Horror's Best Leading Ladies

THIS IS MY OWN OPINION by the way, who are the ones I think stand out as some of the horror genre's most unforgettable female performers. They may be the "star/survivor" or "the girl who dies first"...they may have been in only one film or several, but they have made left their mark in scary movies!
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“ Danielle Harris IS the ultimate "Scream Queen" and she deserves this this title she has worked very hard for. Her entrance onto the cinematic screen began at the age of 11 playing the daughter of Hollywood's first scream queen, Jamie Lee Curtis, in Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers. A year later, she reprised the role of Jamie, named after Curtis, in Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers. After a lengthy break from the genre, she returned to the type of roles that made her famous but this time showing a different side to audiences as a gothic internet slut in Urban Legends. Following this, her impressive list of credits is longer than anyone else's in horror movies. Her best role was Rob Zombie's brilliant choice to cast her in his remake of Halloween in 2007 not as Jamie Lee Curtis' role but that of her promiscuous best friend, Annie. Harris gave her best performance to date as she faced masked killer Michael Myers yet again. That character survived though, which gave them the opportunity for her to completely steal the show in Zombie's sequel, Halloween 2, and she filmed one of the saddest, most brutal death scenes in horror history. However, she did not stop there. Since the Halloween films, she's starred in countless others including: Blood Night: The Legend Of Mary Hatchet; Black Waters Of Echo Pond; Hatchet 2; Stake Land; Chromeskull: Laid To Rest 2; The Victim; and Shiver. ” - JakobGarcia
Jamie Lee Curtis
Actress, True Lies
Jamie Lee Curtis served as an honorary chairperson for the Building Resilience for Young Children Dealing with Trauma program held at the Shakespeare Theatre - Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C. She was an inspiration for the youth that were celebrated. Jessey Love-Wadkins (formerly known...
“ Jamie Lee Curtis was already horror royalty before John Carpenter and Debra Hill cast her in their 1978 cult classic Halloween, since her mother was Janet Leigh, star of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. Curtis made a name for herself with Halloween and then returned to reprise the role of Laurie Strode, one of the best characters in the genre EVER, in Halloween 2. She also starred in Carpenter's other famous 80's classic The Fog, alongside her mother, as well as Prom Night and Terror Train, thus earning the status of the first scream queen. Horror fans and I were thrilled when she came back to the role that made her famous as a love letter to her fans in Halloween: H20, and again in Halloween: Resurrection, where we saw the death of Laurie Strode for the first time ever! ” - JakobGarcia
P.J. Soles
Actress, Halloween
P.J. (Pamela Jayne) Soles was born on July 17, 1950 in Frankfurt, Germany. Her father came from Holland and her mother from New Jersey. Because her father was working for an international insurance company, the family moved all over the world. P.J. lived in Casablanca, Morocco, and Maracaibo, Venezuela...
“ P.J. may not have as many horror credits as the first two actresses on this list but she was always one of my favorites and always stood out in my memory. She first starred in Brian DePalma's Carrie as one of Carrie's tormentors, Norma, alongside Nancy Allen and John Travolta, and many will recall her infamous death scene at the prom by the fire hose that actually broke her ear drum in real life. But for me, her best role of her career, which was personally written with her in mind by John Carpenter, was as one of Jamie Lee Curtis' best friends, Lynda, in Halloween. Who could ever forget her "totally" awesome death scene, strangled at the hands of Michael Myers with a phone cord. One of her scenes from Halloween was even featured in 1996's Scream, as the screenwriter was also a major fan. Another fan of hers, Rob Zombie, cast her many years later in a cameo role in one of his films, The Devil's Rejects. "See anything you like?" ” - JakobGarcia
Neve Campbell
Actress, Party of Five
Neve Campbell was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, to Marnie (Neve), a Dutch-born psychologist and yoga instructor (from Amsterdam), and Gerry Campbell, a Scottish-born teacher (from Glasgow). Campbell first came to our TV screens in the hit Drama series Party of Five. Described as TV's most believable teenager...
“ The star of the four Scream films definitely deserves this spot on this list. Campbell has made her Scream character, Sidney Prescott, a household word, and she originated the best character in horror history since Curtis' Laurie Strode. PERIOD!!! ” - JakobGarcia
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Emmy Award-winning Sarah Michelle Gellar was born on April 14, 1977 in New York City, the daughter of Rosellen (Greenfield), who taught at a nursery school, and Arthur Gellar, who worked in the garment industry. Her maternal grandparents were Hungarian Jewish immigrants, and her father was also from a Jewish family...
“ Sarah Michelle Gellar stole the show in two back to back horror hits in the late 90's, premiering two months apart: first as Jennifer Love Hewitt's best friend Helen Shivers in I Know What You Did Last Summer, and then as sorority victim Cici Cooper in Scream 2. Later, she was the star in her own horror hit, The Grudge, also returning for its sequel, The Grudge 2. ” - JakobGarcia
Katie Cassidy
Actress, Arrow
Katherine Evelyn Anita Cassidy was born on November 25, 1986 in Los Angeles. She is the daughter of actor David Cassidy and Sherry Benedon. Her paternal grandparents were actors Jack Cassidy and Evelyn Ward, and she is the niece of teen idol and television producer Shaun Cassidy and actor Patrick Cassidy...
“ Katie Cassidy is the scream queen of horror remakes!! When A Stranger Calls, Black Christmas, and A Nightmare On Elm Street were all hits of the 70's/80's and she has starred in all three of their recent reboots. Her best role out of the three though was Nightmare's Kris, which was basically the same character as Tina in the original, and the death scene was very similar, yet Cassidy's performance made hers even better. She completely steals the show in Nightmare even among an impressive cast, and although you know it's coming you hate to see her die! ” - JakobGarcia
Drew Barrymore
Producer, Donnie Darko
Since melting audiences' hearts - at the age of six - in Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi blockbuster, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Drew Barrymore has emerged as one of the most endearing and talented actresses of her generation. Drew Blyth Barrymore was born in Culver City, California, to actors John Drew Barrymore and Jaid Barrymore (née Ildiko Jaid Mako)...
“ Nothing in the history of horror films was as shocking as Drew's opening sequence in Scream, rivaling Janet Leigh's performance in Psycho. Her role as Casey Becker will be forever embedded in our memories for years to come, alongside Leigh's, Curtis', Harris's, and Campbell's classic characters. ” - JakobGarcia
Rose McGowan
Actress, Charmed
Rose McGowan is an American actress and director, known for her contribution to independent film. Since the age of nineteen, she has appeared in acclaimed films by Gregg Araki, Wes Craven, Brian De Palma, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. In 2014, her directorial debut Dawn was nominated for the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival...
“ Much like Drew Barrymore, Rose will be forever remembered for her role in Scream as Tatum Riley, the spunky best friend of Neve Campbell's Sidney Prescott. Tatum's grisly demise via garage door is an image horror fans will relish for the rest of their lives. She also starred in a little gem of a film that a lot of people forget about called Phantoms, with Ben Affleck and Liev Schrieber that I loved. ” - JakobGarcia
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jennifer Love Hewitt was born in Waco, Texas, to Patricia Mae (Shipp), a speech-language pathologist, and Herbert Daniel Hewitt, a medical technician. She has English, Scottish, and German ancestry. She got her first name from her older brother Todd Daniel Hewitt (b. November 8, 1970), who picked the name after a little blonde girl he then had a crush on...
“ Jennifer jumped on the horror bandwagon along with fellow TV co-star Neve Campbell in the late 90's with I Know What You Did Last Summer, one of my faves, but also in the not so fortunate sequel called I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. ” - JakobGarcia
Courteney Cox
Actress, Friends
Courteney Cox was born on June 15th, 1964 in Birmingham, Alabama, into an affluent Southern family. She is the daughter of Courteney (Bass) and Richard Lewis Cox (1930-2001), a businessman. She was the baby of the family with two older sisters (Virginia and Dottie) and an older brother, Richard, Jr...
“ Just like Neve Campbell, Cox has appeared in all four of the Scream films, as Scream's other heroine, the feisty reporter, Gale Weathers. ” - JakobGarcia
“ She doesnt' have too many horror films under her belt, but her spooky appearance in I Know What You Did Last Summer as Melissa Egan lands her on my list, not to mention her starring role filling the shoes of iconic Janet Leigh as Marion Crane in the remake of Psycho. ” - JakobGarcia
Ali Larter
A native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Ali began modeling at age 13 and traveled the world before moving to Los Angeles to study acting. Her first professional acting job was a role on the television series Chicago Sons. She received her breakthrough in the high school football drama Varsity Blues which included her infamous whipped cream bikini scene...
“ Final Destination, House On Haunted Hill, and Final Destination 2.... ” - JakobGarcia
Kristina Klebe
Actress, Halloween
Actor and director, Kristina Klebe was born in New York City in 1985 and raised between NY, Germany, France and Italy. She is the only daughter of two European immigrants making her first generation American. She speaks four languages fluently, though she didn't speak a single word until she was two...
“ How could I not love the actress chosen to fill the shoes of P.J. Soles in the remake of Halloween as Lynda?? Kristina, along with Danielle Harris, completely stole the show for me in Rob Zombie's version. ” - JakobGarcia
Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel, with her good looks and talent, has become one of Hollywood's most sought-out actresses. She was born in Ely, Minnesota, to Kimberly (Conroe) and Jonathan Edward Biel, who is a business consultant and GM worker. Biel was raised in Boulder, Colorado. She is of Hungarian Jewish, Danish, English, and German descent...
“ Jessica Biel made the remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre one of the best reboots ever made. Her performance as Erin garners this top spot on my list. ” - JakobGarcia
Jordana Brewster
Actress, Fast Five
Raven-haired beauty Jordana Brewster was born on April 26, 1980 in Panama City, Panama. Her mother, Maria João (Leal de Sousa), is a Brazilian-born model who appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1978. Her father, Alden Brewster, is an American-born investment banker, who has English, Scottish...
“ Fresh on the heels of Jessica Biel, Jordana starred in Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. However, it was her role in The Faculty as Delilah that first got her noticed. ” - JakobGarcia
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a gifted actress, known for her versatile work in a variety of film and television projects. Possibly most known for her role as Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, she has also starred in critically acclaimed independent films such as Smashed, for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination...
“ Ok, so Final Destination 3 was a total bomb, and so was the remake of Black Christmas, but winning the lead role in another remake of The Thing has to count for something. ” - JakobGarcia
Ellie Cornell
Perky actress and producer Ellie Cornell was born in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, USA. After graduating from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida in 1986, Cornell had a small guest appearance in a 1988 episode of Thirtysomething. The same year, she played an assertive reporter in the Oscar-nominated comedy movie Married to the Mob...
“ Her character Rachel Carruthers in Halloween 4 as the older sister to adopted Jamie (Danielle Harris) was inspired by Jamie Lee Curtis's character Laurie from the original. Rachel survived that film only to return for its sequel, Halloween 5, where her character dies in one of the series' scariest sequences. I remember being in the theatre on the edge of my seat, scared to death, hoping Rachel would live. ” - JakobGarcia
“ Heather really deserves to be higher up on this list, as she created one of horror's most iconic characters, right up there next to Laurie Strode, as Nightmare On Elm Street's Nancy Thompson. She was one of the best heroines of horror films to date and Langenkamp returned for the third one, Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors; and then years later, for a different kind of sequel: Wes Craven's New Nightmare where she played herself. ” - JakobGarcia
“ True horror fans will remember Tracy from New Nightmare alongside Heather Langenkamp as she played the babysitter, Julie, for Heather's son. Her death scene was so memorable since it was supposed to be similar to the way Langenkamp's character Nancy's best friend Tina died in the original Nightmare, where she was dragged up across the ceiling by Freddy Krueger. (Not to mention this was again filmed similar with Katie Cassidy in the Nightmare remake). ” - JakobGarcia
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras
Actress, Billy Madison
Bridgette Wilson was born in Gold Beach, Oregon, on September 25, 1973. The brown-eyed actress grew up there with her parents, Kathy and Dale Wilson, and sister, Tracy Wilson. Her first taste of fame came in 1990 when she won Miss Teen USA. The next year she was in Los Angeles taking acting classes...
“ Wilson had a supporting role as Sarah Michelle Gellar's sister Elsa in I Know What You Did Last Summer, and also alongside Ali Larter in House On Haunted Hill. ” - JakobGarcia
Scout Taylor-Compton
Actress, Halloween II
Scout Taylor-Compton began acting with a featured role in the A.F.I. film A.W.O.L starring David Morse. Since then, her performances in seven independent films, over fifteen student films, and three music videos formed a firm foundation that led to her leading role in MGM's Sleepover...
“ Scout won the role of one of the horror genre's most beloved characters for the remake of Halloween, Laurie Strode. She returned for its sequel, Rob Zombie's Halloween 2, as well. Her other genre credits include April Fools Day, Wicked Little Things, and the upcoming 7500. ” - JakobGarcia
Judie Aronson
Actress, Weird Science
Born in Los Angeles, California, the fourth of five daughters, she was dubbed "the baby with the beat" by her family - a title she earned for her frequent song and dance routines. Aronson began her professional acting career at a young age. In the height of her success, she left acting to attend UCLA as a Theater Arts major...
“ It's hard to believe she wasn't in more horror films but Judie Aronson left quite an impression on me and was my favorite victim in the Friday the 13th series as Samantha in Friday The 13th Part 4: The Final Chapter. Her character met her demise after taking a late night dip in Crystal Lake and lounging in a raft until Jason's machete came through the bottom. ” - JakobGarcia
Adrienne King
Adrienne was born in and raised Oyster Bay, Long Island and did her first commercial when she was six months old, and has stayed at it with a brief hiatus or two ever since. She has also studied voice and dance, being continually involved in some phase of show business. She has done numerous television and radio commercials...
“ Adrienne was the very first "survivor" or heroine in the Friday The 13th films, that is until she met a grisly end in the opening of Friday The 13th Part 2, which was another film that Scream was reminiscent of. Her character of Alice has always been beloved by horror fans and is considered the Laurie Strode of Friday The 13th! ” - JakobGarcia
Amy Steel
Amy Steel's acting career began in West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1973 when she attended Westtown school of dramatic arts. After two summers of dramatic training, Amy joined Barley-Sheaf Players and starred in two productions. She temporarily left the theatre to further pursue her academic career at the prestigious Kent school in Kent...
“ Many critics denied anything good said about Friday The 13th Part 2 but it actually stands as my favorite of the entire series, mostly for the opening sequence with Adrienne King, followed by another great heroine, Ginny, played by Amy Steel. Also, Amy Steel's character Kitt is the heart of another 80's classic, April Fool's Day, one of my favorites. ” - JakobGarcia
Pamela Susan Shoop
Actress, Halloween II
A veteran character actress with a prolific career, Pamela Susan Shoop began acting while in her teens and established herself as a television regular in the early seventies. Since that time, she has appeared in several guest spots on a variety of television programs while occasionally working in theatrical films...
“ Who could ever forget Pamela's character in Halloween 2, nurse Karen, who endures one of the goriest death scenes in horror history as Michael Myers drowns and scalds her to death in the hospital's hot tub! ” - JakobGarcia
Nancy Allen
Actress, RoboCop
Nancy Anne Allen was the daughter of a police lieutenant from Yonkers, New York. At a young age, she trained for a dancing career at the High School of Performing Arts, and then attended Jose Quintano's School for Young Professionals. In dozens of television commercials from the age of 15, Nancy made her first film appearance in The Last Detail with Jack Nicholson...
“ In Carrie, she was the villain, Chris Hargensen, who dumps the bucket of pig blood on Carrie and then later pays for it as she and John Travolta's car wrecks and explodes; but it was her scenes in another Brian DePalma flick, Dressed To Kill, that actually had me on the edge of my seat. ” - JakobGarcia
Adrienne Barbeau
Actress, The Fog
Adrienne Jo Barbeau is an American actress and author best known for her roles on the TV series Maude and in horror films, especially those directed by John Carpenter, with whom she was once married. She was born on June 11, 1945 in Sacramento, California, the daughter of an executive for Mobil Oil...
“ The Fog is one of my all time favorite flicks from the 80's and her starring turn as Stevie Wayne, the radio dj, led an all star cast. Other roles included Creepshow, Swamp Thing, and Escape From New York. She filmed a cameo for Rob Zombie's Halloween remake but it ended up on the cutting room floor. ” - JakobGarcia
Nancy Kyes
Actress, Halloween
Pretty, perky and appealing brunette actress Nancy Kyes had a regrettably brief acting career; she appeared in three excellent features for director John Carpenter in which she acted under the name of Nancy Loomis. She was born on December 19, 1949 in Falls Church, Virginia. Nancy attended high school in Riverside...
“ Formerly known as Nancy Loomis, she co-starred alongside Jamie Lee Curtis and P.J. Soles as their other best friend, babysitter and Sheriff's daughter Annie Brackett. Curtis, Soles, and Loomis all three made such an impact in the horror genre that they will always remain staples in the scary movie business. Loomis also starred in two other John Carpenter classics: Assault On Precinct 13 and The Fog (again with Curtis and her mother Janet Leigh), and also appeared in the Halloween film that wasn't a Halloween film-Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch as a completely different character and didn't even look like herself. ” - JakobGarcia
Janet Leigh
Actress, Psycho
Janet Leigh was the only child of a couple who often moved from town to town. Living in apartments, Janet was a bright child who skipped several grades and finished high school when she was 15. A lonely child, she would spend much of her time at movie theaters. She was a student, studying music and psychology...
“ This one needs no explanation as any film buff knows who Janet Leigh is. Her starring and shocking turn in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (Audiences were surprised when the top billed actress was killed off in the first act of the movie) as Marion Crane, one of horror's most memorable roles. Psycho is usually referred to as the original slasher flick, and inspired the other original slasher flick, Halloween, which starred her daughter, Jamie Lee Curtis. In the early 80's, Leigh starred alongside her daughter in another John Carpenter classic, The Fog, (which also included Nancy Loomis and Adrienne Barbeau), and then jumped at the chance to share the screen with Curtis one last time in the late 90's in the cameo role of Laurie Strode's secretary, Norma Watson, in Halloween: H20, shortly before her death. Incidentally, the role of Norma was originally offered to P.J. Soles but when she hesitated Leigh took the part. And they even tipped their hats off to Psycho by having Leigh's character drive away in the car from Psycho in her final movie scene. Way cool!!! ” - JakobGarcia
Sigourney Weaver
Actress, Aliens
Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Leroy Hospital in Manhattan, New York City. Her father, TV producer Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., originally wanted to name her Flavia, because of his passion for Roman history (he had already named her elder brother Trajan). Her mother, Elizabeth Inglis (née Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins)...
“ Weaver definitely deserves recognition for her iconic character, Lt. Ellen Ripley, in the Alien franchise. The first film, 1979's classic, Ridley Scott's Alien, launched Weaver's career as Ripley was the sole survivor of a spaceship crew that was taken over by the alien. She returned in 1986 for director James Cameron in one of the best sequels ever made, Aliens, with usual Cameron co-stars Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, and Jeanette Goldstein as they played Marines going to investigate these supposed aliens that killed her former crew. Aliens is still one of my all time favorite movies. The next two films in that franchise with Weaver still on board were not as good as the first two but she still gave it her all in Alien 3, followed last by Alien: Resurrection. Later on, although Ghostbusters is not a horror movie by any means, it has a hint of one, with Weaver along for the ride as Dana Barrett; and finally one of the best thrillers of the 90's, Weaver and Holly Hunter starred in Copycat, about a serial killer imitating famous murderers from the past. ” - JakobGarcia
Linda Hamilton
Born in Salisbury, Maryland, USA, following high school Linda studied for two years at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, before moving on to acting studies in New York. In New York she attended acting workshops given by Lee Strasberg. Her first parts were small parts in TV series, with her biggest break coming with her role in The Terminator...
“ Although it as a total 80's cheesefest, it was a creepy classic that spawned countless sequels, Children Of The Corn, starring Hamilton and Peter Horton. And her iconic character of Sarah Connor from the not really horror Terminator films rivals Sigourney Weaver's Ripley for the best action scream queen! ” - JakobGarcia
Margot Kidder
Actress, Superman
Margot Kidder was born Margaret Ruth Kidder in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, to Jocelyn Mary "Jill" (Wilson), a history teacher from British Columbia, and Kendall Kidder, a New Mexico-born mining engineer and explosives expert. Margot was a delightful child who took pride in everything she did...
“ Kidder starred in another 70's classic that is often referred to as the original slasher flick, Black Christmas, that was recently remade. She also starred in a film I never saw called Sisters. And then there was The Amityville Horror, one that still frightens me to my very bones to this day, where she played James Brolin's wife Kathy Lutz. Based on a true story, Amityville spawned many sequels, imitators, and even a remake of Kidder's first Amityville. Then in 2009, Margot popped up in a two scene cameo role as Laurie Strode's shrink in Rob Zombie's Halloween 2. (Zombie is known for placing familiar film and TV veterans in supporting parts in his films, something I highly admire). ” - JakobGarcia
Linda Blair
Actress, The Exorcist
From the age of five, Linda Blair had to get used to the spotlight, first as a child model and then as an actress, when out of 600 applicants she was picked for the role of Regan, the possessed child, in The Exorcist. Linda quickly rose to international fame, won the Golden Globe, and seemed to be set to take the Academy Award for that role...
“ Linda Blair probably tried and never succeeded to move beyond her unforgettable role as Regan McNeil, the possessed teen in The Exorcist, and The Exorcist 2: The Heretic. Several flops later, she gave in to the horror genre with Hell Night, but that bombed as well. Oh well, at least she was invited to make a cameo appearance in the first Scream film as a reporter~~"Tell us Sidney, people have a right to know!" she belted out! ” - JakobGarcia
Sissy Spacek
Actress, Carrie
As a kid, Sissy Spacek climbed trees, rode horses, swam, and played in the woods. She was born Mary Elizabeth Spacek on December 25, 1949, in Quitman, Texas, to Virginia Frances (Spilman) and Edwin Arnold Spacek, Sr., a county agricultural agent. Her father's family was of Czech and German origin. Sissy attended Quitman High School and was homecoming queen...
“ From writer Stephen King.....director Brian DePalma....the prom from hell.....need I say more?? Spacek fought hard and won the role of Carrie for the movie by the same name. And it paid off, Spacek earned an Oscar nomination, a first for a horror film. The movie still holds up to this day, and not only did it launch her career, but it also opened up doors for her co-stars/tormentors Amy Irving, William Katt, Nancy Allen, John Travolta, and P.J. Soles. There has already been one remake and talk of another, but how could they ever top the original cast shouting "Plug it up! Plug it up!" ” - JakobGarcia
Emilie de Ravin
Actress, Lost
Emilie was born on 27th December 1981, and grew up in Mount Eliza, Victoria, Australia. When she was 15, she was accepted at the highly selective Australian Ballet School in Melbourne. However, after only a year, she dropped out and undertook acting courses. Her first starring role was on the fantasy drama...
“ Speaking of Carrie, Emilie was one of the stars of the forgettable TV remake, filling in the shoes of Nancy Allen as Chris Hargensen, Carrie's main nemesis, the girl who dumps the pig blood on her. Emilie also starred in another remake, The Hills Have Eyes. One more reboot and she would tie with Katie Cassidy as the remake scream queen!!! ” - JakobGarcia
Rachel Blanchard
Actress, Road Trip
Rachel attended Havergal college, an all girls school in Toronto. After high school she went on to attend Queens university in Kingston, Ontario Canada. To prepare for her role as Cher in the Clueless TV series, Rachel actually did go to some high schools in L.A. where she was surprised to find out that the scene was somewhat like the movie portrayed...
“ And while we are on that subject, Rachel Blanchard starred in the much more forgettable sequel to Carrie, titled The Rage: Carrie 2, as one of the mean girls who torment the half sister of Spacek's Carrie White. Amy Irving even returned as her same character Sue Snell, now a guidance counselor, and Rachel played a character modeled after P.J. Soles' Norma from the first Carrie. I thought for sure she would then be cast to replace P.J. once again when Rob Zombie remade Halloween in the role of Lynda but he chose Kristina Klebe. So Rachel went on to star in Snakes On A Plane instead!!! ” - JakobGarcia
Rooney Mara
Actress and philanthropist Rooney Mara was born on April 17, 1985 in Bedford, New York. She made her screen debut in the slasher film Urban Legends: Bloody Mary, went on to have a supporting role in the independent coming-of-age drama Tanner Hall, and has since starred in the horror remake A Nightmare on Elm Street...
“ Not quite as memorable as Katie Cassidy, Rooney was still pretty good as the new Nancy in the Nightmare On Elm Street remake. ” - JakobGarcia
Hayden Panettiere
Hayden Leslie Panettiere was born on 21st August 1989 in Palisades, New York, to actress Lesley Vogel and fire department captain Skip Panettiere. Her younger brother is actor Jansen Panettiere. She has Italian, and some English and German, ancestry. Her mother got her started in the business by doing commercials when she was just 11 months old...
“ So she may have been getting her feet wet in this genre but Hayden totally stole the show in Scream 4 as flirty film geek Kirby Reed. And it doesn't hurt that she resembles Danielle Harris just a little!! ” - JakobGarcia
Jessica Stroup
Actress, 90210
Jessica Stroup was born October 23rd 1986, in Anderson, South Carolina, USA. At the age of 17, she received a scholarship to attend the University of Georgia, but turned it down to pursue acting. At only 17, she moved to Los Angeles and immediately took acting classes and received both modeling and acting offers...
“ The Hills Have Eyes 2 (yes they made a sequel!) followed by the remake of Prom Night earns Stroup a spot on this list I guess. ” - JakobGarcia
Monica Keena
Monica Keena was born in New Jersey on May 28, 1979, to Bill and Mary Keena and was little sister to Samantha, the Keenas' first daughter. Growing up, Monica shone in all things arts. Dance, singing, acting, and drawing. At 13, Keena enrolled in the prestigious LaGuardia school for acting and made it...
“ I expected a heck of a lot more out of the little sister from While You Were Sleeping, but Freddy Vs. Jason was about the best we got from her in the horror world. ” - JakobGarcia
Clea DuVall
Actress, Argo
Clea DuVall was born in Los Angeles on September 25, 1977, to Rosemary (Hatch) and actor Steph DuVall. DuVall's teenage years presented her with many challenges. Her parents divorced when she was twelve, and, when her mother remarried, DuVall moved out because she did not feel at home in the newly-reconstituted family...
“ Another "Faculty" alumni, (Starred alongside Jordana Brewster and Josh Hartnett in The Faculty), she later appeared in John Carpenter's return to sci-fi/horror called Ghosts Of Mars; and The Grudge with Sarah Michelle Gellar. ” - JakobGarcia
Michelle Williams
A small-town girl born and raised in rural Kalispell, Montana, Michelle Ingrid Williams is the daughter of Carla Ingrid (Swenson), a homemaker, and Larry Richard Williams, a commodity trader and author. Her ancestry is Norwegian, as well as German, British Isles, and other Scandinavian. She was first known as bad girl Jen Lindley in the television series Dawson's Creek...
“ Michelle has definitely went on to higher success but she got her start in the late 90's latest Halloween sequel, Halloween: H20 as Josh Hartnett's girlfriend, Molly, and she definitely held her own against 'ole Michael Myers and alongside Jamie Lee Curtis. ” - JakobGarcia
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe
Actress, Nash Bridges
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe was born in Cliffwood Beach, New Jersey, to Noreen and Jack O'Keefe, a director of labor relations for Merck. She began modeling at the age of 8 after seeing her eldest sister Heather modelling. She modeled for various companies such as Gitano Jeans and DreamPhone. When she reached her teen years she attended Saint John Vianney High School in Holmdel...
“ Jodi wasn't as lucky as Michelle, her character Sarah had "DEAD" stamped on her forehead the moment we first laid eyes on her in Halloween: H20. However, at least she made it on the movie poster! (The 90's horror films, as well as others, began a trend of placing its most notable players in a fashionable pose together for the poster of the film and the dvd cover. SEE: The Scream trilogy; I Know What You Did Last Summer; The Faculty; Halloween: Resurrection) ” - JakobGarcia
Laura Ramsey
Actress, She's the Man
Laura Jill Ramsey was born in Brandon, Wisconsin. After arriving in LA at the age of 19 and a stint of gypsy living, Laura was "discovered" while waiting tables and was sent out the next day on her first audition. She booked the job and her career has been dotted by strong and consistent work, ever since...
“ Too bad her character wasn't the survivor in The Ruins, instead of the annoying other girl who did live. And there was a little straight to dvd flick called Venom she was also featured in. ” - JakobGarcia
“ The best thing about the campy cult 80's classic Happy Birthday To Me also starring the Little House On The Prairie girl was this soap actress. Her performance and character made the whole movie and that's about all. ” - JakobGarcia
“ The best thing about the original Prom Night, even better than Jamie Lee Curtis' less than stellar performance, was this actress' portrayal of the mean friend of their group, who's long chase scene thru the high school trying to get back to the dance and away from the killer was one of the best chase scenes to come out of an 80's horror flick. She later co-starred in a little known movie called The . And not many Halloween fans recognize her, but she has a small scene in Halloween 2 as Darcy, the girl that Pamela Susan Shoop's Karen has to give a ride home before reporting to work which makes her late and gets her in hot water with Mrs. Alves!!! (No pun intended as Karen is scalded in hot water in her death scene!) ” - JakobGarcia
“ Halloween 4's resident slut, Kelly Meeker, the Sheriff's daughter! ” - JakobGarcia
“ Who could forget nurse Jill, who's clogs that dropped to the floor when Michael picked her up with his scalpel signaled her demise. ” - JakobGarcia
Kyle Richards
Actress, Halloween
Kyle Egan Richards was born in Hollywood, California, to Kathleen Mary (Dugan) and Kenneth Edwin Richards, a business executive. Ken died in 1998. Kathleen was diagnosed with breast cancer the same year, and passed away in March of 2002. Kyle, like her sister Kim, began acting at a very young age. She made many appearances on Little House on the Prairie as Alicia Sanderson Edwards...
“ And finally, the Richards sisters....both appeared in a film called The Car....and both appeared in a John Carpenter classic: Kyle played young Lindsay Wallace in Halloween... ” - JakobGarcia
Kim Richards
Kim Richards was one of the most popular and adorable star child actresses of the 70s. Kim was born September 19, 1964 in Mineola, New York, to Kathleen Mary (Dugan) and Kenneth Edwin Richards, a business executive. She is of Irish, English, and Welsh descent. Kim made her TV commercial debut at four months in a diaper ad...
“ ...and her older sister Kim played the unlucky little girl who gets shot thru her popsicle in Assault On Precinct 13!!! ” - JakobGarcia
“ Ok so I had to add these next three from one of my favorite Friday The 13th films: Part III in 3D...Dana played Chris Higgins, the final girl, and she was my favorite final girl of the whole film series. ” - JakobGarcia
“ I actually thought Vera, played by Catherine Parks, was going to be the final girl in this film, due to all the time they spent on her character but turned out she was the first of this set of teens to go, and the first Friday character to be killed by Jason wearing the iconic hockey mask! ” - JakobGarcia
“ I loved how this Friday film had all brunette haired girls for the teen characters, no blondes in this one at all. Tracie played the first pregnant character in a Friday The 13th movie which I have to say Steve Miner had balls including that into the script, as she is killed by a machete being plunged up through the hammock into her back and out of her chest! ” - JakobGarcia
Ashley Laurence
Actress, Hellraiser
Ashley Laurence is an American film and television actress, noted for her appearances in horror films, particularly the "Hellraiser" series. She grew up in the cultural excitement of Southern California. Encouraged to explore every artistic avenue available to her, she soon found her love for acting was equaled by her passion for painting...
“ The Halloween films first had Jamie Lee Curtis followed by Danielle Harris each starring in two back to back installments of the most popular horror movie series back in the late 70s through the 80s. For the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise, there was Heather Langenkamp as Nancy, and later on, Lisa Wilcox as Alice. And for the Hellraiser saga, was that same caliber actress that devoted fans longed for her to appear in every sequel, just as fans wished for the same of the previous mentioned actresses, Ashley Laurence shined in her standout performances as Kirsty, who battled the evil Pinhead and his crew in more a few installments of the Hellraiser franchise. ” - JakobGarcia
“ As one of 'those' who often is berated in online groups/fan pages for loving a sequel of a classic hit horror film more than its predecessor, this remains true of this great movie franchise. I think a lot of the reason for cases like this has to do with which film a young person might have seen first, therefore cementing in their mind that particular installment for scaring the bejesus out of him! However, let's get something straight though, I love the original Jaws and hold it up there with one of the film industry's greatest, but I also love Jaws 2! I think a lot of the appeal is there's a lot more action and a much bigger cast, particularly the large crop of teens in peril, kind of like a slasher movie in the water! And the standout teen in peril of Jaws 2 was Ann Dusenberry as Tina Wilcox.
And fun fact trivia tidbit: Ann was considered for the role of Laurie Strode by John Carpenter and Debra Hill for Halloween which of course went to Jamie Lee Curtis, but Ann was almost the famous Laurie Strode! However, she was cast in Jaws 2 which both films came out in 1978. Also, the previous year, Ann co-starred in a made for TV horror movie called The Possessed which featured quite a few other familiar faces like Halloween's PJ Soles, Diana Scarwid of Mommie Dearest and Psycho III, Dinah Manoff of Grease and Child's Play, and an actor just about to become a household name, Harrison Ford! ” - JakobGarcia
Ana Alicia
Actress, Falcon Crest
Born in Mexico City, Mexico on December 12, 1956, Ana Alicia became the third of four children to Carlos Celestino Ortiz and Alicia Torres Ortiz. She grew up in El Paso, Texas from age 6 after the passing of her father. There, she lived with her grandmother, widowed mother, her uncle Louie and three siblings in a house her father had purchased for her grandmother...
“ One of the most memorable parts about Halloween II was the four nurses at Haddonfield Memorial Hospital...Ana Alicia (Falcon Crest) portrayed young innocent Nurse Janet... ” - JakobGarcia
Anna Paquin
Actress, The Piano
Anna Paquin is the first millennial to have received an Academy Award nomination for acting, and the first to win. She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1982, to Mary (Brophy), an English teacher from Wellington, New Zealand, and Brian Paquin, a Canadian phys-ed teacher. Anna moved to her mother's native country when she was four years old...
“ Scream 4...Trick Or Treat...Darkness...TV's True Blood...need I say more? ” - JakobGarcia
Amber Heard
Actress, Zombieland
Amber Laura Heard was born in Austin, Texas, to Patricia Paige (Parsons), an internet researcher, and David Clinton Heard, a contractor. She has English, Irish, Scottish, German, and Welsh ancestry. Heard appeared in the Academy Award-nominated film, North Country, in which she played Charlize Theron's character in flashbacks...
“ The remake of The Stepfather...All The Boys Love Mandy Lane...Drive Angry...John Carpenter's The Ward... ” - JakobGarcia
A.J. Cook
Born in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, to Michael and Sandra Cook, Andrea Joy Cook began acting at the age of 17. She has appeared in nearly a dozen films and several TV shows before the age of 25. Before taking up acting, she was a dancer, having started dancing competitively at age 4 in the styles of tap...
“ Before she landed the pivotal role of FBI Agent Jennifer "J.J." Jareau on TV's Criminal Minds, A.J. starred in the first sequel to Final Destination opposite Ali Larter. ” - JakobGarcia
A.J. Langer
A.J. Langer was born in Columbus, Ohio. At age 5, her family moved to the San Fernando Valley, just outside of Los Angeles. She first began using her initials to join an all-boys baseball team, and the nickname stuck. She was introduced to Ernie Lively, who became her acting coach. After roles on television shows...
“ Wes Craven's The People Under The Stairs and John Carpenter's Escape From L.A....was later considered for the lead role of Sidney Prescott in another little movie from Wes Craven...most famous role though had to be as party girl Rayanne on the short-lived but brilliant TV series My So-Called Life with Claire Danes and Jared Leto. ” - JakobGarcia
Barbara Crampton
Actress, Re-Animator
Gorgeous, talented and charismatic blonde actress Barbara Crampton was born on December 27, 1958 in Levittown, Long Island, New York and raised in Vermont. Because her father was a carnie, Barbara spent her childhood summers traveling the country with the carnival. Crampton first began acting in school plays in 7th grade and studied acting in high school...
“ I think of the horror genre in its heyday of the 70s/80s and I think of great actors like Barbara Crampton of some classic films like Re-Animator and Chopping Mall, who's made a comeback in recent years with roles in movies like You're Next! ” - JakobGarcia
“ Return Of The Living Dead...one of my favorite films to come out of the 80s starring Beverly Randolph as the great heroine Tina! ” - JakobGarcia
“ Friday The 13th Part III's Vera Sanchez ” - JakobGarcia
Catherine Mary Stewart
Catherine Mary Stewart's career has spanned more than 30 years and over 50 different productions, from film to television to theater, in England, Canada and the United States. She was living in London studying dance, acting and singing when she was cast in her first professional acting role as the lead in the rock musical The Apple...
Kelli Maroney
Kelli Maroney began her career acting and studying at the Guthrie Theater in her native Minneapolis, MN., then went to New York to study at the National Shakespeare Company Conservatory. Two weeks after she arrived in Manhattan, Kelli was cast as evil adolescent "Kimberly Harris" on the daytime soap opera...
Lar Park-Lincoln
Lar Park Lincoln has 38 years in the industry! Her book, "Get Started Not Scammed" guides Hollywood hopefuls to Stardom! Her specialties are TV and film, on-camera training, auditions, and career guidance. She has written her own method of on-camera training, "The Autograph", which super-speeds the training and booking rates of actors...
Tamara Glynn
Actress, Halloween 5
Discovered by a Los Angeles talent agent, Tamara Glynn started acting as a teenage. Originally from Hot Springs,Arkansas, Tamara made her way to Los Angles to star in Halloween 5 as Samantha Thomas. Ms. Glynn television credits include: Knots Landing, Growing Pains, Miami Vice, Life on the Flipside, Brand New Life and Nightmare on Elm Street (the series), Rags to Riches and more...
Courteney Cox
Actress, Friends
Courteney Cox was born on June 15th, 1964 in Birmingham, Alabama, into an affluent Southern family. She is the daughter of Courteney (Bass) and Richard Lewis Cox (1930-2001), a businessman. She was the baby of the family with two older sisters (Virginia and Dottie) and an older brother, Richard, Jr...
Hayden Panettiere
Hayden Leslie Panettiere was born on 21st August 1989 in Palisades, New York, to actress Lesley Vogel and fire department captain Skip Panettiere. Her younger brother is actor Jansen Panettiere. She has Italian, and some English and German, ancestry. Her mother got her started in the business by doing commercials when she was just 11 months old...
Emma Roberts
Emma Roberts is the daughter of Oscar-nominated actor Eric Roberts, and the niece of Oscar-winner Julia Roberts. She was born in Rhinebeck, New York. Emma was a baby when her parents separated, and she grew up living with her mother, Kelly Cunningham. She was educated at Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, California...
Britt Robertson
Actress, Tomorrowland
Brittany Leanna Robertson was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, to Beverly (Hayes) and Ryan Robertson, a restaurateur. She was raised in South Carolina, the oldest of seven children. Her mother's worries about the public school system led to Robertson being home-schooled. She began acting at the Greenville Little Theater in South Carolina...
Danielle Panabaker
Actress, The Flash
Danielle Nicole Panabaker was born in Augusta, Georgia. Her younger sister, actress Kay Panabaker, starred in the TV series, Summerland(WB, 2004-05). Panabaker started acting at a summer camp, before joining community theater productions when she was 10-years-old. Panabaker moved to Naperville...
Chelan Simmons
Chelan Simmons was born in Vancouver, Canada. One of three children (one older brother and an older sister), she has been a natural performer since the age of 2. Her first movie role was as the title creature's first victim, Laurie Ann Winterbarger, in Stephen King's It. Her most recognizable roles are in Final Destination 3 as Ashley Freund...
Deborah Foreman
Actress, Valley Girl
Deborah Foreman won the prestigious "Most Promising New Star" award from Sho West in 1986, following her starring roles in the critically acclaimed Valley Girl and the award-winning My Chauffeur. Subsequently, she had the lead (actually the two leads!) in April Fool's Day which continues to be a video favorite...
Deborah Goodrich
Graduated from Lake Erie College in 1980 with a bachelor of arts degree in modern foreign languages (French and Italian literature and history). She has spent her career in the arts, first as an actress in film and television; then, as a story editor at Miramax Films. Chosen as a recipient of the Sesquicentennial Fellow award at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio.
Deborah Voorhees
Deborah Voorhees has lived a colorful life-journalist, filmmaker, writer, editor, teacher, even a Hollywood B-scream starlet and Playboy Bunny. In 2015, Voorhees' screenplay Genevieve was an official selection of the Beverly Hills Film Festival. Her short film and music video Hip Hop Hamlet was an official selection of Kenneth Branagh's Shakespeare Film Festival...
Hunter Tylo
Born Deborah Jo Hunter in Fort Worth, the native Texan is an accomplished equestrian with a degree in pre-med from Fordham University in New York. She was a top fashion model in the seventies and eighties, and began her acting career in Dallas, Texas doing plays such as "Vanities", "The Marriage-Go-Round"...
“ One of horror's "Deborah's", originally that is, until she changed her name before joining soaps from Deborah Morehart as she was credited in The Initiation, a great old slasher flick starring Daphne Zuniga, to Hunter Tylo. ” - JakobGarcia
Dee Wallace
This attractive, happy go lucky blonde actress, educated at the University of Kansas and a former ballet soloist, first broke into both TV and cinema screens in the mid 1970s and through her appearances in several well remembered horror and sci-fi films, and Dee quickly gained a cult following among the fantasy film fans...
Elizabeth Mitchell
Actress, Frequency
Elizabeth Mitchell was born in Los Angeles in 1970. Shortly after her birth, her parents moved to Dallas, Texas. She was graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas. Later, she earned a BFA degree in acting from Stephens College and also studied at the British American Drama Academy...
Famke Janssen
Actress, X-Men
Famke Janssen was born on November 5, 1964 in Amstelveen, Netherlands, and has two siblings, director Antoinette Beumer and actress Marjolein Beumer. She studied economics for a year at the University of Amsterdam. Moving to America in 1984, Famke modeled for Chanel in New York City. Later, taking a break from modeling...
Vera Farmiga
Actress, The Conjuring
Vera Farmiga is an American actress who received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role opposite George Clooney in Up in the Air. She was born Vera Ann Farmiga, second of seven children, on August 6, 1973, in Clifton (Passaic County), New Jersey, USA, to Ukrainian parents...
Vera Miles
Actress, Psycho
Born in Boise City, Oklahoma, Vera Miles attended school in Pratt, Kansas and Wichita, Kansas. The patrician beauty of Miss Miles won her the title of "Miss Kansas" in 1948, leading soon to small roles in Hollywood films and television series. Fame came to the forthright, spirited Miles when she attracted the attention of two master directors...
Veronica Cartwright
Actress, Alien
Born in Bristol, England, Veronica is the older sister of the popular child actress Angela Cartwright. In her early career, Veronica was cast in a number of popular movies such as The Children's Hour, Spencer's Mountain and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. As such, she was cast as "Jemima Boone" in the popular television series Daniel Boone...
Gloria Gifford
Actress, Halloween II
She starred in a production of the play, "My Cup Ranneth Over" (written by award-winning playwright, Robert Patrick) in London, England to brilliant reviews in 1978. It was a lunchtime production in the West End for Producer Ed Berman and then she recreated her role for PBS in Minneapolis, filmed at the Guthrie...
Helene Udy
Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but a dual citizen with a British passport, Helene Udy is best known for playing edgy, rough hewn and often sympathetic portrayals of misunderstood characters's the most of which to date is the series regular prostitute "Myra" on the popular CBS TV Western Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman...
Laurie Holden
Actress, The Americans
LAURIE HOLDEN is best known to audiences as Andrea in the hit AMC drama series The Walking Dead. However, Laurie's big acting break came much earlier in her career, starring with Vanessa Redgrave in the critically acclaimed TNT mini-series Young Catherine. Since that auspicious beginning, she has appeared in several groundbreaking television series...
Marley Shelton
Actress, Planet Terror
Marley Eve Shelton was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Eagle Rock, CA. She is the daughter of Carol (Stromme), a teacher and singer, and Christopher Shelton, who worked as a director and producer. She has three sisters: Koren Shelton, Erin Shelton and Samantha Shelton. Both of her parents were involved in local theater projects...
Naomi Watts
Actress, King Kong
Naomi Ellen Watts was born on September 28, 1968 in Shoreham, England, to Myfanwy Edwards "Miv" (Roberts), an antiques dealer and costume/set designer, and Peter Watts (Peter Anthony Watts), the road manager to Pink Floyd. Her maternal grandfather was Welsh. Her father died when Naomi was seven and she began to follow her mother and her brother around England...
Nicki Aycox
Nicki Aycox has lived a full artistic life since the age of nine, when she fell in love with the family piano and began playing music. By the time she had reached her preteens Nicki was performing Beethoven for audiences all around Oklahoma, until her family had a huge financial setback and was forced to sell her piano...
Olivia Cooke
Olivia Cooke was born and raised in Oldham, a former textile manufacturing town in Greater Manchester, North West England. She comes from a family of non-actors; her father, John, is a retired police officer, and her mother is a sales representative. Cooke attended Royton and Crompton Secondary School and studied drama at Oldham Sixth Form College...
Rooney Mara
Actress and philanthropist Rooney Mara was born on April 17, 1985 in Bedford, New York. She made her screen debut in the slasher film Urban Legends: Bloody Mary, went on to have a supporting role in the independent coming-of-age drama Tanner Hall, and has since starred in the horror remake A Nightmare on Elm Street...