The Creature wrote:
For a 'Scream Queen' to be a 'GOOD' Scream Queen, she has to be characteristically separated from the rest of the characters in the film. Most likely this can be done through a higher number of redeeming qualities, especially when compared to the rest of the cast. She has to be strong in cases which conflict with the antagonist is inevitable, and she has to be someone that the viewers generally like. Who wants to see the prime survivor of a horror film, the Scream Queen, be completely slutty, or incredibly ditsy? Pretty much no one, right? A good 'scream queen' should be admirable in her presence and her characteristic of being independent and having a stronger will than most of the characters at hand in the film. Just a few thoughts to add to the ones already mentioned.
Yes! I don't mind how many films a final girl has been in, it's the traits of the character, not the quantity that count. I'd say that Heather Langenkamp is a damn fine scream queen as she exhibits all the qualities we've come to expect, Nancy makes a splendid final girl, she's driven, chaste, intelligent and strong-willed. She continually pushes her parentsdespite their denials, refuses to get fobbed off and finally gets answers. She reads books about boobytraps and anti-personnel devices and actively pursues Freddy into the real world. She even exorcises him by literally turning her back on him and denying his existence in their collective unconscious and thus expells him. Now that is strength.
If we're talking purely on how many films a lead female in a horror film has to make to qualify as a scream queen then there's only one answer.