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Character
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Name: Laurie Strode
Gender: Female
Location: Haddonfield, Illinois
Known relatives: Morgan Strode (father)
Pamela Strode (mother)
Karen Nelson (daughter; deceased)
Allyson Nelson (granddaughter)
Ray Nelson (son-in-law; deceased)
Unnamed (ex-husband)
Unnamed (ex-husband)
Birth: 1961 (age 57)
Portrayed by: Jamie Lee Curtis
First appearance: Halloween
" Evil dies tonight."
―Laurie Strode[src]

Laurie Strode is a character and primary protagonist in the Halloween franchise. She first appeared in the original Halloween, played by Jamie Lee Curtis.

In 2017, it was announced that Halloween (2018) would be a direct sequel to Halloween (1978), ignoring all of the sequels made afterwards. As a result, the biography of Laurie's life is now split into four different timelines (three with Curtis' portrayal of the character, one with the Rob Zombie remake). In the first continuity of Curtis' portrayal of the character, Laurie is seemingly killed off-screen (but later revealed to be alive in a sequel comic book), while in the second continuity, she is killed by Michael Myers. In this timeline, Laurie remains alive 40 years after the events of the original 1978 murders. The most notable difference is that this version of her is not related to Michael.

In the 40 years after the horrible events that happened on Halloween in 1978, Laurie began living in a small house in the woods, on the outskirts of Haddonfield.

Another timeline

The original continuity depicted Laurie surviving the 1978 murders, then dying off-screen in a car accident, as mentioned in the fourth film. The displeasure of this ending led to Laurie's revival in the seventh film, which was tentatively named Halloween 7: The Revenge of Laurie Strode which would loosely give callbacks to the 4-6 films. Eventually, it was decided to scrap the concept entirely. In a controversial change, the movie, now named Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later, the seventh released Halloween film, retconned the previous three releases (Halloween 4, 5, and 6) as a direct sequel to Halloween II.

As the 4-6 films never happened in continuity with the 7th film, a new timeline was established where Laurie led a relatively peaceful life for 20 years, though she still faked her death after the events of the second film. However, Curtis was contractually obligated to appear in a sequel to H20 in order to make it, despite Michael's definitive death at the end of the movie. A twist in the eighth released film (and fourth in the second continuity) established that Michael had switched outfits with a paramedic and Laurie did not kill Michael at the end of H20. In the second continuity, Laurie was killed at the beginning of the film after Michael found her three years after the events of H20.

Jamie Lee Curtis later referred to Resurrection, the eighth film, as a "joke" because of her contractual fulfillments. She felt that, however, Laurie or Michael had to die; otherwise, there would be a state of "limbo" with no closure. The announcement in 2017 stated that Laurie would return, alive and well, with confirmation that anything after the first film never happened. Curtis referred to this as being Laurie's final appearance, thus making this the second and final film in a fourth timeline (the Rob Zombie remake continuity included).

Although Halloween II and its later installments have portrayed Myers as a familicidal killer and Laurie as his younger sister, the writers of the 2018 film felt that the added motive made him less frightening as a killer. As such, they intentionally ignored that aspect of the lore. In the trailer for the film, Strode's granddaughter Allyson Nelson, played by Andi Matichak, explains how her life has been impacted by Michael's reign of terror 40 years earlier. When a friend hints that they heard Michael was Laurie's brother, Matichak's character replies, "No, it was not her brother, that was something people made up."

Biography

1978 massacre

In 1978, seventeen-year-old Laurie Strode was a kindhearted yet introverted girl who attended Haddonfield High School with her friends Annie Brackett and Lynda Van der Klok. Laurie was shy and bookish and did not share her friends' overt personalities. She always claimed that her brainy ways scared boys away, which accounted for her sparse dating history.[1]

On October 31, her father asked Laurie to drop off a set of keys to the old Myers house, which had been on the market for quite some time.[1]

During literature class, Laurie glimpsed a man staring at her across the street. After school, Laurie and her friends were walking home when she spied the same strange shape peering at them from around a corner. Annie went to investigate, but found nothing. She teased Laurie, saying that she "scared another one away". At home, she thought she saw the same strange, masked man in her neighbor's backyard behind a clothesline.[1]

After taking a shower, Laurie was visited by a frantic Lynda, who claimed that someone had been following her. Laurie worriedly assumed that Lynda's stalker was the same man she had been seeing, and became increasingly paranoid.[1]

Later that day, she went out with Annie and learned that someone had broken into Nichol's Hardware Store and stolen some rope, a knife and a Halloween mask. As Annie and she drove around town, Laurie expressed an interest in going out with a boy named Bennett Tramer. Annie decided to take matters into her own hands and surreptitiously contacted Ben without Laurie's approval. Laurie was deeply embarrassed when she heard the news and begged Annie to call him back and break it off.[1]

That evening, Laurie went to the Doyle residence to babysit young Tommy Doyle. She brought along a jack-o'-lantern and entertained Tommy by reading him some of his comic books and watching scary movies. As the evening wore on, Annie came over to the house with her own charge, Lindsey Wallace, in tow. She asked Laurie to keep an eye on Lindsey for the next few hours so she could go out with her boyfriend Paul Freedman. Laurie disliked the idea, but agreed after Annie told her she would cancel her pending date with Ben.[1]

What Laurie was unaware of at the time was that Michael Myers was stalking her. It was Michael that Laurie had seen earlier at school, on the sidewalk and in her neighbor's backyard. While Laurie was watching over Tommy, Michael was killing her friends off one at a time, including Annie, Lynda and Lynda's boyfriend Bob Simms.[1]

"He won't die..."

Laurie went over to the Wallace residence to check on Annie, but instead found the bodies of Annie, Lynda, and Bob placed in key positions throughout the house. As a horrified Laurie cowered in the hallway, Michael Myers emerged and attacked Laurie, slicing her arm with his knife. This caused Laurie to fall over the second-floor landing, and she fell down the stairs, cracking her ankle in the process. Screaming in terror, Laurie limped back to the Doyle house and screamed for the children to let her inside.[1]

Tommy eventually opened the door and Laurie quickly entered the house, locking the door behind her. Michael got in through the window and attacked Laurie again. She kept him at bay by stabbing him in the neck with a knitting needle then ran upstairs. Michael was undeterred and followed her up the stairs. He cornered Laurie in a bedroom closet and tried stabbing at her with his knife. Laurie straightened out the end of a clothes hanger and jabbed Michael in the eye, forcing him to relinquish his blade. Laurie picked it up and stabbed Michael in the stomach. He slumped to the floor and Laurie believed he was dead.[1]

Tearfully, she exited the closet and issued instructions to the children to leave the house. Moments later however, Michael rose and attacked Laurie again. He began strangling her and Laurie managed to pull his mask away, seeing his face for the first time. At this moment, Michael's former psychiatrist Doctor Sam Loomis burst into the house and fired a bullet into Michael's body. He followed it up with six more shots, which drove Michael through the bedroom window, out over the balcony and down onto the ground. When Loomis looked over the balcony however to check on Michael's body, he was gone. A shocked Laurie meekly stated, "it was the boogeyman," to which Loomis replied, "As a matter of fact... it was."[1]

1979-2017

Soon afterwards, Michael Myers was captured by Samuel Loomis, with the help of the Haddonfield Police Department, and returned to Smith's Grove Sanitarium, with continued treatment from Loomis. Laurie has a one-night stand with a random man at a bar that results in the birth of a daughter named Karen. After growing up, Karen gave birth to Laurie's granddaughter, Allyson. Over the years, Laurie builds traps in her home, and trains with guns, to prepare herself for Myers' eventual breakout.

2018 massacre

In October 2018, it has been 40 years after the original massacre in Haddonfield, Illinois. Crime podcasters Aaron Joseph-Korey and Dana Haines visit Smith's Grove to see Michael Myers. They visit Michael's psychiatrist Dr. Sartain, a follower of Dr. Samuel Loomis before meeting with The Shape in hopes to get a rise out of him by showing him his original mask from the 1978 murders. Michael is soon to be moved to a new facility for the rest of his days.

Dana and Aaron arrive at Laurie's house which is now heavily guarded and armed with many security systems located on the outskirts of Haddonfield. They offer Laurie $3,000 for an interview, during the interview she talks about her PTSD and her two failed marriages which caused her daughter Karen to be taken away by Child Protective Services when she was 12. Their interview is cut when Aaron asks about Laurie making contact with Michael in person for more information.

The following night, October 30, Michael escapes his transport to the facility. Killing all the security guards, Michael kills a father and his son the steals their car now heading towards Haddonfield. The next day, October 31, Michael murders a mechanic for his jumpsuit, a clerk, the two reporters Aaron and Dana at a gas station. He recovers his mask from the trunk of the podcasters car and continues heading for Haddonfield. After learning about the crash, Laurie breaks into Karen's house. She does this to show both her and Ray how easy it is to get inside their home. The three of them get into an argument and Laurie is forced to leave. Michael begins to kill innocent people in Haddonfield. Meanwhile, Allyson is at the Halloween high school dance. She receives a call from Vicky, who invites her to come over to the house she's babysitting at. Allyson and her boyfriend have a fight so he throws her phone just as Laurie is calling. Vicky tucks her charge, Julian, into bed. She goes downstairs to let her boyfriend in and the two of them start making out. They hear Julian scream so Vicky goes to check it out.

Julian asks her to close the closet door but it won't shut. She opens it to see why and gets stabbed by Michael. Julian runs but tells Dave as he does to get out of here or else he's going to die. Dave doesn't listen and goes to save Vicky. He gets stabbed through the throat and pinned to the wall with a knife. Laurie is busy patrolling Haddonfield when she hears a call on her radio. She drives to the house where she meets Sheriff Hawkins. The two of them begin to search the area for any sign of Michael. Laurie spots him and shoots at him but when she goes in for a closer look he's gone. Allyson leaves her boyfriend after catching him cheating on her at the school dance. She walks home with her friend, Oscar. Oscar makes a move on Allyson but she tells him that she doesn't see him that way. Oscar stays behind as Allyson goes off on her own. He spots Michael watching him and tries to escape his clutches. He goes to a nearby fence and tries to climb it but Michael stabs then impales him. Having heard Oscar's screams, Allyson comes back but runs into Michael. He chases after her but she knocks on the door of one of the houses and they answer. Meanwhile, Laurie, Karen, and Ray have gone to Laurie's home. They wait there for Allyson to arrive. Hawkins and Dr. Sartain continue to search for Michael. They end up finding Allyson instead. Michael has caught up with her so Hawkins runs him over. He gets out of the vehicle with the plan on shooting Michael but ends up getting stabbed by Dr. Sartain.

Dr. Sartain takes Michael's mask and puts it on. He manages to put Michael into the back of the police SUV with Allyson. They drive to Laurie's house. Suddenly, Michael wakes up and takes his mask back from Sartain. Allyson bluffs and tells the doctor that Michael said something to her. Curious, Sartain demands to know what he said. Michael breaks through the security barrier in the car and pulls Sartain out of the vehicle. He drops him and begins to stomp on his head. While Michael is distracted, Allyson escapes on foot. Back at Laurie's house, Ray goes to talk with the police officers parked outside. He discovers that both of them have been killed. Suddenly, Michael appears behind him and strangles him to death. Laurie sends Karen to the hidden room below once she learns that Michael's finally arrived. Despite all her security measures, Michael breaks into the house. Laurie and Michael fight but Laurie ends up falling out of a window. Allyson arrives and goes to see if Laurie is alright but there's no one there.

Allyson goes inside the house and Karen brings her into the safe room. Michael discovers how to get to the room below and pulls it apart to reveal the entrance. Karen shoots him. Laurie suddenly appears and sends Michael falling down the stairs. Karen and Allyson quickly rush up the stairs to get out of the safe room. As they do, Michael wakes up and grabs Karen's ankle. Allyson grabs Michael's knife and stabs him allowing the two of them to leave the room. Laurie flips a switch and metal spikes suddenly appear over the entrance. Michael is finally trapped. The room he's in starts to fill with gas and Laurie throws a flare in to set the place on fire. Laurie and the rest of her family leave as the house begins to burn. They grab a ride from a stranger driving a truck as its passing by. They watch as the house is engulfed in flames. Michael's body isn't shown. The three of them are driven away with Allyson clutching Michael's knife.

Later that night

Laurie notices fire engines arriving and calls out for them to let her home burn. Laurie is taken to Haddonfield Memorial Hospital and operated on. Laurie wakes up as Karen comes in, the latter calling for Laurie to relax before Laurie insists she is fine and calls her knife injury "a paper cut". Laurie asks Karen where Allyson is and denies having seen her, citing the influence of her pain medication. Laurie asks Karen if everything is okay and calls Karen's name twice as the latter comes over to her, Laurie telling her daughter that "Michael's gone" and that they killed him. Hawkins is then wheeled into the room and Laurie calls out for him. Laurie calls out his name twice more, asking if he is awake and then if he remembers the night at the bar where he helped her, admitting that she always liked him. As the pair reflect on their past together, Laurie tells Hawkins that they killed Michael and a nurse comes into the room to give him an injection, Laurie asking the nurse if she can help out Hawkins by giving two shots.

Tommy arrives at the hospital and goes past Karen to enter Laurie's room, telling her that Michael killed Marion Chambers and attacked Lindsey, unintentionally revealing to Laurie that Michael was still alive. Laurie turns to Karen who tries to explain her lie, and requests the nurse leaves the room. Laurie questions how Michael escaped after they "had him" and is asked by Tommy what they will do without police support, Laurie responding that they keep fighting and instructing Tommy to find Michael. Karen tries to get Laurie to stay in her bed and tells her there is a system to dealing with these kinds of incidents, to which Laurie asserts that the system failed and commands Karen to get out of her way. She pushes Karen aside and injects herself, telling Karen to let Michael come for her and speculates that their shared demises may be the only way for his crimes to end. Laurie insists that Karen and Allyson should not have to keep running because of the darkness she made and goes to retreive the knife she was stabbed with.

Laurie and Karen try to stop the crowd chasing the escaped Lance Tovoli before Laurie is injured and escorted back to her room. Laurie reflects that the chaos is Michael's masterpiece and creation, but admits to being the one who brought it onto Haddonfield. Hawkins disputes this and recalls stopping Loomis from executing Michael in 1978, Laurie responding by noting the effect Michael has had on the decent people of Haddonfield and calls Hawkins a good man who was doing his job. She furthered that Michael needs to die because he wins everytime someone is afraid and adds that she's the one who needs to kill him. Karen returns to the room after Tovoli's death and argues with Laurie, the latter insisting that Michael is after him before Hawkins interjects by mentioning that it was Sartain who drove him to her home. Karen left the hospital and Laurie continued her conversation with Hawkins, admitting that she always thought he was mortal, but changed her mind after seeing what he had lived through and that he transcends into "something else impossible to defeat" the more he murders. Laurie adds that the true curse of Michael is the fear he puts in others, which cannot be defeated with brute force. She says you can't close your eyes and pretend Michael isn't there because he is, as Karen is being murdered by Michael, Laurie staring out a window at the same time as him.

Personality

Throughout her life, Laurie has been protective of others. During Michael's 1978 murder spree, she sent Tommy Doyle and Lindsey Wallace away from the Doyle house to get help and to ensure that the pair were away from Michael. She rationalized her treatment of Karen during the latter's childhood as being done to both protect her and ensure that she was ready if Michael escaped. During Michael's 2018 murder spree, Laurie sent Karen to a safe room while she fought Michael. While recovering from their encounter with Michael, Laurie told Karen that her sacrificing herself might be the only way to stop Michael and furthered that she and Allyson should not have to keep running "because of the darkness" she created, showing that her willingness to sacrifice was motivated by her wanting to protect her family.

In her older years, Laurie shares traits with the late Dr. Loomis in being an older adult who takes the threat of Michael more seriously than others as a result of their experiences with him. Just as Loomis selflessly put himself in harm's way to try and stop Michael's murder spree on Halloween 1978, Laurie went out during Halloween 2018 and searched for Michael. Laurie telling Hawkins "it needs to die" echoes a part of Loomis' recorded statements calling for Michael's execution.

Notes and trivia

  • This film is the second time Laurie's death has been undone, following her apparent death prior to Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, and her death at the hands of Michael in Halloween: Resurrection.
  • Without the retcon of being Michael's sister, Laurie is also, presumably, not adopted in this continuity.
  • In the original film, Michael/The Shape had no agenda specifically for Laurie, but just chose to stalk her. It was only in Halloween II that it was decided to make Laurie and Michael siblings, thus giving him a motive for choosing her. The Extended Edition of Halloween, released on television in 1980, had John Carpenter included additional scenes that tied the film further to Halloween II, one of which had Michael scratching out the word: "Sister" in the Sanitarium before he left. It is unknown if these events still occurred in this timeline, as they do not confirm, but rather only hint at his sibling relation with Laurie.
  • Along with Ranbir Sartain, Laurie is one of two characters to assault Frank Hawkins in the 2018 Halloween film, although Laurie accidentally struck Hawkins while Sartain's assault was intentional.
  • Along with Michael, she is one of two characters to appear in both the 1978 Halloween film and the 2018 Halloween film.
  • Halloween Kills is the first movie in the franchise in which both Michael and Laurie appear, but do not interact with each other.
  • Anthony Michael Hall, who portrayed Tommy in Halloween Kills, first met Jamie Lee Curtis in the 1980s when he “was a little boy” and was left with a positive impression of her. Hall recalled that he first saw Curtis on set when she “was shooting a scene at the Haddonfield hospital” and that he “was lost in my thoughts between takes and all of a sudden I see these two bloody hands appear before my face, and she was like waving her bloody hands.” Hall added that Curtis welcomed him to the franchise and praised her as “really a stand-out person.”

Appearances

Alternate ending script

References

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