Jamie Lee Curtis to Neve Campbell: 12 Scream Queens for 'The Cabin in the Woods'

To prepare for the release of horror flick The Cabin in the Woods this Friday, we've rounded up a whole bunch of classic horror movie scream queens. From Jamie Lee Curtis to Neve
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7. Heather Langenkamp, A Nightmare on Elm Street

Heather Langenkamp

Freddy Krueger may have gotten a little campy in recent years, but as a killer that stalks his victims when they’re at their most vulnerable—asleep—he was pretty terrifying back in 1984. It’s a good thing newcomer Heather Langekamp was around as Nancy Thompson to stop him—even if she couldn’t save Johnny Depp in his first big screen appearance first.

8. Rooney Mara, A Nightmare on Elm Street remake

Rooney Mara

Though Rooney Mara has said that she had a miserable time shooting 2010’s Nightmare on Elm Street remake, she’s definitely worth mentioning here. As with Friday the 13th’s remake, much changed in the transition from old to new, though the future Lisbeth Salander made a pretty good match for good old Freddy.

9. Alicia Witt, Urban Legend

Alicia Witt with Rebecca Gayheart

The Urban Legend series, first launched in 1998, had a pretty neat gimmick: Its deaths mounted up in the style of urban legends made into reality. Alicia Witt played Natalie, our Final Girl (pictured above with fellow cast member Rebecca Gayheart)—although by this point, the Final Girl started to become a little less resilient. How? That would be telling, wouldn’t? Shhhh.

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10. Marilyn Burns, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Marilyn Burns

Let’s go back in time for a moment. Waaaaaay back. Back before Freddy, Jason, and even Michael. It’s time to meet Leatherface! Touted as being based on actual events (though in truth, this was quite an exaggeration), Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre pitted a bunch of teens, including Marilyn Burns in her big screen debut as Sally Hardesty, against a family of cannibals who happened to be fond of logging equipment. Sally? Let’s just say that she’s a true Final Girl.

11. Jessica Biel, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake

Jessica Biel

In 2003’s remake, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (and yes, the studio fixed the typo in the title this time round) Sally Hardesty became Erin Hardesty and was played by Jessica Biel. Apparently, though, teenagers in 2003 still haven’t learned that you should never, ask for directions at a gas station run by a lone hillbilly in the middle of nowhere.

12. Elisha Cuthbert, House of Wax

Elisha Cuthbert

You know what the best part about House of Wax is? Watching Paris Hilton get the proverbial it. Oh, right, and Elisha Cuthbert makes for a pretty good Final Girl, too.

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor. She likes to think that she’d be able to survive a horror movie. Would you?

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