It’s the month of cuddling up into bed and watching endless amounts of classic horror films. Women in horror films dates back to silent films, such as Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. In the spirit of October and all its spookiness, here are some of our favorite classic horror Scream Queens! Ladies from films that date from the early 1900s to the 1950s. We can’t get enough of their dreamy vintage glam and hair raising shrieks.
Up first is our choice of the number one Classic Horror Scream Queen, Janet Leigh. We picked her because of her role in Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock, big green eyes, and being the mother to our modern day Scream Queen, Jaime Lee Curtis.
Our second choice is Fay Wray, who is known as one of the first Scream Queens. She played the female lead in one the first talking horror films King Kong produced and directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. Throughout her career she appeared in many other horror films.
And last but not least, our third, is Mae Clarke, known for her role as the bride of Dr. Frankenstein in James Whale’s Frankenstein. The scene in the film in which she scares off the Monster, played by Boris Karloff, by her screams has forever won her the title of a Scream Queen. Also, I can’t help but sigh every time I see the wedding gown and veil she wears.
- Julie Adams, 2. Evelyn Ankers, 3. Barbara Steele, 4. Mary Philbin, 5. Jane Randolph
Because there were so many notable classic Queens, we had to include more than just three. Here are five more that won our hearts over.