Horrifying Femme Fatale – Laurie Strode
Every boogeyman needs to battle a heroine.
Babysitting on Halloween night, Laurie Strode battles a mysterious masked man to survive.
She later find out that the masked man is Michael Myers, her biological brother.
Haunted by memories of her brother’s murderous rampage, Laurie fakes her death and changes her name.
Living each day with the fear of his return, Laurie is confronted by her personal boogeyman once again.
Surviving the confrontation 20 years after the initial Halloween attack, Laurie spends her time in a sanitarium, waiting and watching.
Preparing for Michael’s return, she lures him into a trap and falls to her death. However, the character of Laurie Strode is reinvented for Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake.
Establishing her relationship with Michael Myers immediately for the audience, Laurie is still ignorant about her true identity. Battling the masked man, Laurie fights to survive a simple night of babysitting on Halloween.
It *was* the boogeyman. – Halloween (1978)
[gasps] Why me? I mean, why *me*? – Halloween II (1981)
With a really big, sharp kitchen knife. – Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later (1998)
I’ll see you in hell. – Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
[crying] Was that the boogeyman? – Halloween (2007)
[Yelling outside her house, drunk] Hey, world! Guess what. I’m Michael Myers’ sister! I’m so fucked! – Halloween II (2009)
Laurie Strode is the final girl to me, surviving through the fear and the blood. Confronting her brother, serial killer Michael Myers, over and over again, Laurie is unstoppable as he is.
Though her character lost some hardcore attitude in favor of violent tantrums in the remake of Halloween and the following sequel, Laurie still exemplifies traits of a survivor through murderous events.
Laurie battles the boogeyman, fighting and protecting, showing intelligence and vigilance unlike her friends who died at the hands of Michael Myers.
Author’s Note: This is the last installment of Horrifying Femme Fatale for Women in Horror Month.