MID-LIFE CRI­SIS

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aS IF MID­DLE age isn’t dif­fi­cult enough al­ready – the grey­ing hair, creak­ing joints and, of course, menopause – imag­ine hav­ing to worry about a homi­ci­dal ma­niac from your past lurk­ing around every cor­ner. That’s ex­actly the de­ranged sort of mid-life cri­sis in which Lau­rie Strode, the pro­tag­o­nist from the 1978 Hal­loween film and its many se­quels, finds her­self in the new slasher flick Hal­loween. A di­rect se­quel to John Car­pen­ter’s 1978 orig­i­nal, Jamie Lee Cur­tis, who turns 60 in Novem­ber, reprises her role as Strode, though 40 years later the for­mer high schooler is now a granny with a gun, her trig­ger fin­ger itch­ing to blow the mask off the psy­cho who ir­repara­bly trau­ma­tized her. And as for the killer – Michael My­ers – even his trade­mark mask has aged, in­clud­ing a hint of a re­ced­ing hair­line, though the years clearly haven’t dulled his mur­der­ous rage or pen­chant for pop­ping up out of nowhere to scare the be­je­sus out of peo­ple. And while this hor­ror tale is re­fresh­ingly unique in pit­ting an ag­ing hero­ine against an equally ag­ing mon­ster, Cur­tis points to the film as a metaphor for cur­rent cul­tural shifts, telling Va­ri­ety, “I think some­how that the way all of it lined up was this per­fect mo­ment co­in­cid­ing with #MeToo, Time’s Up and all of this fe­male em­pow­er­ment where women are tak­ing back their nar­ra­tives and say­ing, ‘Enough is f***ing enough. It’s my turn to write the nar­ra­tive.’ And that’s what Lau­rie Strode has been try­ing to do for 40 years.”

And for non-hor­ror fans, the Novem­ber re­lease of the Queen biopic Bo­hemian Rhap­sody, star­ring Rami Malek as Fred­die Mer­cury, is in­fused with a clas­sic rock sound­track that’s sure to drown out the screams of ter­ror from the Hal­loween screen­ing in the theatre next door.

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