Scream Queens! Ladies of Horror Films

With Halloween approaching, check out some of our favorite scream queens.

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What better way to celebrate Halloween than with some classic movie ladies running and screaming for dear life? Jamie Lee Curtis became the godmother of modern-day slasher movies thanks to the "Halloween" horror franchise. Click to take a look back at some of the most devilish-ly awesome scream queens Hollywood's ever seen.
The double-jointed Ashley Bell puts on such a disturbing performance in "The Last Possession," movie-goers will have to sleep with the lights on after watching. Fun fact: the film was shot in a New Orleans house that locals say is haunted.
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Megan Fox plays a possessed cheerleader/killer who specializes in offing male classmates in the horror flick, "Jennifer's Body."
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In "Drag Me to Hell," Alison Lohman showed us that she has a serious set of lungs on her.
Drew Barrymore opened the first installment of the "Scream" saga, and put up a good fight, but unfortunately barely made it past the opening credits.
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Neve Campbell is the scream queen of the '90s. She starred in "Scream," "Scream 2" and "Scream 3" and then appeared in "Scream 4."
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Nobody can deny oldie but goodie horror film favorite Shelley Duvall of "The Shining" her place in scream queen history.
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Sissy Spacek is the girl who telepathically kills everyone at her high school prom after getting soaked in pigs blood in "Carrie." She may have over-reacted a bit.
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Janet Leigh plays one of the greatest scream queens of all time in "Psycho," and her shower murder scene will forever be remembered.
The demise of scream queen Paris Hilton drew laughter rather than screams in the 2005 remake of "House of Wax."
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Hilary Swank might be screamed out after appearing in "The Reaping" and "Sometimes They Come Back ... Again" and "The Resident."
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For a while in the late '90s, early '00s it seemed you couldn't watch a horror flick without seeing Sarah Michelle Geller, starting with "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and "Scream 2," and then "The Grudge" and its sequel. Not that we're complaining…
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Cameron Diaz stars as Norma Lewis in the suspense thriller "The Box."
Rose McGowan starred as a go-go dancer that didn't let a missing leg slow her down from saving the world from a horde of flesh-eating zombies in the Robert Rodriquez flick "Planet Terror."
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Even without a machine gun for a leg, Marley Shelton held her own alongside McGowan in 2008's "Planet Terror."
Odette Yustman captured everyone's attention in the hand-held video camera/motion sickness-inducing "Cloverfield."
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Before there was "Cloverfield" and Yustman, there was "The Blair Witch Project" and Heather Donahue. Even with snot dripping out of her nose, this leading lady is definitely a scream queen.
Halle Berry starred as a psychiatrist turned mental patient who is haunted by a ghost in 2003's "Gothika."
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Jennifer Connelly plays a newly divorced mother trying to hold it together in "Dark Water," the horror film that reminds every New Yorker why not to live on Roosevelt Island.
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Just because most people haven't seen Lindsay Lohan's "I Know Who Killed Me," which won eight Razzie Awards, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.
Milla Jovovich kicks butt more than she screams in the "Resident Evil" trilogy as an amazing zombie killer.
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Thank you, Jessica Alba, for the valuable lessons you taught us in "The Eye" — like, don't get an eye transplant which results in the ability to see a supernatural world.
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The vampires should have known better than to mess with the fierce, gun-toting Melissa George in "30 Days of Night."
Alien mutant squid zombie monsters? Gross, but no match for Elizabeth Banks in "Slither."
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Werewolf or not, Christina Ricci in fantastic in "Cursed."
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Eliza Dushku runs from cannibalistic mountain men who are horribly disfigured through generations of in-breeding in "Wrong Turn."
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Denise Richards teaches mean girls that maybe they should think twice before making fun of the geek in high school in "Valentine."
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Naomi Watts and the "The Ring" make us happy that we now have streaming services instead of old unmarked videotapes.
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Ashley Judd was surrounded by disgusting creepy crawlies in "Bug."
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Before "Friends," Brad Pitt and the incessant tabloid obsession with her love life, Jennifer Aniston's early career included being a scream queen in the B horror flick "Leprechaun."
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Jessica Beil was covered in blood, sweat, dirt and tears in the 2003 remake of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre."
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Salma Hayek performed an erotic dance with a snake moments before turning into an evil blood-sucking vampire in "From Dusk Till Dawn."
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Kate Beckinsale is a butt-kicking, leather bodysuit-wearing vampire warrior who ends up falling in love with a werewolf in "Underworld."
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Kate Hudson jumped on the horror movie train in the 2005 spooky New Orleans Plantation-based thriller "Skeleton Key."
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Natasha Henstridge plays a sensual but deadly creature who can change from a beautiful woman to an armor-plated killing machine in the blink of an eye in "Species."
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Elisha Cuthbert plays a model who is drugged, kidnapped and tortured in the psychological thriller "Captivity."
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