I have always been infatuated with horror films and the best ones…in my opinion…were filmed and put out in the 80’s.A lot of the best 80’s horror films had a leading female role. This may be an instance where I am not referred to as such a misogynist 🙂 I absolutely LOVE the scream queens. Films like Halloween, The Fog, A Nightmare On Elm Street and many more had women like Jamie Lee Curtis, Adrienne Barbeau and Heather Langenkamp as the antagonists.
Jamie Lee Curtis’s roles in horror films are a huge inspiration for me in the genre. You can’t be a horror buff and not put the movies she has been in on a pedestal. Let alone her mother (Janet Leigh) was the original scream queen as the woman who gets stabbed in the shower in 1960’s Psycho. I strongly suggest checking out her other horror films, as I’m sure most of you have seen the original Halloween.
My favorite scene from Jamie Lee would have to be when “Laurie” stabs Michael Myers in the neck with a knitting needle in Halloween.
Adrienne Barbeau is one of my absolute favorite female actresses because she is stunningly beautiful (in my opinion) and plays great roles. I think her strong acting, eyes and crazy curls are a big factor in why I enjoy Adrienne so much. Oh, and you can’t forget that killer chest of hers! From her parts in The Fog, Escape From New York, Swamp Thing and Creepshow she has shown that she can hang with the big dogs. My favorites of her roles would have to be “Stevie Wayne” in The Fog and “Maggie” in Escape From New York.
My top choice scene from Adrienne would have to be a tie between the scene where Stevie is chased on top of the lighthouse in The Fog and the scene in Escape From NY when Snake and Maggie escape from the Duke.
How could anyone talk about “Scream Queens” without mentioning Nancy Thompson vs Freddy Krueger?!
Heather Langenkamp is one of the most known females in horror movie history because of her alluring “girl-next-door” demeanor and for battling the legendary horror movie villain, Fred Krueger. Heather made her presence known in the first of the ‘Nightmare’ series, but was also a main character in “A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors” as a dream doctor that helped suicidal teens being stalked by Krueger in a psychiatric ward. Heather also returned playing herself in metafilm “New Nightmare” in 1994. A metafilm is a style of filmmaking which presents the film as a story about its own production. Check it out someday, it will make more sense. Preferably after watching the first film.
In 2011, Heather released a documentary titled “I Am Nancy” all about what it was like playing Nancy Thompson.
My favorite ‘Heather’ moment is when she realizes she has to fight Freddy by setting up booby-traps around her house. The scene where Nancy’s mother disappears in a cloud of smoke in the bed and Freddy rises up from under the sheets is classic stuff. Of course, there’s the infamous bathtub scene too.