When it comes to slasher films, it seems that the perfect formula requires a villain, some gruesome deaths, and a gorgeous but terminally victimised scream queen. The “scream queen” is typically the story’s leading lady, who tries to overcome the villain and make the world a better place. Scream queens are much more than damsels who are good at screaming on camera - although that's essential. The world's favourite scream queens need a certain kind of poise and charisma, as the slasher film's success is often predicated on the audience falling in love with her and continuing to root for her until the end of the film and beyond.
In many cases, scream queens will make repeat appearances, since horror films seem to be destined for a few sequels. Some of these on-screen beauties garner a bit of a cult following for their formidable vocal chords and their ability to look good in a state of panicked semi-undress. Many scream queens will start out as no name actresses who get their big break screaming and taking down the murderer. Other scream queens will already be well established and use their fan base to draw in horror fans.
The following are ten of the richest scream queens who have made quite the impact on the horror film industry. Some of these names will be very familiar to the masses - others may only be well known to die-hard slasher fans.
10 Linnea Quigley - $2 Million
9 Adrienne Barbeau - $5 Million
8 Ali Larter - $8 Million
7 Danielle Harris - $10 Million
Danielle Harris is one of the youngest and longest-reigning scream queens in horror. She started off very young with “Halloween 4” and “Halloween 5” and even starred in Rob Zombie’s remake of the original “Halloween” film, making her the first actress to be in an original series plus a remake. Last year, Harris made her directorial debut with the horror film, “Among Friends” which was received well by critics. Harris has since announced that she's taking a break from acting to further focus on directing and her family.
6 Sarah Michelle Gellar - $15 Million
5 Neve Campbell - $16 Million
4 Jennifer Love Hewitt - $18 Million
3 Jessica Biel - $18 Million
2 Rose McGowan - $18 Million
1 Jamie Lee Curtis - $35 Million
Curtis went on to have a very successful film career and even reprised her character in several “Halloween” sequels, battling her brother Michael Myers. She has also appeared in the movies, “The Fog” and “Prom Night”, thus sealing her title as the richest scream queen of horror films and the longest-serving slasher darling.
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