Scream queens, murderers, victims, and beauties of all type that have shaped the horror genre into what it is today.
The most beautiful star of the greatest horror masterpiece of Italian film, Black Sunday
: Barbara Steele was born on December 29, 1937 in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England. Barbara is loved by her fans for her talent, intelligence, and a dark, mysterious beauty that is unique; her face epitomizes either sweet innocence...
“ For me, Barbara Steele stands above all other horror starlets. In Bava's "Black Sunday," her piercing eyes stare into your very soul. Steele is a true scream queen and has appeared in numerous horror films, many of them classics, like "Pit and the Pendulum," "Piranha," David Cronenberg's "Shivers," "The Horrible Dr. Hitchcock," "Nightmare Castle," "The Ghost," "She-Beast," and "The Silent Scream," in addition to a reoccurring part on "Dark Shadows." ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Played the beautiful pig-tailed daughter in "Das Golem," one of the first woman to be seen in the classic "The Monster's Touch" pose. ” - Bonehead-XL
Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur on March 23, 1905, in San Antonio, Texas, to Anna Belle (Johnson) and Thomas E. LeSueur, a laundry laborer. By the time she was born, her parents had separated, and by the time she was a teenager, she'd had three stepfathers. It wasn't an easy life; Crawford worked a variety of menial jobs...
“ Numerous horror credits, from the early silent classic "The Unknown," to hag-horror trend setter "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" to the classic William Castle schlock fest "Straight Jacket." Always glamorous, Crawford shined even in flicks like "Berserk" or "Trog." ” - Bonehead-XL
Born into wealth in Savannah,Georgia on October 18, 1902, Ellen Miriam Hopkins was able to attend the finest educational institutions including Goddard Seminary in Plainfield, Vermont and Syracuse University in New York State. Studying dance in New York , she received her first taste of show business as a chorus girl at twenty...
“ Classic actress of Hollywood's Golden Age who is best known to horror fans for her incredibly sexy turn as Ivy, the object of Mr. Hyde's lust, in the 1931 classic "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." ” - Bonehead-XL
One of the early sound era's most attractive young leading ladies, doll-faced Marian Marsh enjoyed a short yet significant film career as the star of several memorable 1930s melodramas opposite some of the cinema's best, most charismatic lead actors. Her youthful, wide-eyed innocence combined with an...
“ With her beautiful blonde hair and wide, expressive eyes, Marian Marsh made an impression as Trilby in the 1931 version of "Svengali." She later reteamed with John Barrymore the same year for a similarly themed horror-thriller, "The Mad Genius." Later on, she appeared with Boris Karloff in "The Black Room" as well as a number of mysteries and comedies. ” - Bonehead-XL
Canadian-born Fay Wray was brought up in Los Angeles and entered films at an early age. She was barely in her teens when she started working as an extra. She began her career as a heroine in westerns at Universal during the silent era. In 1926 the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers selected 13 young starlets it deemed most likely to succeed in pictures...
“ The love of King Kong's life and the world's first true scream queen, Fay Wray was and always shall be a classic. Other notable horror credits include "The Most Dangerous Game" and the underrated "Mystery at the Wax Museum." ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Otherwise known as Lota the Panther Woman from incendiary 1932 classic "Island of Lost Souls." Burke was exotic, innocent, and implacably sexy in that film. Other credits include "Murders in the Zoo." ” - Bonehead-XL
Born Olga Vladimirovna Baklanova, one of six children of Vladimir Baklanoff and his wife Alexandra, later billed as the Russian Tigress in her early talking films, was born August 19, 1893. She graduated from the Cherniavsky Institute in Moscow prior to her selection in 1912 at age 19 to apprentice at the Moscow Art Theatre...
“ Baclanova was a simmering seductress as the wicked Cleopatra in still disturbing to this day classic "Freaks." Other horror credits include the 1923 silent melodrama "The Man Who Laughs." ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Another exotic, unforgettable face of early horror, eccentric Zita Johann was spell-binding in "The Mummy" as a woman who spawned a love that last a thousand years. ” - Bonehead-XL
Elsa Sullivan Lanchester was born into an unconventional a family at the turn of the 20th century. Her parents, James "Shamus" Sullivan and Edith "Biddy" Lanchester, were socialists - very active members of the Social Democratic Federation (SDF) in a rather broad sense and did not believe in the institution of marriage and being tied to any conventions of legality for that matter...
“ The Bride of Frankenstein herself! The most iconic female character in all of horror! Other genre credits include the original 1971 version of "Willard" and the 1973 remake of "Mystery at the Wax Museum." ” - Bonehead-XL
Evelyn Ankers, a beautiful movie actress who was a staple of Universal's horror films in the 1940s, was born in Chile to English parents in 1918. Her parents repatriated the family back to England in the 1920s, and it was in Old Blighty that Ankers developed a desire to become an actress. She began appearing in small roles in English movies in the mid-1930s while she was still in school...
“ First coming to horror fan's attention as the woman who tempted the beast in 1941's "The Wolf Man," Ankers would go on to become a studio player in many Universal horror films of the 1940s, such as "The Ghost of Frankenstein," "Captive Wild Woman," "Son of Dracula," "The Mad Ghoul," and "The Invisible Man's Revenge." ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Holden has the distinction of being the first lesbian vampire on-screen in the 1936 sequel, "Dracula's Daughter." She had an absolutely captivating face. ” - Bonehead-XL
Sly, manipulative, dangerously cunning and sinister were the key words that best described the roles that Gale Sondergaard played in motion pictures, making her one of the most talented character actresses ever seen on the screen. She was educated at the University of Minnesota and later married director Herbert J. Biberman
“ Femme fatale of classic cinema, Universal tried to spin her role in the Sherlock Holmes film "The Spider Woman" into a stand-alone franchise with "The Spider Woman Strikes Back." She did her time in other genre films like 1939 version of "The Cat and the Canary," 1941's "The Black Cat," "The Invisible Man Returns," "The Climax," hag horror entry "Savage Intruder," and later TV work like "The Cat Creature" and an episode of "Night Gallery" before ending her career with a 1983 thriller "Echoes." ” - Bonehead-XL
Diminutive, fiery-tempered Simone Simon was born in France, but spent much of her early childhood in Madagascar, where her father managed a graphite mine. Her schooling was somewhat unsettled, her family moving from city to city (Berlin, Budapest, Turin) before finally establishing themselves in Paris in 1930...
“ Unforgettable in 1942's "Cat People" and it's excellent sequel "Curse of the Cat People," from 1944. ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Exotic looking actress originated the role of Paula the Ape Woman, one of the more minor Universal Monsters, in the mid-1940s. Aside from "Captive Wild Woman" and "Jungle Woman," Accquanetta also appeared in "Dead Man's Eyes" and 1951's "Lost Continent." ” - Bonehead-XL
Her father, Donald Cole, was a consulting engineer, and died in 1926 when Kim was only 3 years old. Her mother, Grace Lind, once performed as a concert pianist. She had one brother who was eight years older than she, and she was educated at Miami Beach High. According to an in-depth article on Kim Hunter by Joseph Collura
in the October 2009 issue of "Classic Images"...
“ Best known as Zira from the "Planet of the Apes" franchise, Hunter appeared in a number of classic horror films, like "The Seventh Victim," beloved TV shocker "Bad Ronald," and eighties horrors "The Kindred" and "Two Evil Eyes." ” - Bonehead-XL
Sultry, opulent blonde Hungarian singer Ilona Massey survived an impoverished childhood in Budapest, Hungary to become a glamorous talent both here and abroad. As a dressmaker's apprentice she managed to scrape up money together for singing lessons and first danced in chorus lines, later earning roles at the Staats Opera...
“ Gorgeous as the daughter of Frankenstein in "Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man." Massey also appeared in the pulpy "Invisible Agent." ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Look at that profile picture! Definitive horror babe material right there. Hughes appeared in two late period Universal sci-fi/horror films, "It Came From Outer Space" and "Cult of the Cobra." She later showed up in the TV movie, "The Spell." ” - Bonehead-XL
Born in Iowa, Betty May Adams grew up in Arkansas and made her acting debut in a third grade play, "Hansel and Gretel". When she grew up and decided to become an actress, she moved to California, where she worked three days a week as a secretary (to support herself) and spent the remainder of her time taking speech lessons and making the rounds at the various studios' casting departments...
“ Clad in a skin-tight white swimsuit, Julie Adams swam into the hearts of horror fans worldwide in one of my favorite films, 1954's "Creature from the Black Lagoon." A mainstay of westerns, Adams' other horror credits include "Psychic Killer" and an episode of "Kolchak: The Night Stalker." ” - Bonehead-XL
The face of Simone Signoret
on the Paris Metro movie posters in March 1982 looked even older than her 61 years. She was still a box office draw, but the film, L'étoile du Nord
, would be her last theatrical release. She played the landlady. Signoret had a long film apprenticeship during World War II, mostly as an extra and occasionally getting to speak a single line...
“ Signoret played one of the best horror victims of all time in the French New Wave classic "Diabolique." She also appeared in the 1967 thriller "Games." ” - Bonehead-XL
Sultry, brunette Faith Domergue was born in New Orleans, part Creole, but primarily of Irish and English extraction. She was adopted when she was six weeks old. In 1927 her adoptive parents took her to live in California, where she was educated at Catholic schools in Santa Monica. She had her first flirt with the acting profession while still at school...
“ The shapely Faith Domergue is probably best remembered as the space-suit bound damsel in distress from "This Island Earth." She also appeared in other minor genre classics like "Cult of the Cobra," "It Came from Beneath the Sea," "The Atomic Brain," "So Evil, My Sister," and "House of the Seven Corpses." ” - Bonehead-XL
Born in Santa Cruz, California, Beverly Garland studied dramatics under Anita Arliss, the sister of renowned stage and screen star George Arliss
. She acted in little theater in Glendale then in Phoenix after her family relocated to Arizona. Garland also worked in radio and appeared scantily clad in a few risqué shorts before making her feature film debut in a supporting part in D.O.A.
“ Beverly Garland, a stunning blonde beauty in her day, has two claims to fame. She appeared on hundreds of TV shows through the sixties, seventies, and onward. More pressingly to this list, she also appeared in many cult drive-in monster movies in the fifties like "The Neanderthal Man," "It Conquered the World," "Curucu, Beast of the Amazon," "Not of This Earth," "The Alligator People," an episode of "Thriller," "Stark Fear," "Twice-Told Tales," and "The Mad Room." ” - Bonehead-XL
The daughter of a noted surgeon, Dana Wynter was born Dagmar Winter in Berlin, Germany, and grew up in England. When she was 16 her father went to Morocco to operate on a woman who wouldn't allow anyone else to attend her; he visited friends in Southern Rhodesia, fell in love with it and brought his daughter and her stepmother to live with him there...
“ Best known as the pure, beautiful love interest in "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," the elegant Wynter's only other genre credit is an appearance on a 1965 episode of "The Alfred Hitchcock Hour." ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Laffan is well remembered for the skin tight space suit she wore as the titular villain in "Devil Girl from Mars." ” - Bonehead-XL
Born in Birmingham, England, Hazel Court carried on a love affair with the world of movies and make-believe that made her a leading student at her hometown's School of Drama and later helped her land a contract with the J. Arthur Rank Organisation. Graduating from bits to supporting roles to leads, Court worked in English films from the mid-'40s until the early 1960s...
“ The first of many Hammer beauties, Hazel Court first impressed horror fans as the good girl love interest in "Curse of Frankenstein." She later appeared in Roger Cormon's Poe cycle in "Masque of the Red Death," "Premature Burial," and "The Raven." Her last role was an uncredited bit part in "Omen III: The Final Conflict." ” - Bonehead-XL
“ "The Hideous Sun Demon" is a pretty goofy flick but Nan Peterson's low cut neckline is excellent in it. Peterson also appeared in a couple episodes of the original "Twilight Zone." ” - Bonehead-XL
“ A bombshell of the 1950s, Cummins was glamorous in "Curse of the Demon." ” - Bonehead-XL
Anyone who loves B-movies of the 1950s appreciates this lovely actress Allison Hayes. She was born Mary Jane Hayes on March 6, 1930 in Charleston, West Virginia. The raven-haired beauty was the 1949 Washington, D.C. entry into the Miss America pageant. Shortly afterwards, Mary Jane adopted the familiar first name of Allison...
“ A frequent player in B-movies of the late 1950s and early 1960s, such as "The Undead," "Zombies of Mora Tau," "The Unearthly," "The Disembodied," "The Hypnotic Eye," and "The Crawling Hand." Hayes is no doubt most famous for the title role in camp classic "Attack of the 50 ft. Woman." The poster of her straddling a highway overpass is an iconic horror pin-up image. ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Best known as one of the few reoccurring Bond girls, Eunice was lovely in 1958's "The Revenge of Frankenstein." ” - Bonehead-XL
“ The first of many beautiful Hammer vampires, from "Horror of Dracula." ” - Bonehead-XL
Janet Leigh was born Jeanette Helen Morrison on July 6, 1927 in Merced, California, the only child of Helen Lita (Westergaard) and Frederick Robert Morrison. Her maternal grandparents were Danish, and her father had British Isles and German ancestry. Her parents often moved from town to town. Living in apartments...
“ Her shower scene in "Psycho" changed horror forever. Leigh also appeared in "Night of the Lepus," "The Fog," and "Halloween H20." ” - Bonehead-XL
Lovely, buxom, and shapely blonde bombshell Judith Lee Bamber was born on October 13, 1936 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is of mixed German-English and American Indian descent. Her father was an engineer with the Ford Motor Company. Judy started modeling while in high school so she could lose weight and correct her posture...
“ Incredibly sexy as the unfortunate model in "A Bucket of Blood." Her only other horror credit is "The Atomic Brain" from 1963. ” - Bonehead-XL
The original glamour ghoul herself, "Vampira", of late night 1950s television, was actually born Maila Syrjäniemi (later changed to the easier surname Nurmi) on December 11, 1922 in Petsamo, Finland. Her uncle was the multiple Olympic medal runner Paavo Nurmi
. Maila arrived in the United States...
“ Vampira originated the sexy female horror hosts archetype in the 1950s before starring in the best-worst movie ever, "Plan 9 from Outer Space." ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Glamorous and sexy in "La Dolca Vita," Furneaux melted horror fans' hearts in Hammer's remake of "The Mummy." Another woman worth coming back from the dead for. She also appeared in Polanski's "Repulsion." ” - Bonehead-XL
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...
“ Another important actress to the "Psycho" legacy, Miles also appeared in the film's underrated 1983 sequel. ” - Bonehead-XL
Pamela Green was a wonderful woman who began as an artist, spending seven years studying art and painting, including the last four years at St. Martin's School of Art in London. During the late 1950s, when the magazine "Kamera" created by Pamela and George Harrison Marks became hugely successful, Pamela would be busy finding and training other models to appear in the magazine...
“ Voluptuous British pin-up model who had a brief but infamous part in Michael Powell's incredible "Peeping Tom." ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Fragile and stunning in "Eyes Without a Face," Scob also appeared in "The Brotherhood of the Wolf." ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Another "Peeping Tom" actresses. Michael Powell had a weakness for red heads and so do I. Brenda's gorgeous red hair looks beautiful in Powell's vivid technicolor. ” - Bonehead-XL
“ First came to horror fan's attention in "Scream of Fear," Strasberg also appeared in "The Manitou" and "Bloody Birthday," not to mention numerous episodes of horror TV like "Night Gallery," "Tales from the Dark Side," "Tales of the Unexpected," "The Sixth Sense," and "The Invaders." ” - Bonehead-XL
“ It's hard to describe my appreciation for Yvonne Romain without sounding like a perv. Needless to say, Ms. Romain is one of my favorite Hammer beauties and could sport a low-cut dress like no one else, most impressively in "Curse of the Werewolf." Romain also appeared in "Night Creatures (AKA Captain Clegg)," "Corridors of Blood," "Circus of Fear," and "Devil Doll." ” - Bonehead-XL
Born Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer in Scotland in 1921, she was the daughter of a soldier who had been gassed in World War I. A shy, insecure child, she found an outlet for expressing her feelings in acting. Her aunt, a radio star, got her some stage work when she was a teenager, and she came to the attention of British film producer Gabriel Pascal
“ Unforgettable in "The Innocents." ” - Bonehead-XL
Candace Hilligoss was involved in acting from the early days of elementary school plays. After three years at the University of Iowa, she came to New York to study acting at the American Theatre Wing, and made her professional debut doing summer stock in Pennsylvania. She acted at the Cape Cod Playhouse...
“ Chilly and mesmerizing as the main character in "Carnival of Souls," Hilligoss also appeared in "The Curse of the Living Corpse." ” - Bonehead-XL
Carolyn Jones was born April 28, 1930, in Amarillo, Texas. Her mother was Jeannette and her sister was Bette (Moriarty). She was an imaginative child, much like her mother. In 1934, her father abandoned the family and her mother moved them in with her parents, also in Amarillo. As a child Carolyn suffered from severe asthma...
“ Jones solidified the fantasy of the eerie, dark haired horror maiden as Mortica Addams on "The Addams Family." Jones also appeared on "Batman" and "Kolchak: The Night Stalker." Feature credits of interest include the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" and Tobe Hooper's "Eaten Alive." ” - Bonehead-XL
Yvonne De Carlo
Yvonne De Carlo was born Margaret Yvonne Middleton on September 1, 1922 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She was three when her father abandoned the family. Her mother turned to waitressing in a restaurant to make ends meet--a rough beginning for an actress who would, one day, be one of Hollywood's elite...
“ You're either a Mortica or a Lily. De Carlo was stunning as a pin-up model and in "The Ten Commandments" before establishing herself as a horror legend for her role as the mother on camp classic sitcom "The Munsters." Horror feature roles include "American Gothic," "The Silent Scream," "Cellar Dweller," and "Satan's Cheerleaders." ” - Bonehead-XL
Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Ruth Augusta (Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis, a patent attorney. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother. Her early interest was dance. To Bette, dancers led a glamorous life, but then she discovered the stage...
“ By the time she starred in horror films like "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?," "The Nanny," "Burnt Offerings," "The Watcher in the Woods," and "Wicked Stepmother," you'd be hard press to call Bette Davis a babe. But she was an iconic beauty in the 30s and 40s. ” - Bonehead-XL
She was a star in Europe long before she made a dent in Hollywood in the late 60s. Along with other foreign imports at the time, such as Brigitte Bardot
, Ursula Andress
, Elke Sommer
, Ewa Aulin
, Senta Berger
, Rosanna Schiaffino
, Shirley Eaton
, Sylva Koscina
, Barbara Bouchet
, et al., she pursued sex symbol status via spy spoofs...
“ Stunning in Mario Bava's erotic ghost story "The Whip and the Body," Lavi also appeared in "The Return of Dr. Mabuse" and 1963's "The Demon." ” - Bonehead-XL
One of the finest classical and contemporary leading ladies ever to grace the 20th century American stage, five-time Tony Award winner Julie Harris was rather remote and reserved on camera, finding her true glow in front of the theatre lights. The freckled, red-haired actress not only was nominated...
“ Graceful, fragile, but gorgeous in "The Haunting." Other genre credits include "How Awful About Alan," Sam Raimi's "Crimewave," and "The Dark Half." ” - Bonehead-XL
Age has not taken the flower off this Bloom. The well-known and respected stage, screen and television actress Claire Bloom, originally named Patricia Claire Blume, continues to be in demand as a septuagenarian actress and looks as beautiful as ever. She was born Patricia Claire Bloom on February 15...
“ If Julie Harris wasn't your style in "The Haunting," how about Claire Bloom as the more intense Theo? Bloom also appeared in the original "Clash of the Titans" as the goddess Hera. ” - Bonehead-XL
“ She only had a bit part in Hammer's "The Evil of Frankenstein" and an uncredited role in "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed" but she was memorable in the former... Mostly because of the low-cut nightgown she wore. ” - Bonehead-XL
Tippi Hedren was born Nathalie Kay Hedren in New Ulm, Minnesota, to Dorothea Henrietta (Eckhardt) and Bernard Carl Hedren, who ran a general store. Her father was of Swedish descent and her mother was of German and Norwegian ancestry. Tippi was working as a New York fashion model when she married her first husband...
“ Another one of Hitchcock's beauties, Hedren was menaced by feathered furries in "The Birds." Other genre films include "Pacific Heights," "The Boneyard Collection" and TV movies like "The Darkling" and the dubious "Birds II: Land's End." ” - Bonehead-XL
Ms. Lindfors was a Swedish born actress whose stage and screen career in the U.S. and Sweden spanned more than a half century. She was brought to Hollywood in 1946 by Warner Brothers in the hope that she would be a new Greta Garbo
or Ingrid Bergman
. She appeared with Ronald Reagan
in her first Hollywood film...
“ Though quite lovely in her days, as evident in 1963's "These Are the Damned," Viveca Lindfors didn't become a reliable horror presence until she was an older woman, as in "A Bell from Hell," "The Hand," "Creepshow," "Silent Madness," television series "Frankenstein's Aunt," and "The Exorcist III." ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Striking Karin Dor, aside from being a Bond girl, appeared regularly in the Krimi mystery/horror thrillers of 1960s Germany. Such as "The Invisible Dr. Mabuse," "The Carpet of Horror," "The Strangler of Blackmoor Castle," "Room 13," "The Face of Fu Manchu," "The Sinister Monk," "The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism," and "Dark Echoes." ” - Bonehead-XL
Eva Bartok was both a beautiful lady and a talented actor whose roots were in classical theater. Her first and only film in Hungary, Mezei próféta
("Prophet of the Fields"), was banned by communist censorship. Actually her life up to that point had been marked by confusion and tragedy. Her father,a Jew who had married a Catholic lady...
“ I could list almost the entire cast of Bava's "Blood and Black Lace." The film is filled with beautiful women. Chief among them is Eva Bartok. ” - Bonehead-XL
The quintessential jet-set Euro starlet, Ursula Andress was born in the Swiss canton of Berne on March 19, 1936, one of six children in a strict German Protestant family. Although often seeming icily aloof, a restless streak early demonstrated itself in her personality, and she had a desire to explore the world outside Switzerland...
“ The original Bond girl, Andress appeared in Hammer's "She" and Italian cannibal flick "The Mountain of the Cannibal God." ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Credited as Lea Krugher, Lander was another beautiful victim in "Blood and Black Lace." She later appeared in another Bava film, the intense crime flick "Rabid Dogs. ” - Bonehead-XL
Comparing this sultry-eyed blonde to Greta Garbo
and Marlene Dietrich
may seem a bit overzealous, but Honor Blackman's stylish allure over the years cannot be denied. One of four children, Blackman was born in London's East End to a statistician father employed with the civil service and a homemaker mother...
“ Honor Blackman cemented her place in cinema history when she became Pussy Galore. An early horror credit was 1948's "Daughter of Darkness" but much later she'd appear in "Jason and the Argonauts," "To the Devil a Daughter," 1978's "The Cat and the Canary," "Tale of the Mummy," "Cockneys vs. Zombies," and episodes of "Suspense" and "Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible." ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Okay, last one from "Blood and Black Lace." Dantes is spellbinding as the strikingly beautiful Tao-Li. If you'll allow me to sound creepy for a little bit, her death scene is the sexiest scene in the whole movie. She has few other credits. ” - Bonehead-XL
Catherine Deneuve was born October 22, 1943 in Paris, France. Her parents were actors. She made her movie debut in 1957, when she was thirteen and continued with small parts in minor films, until Roger Vadim
gave her a meatier role in Vice and Virtue
. But her breakthrough came with the excellent musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
“ An iconic beauty of the French New Wave, Deneuve starred in the amazing "Repulsion" as well as the highly erotic 1983 vampire film "The Hunger." ” - Bonehead-XL
A new reigning 1960s international sex symbol took to the cinematic throne as soon as Raquel Welch emerged from the sea in her purposely depleted, furry prehistoric bikini. Tantalizingly wet with her garb clinging to all the right amazonian places, One Million Years B.C.
, if nothing else, captured the hearts...
“ I'm really pushing the definition of "Babes of Horror" with this one. Not the babe part, that's indisputable. Welch had a profound influence on many a young men in Hammer's "One Million Years BC" and "Fantastic Voyage," neither of which are really horror movies. ” - Bonehead-XL
“ She wore a very tight space suit in "Planet of the Vampires." ” - Bonehead-XL
Kumi Mizuno was born on New Years Day of 1937 as Maya Igarashi in Nigata, Japan. After she graduated from acting school in 1957, her screen debut was in the Minoru Shibuya film Crazy Society. By the time her second film Futari dake no hashi
came out, she changed her name to "Kumi Mizuno." Her attractive looks and pleasant demeanor made her a favorite of director Ishirô Honda
“ As alien double agent Namikawa in my favorite Godzilla movie, "Invasion of Astro-Monster", the lovely Kumi Mizuno made an impression in a tight space suit and black wig. Mizuno was a regular in Toho's monster movies, appearing in "Gorath," "Matango" "Frankenstein Conquers the World," "War of the Gargantuas," as a scantily clad island girl in "Godzilla Versus the Sea Monster," "The Killing Bottle," "Godzilla Against MechaGodzilla," and "Godzilla: Final Wars." ” - Bonehead-XL
Julia Chalene Newmeyer (Chalane was her mother's maiden name) was born on August 16, 1933 in Los Angeles, California. Her father was a one-time professional football player (LA Buccaneers, 1926), her mother was a star of the Follies of 1920. From an early age, Julie studied piano, dance and classical ballet...
“ Now and always Catwoman, the iconic Miss Newmar has dabbled in horror: An episode of 1976's "Monster Squad," parody "Hysterical," "Evils of the Night," "Deep Space," and both of the "Oblivion" films. ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Highly seductive in William Castle's farcical remake of "The Old Dark House." She later appeared in the horror spoof "Carry On Screaming." ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Aside from slipping into Newmar's Catwoman suit, and arguably wearing it better, the lovely Miss Meriwether has also appeared in "The 4D Man," TV Movie "Cruise into Terror," also taking over Lily Munster on "The Munsters Today," and recent parody "Silent but Deadly." ” - Bonehead-XL
The sexy Barbara Shelley was born Barbara Kowin on February, 13, 1932 in London, England. With her beautiful looks and stature, she worked as a model during her salad days. Her film career began in Italy in the mid-1950s in such tempting fare as New Moon
and Nero's Mistress
, but when this seemed like she was going to remain in the minor ranks...
“ Attractive star of many Hammer horror films, including "Dracula: Prince of Darkness," "Rasputin: The Mad Monk," "The Gorgon," and "Quatermass and the Pit." Before any of that, she appeared in the original "Village of the Damned." ” - Bonehead-XL
Sharon Tate won the first of many beauty contests before her first birthday. Her looks, charm, and grace would be her passport into the acting world, initially as an extra in movie shot on location in Italy, where her army officer father was posted in the early 1960's. Commercials and modeling assignments followed...
“ It's a sad, well-known fact that Sharon Tate's promising career was cut short by real life horror. She was beautiful in "The Fearless Vampire Killers." ” - Bonehead-XL
Susan Denberg is the stage name for Dietlinde Zechner (born on 2 August 1944; age 68), a German-born Austrian chorus dancer and 1966 Playboy Playmate, who made a brief brush with an acting career in the late 1960s. One of her few acting roles was that of "Magda Kovacs" in the Star Trek
episode, Mudd's Women
“ Though her career was short lived, Denberg was stunning as the title character in 1967's "Frankenstein Created Woman." She had another famous title role as one of Mudd's Women on an episode of "Star Trek." ” - Bonehead-XL
Mia Farrow was born in Los Angeles, California, to director John Farrow
and actress and Tarzan-girl Maureen O'Sullivan
. Her father was Australian-born (of English descent) and her mother was Irish-born (of Irish, Scottish, and English ancestry). Farrow debuted at the movies in 1959 in very small roles...
“ Ethereal Mia Farrow maybe isn't exactly a babe, though she is beautiful. But her horror cred is undeniable. Chief among her genre credits are "Rosemary's Baby" of course, but also "See No Evil," "The Haunting of Julia," and the remake of "The Omen." She was also married to Frank Sinatra and Woody Allen which was probably horrifying for very different reasons. ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Another Hammer beauty, Carlson appears in "Dracula Has Risen from His Grave," memorably in the controversial "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed," and "The Horror of Frankenstein," as well as other non-Hammer horrors like "Old Drac," "The Ghoul" with Peter Cushing, and 1995's "Freakshow." ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Iconic but catatonic as Barbara in "Night of the Living Dead," O'Dea has become a regular on the horror convention circuit in recent years. ” - Bonehead-XL
Jill Banner's early life was somewhat nomadic. Her father died when she was 2, and her mother moved from Washington to South Dakota and Iowa before settling in Glendale, California. Jill attended the Hollywood Professional School (one of her classmates was Peggy Lipton
). Her debut film, Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told
“ Another actress who's career was sadly cut short, Jill Banner was a spider babe in "Spider Baby," Jack Hill's fabulously odd cult classic. ” - Bonehead-XL
Best known as Hammer Films' most seductive female vampire of the early 1970s, the Polish-born Pitt possessed dark, alluring features and a sexy figure that made her just right for Gothic horror! Ingrid Pitt (born Ingoushka Petrov) survived World War II and became a well-known actress on the East Berlin stage...
“ Oh, Ingrid Pitt. I don't think any buxom beauty was associated with the bawdy, bloody horror films of Hammer late period as much as you. Always amazingly easy on the eyes and sadly no longer with us. Credits include "The Vampire Lovers," "Countess Dracula," "The Wicker Man," "The House That Dripped Blood," "Transmutations," "The Sound of Horror," and her final film with Hammer, 2008's web serial "Beyond the Rave." ” - Bonehead-XL
Born Victoria Vetri (but also known as Angela Dorian) to Italian parents (her mother was from Rome, her father Sicily) and grew up in Los Angeles. She studied art at Los Angeles City College in the 60s before embarking on her movie-television career. Thanks to her beautiful, exotic looks she was cast in parts that required ethnic beauties or scantily clad lovelies...
“ If Raquel Welch was the bikini wearing cave-babe of the 1960s, then Playboy centerfold Victoria Vetri was the same for the 1970s, though in my opinion she's the hotter of the two. Aside from "When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth," she also appears in "Invasion of the Bee Girls" and in a small role in "Rosemary's Baby." ” - Bonehead-XL
Gorgeous and voluptuous blonde actress Linda Hayden made a strong and lasting impression with her steamy portrayals of lusty nymphets and tempting seductresses in a handful of pictures made in the 60s and 70s. Linda was born on January 19, 1953 in Stanmore, Middlesex, England. She studied her craft at the esteemed Aida Foster Stage School...
“ Though her most notable role is as the object of Dracula's lust in "Taste the Blood of Dracula," Linda Hayden's horror work is other British genre fare outside of Hammer. Such as "The Blood on Satan's Claws," "Night Watch," "Old Drac," "Madhouse," "Expose," "The Boys from Brazil," and "Stalker." ” - Bonehead-XL
Her performance as Valerie in Jean Renoir's beautiful film "The River" is sensitive and compelling. "The River" is adapted from Rumer Godden's novel of the same name about her childhood in Bengal, Valerie is the wealthy teenager who is the third of a group of girls who, falling for a visitor to their town, crippled war veteran Captain John, experience the confusions of first love.
“ Her most notorious role is as the unfortunate wife in "A Clockwork Orange" but Adrienne Corri had been floating around British horror since 1954's "Devil Girl from Mars!" Her other credits include "Corridors of Blood," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "A Study of Terror," "Journey Into Darkness," "Moon Zero Two," "Vampire Circus," and "Madhouse." ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Beautiful as a murder victim in Bava's "Hatchet for the Honeymoon" and Fulci's "House by the Cemetery." ” - Bonehead-XL
Born to British parents in Port Antonio, Jamaica, Martine Beswick did some brief modeling and pageant entering before seeking a career in films. She allegedly once won a "Miss Autoville" contest and won a car only to sell it in order to move to and study acting in London. A minor break for her occurred in the James Bond film series...
“ A two time Bond girl, the astonishing Beswick has numerous horror credits, most famously "Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde," but also "Prehistoric Women," "One Million Years BC," Oliver Stone's "Seizure," "Devil Dog: The Hound from Hell," "Evil Spirits," "Trancers II," "Critters 4," and "Night of the Scarecrow." ” - Bonehead-XL
Shapely, dark haired British actress who appeared in a number of sensual film and TV roles that showcased her beauty. She is probably best recognizable as Miss Caruso, the beautiful young Italian agent sleeping with James Bond in the opening of Live and Let Die
whose blue dress zipper meets its match in Bond's magnetic watch...
“ Carmilla's soul mate in "The Vampire Lovers," the amazingly hot Madeline Smith also appeared in Hammer's "Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell." ” - Bonehead-XL
On January 30, 1937, renowned theatre actor Michael Redgrave
was performing in a production of Hamlet in London. During the curtain call, the show's lead, Laurence Olivier
, announced to the audience: "tonight a great actress was born". This was in reference to his co-star's newborn daughter, Vanessa Redgrave...
“ Played a hunchback nun with a sexual obsession with Oliver Reed and a supposed demonic possession in Ken Russell's controversial "The Devils." Also appeared in a 1991 TV remake of "Whatever Happen to Baby Jane?" ” - Bonehead-XL
Gorgeously svelte and classy redhead stunner Helga Line was born as Helga Lina Stern on July 14th, 1932 in Berlin, Germany. Helga began her career as a dancer and acrobat in circus performances in Portugal. She also later worked as a model. Line began acting in movies in the early 40s. Helga moved to Madrid...
“ German actress who appeared in many Italian monster flicks during the sixties and seventies like "The Blancheville Monster," "Nightmare Castle," "Horror Express," "Horror Rises from the Tomb," "The Mummy's Revenge," "The Dracula Saga," and "The Vampires' Night Orgy." ” - Bonehead-XL
Leggy, brunette-maned pin-up actress Caroline Munro was born in Windsor and lived in Rottingdean near Brighton where she attended a Catholic Convent School. By chance, her mother and a photographer entered her picture in a "Face of the Year" competition for the British newspaper The Evening News and won...
“ Bond babe, Hammer babe, Sinbad babe, Caroline Munro's physique has appeared in "Dracula 1972 AD," "Dr. Phibes Rises Again," "Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter," "At the Earth's Core," "Maniac," "The Last Horror Film," and trash-slasher classic "Slaughter High," in which the 36 year old Munro played a high school student. ” - Bonehead-XL
“ British cutie smoldered in cult classic "Girly." She also appeared in "The Blood Beast Terror," "Carnage (1968)," "What Became of Jack and Jill?," and a 1973 television version of "The Portrait of Dorian Grey." She seemingly retired from acting afterwards. ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Hammer babe from "Dracula 1972 AD," "And Now the Screaming Starts," "Schizo," and "The Witch's Hammer." ” - Bonehead-XL
A former au pair and model, Jytte Stensgaard emigrated to the UK in 1963, hoping to have a successful international film career. Changing her name to the slightly easier to pronounce "Yutte" Stensgaard she ironically didn't make her debut in a British film, but in the Italian movie The Girl with a Pistol
(Girl with a Pistol) which did have some British backing...
“ As far as Carmilla's go, she's no Ingrid Pitt, but Stensgaard was undeniably eye-catching in the sequel "Lust for a Vampire." She also appeared in "Scream and Scream Again" and 1972's "Burke and Hare." ” - Bonehead-XL
This gorgeous Teutonic temptress was one of Hollywood's most captivating imports of the 1960s. Blonde and beautiful, Berlin-born Elke Sommer, with her trademark pouty lips, high cheekbones and sky-high bouffant hairdos, proved irresistible to American audiences, whether adorned in lace or leather, or donning lingerie or lederhosen...
“ A muse of the late Mario Bava, the enlightening Ms. Sommer appeared in "Baron Blood," "Lisa and the Devil," video nasty "I Miss You Hugs and Kisses," and the 1974 version of "Ten Little Indians." ” - Bonehead-XL
Strikingly busty, adorable, and voluptuous brunette knockout Madeleine Collinson was born on July 22, 1952 in Malta. She's the identical twin sister of Mary Collinson. The Collinson sisters first arrived in Britain in April, 1969. Noted British glamor photographer Harrison Marks cast the duo as saucy...
“ Twin sisters Madeleine and Mary Collinson were the first identical siblings to be featured in Playboy Magazine. After that, they got the title roles in the final part of Hammer's Carmilla trilogy, "Twins of Evil." Both of the girls are very busty and mouthwateringly hot. ” - Bonehead-XL
Strikingly busty, adorable and voluptuous brunette knockout Mary Collinson was born on July 22, 1952 in Malta. She's the identical twin sister of Madeleine Collinson. The Collinson twins arrived in Britain in April, 1969. Noted British glamor photographer Harrison Marks cast the duo as saucy maids in his 8mm short "Halfway Inn." Mary and Madeleine were the Playmates of the Month in the October...
“ Twin sisters Madeleine and Mary Collinson were the first identical siblings to be featured in Playboy Magazine. After that, they got the title roles in the final part of Hammer's Carmilla trilogy, "Twins of Evil." Both of the girls are very busty and mouthwateringly hot. ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Though best known for her role on "Dynasty" and her second career as a trashy novelist, Collins has a number of horror credits including Amicus' "Tales from the Crypt," "Tales That Witness Murder," ""Fear in the Night," and "The Empire of Ants." ” - Bonehead-XL
The daughter of an American Army Officer and a British mother, Virginia Anne Northrop spent her childhood travelling and growing up in whatever country her father happened to be posted. By the age of twenty, she settled in London and became a fashion model with Europe's leading agency, Models 1. Despite having little or no acting experience...
“ I'm noticing a large crossover between Bond girls and horror babes. Virginia North is of course best known as the nefarious Dr. Phibe's fetching assistant Vulnavia in "The Abominable Dr. Phibes." ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Emma Peel and Tracy Bond, legendary British hottie Rigg's appeared alongside Vincent Price in "Theatre of Blood." Further horror credits include the TV movies "The Haunting of Helen Walker" and "The Worst Witch," if that counts. ” - Bonehead-XL
“ Though Harry Kumel's erotic classic "Daughters of Darkness" features several beautiful women, none of them made as strong an impression on me as boyish-in-looks-but-not-body Andrea Rau. ” - Bonehead-XL
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...
“ I've got a personal soft spot for smoky voiced Margot Kidder, despite her personal problems and up-and-down career. She was indeed a babe back in the seventies. Her horror credits include Brian DePalma's "Sisters," ""Black Christmas, ""The Amityville Horror," Rob Zombie's "Halloween II," "The Reincarnation of Peter Proud," and "The Clown at Midnight," among others. She is also, of course, the best Lois Lane ever. ” - Bonehead-XL
Solemn, Middle Eastern-looking Zohra Lampert had a touching, understated quality to her talent that should have gone further in the film business than it did. Somehow she never got the bigger breaks necessary for top-flight stardom. Still and all, this comely actress with soft, vulnerable features managed to contribute a number of genuinely affecting performances...
“ The fay-like star of the dreamy "Let's Scare Jessica to Death," Lampert also appeared in "Exorcist III." ” - Bonehead-XL
British actress Pamela Franklin has worked with many notable actors and directors throughout her career. A somewhat underrated actress, she had a wide range of emotions that she brought to her many versatile characters. Franklin was born in Yokohama, Japan, and her father was an importer/exporter. She...
“ Pamela Franklin has been a horror star from the very beginning, with major roles in 1961's "The Innocents" and Hammer's "The Nanny" not long after that. By the time she appeared in 1973's "Legend of Hell House," she had bloomed into a young lady so attractive, even ghosts wanted her. Other horror credits include "And Soon the Darkness" and Bert I. Gordon's "Necromancy." ” - Bonehead-XL
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...
“ Forever associated with her world famous turn (literally) in "The Exorcist," Linda Blair got really hot by the time 1981's "Hell Night" came out. The low cut gown didn't hurt any. Other horror credits include "Witchery," "Grotesque," "Savage Streets," "Savage Island," "The Chilling," and "Sorceress." She reprises her most famous role in the much maligned "Exorcist II: The Heretic" and then parodied it in the equally maligned "Repossessed." ” - Bonehead-XL
Pam Grier was born in Winston-Salem, NC, one of four children of Gwendolyn Sylvia (Samuels), a nurse, and Clarence Ransom Grier Jr., an Air Force mechanic. Pam has been a major African-American star from the early 1970s. Her career started in 1971, when Roger Corman
of New World Pictures launched her with The Big Doll House
“ The Face of blaxploitation and still a beautiful woman to this day, Pam Grier, best known as Coffy, Foxy Brown, and Jackie Brown, has some assorted horror credits, including "Scream Blacula Scream," "The Vindicator," "Something Wicked This Way Comes," "The Class of 1999," and "Ghosts of Mars." ” - Bonehead-XL
Britt Ekland was born in Sweden and grew up to be the poster girl for beautiful, big-eyed Scandinavian blondes. She attended a drama school and then joined a traveling theater group. With her looks as her passport, Britt entered films and became a star in Italy. When Peter Sellers
met her in a hotel...
“ World-famous British bombshell is best known to horror fans for her sexy song-and-dance in "The Wicker Man," as well as a psychotic turn in Amicus' "Asylum." Another Bond girl as well, in "The Man with the Golden Gun." ” - Bonehead-XL
Julie Christie, the British movie legend whom Al Pacino
called "the most poetic of all actresses", was born in Chukua, Assam, India, on April 14, 1941, the daughter of a tea planter, Frank St. John Christie, and his wife, Rosemary (Ramsden), who was a painter. Her family was of English, and some Scottish...
“ Respected actress Julie Christie had a notorious love scene with Donald Sutherland in "Don't Look Now" and got raped by an evil super computer in "Demonseed." ” - Bonehead-XL
Born in Houston, Texas. After graduating from high school, Teri studied and worked at The Dallas Theatre Center, in Dallas, Texas. Moving to Austin, Texas, in 1971, the young actress attended the University of Texas and St. Edwards University. It was in Austin, where she was discovered by director Tobe Hooper
and producer Kim Henkel
“ Marilyn Burns had the best scream in "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," but Teri McMinn's short-shorts were best in show too. She's recently starting appearing in a few low budget horror films after a thirty year break from acting. ” - Bonehead-XL
At age 15, when most young women are nurturing dreams of romance, Olivia Hussey was giving life to Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli
's Romeo and Juliet
. Her performance in one of the most celebrated roles ever written in the English language won her the Golden Globe and two successive Best Actor Donatello Awards (Italy's Oscar equivalent), an incredible achievement for an actress in only her third film...
“ Her strong acting skills and girl-next-door good looks landed Olivia Hussey the final girl role in "Black Christmas." Later horror credits include 1978's "Cat and the Canary," Kinji Fukasaku's "Virus," Aussie-exploitation classic "Turkey Shoot," "IT," low budget laugher "The Ice Cream Man," and "Psycho IV: The Beginning," were she played Norman Bates' mom. ” - Bonehead-XL