting too, in which she argued that the antagonist is “like the phoenix… risen from the flames” in regards to the housefire shown in the last act of Halloween.
She believes that Michael is “empowered by that” and “transcended on some level.” However, she argues that this goes both ways and that “so has Laurie”, foreshadowing that this “level of emotion and power will be brought into the next movie for sure.”
“She’s a wounded warrior”
Entering Halloween Kills, we find Laurie in a very different space.
The previous film almost ended on a positive note with three generations of the Strode family sitting bruised and battered in the back of a truck. Nevertheless, they’re triumphant, together in solidarity feeling content in their belief that they’ve sent evil up in flames.
However, we cut to the basement and there’s no Michael, with a post-credits scene containing his breathing confirming he’ll be back.
Halloween Kills begins with Laurie’s confidence in Michael’s demise being shattered. Ambulances roar past them and Jamie has offered her thoughts in the aforementioned Bloody Disgusting interview:
“She’s a wounded warrior. In the back of that truck, I think Laurie thinks it’s over. We got him. Whether she dies or not, her daughter is safe; her granddaughter is safe, Michael’s dead. I think Laurie could happily die in the back of that truck, knowing that she protected her family and killed Michael. And then the fire engine shows up.”
She added: “That’s why her, ‘Let it burn,’ is so emotional because that’s the possibility that they won’t let it burn. But you have to hand off the fight to other people.”
Has Laurie Strode ever died in the Halloween franchise?
Yes, and not just once, but twice.
The character died in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween: Resurrection, albeit off-screen in both instances.
You may be thinking “hmm, then why was she in Halloween (2018)?”
Well, it’s important to know that the film serves as a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s original, de-canonizing the other sequels. So, in regards to the timeline of this new trilogy, Laurie is yet to pass away.
Halloween Kills is in cinemas and on Peacock from Friday, October 15th 2021.
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