32 ladies entered the ring. 16 battles are now completed (in this latest and last prelim battle, Adrienne Barbeau of The Fog won out over Jamie Lee Curtis of Terror Train). Final vote tally – Barbeau: 154 Curtis: 79
Which means Barbeau is the last lady to continue in the competition, and that we are down to the top 16 Horror Ladies of the ‘80s, and we are about to embark on a fun journey into the semi-finals. Slowly but surely, we will crown one of these gifted ladies and the strong, sobbing and/or screaming women they portray… the Ultimate Horror Lady of the ‘80s!
As promised when this all began, here’s a list of the actresses who were possibilities for our top 32 but who obviously did not end up making that cut – in no particular order:
Dana Kimmell – Friday the 13th Part 3, Melanie Kinnaman: Friday the 13th Part 5: A New Beginning, Jennifer Cooke – Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part 6, Bibi Besch: The Beast Within, Nastassja Kinski – Cat People, Linda Hamilton – The Terminator, Gerretta Gerretta – Demons, Jennifer Connelly – Creepers (Phenomena), Elisabeth Shue – Link, Diana Scarwid – Psycho III, Jenette Goldstein – Near Dark, Wendy Lyon – Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II, Jill Shoelen – The Stepfather, Lisa Blount – Prince of Darkness, Julie Carmen – Fright Night II and Ellie Cornell – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
And of course, there were the ladies who were even closer to being in the top 32, but were switched out last minute – mainly as the recent viewings illustrated that as good as they were in their chosen films, they didn’t have enough to make a case against their competitors (i.e. their roles were more supporting/ensemble):
Patricia Arquette – A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Phoebe Cates — Gremlins, Kim Myers – A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge and Yvonne DeCarlo – American Gothic
As for the list of the ladies who actually fought valiantly in the ring in these preliminary rounds – but unfortunately did not continue into the semi-finals of the competition:
Shelley Duvall of The Shining, Catherine Hicks of Child’s Play, Amanda Donohoe of The Lair of the White Worm, Janet Wright of American Gothic, Adrienne King of Friday the 13th, Lois Chiles of Creepshow 2, JoBeth Williams of Poltergeist, Jamie Lee Curtis of Terror Train, Lar Park Lincoln of Friday the 13th Part 7: The New Blood, Linda Blair of Hell Night, Shawnee Smith of The Blob, Kimberly Beck of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Deborah Foreman of April Fool’s Day, Barbara Hershey of The Entity, Ashley Laurence of Hellraiser and Ellen Greene of Little Shop of Horrors
And here are a few fun facts from those 16 preliminary rounds:
First battle announced: May 13th, 2015
Battle with most overall votes (for both ladies): Barbara Crampton of Re-Animator vs. Deborah Foreman of April Fool’s Day received over 1500 votes!
Biggest Slaughter: Elvira for Elvira: Mistress of the Dark pummeled her competition in the “Horror Comedy Cleavage” battle – Ellen Greene of Little Shop of Horrors.
Ladies who became involved in their respective battles by sharing on their social media and rallying their fans: Danielle Harris of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Barbara Crampton of Re-Animator, Deborah Foreman of April Fool’s Day, Adrienne Barbeau of The Fog, Elvira (Cassandra Peterson) of Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Tawny Kitaen of Witchboard and Caroline Williams of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.
And JoBeth Williams of Poltergeist even confirmed that she cast a vote in her battle against Sigourney Weaver of Aliens – I wonder who for?
Thank you ladies for your direct involvement! It truly meant a lot!
And of the 5 actual villainesses in the competition (one of which was a dual role), only 2 will move ahead into the semi-finals. Most of the remaining contestants are honest-to-goodness “final girls”!
So without further adieu, let’s take a look at our first semi-final round…
Coming to us directly from her preliminary battle (titled “Gimme Back My Kid”) opposite JoBeth Williams in Poltergeist, we have Oscar-nominee Sigourney Weaver, for her role as Ellen Ripley in the James Cameron classic, Aliens. You can check out all of the details of her preliminary battle HERE, where I make the case for her performance. But if I had to mention only one truly remarkable moment (as a sort of “greatest hits”), it would be the silent movement of her head in the film’s climax – as she’s just rescued Newt, is facing off with the Alien Queen. It’s that tilt of her head as she makes the decision to torch the egg patch. Right there – she’s got some serious points in her corner!
Taking on Ms. Weaver is another uber-strong female character – this time Lori Cardille’s turn as Sarah in the third entry in George A. Romero’s zombie trilogy, Day of the Dead. Check out the details of Ms. Cardille’s preliminary battle HERE. She ended up winning out over snaky villainess Amanda Donohoe as Lady Sylvia Marsh in Ken Russell’s kinky The Lair of the White Worm. Their battle was appropriately titled “Zombies vs. Worms”. As for Ms. Cardille’s “greatest hits”, nothing can compare to her “Oscar-clip” as the shit hits the fan and she must machete the hell out of her lover (Miguel’s) infected arm. The fallout from this moment and subsequent stand-off with the military men will leave you breathless as Sarah falls sobbing and trembling into John’s (Terry Alexander) arms. It’s one helluva moment!
Both of these semi-finalists portrayed resourceful, no-nonsense and kick-ass ladies in their respective films. To whom will you give the leg up – thus allowing them to move into a coveted spot in the finals (where there will eventually be only EIGHT ladies)!? Super woman battling slimy aliens or super woman battling grimy zombies – in a semi-final battle I like to call (you guessed it), “Slimy Aliens vs. Grimy Zombies”.
As in the preliminary rounds, you can vote for your choice right here, over on our Twitter with “Horror Ladies” and your choice, #sigourneyweaver or #loricardille.
Or you can make your voice heard via the good folks of Facebook!
Welcome to the semi-finals ladies, and CONGRATS!