Scream Queens of Today Whole Different Breed From Past

Boo!  Yes, that’s right, when Halloween is upon us, there is nothing scarier than turning on the television and seeing “Psycho’s” Janet Leigh get stabbed in the shower or her daughter Jamie Lee Curtis being chased by Jason in “Halloween.”  For many years, these were two of the women who held Hollywood’s title Queens of Scream.  But what of today’s top scream queens?

First of all, we must broaden the definition, what with the new millennial trend toward fraternization with socially-acceptable vampires and other monstrous types.  Yep, these days, rather than trying to run away from the scary guys, our heroines often run toward them.  For real.

You don’t see Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan scream so much as appear stressed, greatly stressed or stressed beyond reason in her love for vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and really strong like for werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner).  Sometimes, she is startled and a slight “ah” may emerge from her lips.  Yet how could anyone leave Stewart off their list of top scream queens of today?  She just won the Best Fantasy Actress Award at Spike TV’s Scream 2010 awards and she has “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” due out next year.  In it, we’ll see Bella and Edward’s daughter!  Stewart and Pattinson are a real-life couple as well, in case you somehow managed to escape the news.

Anna Paquin – same thing.  Sookie Stackhouse on HBO’s “True Blood.”  Oh, yes, she’s a fraternizer, all right, with her lover, vampire Bill Compton, played by Stephen Moyer, who Paquin married in real life in August.  The Oscar winner is also among the stars of next year’s hotly anticipated big-screen “Scream 4.”  She MUST be on the Scream Queens list.

Nina Dobrev is torn between the affections of two vampire brothers — Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley — on the CW’s “Vampire Diaries.”  Not surprisingly, the rumors are out there that she’s also being romanced by one or the other in real life.   Paparazzi captured photos of her and Somerhalder at LAX!  But it turned out they were just flying out to location.

In 2009, Evan Rachel Wood of “True Blood” was dating Alexander Skarsgard – you guessed it, her vampire boyfriend on the show – if you believe Socialite Life.com and other gossip outlets.  But she got back together, until August, with her on-again, off-again fiance Marilyn Manson, which is almost the same as having a vampire boyfriend.

But back to the issue at hand – about those scream queens of today.  We have Milla Jovovich in the “Resident Evil” movies, but she’s not screaming in fear of zombies — she’s taking the suckers out.  And sure, we hear Katie Featherston scream in the “Paranormal Activity” movies, but it is she who is the thing to be feared.

Scream Queens 2010 style — it’s a different world.

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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