Fright flicks have always been on the list of the top-grossing movies in Hollywood and always will be. That tells us people simply love to be scared. Horror is a hit…whether you’re in Canada, Croatia or floating around on a yacht in the Caspian Sea.
The horror genre has spawned million dollar film franchises, heart rate monitors and scream queens; those wide eyed young women who are always in the firing line of a chainsaw, hand-axe slick with blood or sabre, stiletto or switchblade honed to a razor-sharp edge.
Whether they survive to tell the tale or are killed off in a fury of bile and blood splatter, scream queens are central to the sustained success of a genre that’s wowed generations of audiences. They are the foil to the madmen with murderous intent, the good over evil and the light over dark. They are our sanity when the dark-edges of humanity threaten to engulf us in a prism of red!
Here are our leading ladies of Horror-wood, the scream queens who have consistently made our hearts thump and blood curdle in uncontrollable fear:
Jamie Lee Curtis
With both her parents celebrated as icons of the silver screen, Jamie Lee Curtis is the Queen of Scream. From her Hollywood debut as Laurie Strode in Halloween, to her roles in The Fog, Terror Train and Prom Night – a Canadian slasher filmed in Toronto – Curtis has made the genre her own.
Horror is not only a career choice for the BAFTA and Golden Globe winning star…it’s in her DNA. Her mother, Janet Leigh is the unfortunate Marion Crane in the epic Psycho shower scene. Curtis has appeared in three of the four movies that collectively make up the Halloween franchise. In 2018 moviegoers in Canada can watch in dread as she goes head to head with the masked maniac for a final time!
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British actress, Lena Headey may be best known for her portrayal of Cersei Lannister in the Game of Thrones but the budding starlet is a serious scream queen in her own right. Notable performances guaranteed to make you shudder include archaeologist Katheryn Jannings in the action horror The Cave and radiologist Gina in The Broken.
But it’s her performance in The Purge that really gets you jumping. Released in 2013, the American movie is the first of the popular Purge franchise that’s based on a 12 hour period when anything goes. Crime is cool and it’s open season for the mad, mean and malevolent of society. What really makes The Purge terrifying is that it could easily move from the realms of fantasy into reality, especially in the current era of anarchy and chaos!
Heather Langenkamp has earned her scream queen badge by appearing in a long list of slasher and horror movies. Among here prolific performances is that of Nancy Thompson in the blockbuster box office hit, the Nightmare on Elm Street.
In addition to being stalked by the nefarious Freddy Krueger – both in and out of her dreams – Langenkamp has starred in the decidedly creepy The Butterfly Room, The Demolitionist, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, Cursed and The Cabin in the Woods.
Her latest venture as the final girl in the blood-drenched shriek out True or Dare continues her legacy as an active proponent of horror on the silver screen. Langenkamp has produced, narrated and directed documentaries focussing on her role as Nancy in Elm Street and has starred in a few side-splitting comedy slashers that take the sting out scared!
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