Jamie Lee Curtis, the Scream Queen of horror, got one of her big breaks in 1978 when she landed the role of Laurie Strode in the original Halloween (John Carpenter). As Laurie, the sister of the deranged killer, Michael Myers, Jamie Lee Curtis kicked ass in the heyday of feminist slashers. That same year, badass Final Girl, Jennifer (Camille Keaton) got hideous revenge on her attackers in I Spit on Your Grave (1978). I Spit on Your Grave was so brutal I decided to review the watered-down, still brutal 2010 remake. Laurie Strode’s character bends depending on the version of Halloween you’re watching. But I always like to think of Halloween: H20 as the final Halloween. Jamie Lee’s acting, whether she’s playing the good girl or hacking killers to death with an ax, is always on point. It’s no surprise that Jamie Lee’s so talented since she is the daughter of two Hollywood stars, Tony Curtis (Some Like it Hot) and Janet Leigh (Psycho). From Prom Night (1980) to Halloween: H20 Twenty Years Later (1998), Jamie Lee has always been an amazing part of the horror genre. Currently, Jamie Lee is known for her role as a slutty, pot-smoking college dean in the show, Scream Queens. While Scream Queens isn’t my favorite, Jamie Lee’s character is a personal hero of mine. While Scream Queens is a Pretty Little Liars knockoff and not exactly horror, Jamie Lee’s already established herself as the Scream Queen of retro horror. In the original Halloween, Jamie’s character Laurie must fight to stay alive while her friends get brutally murdered. The film takes place on Halloween, 15 years after serial killer, Michael Myers, stabbed his sister to death. In Halloween (1978), Laurie assumes the role of Final Girl (the chick who survives to kill the killer), and we realize that Michael Myers is her brother. In the original film, Michael escapes a mental hospital and returns to Haddonfield, Illinois to kill his sister, Laurie. Instead of heeding the warning of the town cops and Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence), Laurie’s friends have wild sex, drink, and get hacked to death. Laurie remains virginal, chaste, and intelligent. There are many deaths in the Halloween films, but I watched Laurie survive all the way to Halloween H20 (1998), where she also played a college dean. That was one of her greatest roles. H20 has an amazing scene where Michael and Laurie, brother and sister, face off in a touching moment. Michael reaches his hand out for help, and Laurie smiles as she decapitates her own brother. My all-time favorite nod to Jamie Lee comes from horror-geek Randy (Jamie Kennedy) from the original Scream (Wes Craven, 1996). After giving a high-school party an impassioned speech on the rules of horror movie survival, Randy is abandoned by everyone. Randy is left drunk and alone in his house, the sole watcher of the movie Halloween (1978). We see Randy’s near death unfold before us, as he breaks the rules by drinking and being separated from the group. Scream shows Jamie Lee Curtis onscreen, being stalked by her killer brother, Michael. The juxtaposition of the two Jamies, scared slasher fan, Randy, and the fictional Laurie Strode is brilliant. Randy (Jamie Kennedy), a self-proclaimed virgin, has an obvious crush on Jamie Lee Curtis, saying of her, “Jamie Lee was always the virgin in horror movies. She never showed her tits, until she went legit… That’s how she always outsmarted the killer.” We watch as Ghostface the killer nears Randy, who pleads, “Jamie, behind you. Jamie, turn around.” Here we get brilliant double dramatic irony. Randy can’t save Laurie anymore than we can save Randy. Luckily, Final Girl, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is on the scene. Sidney helps Randy stay alive (until Scream 2 (1997) when he gets stabbed to death after calling the killer’s son a “homo-repressed mama’s boy”). In the end, Jamie Lee Curtis will always be Laurie Strode to me. She’s the fearless, feminist killer that faces the killer head on, instead of running from her fears. I grew up knowing her as Laurie Strode, and then Randy’s big crush in high school. And now, as an adult, I know Jamie Lee as a weed-smoking, libertine dean, who fucks her students. And knowing that Jamie Lee is the Scream Queen, makes her role in Scream Queens even funnier. I’m not a huge fan of the Scream Queens (I know, I know, but there’s just not enough carnage for me). But as vapid as the show is, Jamie Lee Curtis is such a badass, high AF, college dean, it’s worth the watch. See larger image Halloween Complete Coll Bd V2 [Blu-ray] Halloween night – Haddonfield, IL. A young boy butchers his older sister with a kitchen knife. 15 years later, he escapes from a mental institution only to return home and terrorize the town, including babysitter Laurie Strode. Now pursued by Dr. Loomis, the doctor who tried to treat him until he realized that what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply… evil . His name is Michael Myers.And so began one of the most iconic horror franchises in history, spawned 10 feature films and lasted over 35 years. Now, for the first time ever, experience the terror of every Halloween film available together in 1 set! This collection includes all 10 Halloween films:Halloween, Halloween IIHalloween III: Season of the WitchHalloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers Halloween: The Curse of Michael MyersHalloween H20Halloween: ResurrectionRob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween II. Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment, co-produced with Scream Factory the top names in horror! New From: $49.96 USD In Stock Share this:TweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like Loading... Related Shawn EH I think of H20 as the last film, too! Ladies Love Cool J!