The Horror Honeys: Scream Queen Hall of Fame

Scream Queen Hall of Fame


The Scream Queen Hall of Fame is the place where we honor all of the greatest ladies of horror, past and present. The only requirement to be a Scream Queen is that a lady must have starred in an awesome selection of horror cinema, thoroughly kicked tail in each of those movies, and never been anything less than a total badass every time. Scream Queens can come from any decade, and be any age, from Piper Laurie in Carrie to Chloë Grace Moretz in... well... Carrie. There is no lady too big or too small to join the ranks of the SQHF.

Do you have a suggestion for a woman that deserves to take her rightful place in these hallowed halls? Then let us know! Shoot a tweet to the Revenge Honey!

Read on to meet the ladies of the Scream Queen Hall of Fame and remember... KEEP SCREAMING!
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Even if actress Felissa Rose never did another thing for the rest of her life, she earned her place in our Scream Queen Hall of Fame in 1983 with a shriek that will echo in the hearts of horror lovers forever! As Angela in the classic slasher Sleepaway Camp, that final scene and Felissa's horrifying howl made her part of horror history. Since Sleepaway Camp, Felissa Rose has appeared in dozens of awesome horror films, but to us, she will always be Angela, the little "girl" who scared the crap out of us like no other!
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While many only know her from her roles in the Farrelly Brothers' movies (yawn), perhaps one of the great unsung scream queens currently working in cinema is Lin Shaye. Shaye really is a brilliant comedic and dramatic actress, with a vast background in musical theater. But Miss Shaye is never more lovable than when she is hamming it up in insane trash like 2001 Maniacs or communing with the other side in Insidious. Shaye even stood out as a flight attendant in the Oscar-worthy cinematic masterpiece Snakes on a Plane and that is why we love her! (She is also a complete gem. The Revenge Honey literally chased her down just to say "hi" at an event and she was nice enough not to act terrified or call security.) 
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Blah blah blah, porn. We all know about Traci Lords' past and frankly, who gives a flying crap at this point. In this day and age, who DOESN'T have some naked pictures of themselves floating around on the internet? Frankly, we think it's kind of brilliant that she made a shitload of money in adult films only to manage to have all but one of them confiscated by the FBI, but hey, that's just us. Anyway...

After the fallout from her arrest blew over, Traci started working her way into mostly-clothes-on movies, a lot of which was some really great B-horror cinema. Lords appeared in Raw Nerve, Serial Mom, and Virtuosity. She also made TV appearances in the Stephen King miniseries The Tommyknockers and on Tales from the Crypt. While Traci has shown a real flair for comedy, her performances in horror films like Crazy Eights and Excision and a hot vamp in Blade are what earn her a place in our Scream Queen Hall of Fame!
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Linnea Quigley has been in dozens of low budget and B-level horror films, but is probably best known to the uninitiated for her role as Trash in Return of the Living Dead, in no small part thanks to her naked graveyard dance routine. Return is a camp classic made even more awesome by Quigley's no-holds-barred performance as the punk pixie, "Death is awesome and I hate everything" Trash.

Another Quigley can't-miss classic is the 1988 grindhouse spectacle Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers. Say it with me kids. Hollywood. Chainsaw. Hookers. Does it matter what it's about? Didn't think so. Just see the damn thing.

Despite her pint-sized physique and Iowa upbringing, Quigley has played some balls-out crazy/crazy awesome characters in Night of the Demons, Nightmare Sisters, and Silent Night, Deadly Night. But her bit parts in Graduation Day and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master are not to be missed either. Proof that big screams come in small packages, Linnea Quigley is one of the unequivocal  reigning queens of horror!
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Another week, another unsung actress making her way into the Gore-Loving Ladies Scream Queen Hall of Fame! Acting since she was a teenager, Marley Shelton has appeared in film and television across every genre, but she never shines quite as brightly as she does in horror roles. Whether it's being stabbed, beaten, and broken but still kicking ass in Planet Terror or scaring the crap out of some tourists in A Perfect Getaway, Shelton has proven that she has the chops to keep upping her gore-game for quite some time!
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Not many of the women we have inducted into the Hall of Fame are triple threats, like actress/writer/director Sarah Polley. Although she seems to be leaving acting behind for the most part as she transitions into directing thoughtful character studies like Away From Her and Take This Waltz, Sarah Polley still qualifies for our Scream Queen Hall of Fame. Starting young in tense and depression Atom Egoyan films Exotica (1994) and The Sweet Hereafter (1997), Sarah ramped up the tempo with memorable turns as a broke cashier in Go (1999) which we maintain qualifies because of her stint as an ostensibly dead teenager, and (two of my favorites) - Ana in Dawn of the Dead (2004) and can't-stop scientist Elsa in the incredibly entertaining Splice (2009). She also played a young woman searching for her finance who instead discovers a mythical monster in Hal Hartley's arty fairy tail No Such Thing (2001).

We'd love it if she could combine a bunch of her obvious skills and create a monster of a movie that she writes, directs, and stars in in a horror genre!
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While it may have lead to her typecasting in Hollywood, never was a role more worthy of horror accolades than that of Margaret White in Carrie, and no one could have embodied that role like actress Piper Laurie. Laurie had been acting in films since 1950, but it was her role in Carrie that made her a beloved legend in the horror community. Since then, Piper has played many memorable roles, including characters in Twin Peaks, The Faculty, and Return to Oz. She's been more choosy about her roles in recent years, but there is no denying that Piper Laurie will always be one of the great icons of horror cinema.
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She may only be 16, but actress Chloe Grace Moretz has been screaming her way through horror movies since she was 8, when she starred in the remake of The Amityville Horror. Since then, she has appeared in multiple other fright flicks, including Wicked Little Things, Room 6, and The Eye. However, Chloe really earned her horror chops when she starred as Abby, a pint sized vampire with a hell of a blood lust, in the surprisingly great remake, Let Me In

This year, she tested the mettle of horror lovers by taking on another remake and stepping into a role made famous by Sissy Spacek, Carrie White in Stephen King's classic, Carrie. Time will tell if Chloe can keep up her string of quality horror roles, but she has already more than earned her place in our Scream Queen Hall of Fame, with the special distinction of being our youngest inductee!
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Even when you discount her role as the literal Queen of Mean, Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones, actress Lena Headey has been kicking ass in horror films since 2000's Gossip. Since then, she has appeared in movies like The Cave, The Broken, and The Purge (that's a lot of movies with "the" in the title.) She was also a total badass villain in Dredd, an awesome Spartan queen in 300, and made an amazing Sarah Connor on FOX's underrated Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Basically, Lena Headey has MORE than earned her place in our Scream Queen Hall of Fame with her work in Sci-Fi and horror. And frankly, we're kind of afraid not to let her in, in case she beats us up.
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Talk about a mistress of all trades! Clea DuVall is a gorgeous chameleon who has made her name in genres across television AND film, in projects as varied as Carnivàle, The Faculty, Identity, American Horror Story: Asylum, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ghosts of Mars, and Zodiac. Combined with her work in independent films and comedies, there really is nothing this fantastic actress can't do.

So welcome to the club, Clea! We are thrilled to have you screaming with the best of them!
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In our efforts to continue highlighting the unsung ladies of horror, our next entry to the Horror Honeys Scream Queen Hall of Fame is indie actress Amy Seimetz. Ms. Seimetz has probably starred in at least three films you've seen in the last year, even if you haven't realized it. Blessed with the delicate features and epic scream that make her an absolute horror delight, Amy has starred in movies as varied as You're Next, A Horrible Way to Die, Bitter Feast, Upstream Color, and Wristcutters: A Love Story. She has also made appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and guest starred in the second exceptional season of AMC's The Killing. So really, if you haven't taken notice of Amy Seimetz yet, now is the time.

We can't wait to see what else Amy has in store for horror and indie film lovers in the coming years!
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Natasha Lyonne is one of those actresses who could read the phone book and make it an Oscar-worthy performance. Thanks to her compelling role on Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, people are finally taking notice of Lyonne's skill. But fans of the horror genre have been in the know for years regarding what this remarkable New Yorker can do. Lyonne has starred in films as varied as Modern Vampires (1998), Madhouse (2004), Blade: Trinity (2004), and All About Evil (2010). Add to the list roles in Honey favorites such as Die, Mommie Die! (2003) and Party Monster (2003) and Natasha Lyonne has more than earned her spot in the Scream Queen Hall of Fame!
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Winner of the First Annual Horror Honeys Scream Queen Battle Royale!

There is a reason that Sigourney Weaver was the fan favorite in the first ever HH Battle of the Scream Queens: there is quite literally no one who has kicked more ass in horror or sci-fi than this powerful and poised woman. As Ripley in the Alien series, Weaver was both strong and maternal, an acting achievement that lead to her Oscar nomination for the role in 1986. Additionally, in movies like Ghostbusters (1984), Avatar (2009), Cabin in the Woods (2012), Paul (2011), and Galaxy Quest (1999), Sigourney proved that she could be funny, scary, moving, and sexy... sometimes all in the same film!

There is no question that Ms. Sigourney Weaver is the Chief High Priestess of the Scream Queens, and we welcome her with open arms to the Hall of Fame! There is no one better to have at your side in the event of a xenomorph attack.
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By executive order, the Horror Honeys have decided to make the lovely Ms. Linda Hamilton the April, 2014 inductee to the Scream Queen Hall of Fame! Hamilton first screamed her way into our hearts with her role as Vicki in the film adaptation of Stephen King's Children of the Corn. However, it was that very same year that Linda embodied the role of a lifetime: Sarah Connor, the woman who would take on Ah-nold, in The Terminator. When she reprised her role as Sarah Connor in the sequel seven years later, she only further proved that she was a true sci-fi badass, and a woman who would help define heroines in the genre for years to come. Her work on television in Beauty and the Beast and Chuck has only continued to endear her to fans of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy, and just goes to show that she more than deserves a place in the hallowed halls of the Scream Queen Hall of Fame!
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This tiny little dynamo has been scaring and screaming since her 2002 horror film They… when she was just eight years old! Ever since then, Jodelle Ferland has given one awesome horror performance after another: Mary Jensen in Kingdom Hospital, Sharon/Alessa in Silent Hill, Jenny in The Tall Man, Patience Buckner in The Cabin in the Woods, and as the voice of Aggie in ParaNorman. Not to mention, Ferland deserved some serious award recognition for her stunning performance in Terry Gilliam’s mind-bending masterpiece, Tideland. All of this is to say, as of her May 2014 induction to the Scream Queen Hall of Fame, Jodelle Ferland can’t even legally drink, but she is already one of the most accomplished Scream Queens in here.

We salute you, young lady! Keep screaming!
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Oh, Juliette Lewis, you kooky little scamp. What Honey-approved horror movie HAVEN’T you been in? You made us worry about you in Cape Fear. You showed us what deadly love looks like in Natural Born Killers. And you fought off a ferocious onslaught of vampires in From Dusk Till Dawn. We could go on and on and… on. But over the course of your amazing career, one thing is obvious: you more than deserve your spot as the July 2014 inductee into the Scream Queen Hall of Fame!
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Sally Hardesty is everyone's favorite girl next door. She has long, flaxen hair, a super sweet disposition, and she's selfless enough to take care of her disabled brother, Franklin. Only Sally Hardesty could convince her friends to drive through the Texas heat for the sheer purpose of checking on her grandfather's grave. Well, we all know what happens and delicate, sweet as pie Sally finds her inner Final Girl and survives a veritable onslaught of cannibalistic terror that few people, man or woman, would be brave enough to face. All of her emotions are palpable because they are real and there is only one woman who could have pulled this role off with such success.

Marilyn Burns is a household name in any horror house and with good reason. It only took this, her first feature role, to cement her into our memories and hearts forever. Marilyn spoke of always wanting to "give a 10" every time Tobe Hooper said action and that's what she did. Marilyn always gave 150% to everything that she did and she took 150% joy in everything that she did. Marilyn had that rare gift of making you feel like the most important person in the world when she was talking to you. She never, for one second, lost sight of how much she meant to her fans and she was always humbled by the love that she felt from us. Marilyn Burns is the Grace Kelly of horror and this is, truly, the finest compliment that I can pay to a woman who touched my heart so deeply. First, with her standout performance and then with her unbelievably gracious and warm behavior both over the phone and in person. Marilyn Burns was a class act, but she had a sassy, feisty side to her as well. She was, and will always be, the whole package. ~HTH
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There is no question that when it comes to icons, every self-respecting female horror fan grew up idolizing Christina Ricci. He role as Wednesday Addams in both Addams Family films endeared her to generations of horror-lovers, and she wasn't even yet a teenager when she starred in the movies. She went on to apply the same "Wednesday" intensity to her adult roles: Sleepy Hollow, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Pumpkin, Monster, Black Snake Moan, and Cursed... It didn't take long for Ricci to prove she'd earned her horror icon status for a reason. Our complete adoration of Ms. Ricci has never wained one iota, and that is why she is the Hexmas, 2014 inductee to the Scream Queen Hall of Fame!
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Macarena Gómez is quite possibly everything. Her first film appearance in Stuart Gordon's Dagon wasn't just memorable; as mermaid-ish monster queen Uxia, she was the perfect Lovecraftian femme fatale. In 2008, Gómez starred in Sexykiller, morirás por ella,  a comedy horror film in which Macarena once again femme fatal-ed her way through a bloody crime spree, but still looked every bit the gorgeous fashion plate. However, it's Gómez's connection with director/writer/producer Álex de la Iglesia for Witching & Bitching and Shrew's Nest that truly showed what she was capable of. Macarena Gómez isn't just a scream queen; she's a force of nature, and the Honeys simply can't get enough of this pint-sized dynamo!
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For a certain kind of horror fan, if you were coming of age during the 90s, you damn well know exactly who Wendy Robie is. Perhaps you remember her as the fierce (and one-eyed) Nadine Hurley on Twin Peaks. Or maybe you remember her as the incestuous and brutal Woman in Wes Craven's The People Under the Stairs. Either way, you sure as hell remember her. Robie may not have the same history in horror as women like Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver, but her impact on the community is indelible in ways that can't be measured by adults who saw The People Under the Stairs as small children. The Woman is a character nightmares are made of, Nadine Hurley is a performance you can never forget, and for all of that, we owe Wendy Roby a debt of gratitude!
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Jamie Lee Curtis – Winner of the 2016 Scream Queen Hall of Fame Voter’s Choice Extravaganza!

It takes a special woman to survive eight rounds of voting with some of the most discerning horror fans in the world, against a group of the most beloved women in horror. But after two long weeks, and going up against the likes of Dee Wallace, Barbara Crampton, and Heather Langenkamp, Jamie Lee Curtis has officially been crowned the 2016 Voter’s Choice Inductee to the Scream Queen Hall of Fame!

The daughter of Hollywood legends Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, Jamie Lee began her career in 1978 when she won the iconic role of Laurie Strode in John Carpenter’s slasher classic, Halloween. As the bookish and brave Laurie, Jamie Lee set the standard for generations of Final Girls to come, with her vulnerable yet heroic performance and personally purchased thrift store wardrobe. Laurie would go on to be a character in three more Halloween films (played in each by Jamie Lee), but her influence could be felt across the entire franchise, and much like Michael Myers, audiences have never truly been able to let Laurie go.

But Halloween wasn’t Jamie Lee’s only foray into genre films. Virus, Mother’s Boys, The Tailor of Panama, True Lies; whether it’s action, sci-fi, or erotic thrillers, Jamie Lee has always been an indelible force in the world of cinema. Jamie Lee Curtis: certified badass, and official member of the Horror Honeys Scream Queen Hall of Fame!

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