Jamie Lee Curtis shares her biggest ‘Halloween’ franchise regret

The actress has just starred in 'Halloween' - the sequel to the 1978 classic

Jamie Lee Curtis has shared her biggest regret about the Halloween movie franchise, saying that she regrets that original director John Carpenter and the late producer Debra Hill, weren’t involved in 1998’s reboot Halloween H20.

The actress starred as Laurie Strode in the original horror movie, Halloween, 40 years ago and it’s follow up Halloween II in 1981. However, Curtis then left the series until 1998, when she returned for a Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later.

But Curtis says that while she was glad to reprise her role for the twentieth anniversary, she regrets the fact that it wasn’t overseen by Carpenter and Hill.

She explained to Entertainment Weekly that when the twentieth anniversary was looming, she got in touch with Carpenter and Hill and the trio went for lunch.

Curtis adds that they talked about it, but in the end the director and producer were both busy and it ended up being just Curtis that was involved.

She said: “Initially, I wanted it to be with John directing, Debra producing. And that didn’t happen, for myriad reasons. And John didn’t write it, so then we had to hire a writer, and then Debra had something else. By the end of it, I was the only one involved with it.

“Now, to this day, I regret that I didn’t say to everyone, If Debra Hill’s not the one producing this movie, I’m not doing it. But what ended up happening was, she wasn’t part of it, John wasn’t part of it, and I was still part of it, and it was a machine going down the road.”

However, the actress said she was still excited about rejoining the series – partly because it “paid well.”

She said: “I mean, really, in all of those years I hadn’t really made any money. It just gave me a lot of fame. And now I was going to get a paycheck.”

Curtis has rejoined the series once more for the latest sequel, Halloween, which also stars Judy Greer and Andi Matichak.

Speaking to NME recently, the actress revealed that she actually doesn’t like horror movies.

She said, “I do not like horror movies. I do not say this for a joke, although it gets a laugh, I really don’t. There’s nothing I like about being scared. I’m this person [puts hands over her face]. I sing songs to myself when things are terrifying. I mean, fucking Aladdin scared me. I’m not joking! You know when Jafar becomes a dragon? With his red eyes and stuff? That shit scared me.”

In his four-star review for NME, Olly Richards writes of Halloween: “Curtis has always been terrific in the role of Laurie Strode, the best ‘victim’ in horror, and it’s true again here, even if the script doesn’t give us a lot beneath the warrior shell she’s forged for herself. If this is her final Halloween film, and that’s far from a safe bet, it’s a fitting goodbye. It’s not a match for her first outing, and it was never likely to be, but 40 years on it’s the closest any sequel has come.