Friday, February 22, 2013

Women in Horror: Scream Queens Part III

As I did last year I wanted to do an expansion on my Scream Queens list and discuss a few woman in the genre I didn't include. As this week's list was about Final Girls I figured it was only fitting that I included it in this Irrelevant Post Friday. As this is now my third edition I feel that I'll make it a custom every year, although I may need to start dipping in my honorable mentions as I'm nearly caught up on Scream Queens. But here they are, the lovely actresses of our genre.

Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps, Freddy Vs. Jason, American Mary)

The Canadian beauty is a well versed genre actress who's been present in the genre for most of her already lengthy career. Most noted is her sister werewolf film Ginger Snaps (one of my absolute favorites) and her brief but recognizable role in Freddy Vs Jason. As of current she's been gaining the long deserved critical acclaim for her lead role is the Soska's Sisters new horror film American Mary. Isabelle is a not only absolutely stunning to look at but she achieves talent in her all her roles, whether they be the low budget B's or the indie gems.

Sara Paxton (The Last House on the Left Remake, Shark Night 3D, The Innkeepers)

Sara Paxton is a recently new Scream Queen having only been present in the genre for a few years now. But of her films they are some of the more interesting to come out of studio horror as of recent. Paxton was appropriately cast as Mari in The Last House on the Left remake. Then went on to do the modern camp fest of Shark Night 3D, and Ti West's The Innkeepers as the abnormal, slightly dorky, employee of a haunted Inn. Paxton fluctuates between genres more familiarly seen in comedies and on television so its hard to say whether we'll see her more in horror or not. But the upcoming actress has a lot of attention her way as she's both pretty and verily acts. Hopefully she doesn't leave the genre entirely but even if so I consider her a verifiable Scream Queen for her small but recent presence in horror.  

Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog, Creepshow, Swamp Thing)

There a few individuals who don't begin to lavishly drool when I mention Adrienne Barbeau, as she is a well known, desired genre actress from the eighties. Her films most commonly with her husband at the time John Carpenter, she played shared lead actress with Jamie Lee Curtis in his ghost story The Fog; where she was the sultry voice of a late night radio host. Of course though her most recognized genre film is Wes Craven's Swamp Thing, which featured a nude scene of Barbeau. But anyone to pass her off as a bimbo genre actress is a fault on their part, as she's more than talented having done theater and television. The former gaining her a Theater World Award and a Tony nomination. In the nineties she again provided her most recognized asset, her seductive voice, to the animated Batman series as Catwoman. The natural beauty even to this day looks incredible and continues to be present in the industry.

The original Top Five list may be found here. And the second edition here. Happy Woman In Horror Month/Irrelevant Post Friday/Follow Friday. Whichever is relevant to you.

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