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7 Strong and Saucy Scream Queens

So called “Scream Queens” are a dime a dozen these days.

It seems we toss the term around all willy nilly for any actress in horror as of late. (Pulls pants up under boobs) “Back in my day, it meant something if you were a scream queen!”

It meant you were a seasoned veteran of horror film. You’ve been a protagonist, an antagonist, and maybe even an anti-Christ.

Truth be told, I have no beef with the new era of Scream Queens, but these seven sirens are some of the most revered, respected, and adored spanning the storied history of horror.

Barbara Crampton

Barbara Crampton’s career is like a fine wine. It only gets better with time. Almost exclusively horror based, save for some soap opera work, Crampton has graced the screen in almost fifty films since 1983. Re-Animator, From Beyond, Body Double, and Castle Freak are only a few of her more memorable roles.

Crampton in the December 1986 issue of Playboy.

Most recently she’s been in films like We Are Still Here and Tales of Halloween, a killer anthology. You can look for her in the upcoming Death House, which is currently in pre-production, and also stars the likes of Robert Englund, Kane Hodder, and Ken Foree. Expect Death House sometime during 2017. Until then, get some insight on her unforgettable work in the cult classic, From Beyond, in this nifty video!

Danielle Harris

Danielle may only be in her thirties, but she’s been screaming her head off since 1988!

A phenomenal child actress, Danielle starred in both Halloween 4 and 5. Perhaps another astounding feat was her ability to remain active within the film and horror community to present day. She grew up to be a stunning woman with one of the best guttural screams to date. Not only would she go on to star in RZ’s Halloween movies, she garnered one of the lead roles in the Hatchet series as well. Here’s an utterly darling interview with Danielle back from when she was just a Scream Princess.

Suzanne Snyder

Snyder, best known for her roles in Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Return of the Living Dead 2, and Night of the Creeps, has easily earned her seat on this prestigious list. She’s the queen of the nervous shrieking and any movie with her in it is better solely on her presence alone. Case and point, when she comes face to face with this particular clown as her character Debbie in Killer Klowns.



Suzanne is also known for her work on Seinfeld, Weird Science, and Silver Spoons. She brings a frantic energy to the screen while simultaneously being a kind, graceful, and gorgeous human.

Daria Nicolodi

Perhaps the nearest and dearest to my heart on this list is the Italian gem, Daria Nicolodi.

While married to Dario Argento for over ten years, the two made waves in the Giallo genre. She acted in five of his movies: Deep Red, Inferno, Tenebrae, Phenomena, and Opera. Really the cream of Argento’s career crop. She additionally co-wrote on Suspiria, perhaps Argento’s major tour de force. Acting, writing, producing… she’s done it all. She even gave birth to one of horror’s ultimate darlings, Asia Argento. Daria also starred in cult director Mario Bava’s last film, Shock. This sultry scene ends with one of her stellar screams.

Linnea Quigley

Linnea’s claim to fame began in the early 1980s with her secondary roles in Don’t Go Near the Park and Graduation Day. She starred in movies such as Savage Streets, Silent Night, Deadly Night and Night of the Demons. Her portrayal of Trash in the best film ever (is it obvious I’m biased?) Return of the Living Dead, stays relevant to this day for every hoodlum, punk, and teen. She’s written a couple of books on her experiences in the horror realm, made a workout tape, and is an animal rights activist. Linnea’s the kind of woman who’s lived several lives and continues to inspire countless women in horror.

Here’s a charming interview with her on The Chuck Woolery Show (lol).

Heather Langenkamp

So, Heather Langenkamp is basically a unicorn, I’m sure of it. She’s unique, rare, and naturally beautiful. Her role as Nancy in the Nightmare on Elm Street series garnered her national attention as one of the leading scream queens of the 1980s.



Heather is not only a cemented figure in the horror community, but she’s also just a straight up rad person. She helps run local beach clean up efforts in Malibu, runs a freaking gum company, and created an app that reminds you to bring your reusable bags with you when you go shopping. What can’t she do?

Jamie Lee Curtis

You can’t have a scream queen list without THE scream queen, now can you? Jamie Lee Curtis has it all. Legendary parents, a pretty sweet yogurt gig, and a long rooted acting career.

She was only twenty when Halloween came out in 1978 and it’s been smooth sailing since then. She has Halloween I and II, Prom Night, Terror Train, and The Fog all under her belt. The woman can do almost no wrong. Lately, she can be found being utterly amazing on the new series, Scream Queens. (Which, by the way, the aforementioned Heather Langenkamp does special effects for!) I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to see what belly laughs Jamie Lee has in store for us come season two!

So, tell us! Who are some of your favorite scream queens? We’d love to know who’s melted your heart… and your face off!

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