Freddy, Jason, Michael and all you other killers better take note: hell hath no fury like a woman stalked.

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who can’t act, who’s always running up the stairs when she should be going out the front door,’ is Neve Campbell’s evaluation in Scream.

Campbell has earned the right to voice her own opinion. After surviving countless attacks in Wes Craven’s post-modern slasher and its sequel, she’s fallen in with a new crowd of up-and-coming young American actors, all of whom are breaking through courtesy of the latest wave of horror movies. Campbell, Michelle Williams, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jennifer Love Hewitt -- the Splat Pack, if you like. No topless psycho _ fodder here; these girls are smarter, 5'. funnier, tougher than their *5? _ predecessors.

Only one leading lady from the video generation deserves to be acclaimed role model for today’s heroines: Jamie Lee Curtis, star of Halloween, The Fog and Prom Night. And how neatly it all ties up, now that she is swinging the axe in battle with her old nemesis Michael Myers in Halloween H20. Curtis’s co-star, Michelle Williams, remembers the older actress in the original. ’I was really drawn to her intellect, and how sharp she was,

No sooner had the silents stopped than the screaming began. It's one thing to terrorise an audience with scary monsters, said the old-style Hollywood moguls; just think what we could do if a piercing shriek from the leading lady was let loose on frayed nerves. And so the Scream Queen was born.

Now, no one likes a man with a hairy back, but Fay Wray let out a particularly loud lungful when she first spotted her new beau in King Kong. Even Elsa Lancaster's vocal reaction was unexpectedly acute when she was betrothed to the monster in Bride Of Frankenstein. Decades later, it was Janet Leigh‘s open mouth, frozen for eternity as violins did the screaming for her, that rose to become an iconic image from Hitchcock's Psycho.

But the Scream Queen didn't really come of age until the horror exploitation cycle took off in the 705. The blood and guts got gorier, the plot became a means for setting up a series of brutal, inventive deaths, usually involving a knife-wielding (penis substitute) maniac and a group of scantily-clad girls whose every line of dialogue read ’aaarrrrggghhh’.

When the video market got going, well, these Scream Queens became national treasures but only for the salivating boys in the audience. They haven’t fared so well under the scathing female eye at this end of the 905. ’Some stupid killer is stalking some big-breasted girl

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and that she wasn’t the helpless victim,’ says Williams. ’She stood up and kicked ass.’

Halloween H20 brings together three generations of screamers: the new breed, Curtis and Psycho’s Janet Leigh (Curtis’s real life mum). With that line-up, no male maniac stands a chance. The Scream Queen has regained her throne.

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§ Norman Bates: cross- dressing, mother loving split personality

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Psycho (1960)

Leatherface: grunting A, . cannibal With a DIY approach to the abhatoir

Marilyn Burns being hung on

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Chainsaw Massacre (1974)


Surer dead by now, Michael 3 sits up mechanically behind '1} sobbing Jamie Lee Curtis

ii Michael Myers: six-year- ; old mind in the body of 1’ an unstoppable murder machine

Halloween (1978)

Mrs Vorhees: traumatised ~ mother of drowned Jason

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An arrowhead pokes through one oversexed campers 3 throat from beneath the bed,

Friday The 13th (1980)

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Freddy Krueger; fried- faced child molester from ; your worst nighmares

A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)

Scream (1997) Billy and Stu: two nutters

Rose lvlcCiowen getting 3 I in Death’s Skeletal mask

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(1998) -- Michael Myers: older, but

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