A scream queen (a wordplay on screen queen is an actress who has become associated with horror films, either through an appearance in a notable entry in the genre or recurring roles in the genre. Jamie Lee Curtis is noted as a seminal example for her performances in the popular slasher films of the Halloween franchise.
The term "scream queen" is more specifically used to refer to the "attractive young damsels-in-distress" characters that have appeared in a number of films in the horror genre. Lloyd Kaufman, co-founder of Troma Entertainment, noted that being a scream queen is "more than just crying and having ketchup thrown on you. You not only have to be attractive, but you also have to have a big brain. You have to be frightened, you have to be sad, you have to be romantic."
Debbie Rochon, often described as a scream queen herself, wrote in an article originally published in GC Magazine that "a true Scream Queen isn't The Perfect Woman. She's sexy, seductive, but most importantly 'attainable' to the average guy. Or so it would seem." And although the earlier scream queens might be women that "just had to look pretty and shriek a lot until the hero of the film got around to save (them)", the later scream queens "showcase women worrying about something other than a guy...unless said guy is the one trying to kill them", with some of them "wreaking vengeance" by defeating the villain.
3) Barbara Steele. (1937) A Brittish Star who made a name in Italy!!! Mario Bava First lady. She also work with FEDERICO FELLINI. And also with Roger Corman and Christopher Lee. The Barbara Steele eyes are her trade mark. Unfortunately her career decline in the early 70s. But in the 80s she become a Emmy Award Producer and had a supporting role in Lost River (2014) Ryan Gosling directorial debut as Saoirse Ronan grandmother-
2) Barbara Shelley (Born 1932). She stared in more Hammer Movies than any other actress. During Hammer Golden Age was nickname "The First Leading Lady of British Horror". After she retired from Hammer films in 1967, she had a succesful in theatre, TV career. Also she return one more time in the Silver Screen in the early 70s for a Horror Film produce by Hammer rival's Amicus. Was also a good singer and dancer. And that she translate to the horror films. She elevate the horror material. The other thing that distinguish her from other Scream Queens, is that she was able to transformate from a pudorish high society lady to a Perfid Villianess in a couple of Secconds.-
1) Hazel Court. (1926-2008) Won a British critic Award at the age of 20 for Carnival, then she started a succesful career as pin up and finally as a Scream Queen. The First Lady of Hammer, the main femele lead of The Curse of Frankestein (1957) opposite Peter Cushing and an almostmunknown Christopher Lee, and then she begun to be Roger Corman First Lady in Succesful American Edgar Allen Poe Trilogy, acting opposite Ray Milland, Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Heather Angel, Richard Ney, Jane Asher or Jack Nicholson.- Her memoirs were published one week after her death, creepy.- Why she is my favourite lady, because she could be the english role, but also the villianess, she was slighty better than Vincent Price in The Red Mask Death as Princess Juliana. She also was equally good as Ray Milland in Prematurial Burial the sleeper hit of 1962-
Sorry, hugo, this is not in my wheelhouse. If something should come to mind, I'll post it, but I have a feeling that others will do a much better job than I.
Don't worry. then there are famous actresses that also made several Horror, Mystery films that could also named Scream Queens.
For example Joan Fontaine in Rebecca, Suspicion, Jane Eyre or the Witches. Bette Davis in The Nanny, What happened to Baby Jane, Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte and many others. Deborah Kerr in The Innocents, Deneuve in Repulsion, Sigourney Weaver in the Alien Franchise Jamie Lee Curtis is like the Empress of the Scream Queens, Isabelle Adjani in many films like Nosferatu, Winona Ryder in the Tim Burton Movies, in Dracula, in Lost Souls, Heathers or Stranger Things, Rachel Weisz in the Mommy franchise Nicole Kidman in The Others, Naomi Watts The Grudge, Belen Rueda is like The European Scream Queen right now.
In the late 90s Sarah Michelle Gellar, Neve Campbell and Jennifer Love Hewitt.-
More now at days screaming queens are Bryce Dallas Howard in The Village, Lady in the Water and Jurassic Park, Kate Beckinsale in the Underworld, Lupita Nyongo, and specially Emily Blunt in the Girl on the Train, A Quiet Place, .-
Vera Miles, perhaps. Julie Adams. But it doesn't matter. When I think Scream Queen, I think only of the underrated Sheryl Lee.
I guess classic films in this boards, means old movies. Well Vamps is an old movie, so yep Sheryl Lee counts.-
Maybe the first Scream Queen was Fay Wray.- Elsa Lanchaster made just one movie like as you mentionated Julie Adams, it's a pity that Adams then turn into Western films, I cannot remember other horror film.- Myrna Loy and Anna May Wong were the Daughter of Fu Manchu for just one film.- Evelyn Ankers (1918-1985) was the trully Scream Queen of the 40s. She was a Chilean born, of English Parent , American actress who made several horror movies for Universal between 1941-1947.
Her rival from Columbia was Nina Foch (1924-2008), who had a very long career career (1943-2007). She started as a Scream Queen, when the horror movies decline, she made film noirs, Broadway, and finally jumped into Big Budget roles (1951-1960) in supporting roles, or as the villian co-lead. She was Oscar nominated for Executive Suite. Then she become an Actor's Director at the USC. She return as a scream Queen in TV, as the first murder victim of Columbus series in 1968, later she made several horror and thrillers in movies and films, her last was Hush in 1998 as Jessica Lange Mother in law.-
at the age of 23 she made her Broadway debut later made some theatre, worked in several big budget movies, was Oscar Nominated for Excutive Suite. but usually in supporting roles. She return in 1968 to thr then she become a TV actress, but finally she returned to thrillers, horror and mysteries films.-
Her last appereance as Scream Queen was in Hush in 1998 as Jessica Lange mother. Foch was Oscar nominated for Executive Suite.-
Yeah, but Sheryl Lee exclusively for Twin Peaks. It goes against the definition; I hate the definition. Even the femme fatales I like don't suit its particular definition.
I never seen the original Twin Peaks, not even the movie. I try to see the new twin peaks, but I couldn't understand it.-
We could repurpose a Bergman quote to explain Twin Peaks:
"Full of astonishment I look back on our lives... on our former reality and think it was all a dream. It was a game. Lord knows what the hell we were doing. This is true reality and it's unbearable. I talk, answer, think, put on my clothes... sleep and eat. It's a daily compulsion. A strange, hard surface. But under that surface, I'm crying. I'm crying for myself... because I can no longer be the way I was".
This is within - and thrust without - the splintered unconscious mind of an abused girl/woman. Most else is incidental.