Scream Queens

10 Best Known Scream Queens

The horror genre is known for some of the most outrageous and terrifying stories ever told. As such, actors that star in such films often become famous for their roles and their screaming abilities. Here we take a look at ten of the best scream queens in horror history.

10: Neve Campbell

Campbell shook audiences to their core with her role in “Scream” and reprised the role with three sequels. Playing Sidney Prescott, she was able to portray a tough-as-nails young woman who would stop at nothing to catch her stalker and do what is right. After all four films were released, Campbell declined to reprise the character for another sequel, choosing instead to focus on her other acting endeavors.

9: Betsy Palmer

Best known for her role as Mrs. Vorhees in “Friday the 13th”, Palmer managed to make an impression on audiences with her portrayal of a grieving mother turned vengeful killer. She reprised her role in three sequels, and also appeared in “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “Jason Goes to Hell”.

8: Adrienne King

King was the first victim in “Friday the 13th” and her death scene is still one of the most memorable in horror movie history. She reprised her role in three sequels, as well as appearing in “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3”. After retiring from acting in 1994, she became a real estate agent.

7: Heather Langenkamp

Langenkamp played Nancy Thompson in “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and reprised the role in three sequels. She has since retired from acting to spend time with her family, but did voiceover work for Wes Craven’s “Red Eye”.

6: Jennifer Jason Leigh

Leigh is known for her roles in “The Hateful Eight”, “Single White Female” and “Last Exit to Brooklyn”. However, she is probably best known for her role as Annie Brackett in “Halloween III: Season of the Witch”. 

5: Jamie Lee Curtis

Curtis is famous for her scream in “Halloween” and went on to reprise the role of Laurie Strode three more times. She has starred in a number of other horror films including “The Fog”, “Prom Night” and “Allen Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold”.

4: Megan Fox

Fox rose to fame with her role in the “Transformers” films, but is also known for her roles in “Jennifer’s Body”, “Jonah Hex” and other horror films.

3: Sophie Turner

Turner skyrocketed to fame with her role as Sansa Stark on HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones”. However, she is also known for her portrayal of Jean Grey in “X-Men: Apocalypse” and her roles in other horror films.

2: Daisy Ridley

Ridley became a household name after playing Rey in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”. However, she is also known for her role as Scarlotte “Scax” Caffrey in the film “Scream 4”.

1: Linda Blair

Blair is best known for her role as Regan MacNeil in the 1973 horror film “The Exorcist”. She reprised the role in two sequels, and also starred in “The Omen” and “Exorcist II: The Heretic”. In later years she became a spokesperson for the International list of animal cruelty and has been nominated for a Saturn Award.

These are just a few of the many scream queens that have graced horror movies over the years. Some have gone on to bigger and better things, while others have retired from the industry altogether. But no matter what, they all managed to leave their mark on one of the most popular genres in movie history.

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