Four years later, in 2002, Curtis made what was thought to be her final appearance in the franchise: Halloween: Resurrection, where Laurie seemingly dies at the hands of Michael Myers.
As her time on the franchise wrapped, she revealed what the series meant to her as an actress and a person. “I owe everything I have today, on a material career level, to the movie Halloween,” she said. “There is no dot that does not connect up to the movie Halloween in 1978. So, that's why I'm here, I'm here because I owe John [Carpenter], Debra [Hill] and every person who's ever been to one of these horror movies.”
Curtis also explained why Laurie has continued to survive and hold a place in fans’ hearts. “She's never afraid. That's the thing I like about these movies -- not to paint the picture of these movies too profoundly, but I think what's special about the fact that I'm still doing it and that this character is still around is that this woman has fought back,” she said.
While Curtis had a long and varied career at this point, following Resurrection with a Golden Globe-nominated turn as Lindsay Lohan’s mom in 2003 remake of Freaky Friday, horror called again -- this time with a dark sense of humor. In 2015, Curtis was announced as one of the stars of Ryan Murphy’s new series, Scream Queens, as Dean Munsch, a stern school leader with a unique desire to educate the next generation.