Today’s scream queens are of a different breed than the past
By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: 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 Queens of Scream. But what of today’s top scream queens?
First of all, we must broaden the definition, what with the new millennial trend toward fraternization with socially-acceptable vampires and other monstrous types. Yep, these days, rather than trying to run away from the scary guys, our heroines often run toward them. For real.
You don’t see Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan scream so much as appear stressed, greatly stressed or stressed beyond reason in her love for vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and really strong like for werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). Sometimes, she is startled and a slight “ah” may emerge from her lips. Yet how could anyone leave Stewart off their list of top scream queens of today? She just won the Best Fantasy Actress Award at Spike TV’s Scream 2010 awards and she has “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” due out next year. In it, we’ll see Bella and Edward’s daughter! Stewart and Pattinson are a real-life couple as well, in case you somehow managed to escape the news.
Anna Paquin – same thing. Sookie Stackhouse on HBO’s “True Blood.” Oh, yes, she’s a fraternizer, all right, with her lover, vampire Bill Compton, played by Stephen Moyer, who Paquin married in real life in August. The Oscar winner is also among the stars of next year’s hotly anticipated big-screen “Scream 4.” She MUST be on the Scream Queens list.
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