Yes, it’s the middle of February and yes, I am just now posting my February Scream Queen of the Month. I took time off to re-charge my batteries, remember? Let’s get this show on the road, shall we?

I don’t have a particular method for choosing a Scream Queen. Sometimes I get an idea in my head for who I want to feature and sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I get four or five names and by the time I get ready to post I find four or five more and I can’t decide on who to pick and so I don’t pick any of them and go with someone I never picked in the first place. Am I making myself clear? I hope so, because I’m making myself dizzy. The only requirement for being a Scream Queen is that the ‘Queen’ has to have been in at least one horror movie, theatrical or television, in order for the ‘Scream’ part to be effectively accurate. I hope you’re paying attention; there will be a quiz at the end of the post.

So, how did I end up with Elisabeth Shue as my February selection? That’s easy; she’s close to my age (soon to be 51), she’s been in several horror films, and she is such a natural beauty that you just can’t help falling for her. Looking at her IMdb.com profile it’s hard to believe the number of genre films she’s been in: Link (1986), Hollow Man (2000), Hide and Seek (2005), First Born (2007), Piranha (2010) and House at the End of the Street (2012). Oh, and let’s not forget that she also starred in The Karate Kid (1984), Adventures in Babysitting (1987), Back to The Future Part II and Back to the Future Part III (1989 and 1990) and had an Oscar nominated turn as a hooker with a heart of gold in Leaving Las Vegas (1995). Miss Shue can currently be seen every Wednesday night as blood-spatter analyst Julie Finlay on the hit TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

May I introduce to you the Scream Queen of the Month for February, 2013, Miss Elisabeth Shue.


Got started in commercials as “The Burger King Girl.”

Named her son after her late older brother, William Shue, who died in 1988 at the age of 26 from a freak swimming accident while on family vacation.

She was amongst the final candidates for the female lead in Say Anything… (1989). According to director Cameron Crowe, “Elisabeth Shue did an amazing version of the graduation speech”. Jennifer Connelly was runner-up to Ione Skye, who got the role in the end.


 “If I’d known that it was just going to be about these guys throwing drinks around, then I might have had some second thoughts . . .”-on her role in Cocktail (1988)

I may look like the girl next door, but you wouldn’t want to live next door to me.

The darker, more complex and emotional the part is, the easier it is for me. But I don’t take any of that stuff home with me at the end of the day.-on acting.

POP QUIZ (You thought I was kidding, didn’t you?)

1. What is the sole requirement in order to be elected Scream Queen of the Month?

2. Did I mean that I was soon to be 51 or that Elisabeth Shue was soon to be 51?

3. What film was Elisabeth Shue nominated for an Academy Award?



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