Queens of Horror

I consider horror as the most genuine genre among them all. I would say that horror is more closer to life than anything else, as what life has in store for most of the people is just horror. There is some kind of horror awaiting us in every corner, and sometimes it has a lesser effect or sometimes it just misses us. Evil always finds us because if you search for evil in the common man, you will find enough of it to sell it in the black market. It is where the world stands now, and so this horror genre, which is the reflection the trust concerning the universe, needs to have more and more attention.

The first thing that we remember about the horror movies are the antagonists, and with the slasher-horror, we have those lovely villains waiting to take the heads of the other characters – may be they will play football with it; who knows? But people who get less attention in the same are the main characters, and some actresses have been part of horror movies for very long – they have been there for very long, but people don’t notice them because they are all looking at the villain and how he kills the ever-running people. So, lets take a look at five of the Queens of Horror.

Katharine Isabelle :: She is known mostly for her role in Ginger Snaps and its sequels. Still, her most noticed performance in a single movie might be as Mary Mason in American Mary; I am not a big fan of that movie, but she was very good in that. She was there in 13 Eerie and Torment, and came up with a very funny and interesting role in See No Evil 2 as she surprisingly provided great humour in that movie – Kane would be proud of that one. I would consider her best performance as Margot Verger in the television series Hannibal – she becomes another one of the strangest and the most complicated characters as the lady comes late into the series and grabs a lot of attention. At certain points, I felt that she was the best reason for me to watch that series!

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Danielle Harris :: Among the scream queens who are still there, Danielle Harris is a person who has been there for a very long time. She started her career with two horror movies of a big franchise, with Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers and was also part of the two newer movies of the franchise, making it four Halloween movies in her list. She took over from Tamara Feldman for two movies of the Hatchet franchise, and was also a part of the movies Urban Legend and Stake Land. She also acted in two horror sequels, See No Evil 2 and ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 making her a part of four of the biggest serial killer movies with Michael Myers, Jacob Goodnight, ChromeSkull and Victor Crowley.

Amber Heard :: Well, she is that kind of a person who seems to be custom made for horror-thriller flicks, and I have approved the same long ago. She has been my first preference in a horror movie among the younger actresses. If you have watched All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, you will know that people will just die around her, no matter whichever way you look at the situation. It is where you need to watch her first. It was her first big horror movie, and she made a grand impact with it as Mandy Lane. She was nice in the ordinary movie And Soon the Darkness, and very good in two other interesting horror movies The Stepfather and The Ward. Drive Angry, despite being more action had those horror elements along with Amber Heard.

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Odette Juliette Annable :: I first noticed her in the movie, The Unborn which has a demon waiting to cross over to this world through her. I was watching the movie and I thought that she was Megan Fox. Well, they do look alike unless you have watched them both a lot in different movies; even their birthdays are closer – I would say that Odette surely looks more original, and has surely got better acting skills. If you back in the timeline, she actually had a little role in Kindergarten Cop and also played a small role in Transformers with Megan Fox. She joined the other queen of horror, Amber Heard in And Soon the Darkness and was also there in Cloverfield. My favourite work from her would be The Unborn, no matter what the critics have to say.

Briana Evigan :: Despite being known more among the common audience for Step Up 2: The Streets and the return in Step Up: All In, I have known Briana Evigan more for a number of horror movies. She was part of the thrilling horror movie Mother’s Day with Jaime King and was also part of The Devil’s Carnival and Stash House. She was one of the main characters of the horror-slasher flick, Sorority Row. She fights for life against a tiger throughout Burning Bright, and manages to come out alive – she is one of the only four characters in this movie, and gives a stunning performance. In Mine Games, she gets caught in a loop of horror which never ends. She will back for the sequel to The Devil’s Carnival, called Alleluia! and remains one of the most charming scream queens ever.

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TeNy

New Generation Slashers

***Newer slasher list with a few interesting flicks. Don’t expect awesome story-lines with these. This is just a drill to prepare you all very early for the next Friday the 13th in November 😀

You’re Next (2011): Among the lesser known slasher movies which turns amazingly good, You’re Next has a special place, and it is well supported by the critical appreciation. You have Sharni Vinson of Step Up 3D here, bringing the chaos to the masked killers who attack the family in a remote cabin rather than falling victim to them. The home-invasion slasher thriller becomes a full entertainer here. It is one of those movies which doesn’t take the story to the next level, but manages to deliver with such nice and energetic sequences which keeps you interested. It is also a reflection of the new generation family which has too many problems, and the link of love is missing.

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Friday the 13th (2009): The reboot of the Friday the 13th film series happens with this movie, and it manages to work with all the elements of a slasher movie without adding anything new. It might feel like a repetition, but the same also makes this a perfect slasher movie with the legendary villain Jason Voorhees returning to murder more people in a hockey mask. There is nothing like seeing one of those few killers who provide nostalgia to go on the murder spree again. The cast which includes Danielle Panabaker, Jared Padalecki, Julianna Guill and Aaron Yoo becomes the right choice for this horror movie with a slasher fan’s favourite day on its title. If you have missed any of the movies of this very long franchise, do watch it on a Friday 13th 😀

The Collector (2009): You can also continue this journey with the sequel, The Collection which released in 2012. This one happens to be a movie with a lot of blood and gore; it was supposed to be a prequel to the Saw franchise before things changed, and so you can guess how it is going to work. As an ex-convict in desperate need for money breaks in and attempts to break the lock to the safe, he realizes that another person has already got in and has locked up the whole house including the windows and anything can initiate a trap good enough to fatally injure him. The family is held hostage and he finds himself in trouble with no chance to escape as deadly traps and deadlier psychotic killer awaits.

My Bloody Valentine (2009): There are only a few movies which instantly gives the feeling that it has done better than original, and is qualified enough to be a righteous remake – this is one of them. It has a good cast lead by Jaime King, and it is just pure slasher fun without leaving much to think about. The fans of the genre can surely be happy that this one has returned to give them what they wanted. This movie in 3D might have been a great joy for them. It goes through the expected lines with the killer on a spree, and what you will see here is a reminder of how those slasher movies were during their best times, and how they have still managed to keep that essence.

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006): Amber Heard is Mandy Lane whom everyone has a crush on. As she remains the center of attraction for everybody during a party at a farm, people start dying. It is said that some people are worth dying for, but this goes the rather brutal way. A former outsider with secrets who turns out to the dream girl for everyone, there is something about falling in love with her and dying. Amber Heard is one of the official horror queens, and if you have watched her other horror movies, you will know. There is a certain amount of artistic style associated with this movie, and there are some nice twists related to this one, and some moments are really smart.

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Halloween (2007): I remember liking the 1978 movie and I also liked the 2007 version, the remake which was not that much liked by the critics, but you can’t go with the critics on a slasher movie. Michael Myers is one of my top five slasher villains of all time, and so I have no second opinion about liking this movie. The one who might be the best scream queen for the horror fans, Danielle Harris is also there. It is the highest grossing Halloween movie by a good margin, and I liked the sequel which released in 2009 too – may be it should have released after the mall culture had further developed here, and the multiplexes would have made it more popular!

Laid to Rest (2009): This one has an young woman with no memory breaking out of a coffin in a funeral place, but her trouble doesn’t end there as she is chased by a woman with a chrome skull mask. With no knowledge about where to go, the man chasing her shows more skills in brutality that anything else. Bobbi Sue Luther plays the protagonist who keeps running from the unknown murderer. ChromeSkull is actually another interesting slasher villain, and there is also a sequel, ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2 which released in 2011 with the scream queen Danielle Harris. With limited resources, the movie manages to create a fine experience for the slasher fans.

***The images used in this blog post are from the Official Facebook Pages of the movies.

TeNy