A scream queen is an actress associated with horror movies. One of the most prolific is Jamie Lee Curtis for her role in the Halloween franchise. She has suffered through multiple Halloween movies including a new trilogy of films, over a decade after she was killed on screen! That's dedication.
Not to be confused with the final girl, a scream queen can be killed in a horror movie. Jamie Lee Curtis' own mother - Janet Leigh - was a scream queen in her own right and she died in the movie Psycho. The scene is iconic and most people know about the shower stabbing.
Other notable scream queens are - Linda Blair, Heather Langenkamp, Marilyn Burns and Neve Campbell. Horror films do focus a lot on female characters in all roles - victims, survivors and the final girl. Women are even killers themselves such as the original Friday the 13th killer, Mrs Vorhees and Annie Wilkes in Misery.
Long gone are the days when the female protagonist is there to scream and hide. Nowadays, she fights back! Laurie Strode has taken on Michael Myers several times and in one memorable occasion she took off his head with an axe. (or at least thought she did). Neve Campbell has shot, stabbed and beaten the killers coming after her. They are shown as capable women who can handle themselves. Unfortunately, the killers they take down tend to be unkillable or supernatural in some way.
In 2015, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck, the creators of Glee and AHS, created the short lived show Scream Queens - a horror paraody. It even featured Jamie Lee Curtis and new Scream Queen and Scream star - Emma Roberts.
Horror movies never get old and the scream queen continues to reign. Who is your favorite scream queen? Comment below. We want to hear from you!
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