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They've frightened us, terrorized us, tortured us, captivated us, and warned us. They have plucked the worst darkness, manifested their deepest fears, from the recesses of their minds and transformed them on to the silver screen. They are men and women who have made their careers (at least mostly) trying to scare audiences to death. They are the Scream Queens and Masters of Horror that helped mould the Horror genre into what it is today. The following are 17 Actors, Directors, Storytellers, from the earliest days of cinema to the 1990's, that have left a considerable legacy in Horror.

JAMES WHALE - Master of Gods and Monsters

James Whale
James Whale

It could be argued that James Whale was perhaps the first openly gay filmmaker in Hollywood. With his sexual preference being so out in the open during an incredibly “hush-hush” era, and his unwillingness to “stay in the closet” he found himself unfortunately blacklisted with many of the large studios in Hollywood and he did not work much after the end of the 1930s. That sad circumstance aside, James Whale is famous for helming the original filmed version of the broadway play Showboat (1936) and the lackluster sequel film to the 1927 war picture All Quiet on the Western Front called The Road Back (1937).

Whale’s fame persists today because of his involvement with the early days of Universal Pictures roster of monster films, which included several iconic classic horror movies and characters — most notably Frankenstein’s Monster, the Bride of Frankenstein, and the Invisible Man. Each film depicted wildly eccentric characters, like the mad scientist Dr. Pretorius in Bride of Frankenstein (1935), whom many Film Historians believe may have been a stand in for Whale’s own personal feelings of isolation, eccentricity, and despair. James Whale introduced and infused a rich style highly akin to German Expressionism to his darker and more horrific pictures.

VINCENT PRICE - Master of the Macabre

VINCENT PRICE by Gerry Albert (Imstillakid Designs)
VINCENT PRICE by Gerry Albert (Imstillakid Designs)

As an actor, Vincent Price‘s early roles mostly had him portraying the antagonist of a picture. By the 1950s, Price had developed a comfortable niche in horror films, and was often referred to as the ‘Master of the Macabre‘. In perhaps my favorite of his numerous roles in and out of the horror genre, Vincent Price shines in House of Wax (1953) as Professor Henry Jarrod. A wax figure sculptor in a museum that becomes horribly scarred and disfigured when he is caught in an inferno that destroys his museum and wax sculptures. He survives the blaze and builds a new house of wax but…(Spoiler Alert!)…the wax figures in the new display are all wax-coated people who were murdered and fell victim to Jarrod’s demented plans. I remember being equally frightened and enthralled by this movie when I was much younger.

Vincent Price became one of the most iconic faces and voices in horror movies, and from 1950 to 1975 you would be hard-pressed to find a horror picture that didn’t star him (or Christopher Lee or Peter Cushing – but more on them another time). He starred in many other great genre pictures such as The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) where Price plays the role of the title character who was the victim of a horrible accident that leaves his vocal chords damaged and face horribly disfigured. He wears a rubber mask to hide his true face, and uses a voice box to speak. Phibes orchestrates the murders of the nine Doctors that were responsible for the death of his wife; and patterns the murders after the seven deadly plagues written about in the Christian Bible. In Madhouse (1973), Vincent Price plays actor Paul Toombes who has become synonymous with one of his roles…Dr. Death! After an extended decade long leave from acting, after his girlfriend was murdered and he suffered a nervous breakdown, Toombes returns to acting but soon afterwards everyone that works around him starts getting murdered. Is Toombes the culprit? Or is someone out to frame him? The movie is a tad cheesy, but has good performances from both Vincent Price and his frequent co-star Peter Cushing.

A title that I don’t see disappearing from his biography anytime soon, Vincent Price was always billed as – known as – spoken of – written about – and referred to as the Master of the Macabre.

WILLIAM CASTLE - Master of the Horror Gimmick

William Castle
William Castle

Born William Schloss, his surname was loosely translated from his native German to mean “Castle”. He adopted this pseudonym for his showbiz career. William Castle was the original Master of Horror. A Broadway showman that found himself enticed by the allure of Hollywood, he made the jump into movies and soon found himself directing films under contract with Columbia Pictures. By the mid-1950’s Castle was self-financing his own pictures and came up with some of his finest work ever. He wanted to make going to the movies an interactive experience for the audience, so many of his pictures employed gimmicks to lure people in to the theaters to see his pictures. For his first solo effort, Macabre (1958), Castle devised the idea of giving every movie patron a $1,000 life insurance policy certificate from Lloyd’s of London in case they became so terrified that they should die of fright — he also had several “nurses” stationed in the lobbies of all the theaters showing his films with hearses parked outside the theaters. Macabre became an incredible hit, and both positive press and word of mouth made both the movie, and William Castle, a success! He had continued success with his next three motion pictures:

House on Haunted Hill (1959). – Castle created a buzz around this movie by claiming that it was filmed in the terrifying new “Emergo”-Vision! But no details were described of this new technique. It didn’t really exist, but at a key scene in the movie a skeleton attached to a line hovered over the audience to parallel the action on screen. The gimmick worked and provided Castle Pictures with yet another huge success!

The Tingler (1959): “Scream! Scream for your lives!” Vincent Price decreed at a climactic event of the film – at which point buzzers would vibrate on the underside of random seats throughout the theatre causing real frights from the frightened movie patrons. Another hit!

13 Ghosts (1960): Each movie-goer was given a handheld ghost viewer upon entry to the theatre (they were essentially 3D glasses). When certain scenes evoked ghosts and apparitions to appear on screen, people could put one set of glasses on to see the ghosts – and another to remove them from view.

William Castle was a brilliant marketer, and showman, but will always be remembered as a Master of the Horror Movie Gimmick.

ROD SERLING - Master of the Unexpected

Rod Serling
Rod Serling

I have previously stated in other posts of how The Twilight Zone is one of my favorite TV shows of all time. Although not too gratuitous with themes of horror given that it was a prime time television show airing in the ultra-conservative early 1960`s, the program broke new ground in storytelling. It debuted science fiction – suspense – philosophical – and macabre themes that hadn`t previously been established that are now part of the lexicon of the genre. The success of the show, and its lasting legacy are in tremendous parts due to the creative genius of Rod Serling.

Rod Serling was the creator, showrunner, writer, and narrator of The Twilight Zone. There were others who shared in the writing responsibilities, namely Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson to name a couple, but the program was the brainchild of Rod Serling. I used to watch this show every week in syndication when I was a child and I would be left completely in awe at the end of many an episode. Rod Serling introduced each episode in his laid back demeanour, cigarette in hand, offering up the story we were about to see for our perusal. In doing so became the face of the program, and thus just as famous as the show itself.

Future works of Mr. Serling that cemented his status as a master of suspenseful storytelling, included the anthology television series The Night Gallery which ran for four seasons from 1970 to 1973 and the science fiction feature film classic Planet of the Apes. He has been awarded several Emmy Awards, numerous Peabody Awards, and a Golden Globe for his writing contributions.

ALFRED HITCHCOCK - Master of Suspense

ALFRED HITCHCOCK by Gerry Albert (Imstillakid Designs)
ALFRED HITCHCOCK by Gerry Albert (Imstillakid Designs)

Alfred Hitchcock is the immortal master of suspense. His films centered around seedy and nefarious characters. These movies are timeless, and they have often set the standard in many of the conventions of the genre. A career spanning five decades of filmmaking and a portfolio consisting of dozens of motion pictures, Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most celebrated (and often imitated) directors ever.

I was in awe of Mr. Hitchcock from the very first time I watched Psycho on VHS as a teen. Prior to that screening I hadn’t seen any other Hitchcock film, but I was so completely captivated by Psycho that I quickly started viewing other films from his repertoire: The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, North By Northwest, and many others. There are some classics from his catalogue of films that I still have yet to see.

Hitchcock thoroughly enjoyed his craft. He loved working with attractive young starlets who were some of the biggest names in showbiz at the time like Janet Leigh (Psycho), Tippi Hedren (The Birds), Kim Novak (Vertigo), Eva Marie Saint (North By Northwest), Grace Kelly (To Catch A Thief, Rear Window, Dial M For Murder), and Ingrid Bergman (Notorious, Spellbound, Under Capricorn). Alfred Hitchcock was highly respected amongst actors and many returned to work with him in future pictures. He also helped fashion some of the finest performances in the careers of Jimmy Stewart (Rear Window, Rope) and Cary Grant (North By Northwest, Notorious) as well.

In Hitchcock’s immortal film, Psycho, a new breed of monster was unleashed and a different kind of victim introduced. Where roles were once clearly established within the horror genre, they were now permanently altered and in disarray. With Psycho Hitchcock helped introduce the concept of the psychosexual or transgendered killer as depicted in the character of Norman Bates – the proprietor of the isolated Bates’ Motel. Eventually, Norman is revealed to be a disturbed individual who has developed a split personality. Aside from his own personae, Norman has created a version of his abusive mother – long since dead and mummified by the start of the movie – that reveals itself whenever Norman is sexually aroused. When confused thief, Marion Crane, arrives to rent a motel room – Norman’s attraction to her is clear and he immediately welcomes her in. Then, half way through the movie, with a blaring “reee-reee-reee” of Bernard Hermann’s haunting score – Marion is murdered in the shower. WTF?? That’s not supposed to happen? The dame always gets rescued by some dude. Well, with this particular scene, Hitchcock managed to change existing conventions and set a new precedent for films to follow. He had directed a revolution and set about a more horrifying misogynistic twist (which Hitchcock claimed was entirely unintentional). But there it was in black and white (pun intended) – women were now being victimized not because of their beauty and perceived frailty, but because they were young, sinful, sexual, flawed, and beautiful – the necessary elements to arouse and attract a predominently male audience. So Marion was essentially offed because she turned Norman on sexually. Norman was such a repressed nutbag, that getting his jollies peeking through a wall set him off on a cross-dressing/split-personality murderous rampage.

Often imitated but never duplicated (unless you want to count Gus Van Sant’s unimaginative, unoriginal, and unforgiving shot-for-shot regurgitation of Psycho in 1998), it is a testament to his gifted vision of horrifying suspense that he has become the benchmark to which future generations are measured against.

JANET LEIGH - Scream Queen

Janet Leigh
Janet Leigh

Janet Leigh is perhaps the first Scream Queen of the post-modern era. Although she doesn’t have a large filmography dedicated to horror films, the few that she did appear in warrant her inclusion on this list. If not only for being the unfortunate bathing victim in Alfred Hitchcock‘s seminal game-changer Psycho in 1960 – a film that Mrs. Leigh has publicly stated that she was terrified during the entire movie shoot. In 1972, Janet shared billing with Stuart Whitman (Eaten Alive) and Rory Calhoun (Motel Hell) for the killer rabbit film, Night of the Lepus. Janet Leigh has also appeared in a couple of other Horror films alongside her daughter (and fellow scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis) spanning almost 20 years — in John Carpenter‘s 1980 ghost revenge tale The Fog, and in 1998’s seventh installment in the Michael Myers franchise with Halloween H20. It’s been said that Mrs. Leigh was so frightened during her shower scene in Psycho that her screams were genuine.

Selected Horror Filmography:

  • Psycho (1960)
  • Night of the Lepus (1972)
  • The Fog (1980)
  • Halloween H20 (1998)

CHRISTOPHER LEE - Regal Master of Horror

Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee

Sir Christopher Lee is a man of many distinctions. He was knighted by the British Monarchy in 2009 for his innumerable contributions to charity and the arts. Christopher Lee has appeared in over 200 films in his 60+ year acting career, and has had countless books written about him and his vast works. He has starred in three of the most commercially successful film franchises of all time — as the ruthless Francisco Scaramanga in the ninth James Bond instalment The Man With the Golden Gun (1973); the dark sorcerer Saruman in The Lord of the Rings trilogy; and as the treacherous Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

He was also the face of Dracula for an entire generation of movie goers as he revisited the role an unprecedented 9 times for Hammer Studios from 1958 to 1975. Christopher Lee also shared the screen several times with other veteran horror film actors like Peter Cushing (22 shared films together) and Vincent Price (4 movies as co-stars). He considers The Wicker Man (1973) as one of his favourite film roles. Given his knighthood, Christopher Lee could very well be the only Regal Master of Horror!

DARIO ARGENTO - Master of Giallo

Dario Argento
Dario Argento

Dario Argento is an Italian Film Director, Producer and Screenwriter who came to prominence in the 1970’s. Although he has continuously made films since the 1970’s to the present day, his most acclaimed films occurred during the 70’s and 80s. Argento worked in the style of “giallo” film-making, which is essentially a unique hybrid of thriller and horror and it became a major influence on early American slasher films, like Halloween. John Carpenter has remarked in interviews about how Argento’s early work greatly influenced the style and pacing of Halloween. In his directorial debut, The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (1970), Dario Argento crafted a well-received adaptation of the novel (uncredited) – The Screaming Mimi — and developed a film-making style that became his signature throughout his movie making repertoire. It contends with a man witnessing an attempted murder and begins following the assailant – someone believed by police to be a serial killer – the tables are turned when the killer begins stalking him and his wife!

Two other films mark the best of Argento’s filmography, Suspiria (1977) – a bloody and violent supernatural thriller – and Tenebrae (1982) a murder-mystery thriller set in Rome about a serial killer inspired to kill because of a best-selling novel. In much of Europe, Argento’s films were well received, but several were plagued with distribution issues and found an audience years later on VHS and DVD. Certain markets, including the United States, often heavily edited some of the violence and gore out of his films taking several minutes off of the full run time and making much of the horror sequences confusing. Shown in their entirety, uncut, the three Dario Argento films showcased here are some of the finest horror films in the history of cinema. Dario Argento’s early work (as opposed to his more recent pictures which do not hold up well against his classics) cement his name forever as the Master of Giallo.

TOBE HOOPER - Master of Maniacs

Tobe Hooper
Tobe Hooper

Tobe Hooper has directed several Horror films, been the focus of an episode or two of Masters of Horror, and has been in the film business for close to 45 years. But three of his movies are a CUT above the rest! In fact, if it weren’t for those three movies I’m not certain that I would have included him on the list as a Master of Horror as the majority of the other films are hokey to say the least. But Mr. Hooper has the impressive distinction of being the writer and director of my all-time favourite horror movie — The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)! That alone gives him a buy onto the list. I have written about Chainsaw in various other posts several times so I wont go into it again here, but it is still my favourite horror movie after all these years! To his credit, he was also the director of one of the most successful horror films of the 1980s as well — Poltergeist (1982). For the latter film, many movie critics have decreed that much of the success of Poltergeist was a result of Steven Spielberg‘s involvement as a producer on the picture. Regardless, Hooper is credited as the director for the movie and deserves every accolade directed at the picture.

Tobe Hooper also directed the movie Eaten Alive in 1977, about a redneck sicko who kills anyone who upsets him or his hotel business, by feeding them to a pet crocodile he keeps in the swamp beside his hotel. Crrrrraaaazy! The cult film The Funhouse (1981) was also directed by Hooper. Rounding it all out, Lifeforce (1985) was an interesting Science Fiction Horror movie that came out in the mid-1980s and had some interesting themes in it. Hooper followed up Lifeforce with the sequel to Texas Chainsaw Massacre in 1986…12 years after the original was released! Tobe Hooper is the Master of MY FAVOURITE Horror Film!

JOHN CARPENTER - Master of Menace

John Carpenter
John Carpenter

These Masters — Alfred Hitchcock, Rod Serling, and Stephen King — were always my top three based on their numerous contributions to horror and suspense. My next Master showcase is the first horror director that I became a fan of when I was growing up — John Carpenter.

In 1978, John Carpenter wrote, directed, co-produced, and wrote the musical score for an immensely successful low budget horror film that launched the titanic career of it`s heroine, made it`s menacing killer a household name amongst people who haven`t even seen the film, and spawned an entire sub-genre. I`m referring of course to Halloween starring Jamie Lee Curtis, and upon its success ushering in the era of the Slasher Films throughout the 1980`s.

Although his filmmaking slowed down over the years where he would release a movie every so many years or so, following the incredible reception to Halloween in 1978, Carpenter was hot in demand. In the span of three years following Halloween, he wrote – directed – co-produced – and wrote the score for the follow-up sequel to Halloween; wrote – directed – co-produced – and wrote the score for The Thing; wrote – directed – co-produced – and wrote the score for Escape From New York; wrote – directed – co-produced – and wrote the score for The Fog. All classics.

“I staggered through my career and came out the other end alive. I made some films that meant something to me. In my opinion, they weren’t all great, and they weren’t all successful, but they sure were ‘me’. And this is what I was going through or thinking or feeling as a director at the time, and I’m very proud of them. A lot of great directors just never had the chance to have their work appreciated and celebrated and watched all these years after they were made. So, man, what do you want out of life? It’s great!”

– John Carpenter


JAMIE LEE CURTIS by Gerry Albert (Imstillakid Designs)
JAMIE LEE CURTIS by Gerry Albert (Imstillakid Designs)

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)

STEPHEN KING - Master of Fear

Stephen King
Stephen King

No one has conquered the horror genre like Stephen King has. Although he has dabbled in television and films he is not a traditional film director, his books account for dozens of motion picture adaptations including: Carrie, The Shining, Firestarter, Christine, The Dead Zone, Graveyard Shift, Thinner, Pet Cemetary, Cujo, Silver Bullet, Sleepwalkers, The Dark Half, Misery, 1408, Dreamcatcher, Cat`s Eye, Needful Things, Maximum Overdrive, The Lawnmower Man, Children of the Corn, Salem`s Lot, Shawshank Redemption, Green Mile, Stand By Me, and Apt Pupil.

His books have also been adapted for television movies or mini-series including: It, The Stand, The Tommyknockers, The Langoliers, Sometimes They Come Back, Under the Dome and countless others. With such a vast and impressive list of novels adapted into screenplays, there is no denying that Stephen King has earned a title of Master of Horror. Strangely though, my favorite Stephen King novel, Gerald`s Game, has never been made into a film or TV movie.

Spending many of my summers up north in cottage country as a teen, I devoured many of these great books. They were my first real introduction to horror that weren`t slasher films. I also gained a deep respect, then envy, of Mr. King given his supernatural ability to churn out what seems to be a book a week.

DAVID CRONENBERG - Master of Body Horror

David Cronenberg
David Cronenberg

David Cronenberg is a masterful moviemaker that is not only a proud Canadian, but also an incredible filmmaker. In fact, if you were to poll random people on the street and ask them to name not only a Canadian Horror Filmmaker but simply a Canadian Filmmaker, the answer would almost always be David Cronenberg.

Here`s why he is such a revered figure in horror:

Cronenberg has put his cerebral and psychological signature on all of these Canadian Horror Classics – Shivers (1975), Rabid (1977), The Brood (1979), Scanners (1981), Videodrome (1983), The Dead Zone (1983), The Fly (1986), Dead Ringers (1988), Existenz (1999), and Spider (2002) as well as countless other non-horror films that he has made and/or been a part of. His movies also have the distinction of walking the fine line into the bizarre and of all the horror masters I have listed thus far, the films resonate after viewing. They prompt you, the viewer, to continue thinking about them long after the credits have rolled.

I had the good fortune of meeting Mr. Cronenberg in 1999, when I was working film security on the set of his film Existenz, and I couldn`t be more impressed with how cool a gentleman he is. However, even with all of the incredible films that I have listed above, I remember him most in an acting role in which he played a deranged masked serial killer in Clive Barker`s 1990 film Nightbreed.

DEE WALLACE - Scream Queen

Dee Wallace
Dee Wallace

Appearing in numerous fright flicks in her impressive forty year career, Dee Wallace is a fan favorite at Horror conventions. She had a small role in Rob Zombie’s 2007 reimagining of Halloween playing Laurie Strode’s mother. In fact, many of her roles in the scary pictures have her cast as the protective mother — such as 1983’s poop and scooper Cujo and in the Sci-Fi thriller satire Critters. Perhaps my favorite horror roles starring Mrs. Wallace are Lynn Carter — the eldest daughter terrorized by the crazed hill people in Wes Craven’s The Hills Have Eyes (1977), and as Karen White in The Howling where she plays the Los Angeles television news anchor initially stalked by a serial killer and then from werewolves in a small retreat community.

Although Dee has appeared in countless horror genre films in her long career, she is forever associated as young Elliot’s mother in Steven Spielberg‘s family favorite E.T. The Extra Terrestrial.

Selected Horror Filmography:

  • The Stepford Wives (1975)
  • The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
  • The Howling (1981)
  • Cujo (1983)
  • Critters (1986)
  • Alligator II: The Mutation (1991)
  • The Frighteners (1996)
  • Abominable (2006)
  • Halloween (2007)
  • The House of the Devil (2009)
  • The Lords of Salem (2012)

WES CRAVEN - Master of Slashers

Wes Craven
Wes Craven

Wes Craven started his professional adult life as an English and Humanities Professor before transitioning into movies – primarily as a writer and camera man on porn movies (he worked under various pseudonyms). Craven changed his focus and directed his first feature horror film, the visceral revenge thriller Last House on the Left (1972) at the age of 33 – and the horror genre is all the better for it. Wes Craven has written and directed over 30 movies, most of them in the horror genre, and with a career spanning over 40 years he has also acted – been cinematographer – and editor in dozens more.

*The Hills Have Eyes (1977) Tells the tale of an All-American family taking a cross-country trip that gets marooned in a Southwestern U.S. desert. They are plagued, harassed, and brutally assaulted by a family-tribe of cannibalistic mutants hell-bent on destroying this harmless and decent family. The family fights back and what results is an early horrific masterpiece in Wes Craven’s repertoire. Shot with an incredibly low budget of $230,000, the movie fared incredibly well bringing in almost ten times that at the box office. An inevitable sequel was made in 1985, and a remake in 2006.

*A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Proved to be Wes Craven’s most recognizable (and possibly most successful) film to date spawning five sequels, a re-imagining, a cross-over with Friday the 13th, and a remake. The movie contends with the horrific Freddy Kruger, a child molesting murderer that was burnt to death by the parents of his victims. Years later, he haunts the dreams of small-town American teens and murders them in elaborate and bloody gruesome manners. This film introduced the world to the character of Freddie Kruger, who soon became a household name throughout North America.

*Scream (1996) With this relevant 90s classic, Craven directed a movie that embraced and celebrated all pre-existing horror movie conventions, and focuses on teenager Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) as she comes under attack by masked knife wielding maniac on the anniversary of her mother’s murder. The killer (later dubbed Ghostface because of the costume and mask he wore) murders all of Sidney’s circle of friends and closes in on Sidney all the while taunting her with scary phone calls. This film spawned the second successful franchise in Wes Craven’s filmography, with three additional sequels.

With countless frightening films, and three very successful franchises to his credit, Wes Craven is truly a bona fide Master of the Slasher.

KANE HODDER - Master of Hulking Killers

Kane Hodder
Kane Hodder

Kane Hodder was a Hollywood stunt man that has been in countless– COUNTLESS! – movies and television shows since the early 1980’s. He is mostly known for his stunt and acting work in horror films, and mostly for playing the inhuman machine of murderous mayhem – Jason Voorhies in four Friday the 13th movies. Kane Hodder is a beast of a man who has become a horror legend playing hulking killers like Jason, Leatherface, and Victor Crowley from the Hatchet movies. His name is synonymous with the genre. Rightfully so, as Hodder has appeared as both a stunt man and actor in over 30 horror movie productions including:

  • The Hills Have Eyes – Part II (1985)
  • House (1986)
  • House II: The Second Story (1987)
  • Friday the 13th – Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
  • Waxwork (1988)
  • Deep Star Six (1989)
  • Friday the 13th – Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
  • Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III (1990)
  • Alligator II: The Mutation (1991)
  • Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College (1991)
  • House IV (1992)
  • Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
  • Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (1994)
  • Project Metalbeast (1995)
  • Scanner Cop II (1995)
  • Wishmaster (1997)
  • Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998)
  • Friday the 13th – Part X: Jason X (2002)
  • The Devil’s Rejects (2005)
  • Room 6 (2006)
  • Hatchet (2006)
  • Behind The Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
  • Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield (2007)
  • Hack! (2007)
  • Dead Noon (2007)
  • B.T.K. (2008)
  • Black Friday (2008)
  • Bundy: A Legacy of Evil (2008)
  • His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th (2009)
  • Black Friday 3D (2010)
  • Exit 33 (2010)
  • Hatchet II (2010)
  • Hatchet III (2012)

With an impressive list of horror film credits like that in his filmography, Kane Hodder is definitely a Master of Horror!


Danielle Harris
Danielle Harris

Little Miss Harris is all grown up! Starting her long career in Horror at such a young age in 1988’s Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Danielle has grown up to be such a f*cking hottie. Ahem…sorry…got carried away there. Her impresive list of genre films warrants her inclusion on the Scream Queen list. Her early role as Jamie Lloyd in two of the original Halloween franchise films is one of the best performances by a child in horror movies. Having grown up on screen starring in horror films for the past 25 years, Danielle can take her frightening performances to a terrifying new level, as evidence in her brutal confrontations with both Michael Myers in 2009’s Halloween 2 reboot — and with deformed bayou beast Victor Crowley in Hatchet 2. She’s also very easy to look at…ahem…there I go again…

Selected Horror Filmography:

  • Halloween 4 (1988)
  • Halloween 5 (1989)
  • Urban Legend (1998)
  • Halloween (2007)
  • Left for Dead (2007)
  • Halloween 2 (2009)
  • Hatchet 2 (2011)
  • Hatchet 3 (2013)

Thanks for reading! Agree with this List? Disagree? Who would you indoctrinate as Scream Queen or Master of Horror? Let us know!!


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