Here we go – the best of the best. These ladies have consistently worked in the horror genre over the course of their careers. Many have helped bring to life some of the most iconic characters ever to grace the screen, be it big-screen or small.
In honor of Women in Horror Month, here is part two of my top 25 scream queens of all time! You may not agree with the order, or even some of the choices – in fact I encourage you to list your own in the comment section – but there’s no denying these ladies have had an impact over the years.
Be sure to check out Part One here, if you missed it, and click on the links for trailers and more.
Those of us who cherished the work of stop-motion artist Ray Harryhausen first got our glimpses of Caroline in the classic “The Golden Voyage of Sinbad,” where her buxom brand of beauty pushed the limits of what could be featured in a G-rated film. She was also a Bond Girl twice (!) in the original “Casino Royale” and more prominently in “The Spy Who Loved Me.”
However, her real bread and butter were her fear films, including playing Vincent Price’s late wife in the “Dr. Phibes” films, the damsel in distress in the Hammer Horror vampire flicks “Dracula A.D. 1972” and “Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter,” and in fantasy flicks like “At the Earth’s Core” and “Starcrash,” her first pairing with legendary character actor Joe Spinell. The two would go on to co-star in two more films together, “Fanatic” (aka “The Last Horror Film”) and the notorious “Maniac,” one of the first films to get an X rating solely based on violence alone (courtesy of FX guru Tom Savini).
Spinell died in the early 80’s, and Munro soldiered on, appearing in one of Jess Franco’s better films, “Faceless”; Italian gore-meister Luigi Cozzi’s Poe adaptation “The Black Cat” (aka “Demons 6”); horror legend Paul Naschy’s “Howl of the Devil”; and less distinguished fare such as “Don’t Open ‘til Christmas” (as herself- and singing!), “Slaughter High,” and “Flesh of the Beast.”
She continues to work sporadically (the “Vampyres” remake), and is notable for being sexy but never sleazy, having resisted the urge- and the money- many fellow scream queens succumbed to in exchange for doing nudity. Sometimes it’s what you don’t see that’s sexiest, and Caroline may have pushed the limits, but never quite crossed that line, and her reputation is all the better in some fans’ eyes for it. A class act even when her films weren’t.
A second generation scream queen, Asia is the daughter of another couple of horror royalty status, Dario Argento, the so-called “Italian Hitchcock” (“Suspiria,” “Phenomena”) and Daria Nicolodi (Bava’s “Shock,” her hubby’s “Deep Red,” “Opera,” and many others). Dario wasted no time in putting her to work, first as a child in two films he produced, “Demons 2” and “The Church,” then later as a teen in his own “Trauma,” “The Stendhal Syndrome,” and his take on the classic “The Phantom of the Opera.”
Given that all three featured nudity- and in the case of “Syndrome,” rape- needless to say, this caused quite a stir in her native Italy, despite much more lax attitudes towards sex and nudity in Europe than we have here in the States. She didn’t exactly help matters with her writer/directorial debut, “Scarlet Diva,” which features her actually having sex with an ex on camera, albeit briefly.
Her other genre efforts include “The Keeper,” “Love Bites” (about vampires), “Transylvania,” “xXx” (with Vin Diesel), the horrific puppet tale “Live Freaky Die Freaky” (with a who’s who of alterna-rockers doing voices), and the Romero zombie flick “Land of the Dead.” More recently, she reunited with her pops for the long-awaited third part of his legendary “Three Mothers” trilogy, “Mother of Tears,” as well as a remake of “Dracula,” and has directed videos for Marilyn Manson– who also appeared in her adaptation of the controversial memoir (which proved to be a fake) “The Heart is Deceitful Above all Things“- among others.
Her sultry looks and tough girl image will no doubt keep her employed as an actress for years to come. Even if it doesn’t, she has already proved she can do anything she sets her mind to, as she is an accomplished, award-winning poet, author, singer and the youngest-ever female director in Italy, where she has won two “Italian Oscars” for her acting work in her native country. Of all the girls on this list, she easily has the most range in terms of ability, which is part of the reason I ranked her so highly- the other being she’s just a bad ass in general.
Speaking of bad-asses, the statuesque Woronov certainly qualifies. Mary was one of Andy Warhol’s legendary “Chelsea Girls” (see also Nico and Edie Sedgwick) and a regular at his notorious “Factory,” an enclave of like-minded artists, musicians, models, actors, and various hangers-on.
She went on to be the closest thing horror has to an art-house scream queen, starting with Warhol vet Theodore Gershuny’s proto-holiday horror classic “Silent Night, Bloody Night,” then appearing in Oliver Stone’s directorial debut “Seizure” (with Herve “Tattoo” Villechaize and fellow S.Q. Martine Beswicke), Joe Dante’s cult classic “Hollywood Boulevard” and Roger Corman’s “Death Race 2000,” in which she was teamed with regular co-star and director Paul Bartel for the first time.
The two would work together time and time again, in such cult flicks as “Cannonball!,” “Chopping Mall” (with S.Q. Barbara Crampton), “Mortuary Academy,” and the much-beloved grindhouse classic “Eating Raoul.” Her other notable credits include the underrated “Night of the Comet,” “Blood Theatre,” “Terrorvision,” “Nomads,” “Watchers II,” “The House of the Devil” and Rob Zombie’s “The Devil’s Rejects.”
An excellent author of fiction and poetry, she penned a great memoir “Swimming Underground” that is well worth a look and chronicles her Warhol years. If you enjoy Parker Posey, imagine her as a scream queen and you’ve got Mary. She’s kind of like the Bettie Page of Scream Queens and how can that NOT be awesome?
With well over 200 credits and counting, Debbie works hard for her money. Blessed with gorgeous Goth girl looks, the lovely Debbie made her first big impression as the Troma gal “Hypothermia” in the mid-90’s. She became a Troma regular in such trash epics as “Terror Firmer,” “Hellblock 13,” and what many consider to be Troma’s finest hour, “Tromeo & Juliet,” a truly demented adaptation of you-know-what (as the ads put it: “Body Piercing, Kinky Sex, Dismemberment. The Things That Made Shakespeare Great”).
She’s also made some credible serious horror flicks, including “Mulberry Street,” “Colour from the Dark,” “American Nightmare” and “Bleed,” although she clearly feels more at home in such trash-a-rific flicks like “Head Cheerleader Dead Cheerleader,” “Vampire Queen,” “Apocalypse and the Beauty Queen,” “Screech of the Decapitated” and, ahem, “Anal Paprika 3: Ménage-a-Death” and “Scrotal Vengeance.” (I’m not kidding about those last two- check imdb.com for even more insanity where those came from.)
She is one of those B-movie vixens that is clearly in on the joke. Hell, she lives for the joke. As she proved in an atypically serious role in TV’s “Conviction,” she’s actually a pretty capable actress, but who wants to be a serious actress when you can have so much fun? Not Debbie, and God bless her for it. It’s that sense of self-deprecating humor that place her in my top ten of my all-time faves- though the looks certainly don’t hurt matters. (For a great, full-length doc on her, check out this.)
Barbara is a beloved figure to soap fans for her recurring roles on “Days of our Lives,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “The Guiding Light” and “The Young and the Restless,” but horror fans will be hard-pressed to forget her awe-inspiring turn in the cult classic “Re-Animator,” where she gave giving head an all-new meaning.
She was truly bold (and definitely beautiful) to tackle that role, and she hardly stopped there, cropping up in such 80’s and 90s cult-classic faves as “Chopping Mall,” “From Beyond” (worth a look alone for Barb in S&M garb, with “Dawn of Dead” star Ken Foree), “Body Double,” “Puppetmaster,” “Trancers II,” “Robot Wars,” “Space Truckers” and “Castle Freak.”
More recently, she was in “Cold Harvest,” “The Sisterhood,” “You’re Next” and “We Are Still Here,” showing you can’t keep a classic Scream Queen down. With her seemingly unhesitant habit of getting naked at the drop of a hat and being hopelessly adorable in general- check out her pricelessly cute reaction to the infamous aforementioned scene on the “Re-Animator” commentary track- she rates a spot in the hearts of many a fear fan, including this writer. Carry on with your bad self, Barbara, and I’ll keep watching.
Another actress that made her Scream Queen bones on the back of a singular franchise, but what a role! As Ripley, Weaver officially became the first interstellar scream queen, after she successfully and single-handedly fought off the unwanted advances of the creepy crawly titular “Alien,” a role she reprised in three more films. Who can forget her signature line in the second of the quadrology, “Aliens,” when she told a queen of a different sort to “Get away from her, you bitch!” Not bad for a human.
Factor in a possessed woman in the “Ghostbusters” flicks and you can add yet another franchise to her horror-adjacent credits (she also cropped up at the end of the recent reboot for good measure). There’s also her role in the serial killer thriller “Copycat,” a turn as the Evil Queen in “Snow White: A Tale of Terror”; fun bit parts in the horror-comedies “The Cabin in the Woods” and “Vamps” and a turn in the underrated “Red Lights”; plus roles in sci-fi/fantasy flicks like “Galaxy Quest,” “The Village,” “Wall-E,” “Avatar,” “Paul,” “Chappie” and “A Monster Calls” and you have plenty to qualify her for this list.
Furthermore, she’s reportedly going to crop up in the next planned entry in the “Alien” franchise after “Covenant,” which will reportedly take place after “Aliens” and detail the fates of Newt and Hicks, who were unceremoniously killed off-screen between that entry and “Aliens 3,” which has never sat well with fans. I, for one, can’t wait for that one! Whatever the case, characters don’t get a lot more iconic than Ripley, so onto the list she goes.
Some might argue she should be higher on the list, but she needs a few more horror-related credits to her name to earn it. As it stands, she deserves to be here alone for her turn in the “Scream” series, where she took the slasher flick heroine to new heights as the intelligent, resourceful Sydney.
Campbell made her horror debut in the underrated “The Dark” in 1994 at the age of 21, before heading to TV and playing a murder victim in “The Forget-Me-Not Murders,” a haunted teen in “The Canterville Ghost” (with “Star Trek” Captain Patrick Stewart as the lead ghoul) and doing an episode of the well-regarded (if dated) kid’s spooker “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”.
The big screen scream beckoned with the excellent “The Craft,” in which she atypically played a mean girl, but her big breakthrough was undeniably “Scream.” Since that series, she hasn’t done much in the genre, save a memorably murderous femme fatale in the steamy “Wild Things,” but maybe that will change in the future. Regardless, Sydney remains one of the all-time great Final Girls, and that character alone is enough to put her in my Top 10.
Neve and Sigourney may have battled on-screen baddies, but our #6 ran afoul of the real deal, when a stalker showed up at her door with a teddy bear and a- gulp- shotgun. Interestingly, he wasn’t obsessed with her horror roles, but rather her turn on TV’s “Roseanne”! Probably for the best, given how much flak horror fans get for loving the stuff we do. At the very least, it shows that psychos don’t need movies to inspire them to do crazy things.
Whatever the case, Harris is the rare Scream Queen to have successfully transitioned from child star status, where we she played Michael Myers’ niece in two “Halloween” flicks- sadly, her part was replaced with another actress when they decided to skip ahead a few years in the franchise- to adulthood. Harris had the last laugh when she returned to the franchise for Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” reboot, even managing to survive for the inevitable- and most would say, unwarranted- sequel, which makes her officially tied with “Aunt” Jamie Lee Curtis for the most appearances in the series, save Dr. Loomis himself, Donald Pleasence, who managed five before his untimely death.
However, Harris didn’t stop there, having become a regular face within the horror genre, including roles in two of the “Hatchet” flicks, a sexy Goth girl turn in “Urban Legend,” and roles in “Left for Dead” (aka “Devil’s Night”), “Prank” (with fellow “Halloween” stars Ellie Cornell and PJ Soles), “The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond,” “Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet,” “Cyrus,” “Stake Land,” “The Victim,” “Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2,” “Shiver,” “Camp Dread,” “Ghost of Goodnight Lane,” “Hallows’ Eve,” “See No Evil 2” and “Havenhurst.”
Factor in roles in the horror-themed TV series “Fear Clinic,” “Holliston” and “Twisted Tales,” and an extensive list of voice-over credits (notably “The Wild Thornberrys”), plus directing duties on “Pranks” and the horror/comedy “Among Friends” and the sky’s the limit for Harris, who should never lack for work the rest of her days in the genre, thanks in no small part to a rabid fanbase.
Another member of the horror royalty set, this scream queen used to be married to horror legend John Carpenter. Alas, it didn’t last, but they made some great films together, including the classics “Someone’s Watching Me,” “The Fog” and “Escape from New York.” She didn’t let a nasty little thing like divorce stop her, either, from going on to appear in other genre classics like Wes Craven’s underrated “Swamp Thing” and the George Romero/Stephen King team-up “Creepshow” (who can forget the classic line: “Just tell him to call you Billie, you bitch!”).
She’s also in horror flicks like “The Darker Side of Terror,” “Two Evil Eyes,” Bram Stoker’s “Burial of the Rats,” “The Convent,” “Ring of Darkness,” “Unholy” and the camp classic “Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death” (with a pre-“Real Time” Bill Maher), and did a tongue-in-cheek cameo in Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning “Argo” in which she gamely tweaked her Scream Queen background.
She has appeared in many terror-themed TV shows, such as the updated “Twilight Zone,” “Monsters,” and more recently, on HBO’s late, lamented “Carnivale,” and has done a lot of voice work, notably voicing Selina Kyle, aka “Catwoman” in the “Batman” animated series and playing- what else?- a radio DJ in “Tales of Halloween.” Lord knows she’s got the voice for it.
Tough as nails, but with a tender side as well- check out her intensity in the original “The Fog” when she’s in fear for her son’s life and try not to get worked up- she excels at the type of tough, brassy dames you rarely see in film anymore. With a horror-filled schedule coming up that includes the likes of “Killer: Malevolence 3” (the follow-up to the underrated “Bereavement” and “Malevolence”– hence the title), the Bigfoot-themed “Hoax,” the horror-comedy “Hell’s Kitty” and the intriguingly-named “Bring Me the Head of Lance Henriksen,” which features such genre luminaries as Tim Thomerson, John Saxon and Cerina Vincent, the future seems bright as well. A national treasure as far as I’m concerned.
Of all the 80’s scream queens, Linnea, despite that odd name- or perhaps in spite of it- is one of the most beloved. With her whiskey-soaked, cigarette-damaged husky voice, she fluttered the hearts of horror geeks everywhere, especially when she married one of their own, FX guru Steve Johnson– though it sadly proved short-lived.
She has appeared in some 90-plus genre films, many along with fellow 80’s S.Q. pals Michelle Bauer and Brinke Stevens. Her most celebrated is undeniably the classic “The Return of the Living Dead,” a rare horror/comedy that got both right and featured Linnea as an oft-naked punk-rock zombie.
After a debut in the aptly-titled “Psycho from Texas,” she appeared in many well-regarded slasher flicks like “Graduation Day,” “Don’t Go Near the Park,” and “Fatal Games” and is especially memorable as the girl dispatched by reindeer antlers in the notorious “Silent Night, Deadly Night.” There’s also the excellent “Night of the Demons,” and stuff like “Nightmare Sisters,” “Witchtrap,” “Blood Nasty,” “Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings,” “Jack-O” and “Creepozoids.”
However, her real reputation came from her fully in-on-the-joke trash extravaganzas, with great titles like “Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama,” “Mari- Cookie and the Killer Tarantula in 8 Legs to Love You,” “Assault of the Party Nerds,” “Curse of the Lesbian Love Goddess” and the much-celebrated “Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers,” which actually lives up to its title and then some. She rarely survives any of these movies, so a Final Girl she’s not, but boy, is she a lot of fun while she lasts- and yeah, it doesn’t hurt that she’s frequently naked and seems happy to do so at the drop of a hat.
She’s still at it to this day, though to say they don’t make ‘em like her anymore is putting it mildly. She was undeniably one of the first names to come to mind when I concocted this list, and how can you not love a girl that put together a “Horror Workout” video? Of all the “fun” scream queens of the 80’s, she’s easily my fave.
Another Italian beauty with haunting looks, a la Asia Argento, Barbara began her career as a favorite of the legendary Fellini, who cast her in the classics “La Dolce Vita” and “8 1/2.” Unfortunately, an outside contract kept her from working with the director more and she ended up typecast as a horror fixture, often to her chagrin.
Her loss was the horror lover’s gain, as she has appeared in some of the most beloved horror classics of all time, including the legendary Mario Bava’s “Black Sunday,” Roger Corman’s Poe adaptation “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Horrible Dr. Hitchcock” (better than it sounds- ironically, she appeared on “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” the year before), “Castle of Blood” (another Poe flick), David Cronenberg’s classic “Shivers,” and Joe Dante’s enjoyable-if-schlocky “Piranha,” which Spielberg called the “best of the Jaws rip-offs.”
She has many other credits of varying quality where that comes from, including an episode of the classic Rod Serling series “Night Gallery,” a role in the 90’s revival of the old “Dark Shadows” series, and turns in Jonathan Demme’s ultimate women-in-prison flick “Caged Heat” and the well-regarded slasher flick “Silent Scream.”
Her wide-eyed looks made her as adept at playing the innocent victim as the evil-doer, though she tended to lean towards the latter, perhaps in deference to her unintended career in fear film. She remains one of the most celebrated of all scream queens, and is certainly one of the best actresses in the genre, and has seemed to come to terms and even embrace her status, as evidenced by her continued appearance in genre flicks like the horror anthologies “The Boneyard Collection” and “Minutes Past Midnight,” the horror-comedy “Her Morbid Desires,” the weird Ryan Gosling cult flick “Lost River” and her best role in years in “The Butterfly Room.” A true class act in every sense of the word.
The person who undeniably took scream queens to a whole new level is definitely Jamie Lee. Another second generation scream queen, Jamie was the daughter of the original “Psycho” screamer, Janet Leigh.
Jamie proved that the smart girl could be the one left standing at the end, and made guys crave the geek for once, over the typical bombshell, laying the foundation for intelligence not being equal to a bad thing. Come to think of it, as far as we come, it seems we’ve taken a few steps back in that department as of late- and just as nerds were seemingly starting to rule the world!
Not that she was always the stereotypical stock “virgin” character in horror movies, either. Witness her role in “The Fog,” where she slept with the guy no sooner than she met him- and lived to tell the tale. Director John Carpenter always claimed that the whole “the ‘bad’ get punished, while the ‘good’ live” angle critics ascribed to his work was bunk- Curtis proved it in her work with the director, as well as elsewhere.
She set the stage for countless horror heroines to come, including, but by no means limited to, such classic scream queens as Sigourney Weaver in “Alien,” Heather Langenkamp in “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” Neve Campbell in “Scream” (director Wes Craven used Jamie’s “Halloween” as a backdrop to the grand finale of the first Scream, in fact, giving credit where it was due), all of whom figure on this list.
Jamie’s resume is like a laundry list of the best slasher flicks of the late 70’s and early 80’s, including the all-time best of the genre, IMHO, “Halloween” as well as three of its sequels (“II,” “H2O,” and the unfortunate “Resurrection”). There was also the excellent “Prom Night,” which features both one of the single greatest openings this side of “Halloween”- and one of the most memorable finales to boot.
Then there’s the aforementioned “The Fog,” which co-starred her mother and Adrienne Barbeau- also on this list- as well as the underrated thriller “Road Games” and the very fun “Terror Train,” with magician David Copperfield as a serial killer suspect- now that’s scary! I adore every last one of those movies- well, okay, not “Resurrection,” for obvious reasons, but you get the idea. Her films are definitely a cut above most of the pack, that’s for sure.
What set her apart was the fact that she radiated intelligence, something many slasher flicks picked up on and imitated for years to come. While she did have an unfortunate habit of dropping the damn knife from time to time, we forgave her because she was the last one left standing and often the one who defeated the killer, albeit occasionally with a little help.
Furthermore, there’s Jamie’s faithful nature when it comes to her roots. She’s always been upfront about the role horror played in getting her career off the ground in the first place, and has returned to it time and again over the years- even though she’s a bit on the squeamish side when it comes to horror movies herself.
She suggested the plot of “Halloween H2O,” and was instrumental in getting it made, and has always been true to her horror heritage. While after “Halloween II,” she veered away from the genre (save for the sequels), she remains one of the most singularly influential of all the scream queens on this list, and continues to be the torch bearer, cropping up on TV’s “Scream Queens” as the representative of the ultimate of her breed. Many of them, including #1, owe much of their career to her ground-breaking work.
So, now without further ado, I give you…
When I was a teenager, there was no bigger crush in my real life that rivaled my love for SMG. I flat out adored her. For TV’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” alone, she would qualify for a spot on this list, but it just so happens the bulk of her big screen output is horror-oriented as well, so with her you get the best of both worlds.
Although, as fans know, she doesn’t fare too well in the movies (“I’m always the one who gets killed, she said in an interview once, “And I want it to be really gory. Body parts all over the place. Mangled!”), especially compared to her best-known role, Buffy- although, come to think of it, even Buffy (spoiler alert) died twice.
You can’t keep a good slayer down, though, and what sets Sarah above the pack by leaps in bounds is her skills, both in acting and the stunt department. Adept in Taekwondo (she’s a black belt), kickboxing, boxing, street fighting, ice skating, and gymnastics- all of which came in handy on “Buffy”- she graduated with a 4.0 at the Professional Children’s School in NYC, her hometown, so she’s nobody’s bimbo.
She got an Emmy for her work on the soap “All My Children” when many kids were still learning to drive (and skipped her high school prom to collect it), and is known for her extensive charity work, especially for Habitat for Humanity. She was also rated the sexiest woman in the world by FHM in 1999, and 5th sexiest all-time female TV star in a worldwide poll. (Yes, I know entirely too much about her.) What more do you want?
Alright, how about this resume? “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” “Scream 2,” the semi-horrific “Cruel Intentions” (but not that awesome, infamous girl-on-girl, MTV-award winning kiss, obviously), the live-action “Scooby Doo,” parts 1 & 2, the remake of “The Grudge,” parts 1 & 2, the sci-fi epic “Southland Tales”, “The Return,” “Possession” and “Veronika Decides to Die.”
Granted, she’s drifted away from the genre a bit in recent years, concentrating more on raising a family and doing more comedies (TV’s “Robot Chicken,” “The Simpsons” and the sadly short-lived “The Crazy Ones”) and dramas (“The Air I Breathe,” TV’s “Ringer”), but really, though, it’s “Buffy” that does it. Few performances on TV have been as rich and rewarding as Sarah’s in the show, and none in the horror genre even come close to the multi-layered portrayal she gave on a weekly basis for seven wonderful years.
That she went without so much as an Emmy nomination for the show is a crime- though she did bag a Golden Globe nom- but what the voters didn’t get, the critics did, who heaped praise upon the show. She did, however, win a Saturn award, as did the show- think Oscars for sci-fi, fantasy and horror- and multiple Kids’ and Teens’ Choice awards.
Remarkably, the show ran for seven seasons, despite its cult status- something that probably would never happen these days, with most cult shows never making it past a handful of seasons- hence the “cult” moniker. The fans, of course, have made the DVDs best-sellers and a hit on syndication, where it and the spin-off “Angel” (which Gellar also appeared on, from time to time) have continued to run ever since the show went off the air, as well as newer generations discovering it via Netflix and the like.
There’s also an ongoing comic series that serves as “new seasons” of the show, so in a way, it’s as if the show never stopped, at least for long. “Buffy” is, in short, bigger than it was even when it was on the air. There’s been talk of rebooting, but no one will ever do a better job than SMG. (Yes, that includes Kristy Swanson– the movie isn’t remotely as good as the show, by a country mile.)
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, your #1 Scream Queen. Long may she reign!
Thanks for reading, and below are some other Scream Queens who just missed making the list:
Ingrid Pitt (“The Vampire Lovers,” “Countess Dracula,” “The Wicker Man”)
Janet Leigh (“Psycho,” “The Fog”)
Stefanie Beacham (“The Devil’s Widow,” “Dracula A.D. 1972,” “And Now the Screaming Starts”)
Martine Beswicke (“Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde,” “Seizure,” “Night of the Scarecrow”)
Catriona MacColl (“The Beyond,” “City of the Living Dead,” “The House by the Cemetery”)
Lynda Day George (“Pieces,” “Ants,” Morturary”)
Daria Nicolodi (the former Mrs. Dario Argento, and his frequent leading lady, from “Deep Red,” “Shock” (aka “Beyond the Door II”), “Inferno,” “Tenebre,” “Phenomena,” “Delirium,” “Opera,” etc.)
Linda Blair (“The Exorcist I & II,” “Hell Night,” “Repossessed,” “Scream”)
P.J. Soles (the original “Carrie” and “Halloween,” “The Devil’s Rejects”)
“Friday the 13th”-vets Betsy Palmer (aka Jason’s mom, Mrs. Voorhees), Adrienne King (the first “Friday” Final Girl) and Amy Steel (“FT13 Part 2,” “April Fools’ Day”)
Traci Lords (“The Tommyknockers,” “Shock ‘Em Dead,” “Skinner,” “Crazy Eights,” “Excision”)
Megan Ward (“Amityville: It’s About Time,” “Arcade,” “Freaked”)
Brinke Stevens (“The Slumber Party Massacre,” “Sole Survivor,” “Nightmare Sisters,” “Haunting Fear,” plenty more where that came from)
Michelle Bauer (“Nightmare Sisters,” “Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers,” “Demonwarp,” lots more)
Felissa Rose and Pamela Springsteen (the “Sleepaway Camp” series)
Lesleh Donaldson (“Funeral Home,” “Happy Birthday to Me,” “Curtains”)
Deborah Foreman (“April Fools’ Day,” “Waxwork,” “Sundown,” “Lunatics: A Love Story”)
Ashley Lawrence (the “Hellraiser” series)
Tiffany Shepis (lots of Troma flicks; “Bundy,” “Bloody Murder 2,” “Home Sick,” “Tales of Halloween,” many more)
Fairuza Balk (“The Craft,” “Island of Dr. Moreau”)
Naomi Watts (“Children of the Corn: The Gathering,” “The Shaft,” “The Ring” series, the “Funny Games” remake)
Kate Beckinsale (“Haunted,” “Van Helsing,” “Vacancy,” “The Disappointments Room,” the “Underworld” series)
Milla Jovovich (the “Resident Evil” series)
Vera Farmiga (“The Conjuring” series; TV’s “Bates Motel”)
Emmanuelle Vaugier (“Ripper,” House of the Dead 2,” “Saw II”)
Eva Green (“Dark Shadows,” TV’s “Penny Dreadful”)
Alicia Witt (“Urban Legends,” “Twin Peaks,” “Hotel Room”)
Angela Bettis (“May,” “The Woods,” TV’s “Carrie” remake)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead (“Final Destination 3,” “Black Xmas,” “Death Proof,” “The Thing” prequel; “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” “10 Cloverfield Lane,” and TV’s “BrainDead”)
Meagan Good (“Venom,” “One Missed Call,” “Saw V,” “The Unborn”)
Katie Cassidy (the remakes of “When a Stranger Calls,” “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” and “Black Christmas”; “The Lost,” and TV’s “Supernatural” and the underrated “Harper’s Island”)
Alexandra Daddario (“Bereavement,” “Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D,” “American Horror Story: Hotel”)
Sara Paxton (the “Last House on the Left” remake; “The Innkeepers,” “Shark Night”)
Daveigh Chase (“Donnie Darko,” “The Ring,” “Killer Crush”)
Olivia Cooke (TV’s “Bates Motel”; “The Quiet Ones,” “Ouija,” “The Signal”)
Taissa Farmiga (TV’s “American Horror Story”; “Anna,” “The Final Girls”)
Jodelle Ferland (TV’s “Carrie” and “Kingdom Hospital” remakes; “They,” “Silent Hill,” “The Messengers,” “The Cabin in the Woods”)
Abigail Breslin (“Zombieland,” “Haunter,” “Maggie,” “Final Girl,” “Fear, Inc.” And TV’s “Scream Queens”)
Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Witch,” “Morgan,” “Split”)