In just a week, Michael Myers will once again unleash his terror on an unassuming neighborhood brimming with trick-or-treaters in the new Halloween. Since the film screened at the Toronto Film Festival last month, for the most part critics have been raving about the nostalgic redemption story for Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode. When Curtis paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday, the original scream queen gave her reaction on the high praise of the film. Here's what she said:
No, and only because I did appear on your show, I'm not a big review reader, although people have been calling me like 'whoa.' But then they sent me one that I did see and it's six words, 'You will freak the fuck out.' It was from David Fear at Rolling Stone. I actually wrote the marketing team on Halloween and I said, 'You know what guys? I think we're done.' Because that's as good as you're gonna get.
During her interview with Jimmy Kimmel, the actress went as far to recommend the kind words for the horror sequel be added to billboards and other marketing for the film as the tagline. Jamie Lee Curtis made a pretty good case for the line in the Rolling Stone review to entice moviegoers to go see the film. Fans of the horror genre are always looking for chills on screen, but "freaking the fuck out" is next level! Curtis compared the rave review to another famous line from the iconic sci-fi horror film, Alien, referencing the line:
That's as good for me as, 'In space, no one can hear you scream.'
The original Halloween and Alien were released just one year apart and have each reached similar cult-like statuses since. Both have a female protagonist at its center, so comparisons certainly aren't too out of reach. This Halloween sequel has an exciting distinctiveness surrounding it, even if it's the 10th sequel for the horror property. This is much to do with Jamie Lee Curtis' return along with how her character Laurie Strode is being handled this time around. Picking up 40 years after the first left off, Laurie is struggling with PTSD from her first run in with Michael Myers and is completely armed and ready for his return to her neighborhood.
Although original director, John Carpenter isn't particularly fan of sequels for his films, he had a hand in this one, composing a new score for it and giving the new filmmakers some notes early on to make it relentless. Halloween is projected to have a strong opening with projections between $50-$85 million in its first weekend, but with strong reviews such as what Jamie Lee Curtis referenced, who knows how many will be enticed to turn up for the vicious sequel when it comes to theaters on October 19.