Even though Jamie Lee Curtis has been hailed as the Screen Queen, she doesn’t like to be scared.

Despite appearing in many scary movies, she isn’t a fan of them. “I loathe being scared by scary movies,” Curtis, 63, told Entertainment Weekly last month. “I scare so easily. It’s the reason that I’m so good at [being in them].”

Curtis’ latest, Halloween Kills, sees her reprising the iconic role of Laurie Strode, the original Final Girl of Slasher Flicks, once again stalked by masked bogeyman Michael Myers.

While 2018’s Halloween, a direct sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 classic that retcons the other follow-ups and reboots, deals with Laurie’s personal trauma, Halloween Kills — again directed by David Gordon Green — focuses on community trauma. 

This time, the Haddonfield folks have had it with Myers and decide to take justice into their hands. The result is pure chaos; mob rule is never a good thing. The movie was shot in 2019, but the scenes of turmoil are very prescient of civil unrest seen in the last days of the Trump Administration.

On top of that, Michael Myers, the evil that refuses to die, is still good at slicing, dicing, impaling his victims. Perhaps a little too proficient a killing machine. When tells Curtis via Zoom from LA that we find Halloween Kills a tad hard to watch, she isn’t the brutality

“It’s a very violent time,” says Curtis. “People are really angry all over the world. And so the accelerated violence is really the sign of the times as it is a sign of ramping up the story from the Michael Myers perspective of surviving the fire [in Halloween], being transcended into another state.”

But amid the pandemonium and escalating body count, there’s also a handful tender moments involving Laurie and Will Patton’s Officer Hawkins who — surprise, surprise — survive an attack from the first movie.

In the Zoom chat, Curtis is joined by Andi Matichak, who plays Laurie’s granddaughter Allyson. Together they share with us more about the movie, which opened here on Thursday, and their plans for Halloween. Watch the interview here:

Halloween Kills (M18) Is now in cinemas.

Photos: UIP; Video edited by Pyron Tan