By Emily Feimster
Boo! Yes, that's right, when Halloween is upon us, there is nothing scarier than turning on the television and seeing "Psycho's" Janet Leigh get stabbed in the shower or her daughter Jamie Lee Curtis being chased by Jason in "Halloween." For many years, these were two of the women who held Hollywood's title of being the queens of scream, but more recently there's been a new breed of sexy young stars running from the boogeyman.
One of Hollywood's busiest horror flick chicks has been former "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Sarah Michelle Gellar. Not only did she star in "I Know What You Did Last Summer," but she also helped "The Grudge" become a smash box office success. This remake of a Japanese film had her starring as an American student in Japan, who was exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse. She reappeared in the movie's recent sequel, but former "Joan of Arcadia" star, Amber Tamblyn, played the lead. Now we can expect to see Gellar in the suspense thriller "The Return," hitting theatres in November. According to her co-star Erinn Allison, Gellar has become quite the pro while working in the suspense genre. "She's done this a lot so she doesn't get as scared," Allison tells us.
However, before Gellar was making people jump in their seats with "The Grudge," it was Australian actress Naomi Watts who was bringing in big business with another Japanese remake, "The Ring" and "The Ring 2." The "King Kong" actress certainly made us think twice about watching any unknown VHS tapes. Those still exist, right? But even in her most frightening moments, we couldn't help but be captivated by her vulnerable charm.
Speaking of beauties, Jessica Biel
seemed all too comfortable shrieking her way through the mayhem of the popular "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" remake. Men certainly enjoyed watching her feisty character clad in tight jeans and a dirty white T-shirt, but it was even more rewarding seeing her survive. After all, Leatherface's chainsaw has got nothing on Biel's guns! Have you seen her arms? All we have to say is, "Yes, we'd like tickets to her gun show."
Not all actresses enjoy being chased by chainsaws, though. The up-and-coming Diora Baird of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" tells us she's getting numerous offers for horror flicks, but she has no intention of going down that gory road again. "This is my first horror film and it will be the last," she claims. "It was hard after spending all day crying, screaming, and begging for mercy. Plus, we used the same house that they used for the remake, which is a really freaky house. All of the furniture was left in it so it felt really haunted. When I got home, I would try to snap back into reality with a little bit of reality television."
Maybe Baird could have used some lessons from some of the more experienced scream queens like "Ghost Whisperer" star Jennifer Love Hewitt, who also starred in "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and its sequel. Boy, there was nothing better than seeing her be chased by a man with a hook! And it was only less than a year later when her "Party of Five" co-star, Neve Campbell, made an impressive debut with "Scream." During all three of the Wes Craven movies, Campbell remained consistently convincing as Sydney Prescott, who went from high school student to college coed to paranoid recluse, all while being stalked by the many incarnations of the Ghostface Killer.
Some of our other impressive scream queens include Cerina Vincent of "Cabin Fever," Heather Donahue of "The Blair Witch Project," Shawnee Smith of all three "Saw" movies, "7th Heaven's" Beverly Mitchell, who branched out from her preacher duties to star in "Saw II," and "Hostel's" Jennifer Lim, who said there was one key element in her getting the part. "I had a call to go and audition for it. I sat in the waiting room waiting for my turn and all I heard was blood-curdling screams coming out of the casting suite. When it was my turn, all I had to do was scream!!!"