Sunday, October 31, 2010

Danielle Harris: The ultimate Scream-Queen

Like I've stated here before, I love Halloween, and I love horror films.  Good ole' slasher films, and not that torture porn bullshit like Saw and Hostel.  I like some of the classics, films like Halloween, Friday the 13th and the like.  Some big-time actors have their roots in horror, A-listers like Johnny Depp, Kevin Bacon and Jamie Lee Curtis.  Horror movies in America have a cult-like fanbase that has unrivaled passion.

My personal favorite horror actress is Danielle Harris.  She is a name that most of you probably don't know.  Her most mainstream role was a brief stint on the sitcom, Roseanne, playing the next-door neighbor Molly.  However, as an 11 year-old, she tore up the screen in Halloween 4 and 5. 

The films are flawed, but Danielle's performance in these two films, really carries the film.  She shows great vulnerability as the tortured Jamie Lloyd, the niece of psychopathic killer Michael Myers.  Most child-actors in horror films are somewhat annoying to me, but Harris plays these roles to perfection, making the viewer really feel the torment she is experiencing.

The films weren't as successful as some of the others in the series, but they are definitely two of the best.  Halloween 5 had a terrible script, but Harris knocked the role out of the park, carrying the role on her tiny shoulders. 

The roles haven't been a plentiful as an adult, but she still keeps her roots deeply entrenched in the horror community.  She appeared in her most notable role to date, playing Annie Brackett in 2007's Halloween, directed by Rob Zombie.  In the film, she portrays Annie Brackett, the best friend of lead character.  She takes on Zombie's roided up version of Michael Myers, and lives to tell about it.  She also appeared in last year's sequel to the film.

2010 and beyond promises to be big for Harris.  She appeared in the controversial Hatchet 2, and she has three more films in production.  Harris doesn't give a shit about being mainstream, she's a horror fan just like the rest of us.  She has a passion for horror, and its evident in her enthusiasm for her work.  She may never be a mainstream star, but she will always be tops in the hearts of hardcore horror fans.  Danielle is the definition of a scream-queen!



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