Halloween made both Jamie Lee Curtis and the character of Laurie Strode iconic. The series has long struggled with the task of living up to her original performance. She remained bedridden for most of the first sequel, then supposedly died in a car accident once Curtis stopped reprising the role, only to have her return in H20 under an assumed identity, having faked her death. Finally, she was murdered by Michael in the opening minutes of Halloween: Resurrection. So, if this new Halloween ignores all but that one night of terror, what’s Laurie been up to for 40 years? Preparing, it seems.
Our first glimpse of Laurie in the trailer is of the scar she still bears from Michael’s knife. It’s a clear visual metaphor for her refusal to forget about him. We see her practicing her marksmanship and declaring her intention to wait for his return, but on closer inspection, her preparedness goes even deeper than that. Not only does she have a secret bunker of some kind, but the exterior of her house is outfitted with surveillance equipment, and massive stocks of canned food can be spotted as she arms herself for the final face-off. Michael has his own scars, too — look closely and you’ll notice a hole in the mask where Laurie stabbed him with a knitting needle.