Horror movies have been around for many years and really began to rise in popularity in the
1970s. Since this time there have been a number of actresses that are particularly well
known for starring in horror movies. They are often referred to as Scream Queens and are
viewed in an iconic way by many horror fans. Read on to find more information about
5 famous scream queens – then and now.
Jamie Lee Curtis
As the daughter of Janet Leigh, star of the film Psycho and scream queen in her own right, it
was perhaps no surprise that Jamie Lee Curtis got her big break in a horror film. She
received critical acclaim for her performance as Laurie Strode in Halloween. She has gone
on to star in all types of genres such as comedies like 'Freaky Friday' and has has a number
of TV roles. She is reprising her role in Halloween when a new film from the franchise is
released in 2018.
The character of Ripley was originally intended to be a man before Sigourney Weaver was
cast. Today it is impossible to imagine anyone else in that role, male or female. As well as a
glittering film career she is also known for her work on Broadway and for her work as a voice
Neve Campbell had starred in a few TV shows before she was cast in Scream but she was
still a relatively unknown actress. When the cast list was first announced people assumed
that Drew Barrymore was going to be the heroine and were therefore very surprised when
she was killed off in the first ten minutes. The character of Sydney Prescott played by
Campbell went on to star in all three of the Scream films and managed to survive them all.
Since then she has worked both in TV and movies and her most recent part was as LeeAnn
Harvey in the Netflix drama 'House Of Cards'.
The Exorcist is one of the most controversial horror movies of all time and Linda Blair was
only fourteen when the film was released. It is still the role for which she is best known even
more than 40 years later. She went on to star in a number of horror films and this remains
the genre for which she is best known. Today she still works as an actress and has had a
number of cameo roles in films and TV shows as well as playing main characters.
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jennifer Love Hewitt was one of the main characters in 'I Know What You Did Last Summer'
and she also starred in the sequel. She continued with the theme of horror and the
supernatural in her first major TV role in the 'Ghost Whisperer'. She also had a brief career
as a singer but this did not bring her as much success as her acting. She has also worked as
a producer on some of the films and shows that she has starred in.
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