Sunday, 17 October 2010

Jamie Lee Curtis: Scream Queen

During the years 1978 – 1981 it was virtually impossible to visit the cinema or your local video shop without encountering at least one slasher film boasting a masked homicidal maniac, stalking ‘n’ slaying copious amounts of randy teens in various dark locations with weird noises that needed to be investigated. Alone. It was also pretty much guaranteed that at least one of these films would star now legendary scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis, an actress whose early career was built on displaying her ample lung capacity.

A new book by David Grove sets out to explore and celebrate this particular part of Curtis’s career, which as I’m sure you’ll agree, involved a number of seminal shockers now revered as classics. Beginning with Halloween in which Curtis portrayed Laurie Strode – who became the prototype for the ultimate scream queen - subsequent roles followed in The Fog, Prom Night, Terror Train, Roadgames and Halloween II.

Jamie Lee Curtis: Scream Queen details Curtis' career and life during her scream queen era and includes detailed and never-before-seen production histories - as well as running commentary - of the horror films that made Jamie Lee Curtis a genre icon. Featuring hundreds of interviews with Curtis' friends and colleagues - including John Carpenter, Richard Franklin, Debra Hill, Paul Lynch, Rick Rosenthal, Roger Spottiswoode - and years of intense research, Jamie Lee Curtis: Scream Queen is a comprehensive biography, an invaluable film reference, and a painstaking document of horror film history.

David Grove is the author of Fantastic 4: The Making of the Movie (Titan Books) and Making Friday the 13th (FAB Press). He has written for such publications as Dreamwatch, Fangoria, Film Review, Film Threat, Hot Dog, MovieMaker, Rue Morgue, Sci-Fi Magazine, Shivers and Total Film.

Head over to BearManor Media for more info.

3 comments:

Pax Romano said...

Ah, I'd love to get my hands on a copy of this - I loved Jamie in her "Scream Queen" days!

Cinema Du Meep said...

I need to read this. Thanks for the head's up!

James said...

Me too! Me too!