Sexy Women in Horror Movies

No need to go trick-or-treating this year because I have a treat for you; sexy scream queens! Horror movies are not just for Halloween. They're released year round for a devoted cult of spooked adrenaline junkies in search of the ultimate scare and waiting in suspense to see the next hot, scantily clad actress run and tremble in fear for two hours.

I admit, for one brief moment in my high school years, I had a secret desire to be a scream queen in a horror flick, but I didn't have the guts (or gore) for anything too scary. I was in drama club and often played the villains because it was funner and safer. Being a villain is completely different than being the victim chased and tortured around every corner, constantly out of breath as if it might be their last, and screaming for no one to hear. No thanks, I'll leave that to the pros.

I began braving the occasional horror movie in the early 90's. The 90's brought a whole new scene to horror movies with a pop culture twist. The new scream queens had sex appeal portrayed in a less victimized role; scared with wide-eyed fear, sexy, but willing to fight. Yes, the scream queen role has evolved over the years since Jamie Lee Curtis in "Halloween".

#1 Jennifer Love Hewitt in I Know What You Did Last Summer

Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer

Jennifer Love Hewitt played Julie James in the 90's teen pop culture horror movie, "I Know What You Did Last Summer" and the sequel. For me, this marked the beginning of pop culture horror movies along with "Scream". This was Jennifer's debut as a scream queen and a different role for her compared to the role in TV show "Party of Five". After this movie, she was immediately acknowledged as an actress and sex symbol. Now she speaks to ghosts in her TV series "The Ghost Whisperer", proving spooky and sexy is what she does best.

#2 Jessica Biel in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

What would the "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" be without a sultry scream queen? That, and maybe another sequel, pre-prequel, or number IIII beside it's title. Jessica Biel played Erin in this 2003 version, technically the remake of the original 1974 movie. You can add her to the list of hot horror women because she played the part well, with a little more guts than glory.

#3 Jordana Brewster in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre; The Beginning

While we're on the topic of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"- it's one those horror flicks that frighten me the most because it's based on a true story. Jordana Brewster, also in "The Fast and The Furious", plays Chrissie in this prequel/origin of 2006, painting the picture of a monstrous man, supposedly a serial killer. And to think she ALMOST got away.

#4 Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil

Alright guys, I know you were waiting for her to show up. When you mention the deadly, but sexy battle of evil vs. woman, of course Milla Jovovich in Resident Evil comes to mind. It's also a video game which might it all that more appeasing. Milla Jovovvich, a model as well, plays a kick butt Alice in a not so whimsical Wonerdland in Resident Evil.

#5 Radha Mitchell in Pitch Black, The Crazies, and Silent Hill

Radha Mitchelle, an Austrailian beauty, has appeared on the big screen in several spooky thrillers: "Pitch Black", but oddly I didn't notice her because I was busy looking at Vin Diesel- I guess she was in that movie. The two other movies I did notice her in were "The Crazies" (excellent movie, by the way), and "Silent Hill" (Haven't seen it), but I know it's based on the survival horror video games along with your other favorite, "Resident Evil".  

#6 Sarah Michelle Gellar in The Grudge

I had to post the token shower scene photo because it's iconic of a horror flick. Horror movies need shower steam almost as much as they need blood and gore to set the mood. "The Grudge" gave me nightmares. See! I told you I am a chicken, but it's based on an endless curse that kills a person then it's passed on to kill someone else. like a bad chain email. I'm even suspicious of those too. Even the trailer for the movie was spooky.

#7 Odette Yustman in The Unborn and And Soon The Darkness

Odette Yustman plays Casey, a girl haunted by her unborn twin in "The Unborn". She also plays an even more scantily clad Ellie in "And Soon The Darkness".  

#8 Neve Campbell in Scream 1, 2, 3, and possibly 4?

Filming of Scream 4
Filming of Scream 4

Neve Campbell has to have some record for best returning scream queen to horror movie sequels. She has played Sydney in "Scream" 1,2,3, and now in the 4th one coming next year, 2011. You've got to admire her tenacity for hanging in there and surviving 4 brushes with death. I think some people are actually cheering on the masked Scream killer to destroy her once and for all.

#9 Melissa George in The Amityville Horror

Melissa George plays an excellent scream queen role in this remake of "Amityville Horror", released in 2005. And of course this is another one of those horror movies based on an (alleged) true story so it's spookier than most. Murders and paranormal experiences are just one feature of this film because smoking hot Melissa George is the other crucial part of the equation.   

#10 Halle Berry in Gothika

Halle Berry plays a psychologist in a women's mental hospital in the 2003 movie, "Gothika". I began my schooling in Psychology with hopes of working with the more extreme mentally ill people, but had a fear of becoming mentally ill myself. Possibly like medical students begin thinking they have every disease while learning about them. I realized it's not a big leap for anyone to go insane at the drop of a hat. In Gothika, this fear is entertained when Halle is put behind institution bars herself for a crime she didn't commit. This movie is a great combination of hot scream queen, psych thriller, and scary gore scenes.

Sexy Horror movie: "Mirrors"

Paula Patton gets wet
Paula Patton gets wet
Amy Smart bares all in a bath scene
Amy Smart bares all in a bath scene

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Great selection, izettl, of gorgeous scream queens in gory films. My favorite was "Gothika" with Halle Berry.

There is also a frightening film in theaters at present: "Case 39" with Renee Zellweger. There were two or three moments when I literally jumped from my seat. Scary!!!

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Robwrite 6 years ago from Bay Ridge Brooklyn NY

Good list. I'd have included Naomi Watts from "The Ring" films as well. But I love Jennifer Love Hewitt.

And while they may not be politically correct anymore, I have a fondness for the old scream queens like Janet Leigh in "Psycho".

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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

drbj~ I didn't even hear about Case 39. Honestly, I can only tolerate one scary movie a year! Pathetic I know. I'm into psych thrillers though. Last one I saw was "Shutter Island". It was awesome.

Robwrite~ I'm not sure if I did this hub justice the way you could have. I did think of Naomi Watts and somehow she drifted out of my mind when I began writing this. I knew I forgot someone! I agree about the older scream queens- classics. I am a Jennifer Love Hewitt fan too, hence her taking the #1 spot.

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justom 6 years ago from 41042

I have not seen 1 of these movies but after seeing the photos I'm thinkin' maybe I should:-) I do love Jennifer Love Hewitt though but I'm not giving up on seeing you in one of these outfits. I bet none of them are 6' tall:-) Good hub, Peace!! Tom

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ghomefitness 6 years ago from Chicago,IL

I voted for Odette, maybe because My twins were extras in the Unborn. They were the spooky little faces on the top bunk of the concentration camp scene.

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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

I have never seen a horror movie and I have no plans to see one; life is scary enough so I have no need to see a pritty woman screaming :-)))

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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Interesting list. This is genre that I have avoided since the 1960's. Even though the actresses look appealing I don't know if they would be worth sitting through the rest of the film.

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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

Great hub! Great pics!

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saddlerider1 6 years ago

I like em all, a scary horror movie would not be as effective without a scantily clad beauty running around being chased down by the killer:0) I voted for Halle Berry she is a beauty for sure, but all the rest were a bonus.

Jennifer Love Hewitt I never miss on Ghost Whisperer, it's a fun show with all those ghosts appearing all over the place and Jen is easy on my eyes to. Thanks for the share, I loved the eye full.

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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

justom~ maybe one of these days I'll show up in an outfit you'd appreciate, but until then thanks for the laugh ;))

ghomefitness~ That's really cool about your twins. I do remember than scene, but I'll have to watch it again.

Petra Vlah~ I know what you mean, but many of them I like because it represents movies of my generations pop culture influence. What's good about the pretty girl running and screaming in the movie is because #1, you can say to yourself, I'd never be that stupid in her position to it makes it less scary and also it adds a funny element sometimes to balance the scariness of the movie.I know I probably didn't convince you but thanks for checking it out.

dahoglund~ I'm a sucker for alleged true story scary movies and my favorites are psych thrillers (a little more mystery and intellect and a little less gore)but somebody already wrote that hub. Thanks for the visit.

fred allen~ always a pleasure and thanks for the compliments.

saddlerider~ somehow these movies are like American pop culture tradition. I LOVE Ghost Whisperer too. So much to think and wonder about when watching the scenarios on that show. It's entertaining and even thoug hI'm a woman I can still appreciate another pretty woman like Jennier Love Hewitt.

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rui paiva 6 years ago from Somewhere in the world

Good selection, but because I am a fan I prefer the Jennifer Love Hewitt. Thanks.

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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

rui paiva~ I agree!

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andykramer 6 years ago from Spain

Dang! I knew I shouldn't have looked at this hub. How am I gonna get through the day with the image of these hot babes in my head!!

Thanks a lot!!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love this information. I agree with you, they all so sexy. I can't blink to see this beauty. They have a big role to make these film success. Thanks for showing me. Vote up.


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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

andykramer~ So sorry about that- lol. BEtter take a cold shower later.

prasetio30~ You're right about these women/beautiful scream queens being a big part in horror movies.THanks for the comments

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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis

You've presented a fine collection of some of my favorite screamers. You're right about playing the was always more fun to portray the bad guy!

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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

Thanks Christoph~ I promise not to crash your computer with this hub :))

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goodmovies 6 years ago from Texas

I'm all about Jennifer Love Hewitt. Great selection of photos here too. Would love to see you include some older scream queens here, too--Jamie Lee Curtis was quite a looker back in the day, and so was her mom.

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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

goodmovies~ I thought about the older ones too, especially Jamie Lee Curtis, but it would have made for too long of a hub. I just stared with the 90's. Thanks for your comment. Jennifer Love Hewitt is my fave too.

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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

I am happy to say I've never seen any of these movies.

But I'd vote for Halle Berry if she was just standing there reading a phone book!

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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

Christopher Price~ I was just reading some of your hubs. Nice to see you here. These women could be having a bad hair day in baggy sweats or reading a phone book (lol)and still be sexy.

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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines

I must be the exception. Ask me to recall the scary scene and plot of a horror flick I've seen. But the scream queen????With the exception of Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween and Sigourney Weaver in Aliens. Of course their characters portrayed strong personalities. None of that eeeeEEEEEEHHHH stuff. :)

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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

silentreed~ you named two of my favorites- the classics. The scream queens since pop culture influence are different. Some are new actresses trying to hard, but others are pros. The two that stood out to me are Jennifer Love Hewitt and Milla Jovovich.

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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines

Asian horror I believe are scarier. Western horror tend to have a more cerebral approach rather than through the human emotion and instinct. Like a roller coaster ride, it is after all the thrill of the ride than matters and not the how and why the law of physics or gravity works.:)

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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

SilentReed~ admittedly I am much more into Psych thrillers. I love a good messing with my head. I have not seen one Asian horror movie- maybe I'll put that on the to-do list. Last horror movie I saw in the theater was "What Lies Beneath" and yes I was the person jumping and screaming so no more scary movies in the theater for me. I wait until DVD and can take a break from them to digest my popcorn. "The thrill of the ride"- you like your horror movies. I'm the cerebral type- sorry. I was hooked on Psych thrillers ever since "Silence of the Lambs". They are scarier, you know, because they stay with you longer and have you thinking way after the movie ended, whereas typical horror movies there's a thrill, then the end. Climax, then nothing. Psych thrillers mess with you for a while. OK I'll end there because I'm getting weirder by the minute.

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SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines

I have seen all the Hanibal series and I'm also a "psych" fan. Although they have a slower tempo they keep us in a roller coaster ride as measured by our heart's palpitations :) due the suspense. It does not necessarily mean that the action be fast paced but some "cerebral" horror flick tend to get drawn out and bog down with boring rationalization.

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genwriter 6 years ago from Singapore

This is why I love watching horror movies..really ;)

Jessica Biel for me.

Rated it and following you. Looking forward for your hubs. Don't forget to check my hubs too :)

Roulette Sniper 6 years ago

I remember thinking that the girl in texas chainsaw massacre was hot but never knew her name until now. Thanks.

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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

Thanks genwriter! I'l be checking your hubs out too.

you're welcome Roulette Sniper- she is hot!

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AngelaKaelin 5 years ago from New York

Excellent list of movies and great photos!

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PR Morgan 5 years ago from Sarasota Florida

So many horror many vixens!

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gguy 5 years ago from new jersey usa

I really like this hub!!!

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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

Thanks gguy!

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gguy 5 years ago from new jersey usa

Sure, two of my favorite subjects, Sexy Women, and horror movies!! LOL

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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

gguy~ I got your sweet spot- lol.

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gguy 5 years ago from new jersey usa

Izettl, since you are 6' tall and as you can see from my picture, I am only about 9" tall, you should pick on someone your own size!!! LOL, so what is your sweet spot??? Gotcha!!

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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

haha! my sweet spot? When I'm not stomping on lizards, I like pirates and vampires.

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gguy 5 years ago from new jersey usa

YIIIIIIIIKES!!!!!!!! I better be nice to you!!!!

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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

gguy~ don't you forget it :))

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gguy 5 years ago from new jersey usa

Wow, izettl, you human Alpha-Females are quite demanding, how does one stay on your good side? LOL

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gmwilliams 5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Great hub! However, the Empress of Horror is none other than the Great Barbara Steele. Her movies were awesome.

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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

gmwilliams~ yes I know her! I did think of her but was keeping the list more contemporary, but she was a horror classic!

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shalycriston 5 years ago from USA

Great hub! Voted up

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izettl 5 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

THanks for vote up. Glad you liked it!

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NateB11 3 years ago from California, United States of America

Definitely some of the sexiest women around, and in horror movies. I've always been a big fan of the two at the top, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jessica Biel.

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izettl 3 years ago from The Great Northwest Author


Thanks for the comment. I'm a big JLove fan, not so much Jessica Biel anymore- I liked her more refreshed youthful look- now she just looks too Hollywood.

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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Izettl, very good hub, with a good selection of 'scream queens'. It was hard to choose a favourite, but I finally selected Melissa George, one of the Aussies. I think she's a terrific actress and brings a lot to any part she plays horror or not. Great pics as well, so say all the guys....Voted up.

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izettl 3 years ago from The Great Northwest Author

Melissa George is great. Shed be my second favorite after Jennifer Love Hewitt. Thanks for vote up!

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