In horror, you’ve got your Lauries and your Nancys and your Sidneys — the oft-discussed final girl, a cliche that never feels like a cliche because you just can’t help but root for her. Closely tied to her is the scream queen: an actress who’s made quite a name for herself stacking horror title after horror title on her filmography. There’s Psycho actress Janet Leigh and her daughter Jamie Lee Curtis who recently kicked ass in last year’s Halloween, a direct sequel to the 1978 original. There’s also Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Katharine Isabel and Taissa Farmiga. If she can scream, cry, run for her life, and maybe even put up a pretty good fight, she’s got what it takes.
But if this list is looking a little too Western and a little too white to you, we’ve got good news: we have our own crop of Filipino scream queens, and they’re just as culture-defining and worthy of discussion. Halloween may be over, but it’s not too late to celebrate the Manilyns, the Majas, and the others in between.