Saturday, October 2, 2010

Saturday Scream Queens: Renee Zellweger and Jodelle Ferland

It's the Horror Month of October, it's the second day of the Horror Month of October, so why not celebrate with two profiles instead of the usual one? Especially since both actresses give outstanding performances in "Case 39"?

Renee Zellweger

Although best known for her roles in hardcore chick flicks and romantic comedies, Renee Zellweger isn't completely unknown to lovers of horror movies. Although her squeeky, oddly child-like voice seemed like it should doom her to nothing but comedic roles and voice-acting, she has the acting chops to be the only really interesting thing in "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation" and bring a unique quality to the role of a doomed prostitute in the under-appreciated thriller "Deceiver".

Unfortunately, early box office numbers indicate that Zellweger's latest horror excusion, "Case 39" is going to be a failure in US theaters, which is likely to curtail her appearances in such genre pictures in the future.

Jodelle Ferland

Although only 15 years old, Jodelle Ferland already has an impressive list of horror films to her credit. Perhaps her generation's greatest "Creepy Girl", she has brought vulnerable spookiness to "Silent Hill", "Seed", "The Messengers", "Twilight: Eclipse", and the just-released "Case 39."

Ferland is still growing and developing as an actress, but she is obviously very talented. If she can navigate the transition from child actress to adult performer successfully--both on a personal and a professional level--I predict great things from her. And as a horror movie fan, I hope those Great Things will come mostly within the confines of the genre, although I think she'll be capable of taking on any role she chooses.


Matthew Coniam said...

I agree that Renee was excellent in the chainsaw movie: one of the best slasher heroines in the genre, even.

Steve Miller, Writer of Stuff said...

I just got a copy of "Chainsaw: Next Generation". I'll hopefully get around to watching it again at some point. It's always interesting to see how movies hold up vs. memories of them.