#113 Heather Donahue

11 01 2011

Heather Donahue was in one shot of a 1997 video, otherwise her first cinema appearance, the one she will be remembered for, is The Blair Witch Project. She was extremely effective on a difficult shoot in which the cast members were acting, but also stranded and dependent on directions for locations and improvisation instructions packed in crates and located by GPS. Food for the cast was also rationed.  Donahue later said of the shooting, “They said, “Your safety is our issue. Your comfort is not.”  The movie was a breakaway hit, but the unorthodox approach and viral marketing publicity caused a backlash she says has harmed her career. She’s also been in Manticore and The Morgue.





#112 Danielle Harris

11 01 2011

Danielle Andrea Harris celebrated her 11th birthday on the set of her first movie, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. By her next film, Halloween 5, she was thinking maybe all she wanted was to do horror films.  She’s done varied film and TV parts, but lots of screamers – Urban Legend, Halloween, Left for Dead, Prank, Halloween II, Blood night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet, The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond, Cyrus, Hatchet II, Stake Land, Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D, The Victim, and ChromeSkull: Laid to Rest 2.





#111 Tiffany Shepis

11 01 2011

New York queen ‘o scream Tiffany Shepis is drop-dead gorgeous, but has no problem playing daffy, wicked, or covered-in-gore.  She’s been in movies since her teens, and has made videos for great artists like Wu Tang Clan. Lloyd Kaufman gave her a start in Tromeo and Juliet, and other movies include Terror Firmer, Citizen Toxie: Toxic Avenger IV, Ted Bundy, Embrace the Darkness 3, Death Factory, Scarecrow, Parts of the Family, Bloody Murder 2: Closing Camp, Delta Delta Die!, The Ghouls, Detour, Devil’s moon, Dead Scared, Corpses, Abominable, Dorm of the Dead, Nightmare Man, Hoodoo for Voodoo, Sludge, Nympha, Home Sick, Blood Oath, Shudder, Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula, Chainsaw Cheerleaders, 12-24, Rule of Three, Dark Reel, Zombies! Zombies! Zombies!, Dead On Site, Bryan Loves You, The Queen of Screams, Dropping Evil, Good Boy, Zombthology, Night of the Demons, Basement Jack, Live Evil, Beg, The Frankenstein Brothers, Sickle, The Frankenstein Syndrome, She Wolf Rising, and The Violent Kind.Qoth Tiffany: “I go after parts in horror films ’cause I have the most fun shooting them. I mean, wouldn’t you rather be covered in blood fighting some fucker with an axe than doing some lame romantic comedy?”





#110 Deborah Foreman

11 01 2011

Delightful 80’s “Valley Girl” star Deborah Lynn Foreman was born in 1962 in California. Look for her in Real Genius, 3:15, April Fool’s Day (in a double role), Predator: The Concert, Destroyer, Waxwork, Lobster Man From Mars, Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat, and the highly recommended Josh Becker comedy, Lunatics: A Love Story.  A low budget B movie fan favorite, Deborah brings comedy and charm to just about everything she graces.





#109 Amy Steel

11 01 2011

Like Jamie Lee Curtis, Amy Steel’s scream queen rep rests on being a ‘final girl’ – the tough, pure survivor in Friday the 13th Part 2. Ginny was supposed to be killed by Jason until the producers decided someone needed to stick around. Producers wanted her back for the next installment, but she was already cast in April Fool’s Day with fellow queen ‘o scream Deborah Foreman.  Besides, her agent suggested it was time for her to move on to bigger and better things, which, sadly, was not to be.  She does have a number of credits, mostly for television, up to the present.  She also is a marriage and family therapist intern in Santa Monica, and continues her education.





#108 Jennifer Tilly

11 01 2011

Jennifer Tilly was born Jennifer Chan in Los Angeles in 1958.  Tilly was her mother’s maiden name.  Her sister is Meg Tilly.  Jennifer is also a serious poker player, and her partner is Phil Laak, professional poker player known as the “Unabomber”.  She’s done some horror, sure, but is included here because she’s the voice of Chucky’s bride, Tiffany, in Bride of Chucky, and Seed of Chucky, where she also plays “Jennifer Tilly”. Other credits include High Spirits, Double Cross, Embrace of the Vampire, Bound, Do Not Disturb, Cord, Jericho Mansions, Haunted Mansion, Tideland, and The Caretaker.





#107 Mercedes McCambridge

11 01 2011

Born in Joliet Illinois in 1916, Carlotta Mercedes Agnes McCambridge was a brilliant radio and motion picture actress who won an Oscar in her first movie, All the King’s Men.  She is included here because she was the demon’s voice in The Exorcist, dubbed for Linda Blair, a performance which still has the power to shock over thirty years on.  She had to sue the studio for credit, and it remains her most recognized work. Though she doesn’t have a lot of scream creds, if you’re exclusively a genre fan and so haven’t seen Johnny Guitar, Touch of Evil and Giant, they are classics that appeal to fans who love bold, dynamic characters.  Also see The Scarf, 99 Women, and Marquis de Sade: Justine.