Jamie Lloyd

Jamie Lloyd is a fictional character and one of the main protagonists of the Halloween franchise. Introduced in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers as the series' new protagonist after Jamie Lee Curtis refused to return as Laurie Strode, the character returned in Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers and Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. Jamie was created by Alan B. McElroy and portrayed by child actress Danielle Harris in the fourth and fifth films of the series, while J.C. Brandy played her in the sixth. Originally, the character was named Brittany "Britti" Lloyd, before her name was changed to Jamie, in an homage to Jamie Lee Curtis.

Jamie Lloyd
Halloween character
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Danielle Harris as Jamie Lloyd in the fourth film
First appearanceHalloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
Last appearanceHalloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)
Created byAlan B. McElroy
Portrayed byDanielle Harris (Halloween 4 & 5)
J. C. Brandy (Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers)
In-universe information
FamilyLaurie Strode (deceased mother)
ChildrenStephen Lloyd (son/cousin in Producer's Cut)
RelativesJudith Myers (deceased maternal aunt)
Michael Myers (maternal uncle)
Morgan Strode (deceased maternal grandfather)
Pamela Strode (deceased maternal grandmother)
Richard Carruthers (foster father)
Darlene Carruthers (foster mother)
Rachel Carruthers (deceased foster sister)
John Strode (deceased maternal great-uncle)
Debra Strode (deceased maternal great-aunt)
Tim Strode (deceased maternal first cousin once removed)
Kara Strode (maternal first cousin once removed)
Danny Strode (maternal second cousin)

In the films, Jamie is Laurie Strode's daughter, who was killed offscreen in a car accident in the time between Halloween II and 4. As such, she is also the niece of the series' main antagonist, Michael Myers, and becomes her uncle's new primary target after he learns about Laurie's death. Michael eventually succeeds in killing a young adult Jamie in The Curse of Michael Myers, though not before she gives birth to a baby son that he next sets to murder.

AppearancesEdit

FilmsEdit

Jamie is introduced in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) as Laurie Strode's daughter and Michael Myers' niece. Her mother is described to have died in a car crash at some point before 1988; the identity of her father is not revealed. Following Laurie's death, Jamie was adopted by the Carruthers family, developing a close bond with her older foster sister, Rachel (Ellie Cornell). However, she suffers from nightmares about Michael and is bullied at school for being related to "The Boogeyman". On October 30, 1988, Michael (George P. Wilbur) recovers from his ten-year coma while being transported in an ambulance, and escapes to hunt down his relatives once more. In Haddonfield, while on the trail for Jamie, Michael kills the Carruthers' dog, a worker at the power plant (which causes a blackout of the entire town), most of the police force, the deputy, the police chief's daughter Kelly, Rachel's boyfriend Brady, and 4 men from a vigilante mob. Escaping from town, Jamie cowers in a pick-up truck as Rachel hits Michael head on, throwing him off the road and knocking him out. Despite Rachel's orders, Jamie goes over to him and holds his hand. When the police arrive, they tell Jamie to drop to the ground and open fire on Michael, sending him falling down a mine shaft, which then collapses on top of him. Later, back in her foster home, Jamie is apparently possessed by Michael's spirit and attacks her foster mother (Karen Alston). When screams are heard from upstairs, Dr. Samuel Loomis (Donald Pleasence) goes to investigate and finds Jamie holding a pair of bloody scissors, similarly to Michael when he killed his older sister Judith. Sheriff Ben Meeker (Beau Starr) restrains Loomis from shooting her, and both men, Jamie's foster father (Jeff Olson), and Rachel watch in horror, realizing that Jamie is following in Michael's footsteps.

In Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989), set one year later, a severely traumatized Jamie is housed in the Haddonfield Children's Clinic. She has now been rendered mute and suffers from nightmares and seizures, while being treated for attacking her foster mother (who is described to have survived) under Michael's influence. When a still-living Michael (Donald L. Shanks) awakens from a year-long coma, she exhibits signs of a telepathic link with her uncle, eventually regains the ability to speak, and has seizures whenever her uncle kills someone. Michael kills Rachel, four of her friends, two cops, and the Carruthers' new dog while in pursuit of Jamie. Towards the end, Loomis lures Michael into a trap at the old Myers house, using Jamie as bait. Michael finds Jamie, who tries to appeal to his humanity. At her request, he takes off his mask, but is set into a fit of rage when Jamie touches his face. Ultimately, Loomis is able to shoot Michael with tranquilizer darts and beat him unconscious with a wooden beam. Michael is subsequently imprisoned at the local jail, awaiting transport to a maximum-security facility, where, Meeker says, he will remain "until the day he dies," to which Jamie responds, "He'll never die." After Jamie is escorted out to be taken home, the mysterious "Man in Black" attacks the police station and frees Michael. Jamie enters to see numerous police officers dead and Michael gone, causing her to sob in terror.

In Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995), a deleted scene included in the Director's Cut shows the Man in Black kidnapping Jamie immediately after breaking Michael (George P. Wilbur) out of jail, and keeping her captive for six years, during which time she is artificially inseminated and impregnated with Michael's son. On the night of October 30, 1995, Laurie gives birth to a baby son, and escapes with the help of a nurse, but is pursued by Michael. She makes it to the local radio station, where she pleads to help (which is heard by Loomis and Tommy Doyle (Paul Rudd)) and hides her baby, before being forced to run again when Michael finds her. She eventually crashes the truck she is driving at a barn, where Michael confronts and murders her. The Man in Black is later revealed to be Loomis' former medical colleague Dr. Terence Wynn (Mitchell Ryan), who is the leader of a Druid-like cult. It is implied that the cult is responsible for Michael's actions, placing an ancient curse on him to kill his family to ward off sickness and death. It is also implied that Wynn has been trying and failing to breed the ultimate evil using Michael's DNA and female patients in in-vitro fertilization experiments; finally reaching a success with Jamie's baby. In another deleted scene included in the Director's Cut, Jamie survives Michael's attack and is hospitalized. Loomis and Wynn visit her in the hospital, but she is later killed with a silenced pistol by an unseen person (later revealed to be Wynn).

When screenwriter Kevin Williamson first outlined Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), he created the storyline in which Laurie Strode has faked her own death and taken on a new identity as a specific way of retconning the character's death in Halloween 4. In Williamson's original treatment, there are scenes in which a Hillcrest student does a report on Michael Myers' killing spree, mentioning the death of Jamie, complete with flashbacks to 4-6 mentioned in the text. "Keri"/Laurie responds to hearing the student's report on the death of her daughter by going into a restroom and throwing up.[1] In a controversial decision, director Steve Miner retconned the series with Halloween H20: 20 Years Later. This installment retained Laurie's faked death from Williamson's treatment, revealing that she did so in order to avoid detection by her relentless brother. Under a new identity, Laurie has fled to Summer Glen, California, along with her only son, John Tate (Josh Hartnett). However, to focus more on the Laurie Strode character, the events of parts 4, 5, and 6 are implicitly written out of the continuity, thus erasing the Jamie Lloyd character from the new canon.

Early on, the script for Halloween (2018) had Jamie appear alongside Laurie for the first time. However, subsequent rewrites changed her to 'Karen',[2] followed by the casting of an actress with no resemblance to Danielle Harris.[3] Even before those early plans were publicly known, Harris objected, feeling strongly about Laurie having a daughter that was not Jamie, but her appeals to the production company were dismissed.[4] The film, which is a direct sequel to the original film, also disregards Michael as Laurie's brother.

LiteratureEdit

Jamie Lloyd's first literary appearance was in October 1988, in Nicholas Grabowsky's novelization of Halloween 4.[5] The official Halloween: 30 Years of Terror comic book, taking place in the new continuity, has an adult Tommy Doyle illustrating comic books. Various elements from the fourth through sixth movies can be seen on his books, one of which is Jamie. The comic Halloween: The Mark of Thorn features Jamie, as well as Tommy Doyle, Rachel Carruthers and the Man in Black.

CastingEdit

Melissa Joan Hart had auditioned for the role, among various other girls.[6] Up against her was Danielle Harris, who had previously starred in One Life to Live as Samantha Garretson; Harris was ultimately cast in the role after auditioning in New York.[7] Jamie Lloyd was Danielle Harris' first feature film role, for which she appears at horror conventions and on Halloween series-related websites. Harris sought to reprise the role for the sixth installment, now titled Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, but the producers and Dimension Films reportedly refused to pay her the $5,000 she requested, and she was not fond of the script. The role was instead given to actress J. C. Brandy, who was a Halloween fan herself.[8] Harris made her eventual return to the series as Annie Brackett in Rob Zombie's Halloween remake, as well as its subsequent sequel.

Other notesEdit

In the films, the uncertainty of Jamie's age stems from a discrepancy between Halloween 4 and 5. In the former film, set in late October 1988, a scene involves Jamie's foster sister Rachel wondering why Jamie continues staying up so late. She asks, "You are going for a record here? The Seven-Year-Old Insomniacs' Hall of Fame?", suggesting that she is seven years old and, thus, born in 1981. The latter film is set one year later, in 1989, and involves a secne where Rachel and Jamie's adolescent friend Tina Williams (Wendy Kaplan) exclaims to Dr. Loomis that "Jamie’s a nine-year-old girl!", which would make her eight years old in 1988 and, thus, born in 1980.

In the novelization of the fourth film, Halloween IV (1988; revised edition, 2003) by Nicholas Grabowsky, Jamie is described as six years old, meaning that she was born in 1988. According to H4, Laurie legally died 11 months earlier in November 1987 and Richard and Darlene Carruthers are Jamie's foster parents. In H5, it is apparent that Jamie had been adopted, assuming the name "Jamie Carruthers".

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Williamson, Kevin. "Halloween 7 treatment Archived 2011-07-20 at the Wayback Machine"
  2. ^ Miska, Brad (November 19, 2018). "Early Draft of 'Halloween' Script Changed Laurie Strode's fate". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  3. ^ N'Duka, Amanda. "Judy Greer In Talks To Join Jamie Lee Curtis In 'Halloween' Reboot". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 3 October 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  4. ^ Squires, John (November 7, 2017). "Danielle Harris Talks Next Year's "Halloween"; "I'm Bummed Out...And Here's Why"". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  5. ^ Grabowsky, Nicholas (October 1988). Halloween IV. Critics Choice Paperbacks/Lorevan Publishing. ISBN 1555472923.
  6. ^ Pauley, Patti (October 21, 2017). "10 Fun Facts You May Not Know About 'Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  7. ^ Little 2013, event occurs at 7:25.
  8. ^ Dan Farrands interview