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 Campbell, get ready to screech!
It’s been a long time coming, but Buffy the Vampire Slayer mastermind Joss Whedon’s horror flick, The Cabin in the Woods, is finally—finally!—seeing its release on Friday. Hoorah! We carried out a brief discussion about this not-so-typical-looking movie in our beloved Geek Girl column when its trailer first dropped, and since then, we’ve been dying (no pun intended) to see exactly what it’s all about. From what we can tell, it’s going to take every horror and slasher movie trope you can think of and turn it all on its head. Sounds like fun!
So, in honor of the occasion, we’ve rounded up a whole bunch of our favorite horror movie “scream queens.” What’s a scream queen, you ask? Easy: It’s an actress who has appeared as either a notable victim or protagonist in one or more (usually more) slasher films. We’re playing a little fast and loose with the term here in that not all of our Scream Queens have appeared in multiple horror films or franchises, but hey, work with us here. These scream queens also all happen to examples of the trope known as “the Final Girl”—that is, the last woman or girl alive who confronts the killer and survives to tell the tale. We’re getting goosebumps already.
The Cabin in the Woods stars a pre-Thor Chris Hemsworth, Fran Kranz, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchinson, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, and Amy Acker. Be sure to catch it in cinemas this Friday—and on with the screams!
1. Jamie Lee Curtis, Halloween
Ah, Jamie Lee Curtis: The mother of all scream queens. From The Fog to Prom Night, Jamie Lee did them all. She is perhaps most well-known, however, for her big screen debut. As tough-as-nails babysitter Laurie Strode in John Carpenter’s 1978 horror classic, Halloween, she set the standard for horror movie heroines for every franchise to follow. Michael Myers never stood a chance—not even 20 years later in Halloween H20.
2. Scout Taylor-Compton, Halloween remake
Though I’m still not sure whether a remake was necessary (the same goes for every other major horror film remake produced in recent years), Rob Zombie at least decided to do something different with 2007 version of Halloween, making it both a prequel and a remake at the same time. Scout Taylor-Compton, then known mostly for such wholesome fare as Sleepover, took on Jamie Lee’s mantle and became the next generation’s Laurie Strode.
3. Neve Campbell, Scream
Scream, released in 1996, was a total game-changer: For the first time in slasher flick history, we had self-aware characters who KNEW they were in a slasher flick. It may have been bloody, but at least Neve Campbell’s Sidney Prescott had her movie junkie buddy Randy (Jamie Kennedy) on hand to teach her the ropes of surviving a horror movie.
4. Adrienne King, Friday the 13th
Released in 1980, Friday the 13th was the next big thing in slasher flicks. Directed by a protégée of Wes Craven who was subsequently inspired by John Carpenter’s Halloween, Friday the 13th introduced us to a hockey masked killer by the name of Jason Voorhees, whose likes include stalking teenagers at summer camps. Adrienne King, who is principally known for her appearances in this series, took on the role of the Final Girl, Alice. The lesson learned? Stay away from the lake!
5. Amanda Righetti, Friday the 13th remake
Remember Kristen Cohen’s wild little sister Hailey Nichol on The O.C.? That was Amanda Righetti. The 2009 remake of Friday the 13th used little of the original’s plot, instead centering the main action around Clay’s (Jared Padalecki) attempts to find his sister Whitney, who had been kidnapped by Jason years before. Amanda, of course, played Whitney. Kidnapped by Jason Voorhees? Shudder.
6. Jennifer Love Hewitt, I Know What You Did Last Summer
Scream heralded the resurgence of the slasher flick during the ‘90s, and 1997’s I Know What You Did Last Summer was definitely a staple of the revival. Back when Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr., and Ryan Phillippe where all fresh-faced newcomers—well, mostly—they took on a mean-looking fisherman with a vicious hook, with varying levels of success. JLoHew (too much?) had the most success, however, as the series’ Final Girl. Little did she know that later on, she’d be facing off with The Client List instead…
More scream queens, including Rooney Mara and Jessica Biel, up next!