Jamie Lee Curtis attends the Halloween Kills red carpet premiere dressed as Marion Crane, the character played by her mother, Janet Leigh, in Psycho.
At the red carpet premiere for the latest Halloween film, Halloween Kills, franchise veteran Jamie Lee Curtis paid homage to her mother Janet Leigh’s role as Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, Curtis attended the event sporting a blue dress and blonde wig while also carrying what appears to be a bloody shower curtain, a reference to the iconic scene from Psycho in which Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) stabs Marion Crane to death in the shower. The entire Halloween Kills red carpet was a costumed event, with producer Jason Blum dressing up as Curtis’ own iconic character, Laurie Strode.
Considered one of the best and most influential horror films of all time, the psychological thriller Psycho originally released in theaters in 1960. The film spawned a number of sequels, a remake and an acclaimed television series, Bates Motel, which ran for five seasons on A&E from 2013 to 2017. Hitchcock’s original Psycho is seen as one of many precursors to the slasher subgenre of horror films, which John Carpenter’s original Halloween from 1978 is often credited with kicking off in earnest. Psycho also marked Leigh’s biggest success as an actor up to that point, with her role as Marion Crane earning her the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress, as well as an Academy Award nomination.
Curtis, Leigh’s daughter, is a horror legend in her own right, making her big screen debut as the aforementioned Laurie Strode in 1978’s Halloween — a role she subsequently reprised in 1981’s Halloween II, 1998’s Halloween H20: 20 Years Later and 2002’s Halloween: Resurrection. Leigh actually appeared opposite Curtis in Halloween H20, even driving the very same car she drove in Psycho. The mother-daughter duo had previously appeared on-screen together in Carpenter’s 1980 film The Fog.
In 2018, Curtis once again reprised the role of Laurie Strode for Halloween, which serves as a direct sequel to the original 1978 film of the same name, ignoring every sequel and reboot film released in the interim. 2018’s Halloween was the first in a planned trilogy of new films, which continues this year with Halloween Kills and is slated to conclude next year with the aptly-titled Halloween Ends.
Halloween Kills releases simultaneously in theaters and on Peacock on Oct. 15.
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