Horror Hotties - Scream Queens for the New Millennium
18th Jun 09
The woman in danger, scantily clad in a tight blood-soaked t-shirt…. Every good horror movie needs one. It helps if they're young and beautiful with a great set of lungs an even better pair of legs, to run from axe murderers, of course.
The 70’s and 80's were owned by Jamie Lee Curtis, the 90’s brought us the teen-horror Scream generation, and now that we’re drawing to the close of the noughties, it’s time for us to explore just how far our scream queens have come.
And what better place to start then the utterly amazing Odette Yustman, star of David S. Goyer's The Unborn, a petrifying and intense, super natural horror out DVD and Blu-ray on June 22. Gorgeous Odette has quickly established herself as one of the 21st century’s premium scream queens thanks to her damsel in distress performance in Cloverfield. While two hours impaled on a spike screaming and panting was a good introduction to the genre, it was her star turn in The Unborn that really showed off her talent and indeed, her assets. Just check out the DVD's packshot for a start.
But before we get carried away with horror’s future, it’s probably best for us set our horror babe-o-meter at the begging of the decade - so close the door, make sure the managers out of the office and turn down the A/C because we’re about to embark on a journey through the finest horror hotties to grace your screen this millennium.
2000: Neve Campbell - Scream 3 It would seem wrong to start our post 90’s Scream Queen feature without making a quick reference to the virgin teen that pioneered the role of high-school damsel in distress. Neve’s sassy performance as Sidney Prescott in the Scream franchise helped breath new life into the horror genre and it was her “sexual anorexia” that allowed her to stay alive long enough to carry the horror torch into the new millennium.
2001: Monica Bellucci – Brotherhood of the Wolves This bella Italian bombshell passed her Horror initiation way back in 1992 when she played the role of Dracula's bride in Bram Stokers movie… Dracula. Since then she has gone on to star in films such as Brotherhood of The Wolves, The Brothers Grim, The Passion of the Christ and of course, The Matrix Reloaded. She’s even managed to gradually grow sexier in the process, evidence of a signed pact with the devil perhaps?
2002: Milla Jovovich - Resident Evil Milla Jovovich’s blisteringly hot body was by far the best thing that ever came out of the dubiously prolific Resident Evil film franchise. The way she wears those thigh-high boots and uses them to deliver high-flying kicks to a zombie Doberman's heads is nothing short of, well… beautiful.
2003: Kate Beckinsale - Underworld What makes Kate Beckinsale so damn sexy? Her black rubber suit, those bewitching blue eyes, the way she dual wields those twin glock Beretta’s? Whatever your persuasion one thing is for certain, she’s probably the only vampire in film history that you wouldn't mind running into down a dark back alley. Unless, you’re a Lycan of course.
2004: Sarah Michelle Gellar - The Grudge What Scream Queen feature would be complete without an obligatory nod to this Vampire slaying hottie. She’s scared us, thrilled us and even made us want to stab her wannabe boyfriend, Angel, in the heart with a rusty spear. Like her or loath her, Miss SMG is without a doubt one of the few legitimate Scream Queens of this generation. Her career may have fallen down faster than Jenna Jameson’s knickers, but after all she’s done for the horror industry at large, why hold a Grudge…
2005: Sheri Moon Zombie - The Devil's Rejects Her Madonnaesque acting ability, combined with the fact that she’s inherited all of her fame from husband-director, Rob Zombie, means that in truth, Sheri Moon really doesn’t deserve her place alongside some of these horror greats. But when all’s said and done, there's no way that we could justifiably admit this smoulderingly hot blonde with a penchant for knives, liquor, nudity and “Zombie” as a surname.
2006: Jessica Biel - Blade: Trinity Jessica Biel showed off her true horror versatility when she played the stranded vixen in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, only to strip off a year later and play the sultry Vampire slayer in Blade Trinity. Her career may have flat-lined somewhat recently, with a few of her films going straight to DVD, but that doesn’t change the fact that she’s built just the way we like her.... hot, buxom and brain-dead!
2007: Rose McGowan - Grindhouse The whole planet realized Rose McGowan was an uber-hottie when she showed up wearing a '90s-style spiral shirt in Wes Craven's Scream. After some smaller, unmemorable roles, she finally became the icon she deserved to be, playing Cherry Darling in the Planet Terror segment of Tarantino's mashed-up Grindhouse romp.
2008: Liv Tyler - The Strangers Liv Tyler was a born a superstar by blood after an unholy union between rock legend Steven Tyler (Aerosmith's frontman) and a former playboy playmate Bebe Buell (Miss November 1974). With sex and Rock 'n' Roll inscribed into her DNA, it was only a matter of time before this freak of nature was strutting her stuff across movie screens worldwide. Her horror movie introduction came over ten years later in The Strangers, turns out that this scantily clad performance was actually worth the wait.
2009: Odette Yustman - The Unborn Odette Yustman has quickly established herself as the one of the 21st century’s premium scream queens thanks to her damsel in distress performance in Cloverfield. Whilst two hours impaled on a spike screaming and panting was a good introduction to the genre, it was The Unborn that really showed off her best assets. I mean an entire poster dedicated her bumcheecks… A true assessment of just how far we’ve come.
The Unborn, starring Odette Yustman, is available on DVD and Blu-ray 22 June
1st Nov 04 Above all though, it is the relationship between John and Laura Baxter which is the film’s central focus throughout, and the gradual disintegration of their relationship amidst a haze of grief.