Forty years, seven films, three separate timelines and a strong actress at the center: Jamie Lee Curtis has officially said goodbye to her character, Laurie Strode. She made a name for herself in 1978 John Zimmermanis original Halloween and brought to life the most influential last girl in horror film history. Saying goodbye to Laurie was never going to be easy, though David Gordon GreenThe new timeline of had promising potential. So much from Halloween ends The publicity focused on the conclusion of Laurie and Michael’s storyline, with Curtis officially saying goodbye to the character through tearful vignettes. It wasn’t certain how the film would pay tribute to such an important character, but many fans feared she wouldn’t make it out alive. With ends Now for the public to see, we know that Laurie does indeed come out alive, but just because she lived doesn’t mean her story was properly closed. In fact, the whole thing left a sour aftertaste.
How do you say goodbye to horror’s ultimate last girl? Certainly not like that.
Laurie Strode’s story
Laurie was the focus of John Carpenter’s 1978 film, she was the protagonist, the snow-white last girl who would fight Michael Myers. She returned for Halloween II 1981, where she was largely sidelined but was a star nonetheless. Despite being heavily medicated for injuries, she still managed to escape from Michael and, with the help of Dr. Loomis put an end to the monster.
The films emerged as a franchise, but Curtis didn’t come back for everyone. Instead, Laurie was given an off-screen death that would be reconnected Halloween: H20 – which Curtis saw Returning to the series after 20 years. It was intended to close the chapter in Michael and Laurie’s story and was a companion piece to it Halloween and Halloween II. It has the perfect, triumphant ending, with Laurie emerging victorious after killing Michael once and for all. Of course, in the name of money, this would also be reconnected Halloween: Resurrection, who once again witnessed the death of Laurie Strode. It felt like a slap in the face for both the fans and the character to take such an iconic and powerful moment away from her in order to make another sequel (which is now widely regarded as the franchise’s worst).
When Halloween (2018) was announced and linked to Jamie Lee Curtis, fans were promised a proper look at the character of Laurie Strode 40 years later. It delivered on that promise and provided a poignant and realistic insight into trauma and how it would affect someone living through what she did. Halloween kills sidelined her again and while it was a little disappointing it made sense given her situation (similar to Halloween II) and besides there was Halloween ends come, so there was no need to fret.
However, ends exactly what done kills did, only worse. Instead of simply putting Laurie aside, but still giving her important bits of dialogue and development like his predecessor had done, ends completely marginalizes her and makes her feel like a background character in her own story. After so much publicity centered on this being the end of Michaels and Laurie’s story, fans were led to believe that this was the movie we were going to get, and it was the movie we would have gotten must. Instead we got what felt more like a middle part and was a disappointing farewell to our last girl.
Goodbye Laurie Strode
Because how involved Jamie Lee Curtis was in the film and how much this trilogy relied on her character is amazing how much Halloween ends disregarded her character. When Laurie walked in, the biggest fear was that she would die with Michael. Sure it would have been a victorious death as she would have defeated him eventually, but it would also have hampered her character’s development in those last three films. Unfortunately, the latter happened anyway, and her character feels very different than the films before this one.
Halloween ends has a murderous showdown between Michael and Laurie, there’s no denying that. But while brutal and unpredictable, it’s over far too quickly and in the end the day is saved by Allyson, who shows up mid-fight. Much of the film just feels like it’s constantly wearing down Laurie’s character, unraveling the decades of character development that has been built up. Yes, watching her stare down at Michael as he’s being thrown into a compactor and knowing that he really can never harm her or her loved ones is a powerful moment, but it still felt like like something is missing.
There’s no proper synopsis of her story or any real mention of what she’s about to do now, she’s just sort of there. She shares a sweet scene with Frank Hawkins where they talk about cherry blossoms, but then the film ends with a still shot of Michael’s mask on her coffee table and her haunting voice saying, “The truth is, evil doesn’t die, it changes.” just its shape.” And we have to wonder what the heck is going on. Their departure feels like it was thrown into the script at the last minute, like they’d already finished the movie and said, “Oh crap, we forgot about Laurie!” Of course, seeing her and Frank share a moment was well-deserved , after everything they’ve been through, but was it really enough for our last girl?
After the events of Halloween kills, in which Michael killed Tommy, Marion, Sheriff Brackett and most importantly, Laurie’s daughter Karen – one would assume that would only add fuel to the fire burning in Laurie Strode. Especially when taking it Halloween kills Consider alternative ending Halloween ends turned into a real revenge flick, with Laurie about to rampage and take down Michael once and for all. That’s not what this movie is. Not at all and that’s such an oversight. He took so much from her 40 years ago and now he’s taken the most important person in her life and there’s just… nothing?
Yes, the movie jumped ahead in time, but the Laurie Strode we saw would never rest after something like this. And considering how Laurie waited with bated breath for 40 years for Michael to come back so she could kill him once and for all, it seems highly unlikely that she’ll just relax after he wipes out a whole neighborhood full of people has and has disappeared. It’s as if the film forgot it had already built a story for her, because this isn’t the Laurie Strode we saw her in H18 and kills. It even ruins her relationship with Allyson, something that H18 showed us was pretty strong. It’s just a lot of decisions that don’t make much sense in the grand scheme of the franchise. Maybe ends would work as a standalone film, but as a conclusion to a trilogy and a farewell to Laurie Strode it sucks.
Halloween ends would never please everyone and there’s no easy way to describe such a long-standing character, but there’s just no denying that something was missing. As much as she was marginalized throughout the film, it felt like the film was about to become one big final act especially for her, and it just never happened. Allyson got out of Haddonfield and Laurie stayed. Couldn’t we have seen her packing? Maybe flip through memories? Something, anything, that would feel like a poignant and fitting ending to such an iconic character.
Regardless of how the audience feels Halloween ends and the trilogy as a whole, there is one thing everyone can agree on and that is Jamie Lee Curtis’ lasting impact on the franchise. Curtis gave everything to the character of Laurie Strode, through the good movies and the bad, terrifying storylines and tons of retcons. It’s sad to see her say goodbye to the character after 40 years, but one thing remains: she will be the last girl forever.
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