Even though actress Jamie Lee Curtis has had a killer career since her days as an 80's horror movie scream queen - including roles in such mega-hits as Charles Crichton's A Fish Called Wanda and James Cameron's True Lies - there are a great many movie fans out there (including yours truly) that will always see her as sweet little Laurie Strode from director John Carpenter's proto-type slasher classic Halloween. And speaking of John Carpenter's Halloween, today it turns out that Curtis is not a fan of parents that show the horror movie to their kids. In fact, she goes so far as to say that they are "the worst human being(s) on the planet."
Ouch, Jamie Lee Curtis, tell us how you really feel. Specifically, Curtis let these comments fly during a recent podcast interview, saying this.
"I'm not demeaning children or saying they can't handle (violence), but it's the truth... When I go out to talk about Halloween, even when I was doing book tours for books for children, I would have people come...They will stand there with their five-year-old kid, and say to me, 'My Bobby loves Halloween, Don't you Bobby?'... and I look at them and I have the meanest, meanest JLC are-you-out-of-your-fucking-mind look of you are the worst human being on the planet that you would show your child Halloween. I have kind of a strong opinion, as you can tell, about when is correct and incorrect to expose a child to that stuff."
These comments come while Curtis is out and about promoting director Rian Johnson's murder-mystery Knives Out co-starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, and Christopher Plummer. So the obvious question here is does she think kids should be able to watch Knives Out? She says:
"Knives Out, it's a great movie, it's great for Thanksgiving family weekend. But we were doing a thing yesterday and we said something about "families" and I was the one who went, 'Umm, it's not a family movie.' Then we had the discussion of how young. And Michael Shannon said, brilliant, 'Double digits.'"
And that makes sense considering that Rian Johnson's Knives Out is, you know, rated PG-13. But I can't help but truthfully be rubbed the wrong way a bit by Jamie Lee's comments here. After all, and I could very well be wrong here, but I'm sure Jamie Lee Curtis mother Janet Leigh probably shared her role in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho with her daughter when she was little. But maybe not.
I'm just speculating here. But either way - brief, fleeting nudity aside - John Carpenter's Halloween is extremely tame by today's standards. Plus I always use Robert Zemeckis' Who Framed Roger Rabbit as my guide to that kind of thing as a parent. Basically, if a movie isn't as scary as the ending Judge Doom scene in Roger Rabbit then it's okay for my kids to watch. With me. If they are interested.
How do YOU feel about Jamie Lee Curtis' comments? Let us know! Meanwhile, Curtis' comments come to us from a recent interview over at Cinema Blend.