Sometimes art imitates life or vice-versa and nowhere is that more apparent than with the thousands of fans that go to Comic-Con every year. This year, during a panel on which Jamie Lee Curtis was speaking a fan began to get emotional while telling the actress about a frightening experience he had that mirrored her Laurie Strode character’s in the Carpenter classic Halloween.
He recalled his ordeal when a knife-wielding intruder tried to break into his house after cutting the landline, according to Variety.
“What would Jamie Lee Curtis do?” he remembers having asked himself during the harrowing experience. He told the panel and Curtis he grabbed some knitting needles to protect himself and ran out of the house.
“To make a long story short, I’m here today because of the way that you portrayed Laurie Strode,” he said overcome with emotion from the audience floor. “I’m a victor and not a victim.”
He added: “You’re the only reason I came to Comic-Con this year.”
Curtis visibly moved by the testimony got up and embraced the man saying, “These kind of emotions are real.”
The upcoming Blumhouse produced Halloween is a stand-alone sequel to the original and ignores everything after Carpenter’s flagship classic. Curtis returns as an emboldened Strode living in a home she’s practically made into a panic room filled with everything she needs to defeat The Shape in a Capt. Kirk mask.
“She lives in complete isolation, waiting for [Michael Myers] to come back because she knows he’s going to,” Curtis said.
The actress applauds this version of the sequel as it allows her character to “take back her narrative” that, “weirdly enough seems to be a bit of a thing in the world today,” she added.
Attendees were also treated to an extended trailer for the film which opens on October 19, 2018.