Looking back upon the history of horror movies, it’s perhaps difficult to choose your favourite final girl.
The term “final girl” has been cemented in the glossary of genre enthusiasts for decades, referring to the trope of one girl or woman surviving to either take down the killer or tell others of her ordeal.
Many horror movie franchises have made great use of this trope, from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to Friday the 13th.
However, you could make a great case for Laurie Strode being the greatest and most iconic of the bunch.
Portrayed by Jamie Lee Curtis, the character first appeared in John Carpenter’s 1978 masterpiece Halloween. The film’s final act saw her navigate a suburban home turned hellscape, attempting to escape the murderous Michael Myers.
The actress has reprised the role across numerous sequels to take on the Boogeyman again, including in David Gordon Green’s 2018 Halloween. Fortunately, the wait is over and the sequel – Halloween Kills – is screening from Friday, October 15th 2021.
Before you head on in for the carnage, equip yourself with some essential information: Why does Michael Myers want to kill Laurie
Why does Michael Myers want to kill Laurie in the Halloween movies?
There are multiple answers to the question depending on which of the franchise’s timelines you’re considering.
In the core timelines, his first taste of murder that we know of comes from the brutal stabbing of his sister, Judith. In the original movie, he then begins to kill a group of random young women after escaping from Smith’s Grove Sanitarium.
The killings take place in Haddonfield because that’s where Michael is from; we see him return to the house and the original scene of the crime.
Michael’s female victims in the original are presented as flirtatious and sexually active, with the knife-wielding antagonist acting as a voyeur in these scenarios, watching them undressed or participate in sexual acts before ending their lives.
Laurie’s image as the booksmart virgin is shown to be in stark contrast to the victims we’ve seen Michael claim thus far. He is arguably intrigued by and drawn to her as a result, and she ultimately becomes the first challenge he has ever faced.
Laurie puts up a genuine fight against Michael, even managing to wound him and survive his attempts.
The sadistic killer basically becomes fascinated with killing Laurie throughout subsequent installments – including Halloween Kills – because she’s the one that got away. By taking him down temporarily and living to tell the tale in the original, the two are tied together.
Her survival cements that there is a connection that cannot be broken until one of them finally breathes their last breath. Who will it be?
The sister timeline
The 2018 Halloween movie served as a direct sequel to the 1978 movie and de-canonized all of the previous sequels.
However, looking back on 1981’s Halloween II, it’s addressed that Laurie is actually Michael’s sister. This helps explain why he’s so intent on killing her, as the trail of savagery began with him killing his sister Judith.
David Gorden Green and the writers wrote this development out of their timeline though.
So, in regards to the new set of films we’ve been tucking into, the previous explanation for why Michael wishes to kill Laurie is the appropriate one.
“There’s so much loss”
While speaking with Bloody Disgusting, Jamie Lee Curtis opened up about Halloween Kills and what it’s truly about:
“There’s so much emotion in the movie. There’s so much loss. It’s a movie about collective trauma, about collective grief, about collateral damage; not just for the person who was initially attacked, but all of the concentric circles of people and grief around her.”
It’s sure to be a wild ride… “evil dies tonight.”
Halloween Kills is in cinemas and on Peacock from Friday, October 15th 2021.