Jamie Lee Curtis is the original scream queen. She starred in the low budget John Carpenter movie Halloween in 1978. 40 years later she is once again stepping into the iconic role of Laurie Strode. In the original film, Laurie had to fend off the murderous Michael Myers, until she was saved by Dr. Loomis.
In H20 (1998), Laurie took a stand against Michael and took his head off with an axe. While the new Halloween does not count any of the sequels from the first movie, it will be interesting to see what Laurie is like 40 years on. One thing is for sure, Michael has a fight on his hands.
The slasher flicks of old were reinvented in the 90's with the Scream series. Starring Neve Campbell as Sydney Prescott, the films were tongue in cheek, making fun of the old horror movies were the heroine runs upstairs rather than out the front door. The movies were smart and entertaining. It has since spawned a TV series. Sydney survived four films, taking down all the killers, usually single-handed.
Scream Queens was a short lived series that featured Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts. The first series was set in a university where the students were picked off one by one. The second series moved to a hospital. Scream Queens was more of a dark comedy than true horror, but it was quite a popular show during the first season. Perhaps the future of slasher movies is more humorous than dark.
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