Saturday, May 28, 2011

Saturday Scream Queen: Nicole Kidman

Although born to Austrailian parents, and an Australian national, Nicole Kidman was actually born in Hawaii and spent her earliest years in Washington, D.C. She broke into film at the age of 16, and, after gaining much acclaim in the Australian films "Bush Christmas" and "BMX Bandits," her career swung into an upward trajectory that brought her back to the United States and Hollywood and to the status as an international movie superstar.

Kidman has appearing in chillers since her very first role--the Australian TV movie "Chase Through the Night" in 1983)--and her first film for the international market and an American studio was "Dead Calm".

Kidman has some 50 movies to her name, and close to half of those are dark thrillers, horror films, or comedies that include supernatural elements. Foremost among these are the aforementioned "Dead Calm (1989), To Die For (1995), "Practical Magic" (1998), "The Others" (2001) and "Bewitched" (2005).

Kidman has four movie projects in varying stages of production, with "Tresspass" (slated for release early this fall) being perhaps the closest thing to a horror movie among then. Kidman stars as a woman being held hostage with her husband (played by Nicolas Cage).


Autumnforest said...

Wow Steve! I never thought of her as a scream queen, but she is! I loved Dead Calm!! I hated The Others--snooze-fest but beautiful atmosphere. I adore Practical Magic. She has to be easily the most beautiful scream queen.

Autumnforest said...

I have an award for you at Ghost Hunting Theories

Steve Miller, Writer of Stuff said...

Autumn: Some might accuse me of stretching the accepted definition of Scream Queen for this series, but I think I'm not reaching too far. There are a host of actresses who have a lot more horror films on their resume than we often realize. (Although my definition of "horror films" might be a bit old fashioned....)