It’s the final day of February, and what better way to send off Women in Horror Month than with a list dedicated to the future?
Here are my picks for the top 5 scream queens of tomorrow.
Lauren Ashley Carter
From Peggy in Jack Ketchum’s The Woman to Ada in Jug Face and the title role in Darling, Lauren Ashley Carter is on a scream queen roll.
It’s easy to see why Carter gets cast in so many horror films. She’s a highly talented actor who brings intensity and depth to every part she plays. She was also blessed with the perfect horror movie eyes that reflect every emotion the actress feels with exquisite nuance.
She’s also a fan of the genre, and her enthusiasm shines just under the surface, even during her most gruesome scenes.
There’s just something about Maika Monroe. It could be her pure, youthful beauty, or the childish lilt that still hides in a couple of her vowel sounds, or maybe it’s her style of open-hearted performance, but Monroe is easily one of the most likable scream queens around.
Her performance as Jay, the victim of a cruel monster other can’t see in It Follows is one of the best in recent history. She’s innocent but by modern standards. She’s hopeful but knows enough to be a bit cynical. She’s open minded but street smart.
Monroe effortlessly reflects the best the 80s final girls like Heather Langenkamp and Adrienne King while updating them for the new millennium.
Just since 2009, Vera Farmiga has starred in The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, Orphan, and the TV series Bates Motel, so I doubt you need very few words from me to convince you of her scream queen status.
Farmiga has a timeless quality in both her performance and her beauty that runs deeper than the context of her films. Her graceful composure and not quite maternal air are qualities often found in older women, but feel natural on the actress.
Her performance as clairvoyant Elizabeth Warren in both of The Conjuring films was a delight to watch, as Farmiga blended together the classic horror film emotions of fear, self-doubt, love, and tenderness into an unforgettable character.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
There are few women in Hollywood who simultaneously are believable as an aspiring fashion designer and potential monster killer, but Mary Elizabeth Winstead fits the bill.
Her performance as Michelle in 10 Cloverfield Lane was one of the best scream queen performances in a year filled with great acting. Winstead navigated through a challenging script with the ease of Hollywood’s best leading ladies, and gave a whopper of a film ending a dose of verisimilitude with an easy groundedness.
I have my fingers firmly crossed that we’ll see her in another horror film soon.
I would be lying if I said I didn’t periodically check Jane Levy’s IMDB page to see what she’s up to next.
Her work in Fede Alvarez’s remake of Evil Dead and his twisted home invasion flick Don’t Breath were a cut above the rest.
Levy is a transformative actor, capable of blending into a story so seamlessly that it’s hard to remember that she’s just playing a part. As Rocky in Don’t Breath, Levy showed that “tough” characters can still be vulnerable, a quality that she shares with genre giants like Sigourney Weaver and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Although she has some interesting projects coming up, I’m going to keep hoping that she revisits the horror genre soon. Until then, I suppose we’ll have to be satisfied with her appearance in an episode of the highly anticipated return of Twin Peaks.
So what do you think? Do you agree with our list? Are there current scream queens you think I should have included? Let us know, and happy Women in Horror Month!