The Evolution Of The Scream Queen: Redefining Horror’s Oldest Trope

‘Tis the season to be screaming! Scream Queens are a pivotal part of the horror genre and have evolved alongside it over the decades. But one thing that never changes is their fire to fight back…

The spooky season is well and truly upon us, so as we throw out the summer blockbusters and light the black flame candle, it’s time to draw the curtain and cue John Carpenter’s Halloween theme.

As ‘The Shape’ carves his way back into our lives with Halloween Kills, it’s time to look back (and forward) at the legacy of the Scream Queen. 

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Tom Chapman

Tom Chapman

Contributing Writer

Tom Chapman is a Manchester-based writer with square eyes and the love of a good pun. Raised on a diet of Jurassic Park and Jumanji, this '90s boy had VHS movies flowing in his blood from a young age. These days, he's addicted to all things Watchmen, Game of Thrones, and The Mandalorian, while reading up on what the X-Men are doing and imagining a life in Gotham City. Having previously worked at What Culture, Movie Pilot, and Screen Rant, Tom is now finding his way at Zavvi, Digital Spy, Radio Times, and Comic Book Resources. No topic is too big or too small for this freelance writer by day, crime-fighting vigilante by night