By Kelly A. | Contributing Writer
JAMIE LEE CURTIS
The ultimate Scream Queen of the 1970s was a girl with a talent for horror coursing through her blood. In 1978 Jamie Lee Curtis screeched her way through Halloween as Laurie Strode, beginning her long career in horror films. Jamie Lee Curtis’s mother, Janet Leigh, was one of the original damsels in distress in Alfred Hitchcock’s acclaimed hit, Psycho in the 1960s. Curtis was destined to follow in her mother’s frightened footsteps as a top Scream Queen, and she has appeared in many horror films since her Halloween debut.
Linda Blair’s performance in the 1973 classic horror film The Exorcist left audiences screaming down the aisles of theaters everywhere. The Exorcist raised the bar for horror and Blair went on to star in The Exorcist II: Heretic and Hell Night. Blair is a legendary fixture in the realm of Scream Queen of the 1970s.
P.J. Soles is a classic Scream Queen in the genre. Having starred in some of the most iconic horror films of the decade including Halloween and Carrie, Soles played an important role in seventies horror. Her gruesome death scene in Halloween at the hands of Michael Myers is one for the record books.
Temptress Ingrid Pitt shrieked her way into our hearts in countless horror films throughout the 1960s and 70s. Born in Poland, Pitt did some television work before being rocketed to fame in 1970 for her role in The Vampire Lovers. Pitt became one of the most famous temptresses of the Hammer Film collection.
Karen Black is one of the most notable Scream Queens of the late 1970s and early 1980s for her work in many horror films such as Trilogy of Terror in 1975 and Burnt Offerings in 1976. She has had an illustrious career in show business, and younger horror fans may know her from her work in Rob Zombie’s film House of 1000 Corpses.
Famous for her screeching in such cult hits like The Texas Change Saw Massacre and Eaten Alive, Marilyn Burns makes our list of Temptress Magazine’s Top 10 Scream Queens of the 1970s. Burns was a staple actress in Tobe Hooper’s films in the 1970s. Burns’ screaming capabilities are unparalleled, keeping audiences terrified as she tried to escape the clutches of Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw.
In the years before she was Foxy Brown, Pam Grier was seen in a host of horror films, adding to our list of 1970s Scream Queens. Grier played the sexy damsel in distress in several seventies pictures such as Women In Cages, Scream Blacula Scream, and The Twilight People.
Though she was only in one horror film in the 1970s, no list of the Top 10 Seventies Scream Queens would be complete without Sissy Spacek. Spacek was unforgettable as a young teen covered in blood and out for revenge on the night of her prom in the seminal classic Carrie. Spacek went on to become a critically acclaimed actress, but would eventually nod to her horror film roots by making a cameo in The Ring Two decades later.
Caroline Munro is a British actress who made a splash in the horror scene in the 1970s and continued a lifelong career in slasher flicks. Seen in Dracula Today, Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter, and Sharon’s Baby, Munro’s long legs and exotic looks made her a temptress among Scream Queens.
Margot Kidder was an actress who screamed across the silver screen in bloody films such as The Amityville Horror and Black Christmas. As one of the highest grossing independent films of its time, The Amityville Horror was an instant commercial success. Kidder has had a long career in show business, working consistently in films and television since the 1960s.