After decades of excellent performances from the legendary Jamie Lee Curtis, her recent comments about finding work after her seminal debut in Halloween may surprise some.
Though the 1978 Halloween film is one of her most famous roles, she made clear that—while it changed her life—it did so very gradually:
“The truth of the matter is, Halloween changed my life over the course of a period of time. It did not change my life immediately. Honestly, I didn’t get any work after I finished Halloween. I didn’t do anything. The only work I got was a Charlie’s Angels episode where I’m Cheryl Ladd’s best friend, and a pro-golfer, and we wrestle alligators in an episode, and an episode of Love Boat where my mother plays my mother and I’m going on my honeymoon.”
It was then that the film’s creator, John Carpenter, who noticed something was up:
“It was because the movie was successful, and I wasn’t getting any work, John Carpenter wrote the part in The Fog for me. And then once I did The Fog, I was able to get a couple of other horror movies, Prom Night and Terror Train, [and] start to make a little money.”
While the movie may not have made her a sensation overnight, Twitter users are making it clear that Halloween has stood the test of time and the upcoming sequel has many getting nostalgic.
Jamie Lee Curtis photographed in Los Angeles, California (1979) pic.twitter.com/SN29LjRl1r— + (@CINEMAGEMS) October 2, 2018
jamie lee curtis on the set of ‘halloween’, 1978 pic.twitter.com/D0WVVlVsn4— best of old hollywood (@oldhllywoods) October 3, 2018
Early responses to the sequel have been over the moon.
#HalloweenMovie exceeded the insanely high expectations I went in with. It’s a reinvigorating slasher that gets Laurie, Michael and what it’s like to live in a small Midwest town. The score is the key that locks it all into place. Full review tomorrow. ?— Jimmy Champane (@jimmychampane) October 5, 2018
#HalloweenMovie is another damn good remake of the original, cleverly subverting iconic moments and taking its brutal slasher simplicity to a new level with an emotional tale of trauma and family drama. Jamie Lee Curtis is brilliant. It's all VERY satisfying. #SalemHorrorFest pic.twitter.com/nP6Ahj3abw— John Squires (@FreddyInSpace) October 5, 2018
I honestly can’t stop thinking about #HalloweenMovie, how it so skillyfully creates the story of Laurie now and also the people in her life. And the relentless pace of things when they kick off is so good ugh. Will defo see it in a cinema again— Conor Behan (@platinumjones) October 7, 2018
It may have taken others a while to catch on, but now America can’t get enough of Laurie Strode or Jamie Lee Curtis!