Throughout the month of February here at Indie Mac User we have been celebrating the 7th annual Women in Horror Month. To help celebrate the great women of the horror genre we have been running a survey to find out who YOUR favourite Women in Horror is !!!!
Here are YOUR top 3 picks…..
3) Betsy Palmer AKA Mrs. Pamela Voorhees – Friday the 13th (1980)
Palmer also was known for her work as a regular panellist for about a decade on the CBS game show I’ve Got a Secret, starting in 1958 she was a wholesome Indiana native who appeared in films, on Broadway and in TV shows for years before she took the role of Mrs. Voorhees in the 1980 movie in which young camp counsellors suddenly begin meeting their grisly ends.
The back story was that she was the mother of Jason Voorhees, who had died at the camp years before. He would come to life in several sequels, and she is seen oh-so-briefly in the 1981 Friday the 13th Part II.
Palmer said that she only took the role in that first film because she wanted the money to buy a new car, a Volkswagen Scirocco that cost $9,999. Her old Mercedes had just broken down on the road days earlier.
“My agent called and said, ‘How would you like to be in a movie?'” she recalled. “I said, ‘Great, I haven’t done a movie since the 1960s.’ He said, ‘It’s 10 days’ work, they’ll pay you $1,000 a day.’ I said, ‘Great, I want to buy a car. It’ll just cover the car, perfect.’ He said, ‘There’s a drawback … it’s a horror film.’ I said, Oh, no.’”
2) Heather Langenkamp AKA Nancy Thompson – A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Langenkamp rose to prominence when Wes Craven cast her as teen heroine Nancy Thompson in his hugely successful film A Nightmare on Elm Street, the first film in what became a series.
Craven wanted someone very ‘non-Hollywood’ to play Nancy, and he believed Langenkamp met this quality. She beat out more than 200 actresses auditioning for the part. This slasher film follows the story of a group of teenagers who are killed in their dreams by a supernatural serial killer (Freddy Krueger played by horror icon Robert Englund), one by one. This film is credited with launching her career.
In 1985, Langenkamp received the Best Actress Award at the Avoriaz Film Festival for this role and became one of the original scream queens. Many critics praised the role of Nancy due to the smart and independent nature of the character that made her different from most heroines in horror films released at the time. Langenkamp reprised her role as Nancy in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors in 1987.
In 1994, Langenkamp returned to the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise when she starred as herself in the critically and commercially successful film Wes Craven’s New Nightmare alongside Robert Englund.
Langenkamp and her husband, David Leroy Anderson, own and operate AFX Studio, a Special F/X Make-Up firm that is credited with the special make-up for many successful films such as Dawn of the Dead, and The Cabin in the Woods.
She also starred in, executive produced, and narrated the 2010 documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, which was directed by Daniel Farrands and Andrew Kasch. In 2010, Langenkamp made her own documentary entitled I Am Nancy, which was a critical success. I Am Nancy focused on Langenkamp’s role as Nancy from the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise.
In February 2016, it was announced that Langenkamp will be taking on another horror franchise and will be starring in Hellraiser: Judgement.
Her next film was the horror film The Fog, which was helmed by Halloween director John Carpenter, further cementing Curtis as a horror film starlet.
On January 15, 2016, Fox renewed the series for a second season with Curtis reprising her role.
We look forward to Women In Horror Month 2017! Find out more about the campaign here.