Where Are They Now? 6 Classic Female Horror Leads Today
10:30 am, October 17th | by
Halloween is exactly two weeks away, and your string of sleepless nights begins today! This is a season for dressing up, shivering in the cold weather to wear itty bitty costumes, and watching scary movies. While we have lots of new ones coming out this year, timeless classics such as “The Shining” and “The Exorcist” never lose their freaky factor, and once you have the image of the Overlook Hotel twins in your mind, you won’t be able to shake them from your thoughts for days. None of these movies would have done so well without strong female leads, and here are some explanations of where they are today.
I don't even really want to talk about "The Exorcist," which essentially launched actress Linda Blair's career, but the good news is that she still gets work today. After appearing in hit "Scream," she was in a slew of other obscure projects, the latest being 2012's "An Affair of the Heart." Fun fact: Blair also had a role in TV movie, "S Club 7: Artistic Differences." Not even gonna ask...
"The Ring" scared the pants off 14-year-old me in 2002, and ten years later I still can't forget about the look on teenager Katie's face when she's found dead in a closet. Bleh. At any rate, the creepy flick did wonders for Watts's career. She went on to land parts in "I Heart Huckabees," "21 Grams," "King Kong," "J. Edgar," "Le divorce," and more. Catch her as Princess Di in upcoming drama, "Diana."
3.Jamie Lee Curtis
The "Halloween" star is quite a versatile lady. I still haven't gotten over how awesome and fearless she was in the 2003 remake of "Freaky Friday," and she's also holding her own in series, "NCIS." Don't hate me forever, but I adored her in "Christmas with the Kranks." Hey, the holiday is less than two months away. I'm allowed to parade around terrible seasonal movies once a year.
There are few celebrities I love and respect more than Toni Collette, who portrays disturbed child Cole's helpless mother in 1999 thriller, "The Sixth Sense." In the film, she's a single mom who doesn't understand why her son is so skittish and unhappy all the time, not-so-blissfully unaware that he sees dead people. Collette continued to impress long after '99, having gotten roles in productions such as "Little Miss Sunshine," "In Her Shoes," "Changing Lanes," and many more since then. The Australian belle also recently appeared in another creepy movie, "Fright Night," in which she's a clueless mother that salivates over her hot neighbor, who happens to be a malicious vampire. Dammit, why are the gorgeous ones always so complicated?!
Shelley Duvall is the vulnerable, moon eyed, perpetually terrified wife in 1980 horror, "The Shining." She had some other parts in the nineties, but hasn't done a film since the 2002 comedy, "Manna from Heaven."
Sissy Spacek was downright amazing as bullied, destructive teen Carrie White in the Stephen King-novel inspired film, "Carrie." She kept going long after the 1976 movie and was most recently in "The Help" as the parent of a bratty racist. Spacek has perhaps seen more success than any of the other actresses in this compilation.