With Halloween just around the corner, we’re paying tribute to our favorite horror movie heroines—those leading ladies whose roles demanded an emotional range that ran from suspenseful to frightened to utterly terrified. Read on…if you dare.
Hollywood’s Most Iconic Scream Queens
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As Edvard Munch could tell you, a good scream is something of an art form. We’ve combed through Netflix’s “Horror” section to bring you the most bone chilling, blood curdling of the bunch.
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Premise: A woman investigates the disappearance of her sister at a remote motel run by an odd young man and his shut-in mother.
Scream Queen: Marion Crane (Janet Leigh).
Scary Fact: The film is based on the real-life story of Wisconsin serial killer, Ed Gein (whose relationship with his own mother was complicated, to say the least).
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Premise: A couple moves into a new apartment building and befriend their eccentric, elderly neighbors. When the wife becomes pregnant, she's elated, but soon begins to suspect that her unborn child is not of this world.
Scream Queen: Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow).
Scary Fact: Farrow actually ate raw liver for one of the scenes in the film.
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Premise: Two priests must exorcise a demon that has taken possession of a 12-year-old girl.
Scream Queen: Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair).
Scary Fact: Rumor has it the movie was cursed. Several stars sustained injuries on set, a strange fire erupted at one point, and two actors died before the film was released.
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Premise: An escaped killer stalks a pretty high school girl and her friends.
Scream Queen: Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis).
Scary Fact: Director John Carpenter considered a creepy clown mask for his villain but opted for the now iconic Michael Myers version instead.
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Premise: A family holes up in a haunted hotel that takes possession of the husband, turning a mild-mannered writer into crazed psychopath.
Scream Queen: Wendy Torrance (Shelley Duvall).
Scary Fact: After the music fades over the closing credits, you can hear the ghosts applaud and begin to talk amongst themselves.
Stranded in a drafty hotel during a snowstorm, the Torrance family had to battle the cold as well as evil spirits. Thankfully, you only have to contend with the former. Stay warm this winter in DSquared2 Plaid Checked Jacket ($1132) in Red and Black.
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Premise: A masked serial killer with a penchant for horror films terrorizes a group of high schoolers.
Scream Queen: Casey Becker (Drew Barrymore). However, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) and Tatum (Rose McGowan) also deliver impressive performances.
Scary Fact: To keep Barrymore looking scared and upset, director Wes Craven told her stories about real-life animal cruelty.
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Premise: A journalist investigates a videotape that kills viewers within a week of watching it.
Scream Queen: Rachel (Naomi Watts).
Scary Fact: The “cursed” video is available as a feature on the DVD. If you click on it, your remote control is mysteriously disabled so you’re forced to watch the whole thing.
To battle an undead creature that lurks in wells and bathtubs, Naomi Watt’s character dressed accordingly in a trench much like this Mango Puffed Shoulder Cotton Trench Coat ($100) in Navy.
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Premise: The 1976 classic about a high school outcast with telekinetic powers is re-imagined in the age of superior special effects.
Scream Queen: Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moritz).
Scary Fact: When male crewmembers didn’t invite director Kimberly Pierce to a sporting event she emailed and asked if they left her out because she was the director or a girl. “Girl,” they responded. That sexism persists in Hollywood is perhaps the scariest fact of all.
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