Scream Queen - JAMIE LEE CURTIS by Gerry Albert


Although Jamie Lee Curtis was not the first Scream Queen, and has really only been in a few Horror films in her long film career, the movies she did star in had considerable impact on the genre.

In the late 1970’s thru early 1980’s Jamie Lee ran a considerable risk of being forever typcast as a screeching damsel in distress, particularly given that she starred in no less than four horror films in less than 18 months — but then she showed her boobs off in the 1982 Eddie Murphy comedy Trading Places, and her career took off in a different turn.

There was a demure believability in Jamie Lee’s performances. The daughter of Hollywood Royalty, she appeared to be more versatile than the average teen slasher victim of the day and her acting pedigree is clearly evident on the silver screen. Married to fellow actor Christopher Guest, the 5th Baron-Hadon-Guest, Jamie Lee Curtis is on a low level rung of royalty — making her the closest to being an actual “scream queen“. How many others can claim that distinctive honor?

Selected Horror Filmography:

Halloween (1978)
The Fog (1980)
Terror Train (1980)
Prom Night (1980)
Halloween 2 (1981)
Halloween H20 (1998)
Virus (1999)
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)


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