Curtis later appeared in Halloween II, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later and Halloween: Resurrection, as well as giving an uncredited voice role in Halloween III: Season of the Witch.
The film was a major success and was considered the highest grossing independent film of its time, earning accolades as a classic horror film.
Curtis was subsequently cast in several horror films, garnering her the title, "scream queen".
Curtis attended Westlake School (now Harvard-Westlake School) in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills High School, and graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall.
Returning to California in 1976, she attended the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.
A big hit, the film established her as a notable actress in horror, and she subsequently starred in Halloween II (1981), The Fog (1980), Prom Night (1980), Terror Train (1980), and Roadgames (1981), gaining the status of "scream queen" to mainstream audiences.