Not a massive voter turnout on the second final battle, but there was plenty of action to be had regardless! Tawny Kitaen of Witchboard was in the lead for a very long time, but in the end, Lisa Wilcox of A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master – took the top honors. And that means, Ms. Wilcox moves into the second TOP FOUR position (joining Day of the Dead’s Lori Cardille) – to fight one last time in the “Sudden Death” round! Congrats, and we’ll see you soon.
As for Ms. Kitaen, she fought valiantly – rallying her fans during all three of her battles (prelim/semi-final/final) and now holds a very prominent and envious position in the top eight. But sadly, she does not continue on. We bid you a fond farewell, but fear not! For you will have the comforts and kind words of young “David” to ease your loss. Just don’t get too attached, as I’ve heard personalities contained in Ouija boards are not terribly trust-worthy.
Final Votes: 120 total votes
For Kitaen: 54 votes
For Wilcox: 66 votes
And now, we can prepare for the THIRD FINAL BATTLE (only one left after this – before “Sudden Death”!).
VOTING IS NOW CLOSED!
Both of these ladies are taking the ring for the third time – and only one of them will end up in the TOP FOUR LADIES. Thing is, in all of their previous battles, they shared and shared and shared the competition on their social media, thus their fans came out in droves to support their favorite lady! Let’s take a look at our contestants this time out…
Danielle Harris starred as Jamie Lloyd in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers. We previous examined her work in the fourth Halloween installment, and so we’ll again take a look at her work in that particular picture. In Harris’ prelim battle, she triumphed over Catherine Hicks of Child’s Play, and in her semi-final battle, she beat out fellow contestant Clare Higgins of Hellraiser – to find her front and center now. Well, as is the norm, let’s examine her “Greatest Hits” (taken from her prelim battle), and offer some evidence which could garner your vote!
“Early on in the film, when we are first introduced to Jamie, she is up late at night, watching the rain (and the strange ambulance parked across the street) before Rachel comforts her and sends her to bed. In the tense sequence when Jamie is alone in her room, and the bedroom closet continually re-opens – all before Michael “The Nightmare Man” makes his appearance in Jamie’s dream – she closes the door and as she turns away, looks over her shoulder with slight apprehension and suspicion. It’s this moment which automatically proves Harris (even at this green age) has an acting gift. We don’t know if this was a suggestion from director Dwight Little or something that was clear to Harris as she shot the scene. But it is small details like these which can move a decent performance into the heights of something amazing.”
“And boy, can Harris scream! Right away in this opening scene, she screams as Michael appears next to her bed. She screams as Michael appears in her doorway. Why, it seems that from this first Halloween appearance (she’d later join the franchise again as Annie Brackett in the Rob Zombie remakes) that she was destined to be a scream queen! If not that, certainly a talented, working actress in Hollywood!”
“Other favorite moments from Harris as Jamie – when she and Rachel have become separated on this ill-fated night of trick-or-treating, and Jamie hears someone following her. She turns and with as much bravery as she can muster, warns the stalker that “I have a big dog with me. And he bites!” It’s here that we see Jamie’s strength while the wobble in her voice shows that much of it is just an act. Jamie’s a damaged soul, and Harris is able to make us care for her, fear for her and by the end of the film, and its frightening stinger – pity her. Jamie’s stuck in this world and there’s simply no way out. It hurts.”
“The story has nicely set up that Jamie is teased at school for having a psychopath as her uncle (she can’t control that, poor thing!) and so when Rachel actually confirms this fact to another character – in Jamie’s presence, Jamie loses it. It’s a shining moment for Harris and once again, she proves that as an actor – no matter what age – you’ve either got it, or you don’t!”
“But the crowning achievement for Harris comes as Jamie and Rachel narrowly escape Michael on the roof of Sheriff Meeker’s home. Jamie is able to get down relatively safely, but Rachel falls the entire two stories. Jamie rushes over to Rachel’s motionless body and with these three heartbreaking words, and her impeccable delivery – our love for Jamie is sealed. “Come alive, Rachel”. When Rachel doesn’t reply, Jamie breaks down (another stellar moment) before Michael appears and continues the chase.”
As for her competitor, we now see Re-Animator’s Megan Halsey approaching the ring – Ms. Barbara Crampton. In her prelim battle, she had one helluva match opposite Deborah Foreman of April Fool’s Day, and then took on Geena Davis of The Fly – taking both matches and ending up here; in the top eight, with a shot now at going to the TOP FOUR LADIES and into the “Sudden Death” round. Without further adieu; here are Ms. Crampton’s “Greatest Hits” (taken from her prelim battle).
“For example, once Dan and Herbert have their first “Team Re-Animation” in the morgue, Megan’s father intrudes and is killed, and subsequently brought back to life. Herbert’s disgusted by another intrusion into their experiment, this time by Megan. What’s fantastic about Crampton here, is her reaction (there it is again) to Dan trying to touch her and comfort her. Megan’s stand-offish and confused. All she wants to do it help her father, but Dan won’t let her near him. She’s already upset over Dan’s impending suspension and her father’s ass-hole-ishness, so this wacky and violent turn of events puts her over the edge. Interestingly, we never fully regain Megan’s stability from that point on. And we buy every moment, ‘cause of Crampton’s wide and expressive eyes. Her outstanding line here, a shaky, but firm and teary-eyed, “No, he was just angry!”, when referring to her father.”
“But before we go into the crazy good stuff, I also want to point out the very simple moment from Crampton, which always makes me smile. She’s being watched by Dr. Hammond (Carolyn-Purdy Gordon) as her father goes to find Dan in the morgue. When she is left alone (except for the face-bandaged dude sitting next to her), she promptly heads downstairs, but not before smiling warmly and giving the face-bandaged dude his magazine back. It’s the switch from warm smile to concern and determination which is a great moment for Crampton.”
“We then move into Megan’s return home after discussing her father’s treatment with Dr. Hill. Dan’s waiting there for her. I won’t take the time to describe all the goodness Crampton delivers in this scene, as there’s a lot. Simply witness her moist-eyed delivery of, “No, you’re insane! You’re insane!”, before she collapses to the floor, crying and letting out a whimper of “Daddy…” Oh, so good!”
“And of course… You knew it was coming. Any discussion of Re-Animator and specifically, the work of Ms. Crampton within, warrants mention of the “head” scene. The first thing that comes to mind is not possible titillation, but Crampton’s guts and gusto to do this scene! That’s some major trust on Crampton’s part, not to mention a very deep faith in the script, the director and the editor. But what’s amazing here, is again Crampton’s reactions. All throughout the film, in very emotional scenes, Crampton consistently delivers these little (assuming un-scripted) whimpers and moans. Whether it’s the “Daddy…” when Dan tells her that her father is dead, or in this most famous of scenes. These terrified screams and moans are organic and perfectly suit the scene and situation. I mean, what else would you do if you were being given oral sex by a disembodied head? Crampton gives us the horror, the confusion and the absolute unbelievability of what Megan is experiencing. It’s a very impressive moment – not for the spectacle or salaciousness, but for her performance, her trust and those telling and piercing screams.”
And that, my avid followers and voracious voters – is the presentation of the two ladies for this third final battle – a match-up I like to call, “Green Goo-Filled Halloween Candy”! Get it?
You know the drill! Vote right here on the site, help to spread the word and thanks again for joining in on the fun!
Remember – one more FINAL BATTLE remains, then the TOP FOUR LADIES will face off in the “Sudden Death” round – where only one will be crowned, THE ULTIMATE HORROR LADY OF THE ‘80s! I can’t wait!