The expression "Scream Queen" tends to be derisive, although the categorization did not hurt Jamie Lee Curtis's career any.
The handle will likely be applied to Winnipeg actress Jennifer Pudavick, who was cast as the lead in Wrong Turn 4 as the rattled but resourceful heroine Kenia.
One thing is certain. Pudavick, 28, can deliver the scream requirements. Over the course of a recent afternoon, she is repeatedly asked to scream upon viewing the head of her boyfriend Porter wrapped in his own jacket on the auditorium floor of an abandoned sanitorium. Every time, Pudavick delivers a full-bore scream of such veracity, it would give H.P. Lovecraft a case of the chills.
Pudavick says the scene is genuinely distressing for her, because the actor who plays Porter, Dave Harms, "is a good friend of mine from acting class so that was really difficult."
"Jenny Pudavick just absolutely nailed the part," says director Declan O'Brien, the director who cast the former Oak Park Collegiate student. "She owned it. And there was no reason to look further than Winnipeg."
Pudavick has something in common with that über queen of scream queens Curtis: She hates to be scared.
"I've worked on horror movies (The Plague, Wishmasters III and IV) before, but I'm normally a very jumpy person and it really gets to me," says Pudavick. "All the blood and gore actually stresses me out, but I can use that. I'm loving it.
"My character's a strong girl. I try to save everybody and it keeps going wrong."
-- Randall King