Jamie Lee Curtis: Laurie Strode vs. Tess Coleman

Jamie Lee Curtis: Laurie Strode vs. Tess Coleman

One actor. Two film roles. You tell us which portrayal was the best. The most memorable. Or iconic. Or simply your favorite.

But before you pass judgment, a few words defending the “character” of each…

The case for Laurie Strode

Producer Debra Hill: “I knew casting Jamie Lee would be great publicity for the film because her mother [Janet Leigh] was in Psycho.” But in the end that didn’t matter. Jamie Lee crushed it as the movie’s tormented heroine. The resourceful protagonist was notable for not relying on a male savior, battling it out with boogeyman Michael Myers with fierce gusto. Also, with Halloween (and following with The Fog, Prom Night, and Terror Train) she became filmdom’s original “scream queen.” Oh, one other thing: Halloween was Jamie Lee’s debut movie role. Boom!

The case for Tess Coleman

Jamie Lee was nominated for a Golden Globe in her role as Tess Coleman in the 2003 remake of Freaky Friday. Newsweek critic David Ansen said of Curtis’ performance: “the most startling metamorphosis is Curtis’ transformation from fading horror-flick queen to dazzling comedienne.” While I’d point out to Mr. Ansen that films such as Trading Places and A Fish Called Wanda showcased Jamie Lee’s comedic talents as well, his overriding point is well taken. The teenage slasher goddess grew up quite gracefully, transitioning into a mom way hipper than yours or mine.

Now that you’ve heard the arguments for both it’s time to render your verdict!