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The Queen of Screams: Every Jamie Lee Curtis Horror Movie Ranked

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Destination Films

5. Drowning Mona (2000)

Venturing into the realm of dark comedy, Curtis displays her acting prowess as a scheming figure in a quirky small town, where every resident seems to have a motive for murder. When the town’s most despised woman is found dead, the whole community becomes embroiled in the mystery of who did it. While Drowning Mona isn’t a traditional horror, its comedic twist on the macabre showcases another facet of Curtis’s vast and varied talent. It’s a delightful detour from her scream queen legacy, proving her ability to masterfully oscillate between genres.

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Astral Films

4. Prom Night (1980)

Amidst disco beats and feathered hair, Curtis shines as the ultimate final girl in Canadian horror flick Prom Night, proving that killer dance moves and survival instincts are a formidable combo. As the graduating class preps for the night of their lives, a masked killer crashes the party, Curtis navigates the prom pandemonium with grit and grace, turning this vintage horror flick into a timeless promenade of terror.

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Dimension Films

3. Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

Twenty years later, as the title frequently suggests, Laurie Strode is living incognito as the headmistress of a posh private school, earnestly striving to move beyond her traumatic past. But, as fate would have it, Michael Myers resurfaces with a vengeance, seeking to conclude unfinished business. This fun 90s entry into the franchise adds a dash of nostalgia and fresh teenage angst (from Laurie’s son, played by Josh Hartnett), juxtaposed with Laurie’s matured resilience. Curtis’s portrayal is impeccable, weaving layers of trauma, determination, and an indomitable spirit into her character’s arc, reminding us once again why she’s the heart and soul of the series.

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Embassy Pictures

2. Roadgames (1981)

Roadgames steers Jamie Lee Curtis down a thrilling highway of suspense in this Hitchcockian delight. Playing a free-spirited hitchhiker (no, this isn’t The Fog again), Curtis adds a dash of charm to a gripping cat-and-mouse game that unfolds on the vast Australian roads. As a truck driver suspects he’s trailing a serial killer, Curtis becomes both his confidante and our eyes on this nail-biting road trip. With pulse-pounding tension and Curtis’s magnetic presence, Roadgames accelerates into a must-watch lane of classic 80s thrillers.

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1. Halloween (1978)

The seminal classic that kicked off the enduring legacy! Curtis’s breakthrough role as Laurie Strode not only set the gold standard for the “final girl” trope but also solidified her place in horror history. Set in the quiet town of Haddonfield, the film watches as Laurie, a diligent babysitter, unwittingly becomes the obsession of Michael Myers, a relentless masked murderer. Their eerie encounters evolve into not just a terrifying chase but a masterfully choreographed dance of death. This iconic showdown, backed by Carpenter’s haunting score, has left indelible imprints on the genre, influencing countless films that followed.

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Well, there you have it! From the brutal corners of Haddonfield to the eerie mists of a coastal town, Jamie Lee Curtis has offered us a wide range of fear factors to enjoy. And let’s not forget her brief sojourns into other genres, because hey, even a Scream Queen needs a break sometimes! Whether you’re new to her filmography or revisiting it for the hundredth time, there’s no doubt that Curtis’s body of work is a treasure trove of chills, thrills, and, occasionally, spills.

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