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Top 15 Scream Queens

Posted in Top 15 Scream Queens with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2013 by Last Road Reviews

What exactly makes a Scream Queen? Is it someone who has appeared in many horror films? What about an actress that made 1 horror film that she gave a great performance to go along with a great film? Many people will say you need a few horror films to be a Scream Queen and that’s fair enough, but what about if most of those films are terrible? So with this list I decided that it doesn’t matter if you have 1 credit or 100. All that matters is quality of the film and performance.

I know some will disagree with me including actresses that aren’t really known for horror, but again it’s about quality more than anything else. There were several actresses left out that I really wanted to include such as Daniela Doria, Zora Kerova, Lorraine De Selle and they almost made the cut, but in the end decided against it.

(For some reason I am having trouble with uploads so if any pictures don’t show sorry about that.

15. Hayden Panettiere

Notable films- Scream 4

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I know many will disagree with my placing of Hayden at number 15 and I could have placed several other actresses here, but I went with Hayden because Kirby in Scream 4 is just awesome! A hot chick who loves horror. As much as I liked Scream 4 without Hayden it might have been a little less.

14. Franca Stoppi

Notable Films- Beyond the Darkness, The Other Hell

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Her character Iris was downright creepy in Beyond the Darkness and while that may be her most notable credit (she has done other horror flicks) Iris is one of the more memorable characters and Stoppi more than deserving.

13. Marilyn Burns

Notable films- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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Like the above she has a couple more credits, but TCM is all she needs. I easily could have rated her higher. Besides a great performance the hell that she went through while filming alone gets her on this list. As Sally, Marilyn Burns was great and sure I could fill this up with other actresses with tons of credits, but none of those actresses gave as strong a performance or were in as good a film.

12. Lisa Wilcox

Notable films- A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 & 5

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I always preferred Alice over Nancy. That’s just me, but for certain purposes I couldn’t rate Lisa Wilcox higher. I just love how Alice starts and what she becomes. From shy nerd to kick ass chick ready to kick Freddy’s ass

11. Corteney Cox

Notable films- Scream, Scream 2, Scream 3, Scream 4

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Nobody can play the bitch like Corteney and rather than wanna see her meet a grisly end you root for her to survive. Her performances are hysterical and she always brings the fun factor to the Scream movies.

10. Cristina Galbo

Notable films- What Have You Done to Solange, The Killer Must Kill Again, Living Dead at Manchester Morgue

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One of the most stunning women to grace the screen, in all her films, Cristina not only brings beauty, but something innocent and naive to her performances.

9. Jennifer Love Hewitt

Notable films- I Know What You Did Last Summer, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

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I know some will disagree with J. Love on the list and perhaps as high as she rates. What guy wasn’t totally crushing on Jennifer back in the 90s? With her stunning looks, beautiful smile, J. Love brought the super hot girl next door quality to her films.

8. Catriona MacColl

Notable films- City of the Living Dead, The Beyond, House by the Cemetery

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Her work with Fulci was great and MacColl brought a lot of class and charm in her work with Lucio Fulci.

7. Heather Langenkamp

Notable films- A Nightmare on Elm Street, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, New Nightmare

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I can hear the groans now over the ranking. Nancy is one of the greats for sure and the original Elm Street a masterpiece. Nancy wasn’t like most characters in horror films as she was not only smart, but didn’t need help in taking down Freddy. I’ve always loved the character and how she changed in the series.

6. Edwige Fenech

Notable films- The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh, Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, The Case of the Bloody Iris, Strip Nude for Your Killer, Hostel: Part II

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Is there any woman more stunning? I think not. Her Giallo work was truly excellent and it didn’t hurt she was always willing to shed her clothes. Edwige is one of my all-time favorites and wanted to rate her even higher.

5. Daria Nicolodi

Notable Films- Deep Red, Inferno, Tenebre, Phenomena, Opera

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Her work with Argento is brilliant and at times European horror isn’t always know for strong female characters, but with Deep Red she broke that. Through the years her work with Argento made her a staple in the horror genre and Daria who sadly sometimes gets looked over is a terrific actress.

4. Danielle Harris

Notable Films- Halloween 4, Halloween 5, Halloween, Halloween II, Hatchet II

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Danielle is probably the only child actor in a horror film that didn’t get on my nerves. As young Jamie Lloyd in Halloween 4 & 5, Danielle gave performances far beyond her years and her work with Rob Zombie in his Halloween films were great. Halloween II she really got to show off her acting range. But she will always be remembered as Jamie Lloyd and dare I say I liked her more than Laurie?

3. Sheila Keith

Notable Films- The House of Whipcord, Frightmare, The Comeback

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Sadly an actress that time has forgotten. Her work with Pete Walker is truly amazing. She was downright creepy in House of Whipcord and the Comeback, but Frightmare she was just chilling! Its sad many horror fans don’t mention her as she was a terrific actress and if she doesn’t seriously creep you out something must be wrong with you.

2. Jamie Lee Curtis

Notable Films- Halloween, The Fog, Prom Night, Terror Train, Halloween II, Halloween H20

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What can I say about Jamie that hasn’t already been stated before? Her title of the scream queen is more than fitting and deserving as her work in the genre is iconic for a reason. As Laurie Strode she set the bar on the woman in danger role. I often alternate on my top 2 picks since both are more than deserving.

1. Neve Campbell

Notable Films- Scream, Scream 2, Scream 3, Scream 4, The Craft

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This might be a surprise to some, but as Sydney, Neve Campbell set the bar for the modern scream queen. She was vulnerable, but not weak as she fights back at every turn. Neve brought this sweet tough innocence to Syd, but when push comes to shove she’ll kick your ass!

Women in Horror: Edwige Fenech

Posted in Women of Horror with tags on February 19, 2013 by Last Road Reviews

So back in October I started the scream queen of the month. But the hurricane kind of derailed it after that. So until I get back to it. This will be the newest blog month to month.

I figured Edwige was the best choice for the first edition so without further ado lets get started shall we?

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Ad last, but not least here is Edwige sometime around 2007. Still stunning as ever

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The Case of the Bloody Iris (1972) Review by Dave Kaye

Posted in Case of the Bloody Iris, The with tags , , , , , on April 30, 2012 by Last Road Reviews

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THE CASE OF THE BLOODY IRIS

*** ½ Out of 5

Release Date- August 4th, 1972 (Italy)

Running Time- 94-Minutes

Rating- NR

Screenplay- Ernesto Gastaldi

Director- Giuliano Carnimeo (As Anthony Ascott)

Starring- George Hilton, Edwige Fenech, Annabella Incontrera, Paola Quattrini, Giampiero Albertini, Franco Agostini, Oreste Lionello

Most cite the 60s as when the first Giallo film was made and in the 70s these films reached their peak with the emergence of Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci and the continued success of Mario Bava who stared the Giallo; The Case of the Bloody Iris is pretty much the typical Giallo of its time and the formula for these movies are quite simple and in many ways these films can sort of be seen as the Italian slasher film as there is a thin line between them. As great as Italian cinema was in the 80s and despite how many great Giallo’s were released in the 80s nothing can top the 70s and Case of the Bloody Iris is an excellent if now flawed Giallo.

The screenplay was written by Ernesto Gastaldi who is no stranger to the Giallo; he wrote many of the more popular ones in the 70s most notable writing for Sergio Martino with such movies as Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh and Torso. The script is well written with some touches of comedy and while the comedy can be a little silly it isn’t over the top and does work rather well and offers something a little different than the norm; the investigation scenes while well written can at times be the only flaw in the script as it’s just not as interesting as many other movies like this. The actual mystery however is fairly strong and did have me guessing and while the identity of the killer may not be shocking I will admit I was caught off guard. The movie is driven more by the characters rather than action and while the characters may not have the most depth, Gastaldi does however create some fairly interesting characters that are able to keep things interesting when there are lulls in the action.

Director Giuliano Carnimeo going under the name Anthony Ascott does a solid job at keeping the pace moving along and there’s no shortage of suspects and nudity. The murder scenes are done well with some pretty good suspense and tension and while the investigation scenes can at times slow down the pace, Giuliano Carnimeo still is able to keep the movie above float. I can’t say I was ever bored with the movie, but at times the middle sections of the movie I did zone out just a little bit, but overall the movie is mostly always interesting and the scenes with the killer are well-done with some excellent moments of suspense, but this movie is more about the characters than the deaths and Carnimeo handles it well with only a few moments where things can lag.

The cast is solid led by the amazingly stunning Edwige Fenech as Jennifer. I haven’t seen a lot of her work, but what I’ve seen I have liked. You’ll be hard pressed to find a woman more beautiful than Edwige who I think might be the most beautiful woman I have ever seen and for me she was never more stunning than she was Case of the Bloody Iris. If you are a fan of Edwige this is essential viewing. George Hilton also stars as Andrea Barto and like Fenech I haven’t seen a whole lot of his work, but what I’ve seen I have liked. The two previously worked together in The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh, which was produced by Luciano Martino who also produced The Case of the Bloody Iris.

Overall the Case of the Bloody Iris is an excellent Giallo that sadly is mostly forgotten and while it may not be one of the best this style of film has to offer it’s still an excellent movie with no shortage of nudity and suspense and like I said earlier does make for an excellent mystery and despite some slight pacing problems in the middle of the movie Case of the Bloody Iris deserves more attention than it gets.

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