Scream queen definition
Ok, before I start splashing up the great scream queens of our time on the blog, let’s check the definition:
Scream queen is an actress who has become associated with horror films, either through an appearance in a notable entry in the genre as a frequent victim or through constant appearances as the female protagonist. Fay Wray is noted as the first scream queen, while Jamie Lee Curtis is noted as a woman who helped revive the scream queen title with her performance in the popular slasher film Halloween.
The term "scream queen" is more specifically used to refer to the "attractive young damsels-in-distress" characters that have appeared in a number of films in the horror genre. Lloyd Kaufman, co-founder of Troma Entertainment, noted that being a scream queen is "more than just crying and having ketchup thrown on you. You not only have to be attractive, but you also have to have a big brain. You have to be frightened, you have to be sad, you have to be romantic." Ryan Stewart, of cinematical.com, has described a scream queen as someone who has "given an impactful, memorable performance in a horror film". Debbie Rochon, often described as a scream queen herself, wrote in an article originally published in GC Magazine that "a true Scream Queen isn’t The Perfect Woman. She’s sexy, seductive, but most importantly ‘attainable’ to the average guy. Or so it would seem."
And although the earlier scream queens might be woman that "just had to look pretty and shriek a lot until the hero of the film got around to save (them)", the later scream queens "showcase women worrying about something other than a guy…unless said guy is the one trying to kill them", with some of them "wreaking vengeance" by defeating the villain.
So yes, in the early movies, yeah they were just there really for show but I so love the ones we get today, the kick-ass ladies in the horror movies who wreaks havoc towards the villains. I salute them… if they are good looking, it’s just an added bonus. 🙂