The best scream queens in Hollywood history
Hayden Panettiere is joining the cast of 'Scream 6' for her first acting role in years
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For those who don't know, a scream queen is an actress associated with horror movies, either for one seminal role or for repeated appearances in the genre. Women in horror movies are usually the victims. They're there to fight for their lives while screaming their lungs out. And, indeed, this kind of acting offers its own set of challenges, emotional and physical. However, more and more we're seeing women take on more central roles in horror, bringing new depth to the scream queen character.
The horror genre doesn't have a reputation for producing many critically-acclaimed movies, but it does encourage a cult following. Serious horror fans hold the top scream queens in the highest esteem. They become revered icons, more loved than any Oscar winner!
Hayden Panettiere will be joining the ranks with her long-awaited return to the big screen. Panettiere has been on a hiatus from acting and public life for the past eight years, but Paramount Pictures announced that she is starring in the next 'Scream' film. She'll be joining the other survivors of Woodsboro, including Courteney Cox, Melissa Barrera, Mason Gooding, and Jenna Ortega. Production is expected to begin this year.
In this gallery, let's take a look at the best scream queens in the history of cinema. Click on!
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