Scream Queens 2018: #30 Brooke Adams, Sigourney Weaver, & Sarah Paulson
Devils' Night is upon us, and Brooke Adams is our first lady to celebrate! Brooke made her mark as spirited, sensitive Elizabeth Driscoll opposite Donald Sutherland, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright, and Leonard Nimoy in arguably one of the greatest remakes of all time, "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (Philip Kaufman, 1978). She struck a horror homerun as Sarah Bracknell in the adaptation of Stephen King's story "The Dead Zone" (David Cronenberg, 1983). She contends with otherworldly horror as would-be mother Virginia Marshall in "The Unborn" (Rodman Flender, 1991). Blink and you'll miss her in "The Stuff" (Larry Cohen, 1985), when she cameos in one of the product commercials. But her humble beginnings were as Rose in "Shock Waves" (Ken Wiederhorn, 1977), an underground Nazi zombie thriller.
Tonight we meet one of the baddest ladies in the business, Sigourney Weaver. Sigourney set the bar for badassery with her stellar performance of ass-kicking last girl Ellen Ripley in "Alien" (Ridley Scott, 1979) and its followup installments. In "Ghostbusters" (Ivan Reitman, 1984) and its sequels she had a more comical brush with the supernatural as Dana Barrett, a symphony musician possessed by demons. She tried her hand as the Evil Queen, here known as Claudia Hoffman, in the overlooked nightmare fairytale "Snow White: A Tale of Terror" (Michael Cohn, 1997). Although it received mixed reviews she lent her star power as Alice Hunt in "The Village" (M. Night Shyamalan, 2004). In the fabulous horror send-up "The Cabin in the Woods" (Drew Goddard, 2012) she plays the enigmatic Director.
As a special Devils' Night treat, here's extra lady Sarah Paulson. Sarah has proven herself a horror maven of formidable range on the anthology series "American Horror Story," playing a hysterical mother on the verge, a vain and tempestuous reality actress (who in turn plays a tormented yoga teacher), a strict post-apocalyptic disciplinarian, a cynical psychic dripping with Southern charm, an abused and abandoned journalist, a sympathetic and tragic junkie ghost, a blossoming ingenue witch queen, a maniacal devotee of the Manson family, and both conflicting identities of a conjoined twin. Since 2011, Sarah has startled, stunned, and shocked us, and will hopefully do so for many seasons to come.