Judy Greer Explains Why Her Halloween Character Hasn't Gotten The Hell Out Of Haddonfield

In the new horror sequel Halloween, Judy Greer plays Karen, the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ troubled, PTSD-suffering heroine Laurie Strode. Karen was removed from her mother’s home at a young age by child protective services, and at the beginning of the movie, she still has a rough relationship with her mom. In Haddonfield, Illinois Karen stays not far from a psychiatric facility that holds the psycho who almost killed her mother 40 years ago on the night of Halloween — Michael Myers. Laurie believes that it is only a matter of time before Michael Myers strikes again and wreaks havoc on them.

So many seem to ask: Why doesn’t Karen just move to somewhere not so close to the maniac killer who tried to kill her mother?

“I know, that is a good question,” Greer says. “I think probably [because of] Ray [Karen’s husband, played by Toby Huss] and work. And, you know, because her relationship with her mother is so broken, I think that we sometimes, without knowing it, unconsciously stick around to try to repair something like that. I mean, from a psychological point of view, you maybe have the person that is like, ‘F— you, I’m getting out, and don’t call me ever again, I don’t have a mom.’ Or you have the person that fights and kicks and screams, but is never going to give up on getting that relationship right with a parent. Obviously, I think Karen is the second one.”