GIRLS ON HORROR (Oct. 23): Angela Bettis

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BY MICHELLE MEDFORD

Role in the horror community: Indie horror’s “it” girl (and Lucky McKee’s muse)

Claim to fame: That creepy chick, May. In 2002, she starred as the lead in horror cult classic May, a Frankenstein-ian story about a girl who finds a unique way to “make” friends.

Weapon of choice: Her awkwardness. She’s known and loved for playing quirky or flat-out bizarre characters.

Why she’s bloody brilliant: While women like Dee Wallace and Barbara Crampton are admired for their body of horror work, we’re privileged enough to be watching Angela Bettis’ work in-the-making. Pre-2002’s May, Bettis had a few supporting roles in dramas, but perhaps due to the success and critical acclaim of May, she’s now become a household name in horror. Starring in countless indies, including Tobe Hooper’s Toolbox Murders, a TV production of Carrie, and Lucky Mckee’s The Woods (at least vocally) and The Woman–among so many others–she’s beloved in the genre.

But she’s also delves behind the scene, producing a handful of small sci-fi and drama titles–her signature quirkiness evident in her choices–and she also directs! In 2006, she turned the tables and put director Lucky McKee on-screen while she worked behind the lens on Roman. Most recently, she directed a segment of The ABCs of Death. With such an admired filmography behind her, we can only expect more.

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