If you are a fan of scary movies, you'll want to read on for the 5 best horror actresses of all time. These actresses have perfected the sensory work in the fear department, and they are sympathetic in their characters, making you root for them in some of the most horrific situations imaginable. Read on to see which ones you know well, and discover some of the actresses with talents you'll want to start watching.
Sarah Polley is one of the most accomplished actresses of her generation, and her horror films immediately capture the imagination. She has recently starred in "Splice," a movie about what could happen in the future if splicing in scientifically abused. Other past horror films that she has shined within include "Dawn of the Dead." While Sarah is not strictly a horror movies actress, her horror movie acting has garnered the attention of fans of the genre the world over.
- Fairuza Balk was unforgettable as Nancy, the "bad witch," in "The Craft." Like most actresses, she has starred in films of many genres, but her horror work in that modern classic shows the great versatility she has. Her first major motion picture was "Return to Oz," a much darker adaptation of L. Frank Baum's work than the 1939 classic, "The Wizard of Oz," but it the former film was actually truer to the books. Ten-year-old Fairuza starred in the film featuring displaced, talking heads and the frightening "wheelers." She also played a witch in childhood, well before "The Craft," in the modern classic "The Worst Witch," which also starred horror classic actor Tim Curry.
- Chloe Moretz is an up and coming film starlet who has also mastered the horror film genre. She was the little girl at the heart of the horror remake "The Amityville Horror." In the interest of full disclosure, she was also one of my co-actors in "The Third Nail," a movie in which she played talented actor Huntley Ritter's daughter. Chloe has starred in a number of other horror movies, including "Hallowed Ground" and "Not Forgotten."
- Heather O'Rourke may go down in history as one of the most memorable horror actresses of all time. As the star of all three movies in the "Poltergeist" series, Heather revealed an immense talent for acting in these movies. In the original "Poltergeist," her uttering of "They're here," is already a part of cinematic and pop culture history. Although she passed away as a child before the post-production has been completed on "Poltergeist 3," her movies have continued to gain fans and capture the hearts of horror fans everywhere. She belongs on the list of the best horror actresses of all time for her portrayal of Carol Anne.
- Jamie Lee Curtis, who played the role of Laurie Strode in "Halloween" (and many of its sequels), is definitely on of the finest horror actresses. She is a versatile actress, and she really brings horror acting to a real and empathic level. In addition to the "Halloween" movies, she was also in the original "Prom Night" and "Terror Train," among dozens of others films in her long and diverse career. Her portrayal of Laurie Strode created one of the most iconic characters in modern horror cinema.