Jamie Lee Curtis Pays Tribute To Her Mother At Halloween Kills Premiere
For the premiere of Halloween Kills, star Jamie Lee Curtis dressed up as Marion Crane in honor of her mother. Halloween Kills is the second film in the reboot trilogy created by Blumhouse, writer Danny McBride, and director David Gordon Green. This film will follow three generations of Strode women gathering the forces of Haddonfield to prepare to face off against the ultimate slasher killer Michael Myers once and for all. The film, which hits theaters on October 15, stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andy Matichak, Nick Castle, Anthony Michael Hall, and returning Halloween 1978 cast members Charles Cyphers, Nancy Stephens, and Kyle Richards.
Jamie Lee Curtis is the daughter of Hollywood royalty. Her father was Tony Curtis and her mother was Janet Leigh, who starred in the original Psycho. Leigh’s character Marion Crane is the lead in the first act of the film, which follows her absconding with her employer’s money and driving off to a remote motel in California. The Bates Motel will be her final resting place because the proprietor is Norman Bates, who murders her in the shower, much to the surprise of audiences in 1960, who assumed that the ultra-famous Leigh was the lead of the movie.
The premiere of Halloween Kills was a costume party, and, for the red carpet, Jamie Lee Curtis decided to go with the costume that was literally in her blood. She wore a pale blue dress modeled after Marion Crane, donned her best Crane bangs, and carried a bloody shower curtain. Per ET, she was technically going as Scarlett Johannson playing Janet Leigh because the color of her costume was actually taken from the 2012 biopic Hitchcock, starring Anthony Hopkins. Check out her quote, and Jamie Lee Curtis‘ Instagram posts sharing her costume, below:
I am honoring my beautiful late mama, Janet Leigh, but… it’s a little more meta than that. I am actually going as Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh in the movie Hitchcock. So it’s meta because we never knew what color Janet Leigh’s dress was because it was a black-and-white movie.
But now because of the Hitchcock movie, we know it was pale blue. And mommy did a little DIY art project the other day. I was worried you would see this and just think I looked like a ’50s housewife. So I thought, you know, maybe I need a little bloody shower curtain.
This premiere isn’t the first time she has paid tribute to her mother’s iconic role. In a season 1 episode of the Ryan Murphy show Scream Queens, Curtis’ character Dean Cathy Munsch reenacted her own version of Psycho‘s iconic shower scene. Janet Leigh also had a cameo in one of her daughter’s previous Michael Myers films, Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later. All of these are fitting tributes, considering that Curtis’ casting in the original Halloween was a reference to her mother’s iconic slasher movie role, and her entire long career unfurled from that incredible hit and the Scream Queen era that followed, which saw Jamie Lee starring in many slasher/horror films including Prom Night and Terror Train.
Halloween Kills and its cast and crew are certainly pulling out all the stops to acknowledge the film’s horror history this year. It makes one wonder how the upcoming third entry, Halloween Kills, will be able to measure up as it caps off the trilogy. That film will truly be the end of an era, so they are certain to pull out all the stops when promoting it. Horror fans should prepare for even more of a nostalgia overload next Halloween.