The 1978 classic, Halloween, is what launched Jamie Lee Curtis into stardom cementing her status as a “Scream Queen.” Since Halloween, Curtis went on to star in other horror films like The Fog (1979) and Prom Night (1980). She has shed her Scream Queen status since then and gone on to do bigger and better things like A Fish Called Wanda (1988) and True Lies (1994), but she always seems to come back to Halloween. She returned for Halloween II (1981), Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), Halloween: Resurrection (2002), Halloween (2018), Halloween Kills (2021), and now the upcoming Halloween Ends. So is it much of a surprise to find out that she’s open to more?
As part of the promotion for Halloween Ends, Curtis told the print version of SFX that she has a “never say never” attitude towards returning.
“I was sitting in the exact place I am sitting right now when my phone rang, and it was Jake Gyllenhaal,” she said. “I picked up the phone and he said, ‘Hey Jame, my friend David Gordon Green’ – who he had just worked with on the movie Stronger – ‘would like to talk to you about a Halloween movie.’ That was in 2017, in the summer. The last thing I thought five years ago that I would be doing would be a Halloween movie.
“And here I am, [laughs], having now completed three of them with a fantastic creative group of people. That has not only been satisfying for me personally and creatively, but it has launched me creatively into a whole other world. I have a creative life now, because of the Halloween movie, and the success. I now have a partnership with Jason Blum at Blumhouse, I have a production company, I’ve written a horror film that I will direct, I am producing television series, I am buying books. All of that was the last thing I thought I would be doing five years ago. So to say never is stupid.”
Halloween Kills was a huge hit for the series when it released in 2021. It’s box office earnings surpassed the lifetime totals of Halloween III, 4, 5 and Curse of Michael Myers. The film became the best opening for an R-rated film during the pandemic. Critics weren’t as kind with a 39% Rotten Tomatoes critic score.
Halloween Ends will hope to secure similar, if not better numbers, thanks to pandemic restrictions easing worldwide. Perhaps critics will be kinder as well.
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