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With the exception I would argue of maybe one.
Toy Newkirk - Sheila Kopecky, A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988)
Kelly Jo Minter - Yvonne, A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989)
Fran Bennett - Dr. Heffner, Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994)
Bennett's long resume of acting excellence truly shines in her brief yet memorable role as the doctor looking after a frantic Heather Langenkamp and her troubled son in Wes Craven's evolutionary piece based off of his original story. The delivery of her lines are quotable as an inside joke with your horror bestie. She stands as one of the best sub-supporting characters in the franchise, truly making her presence count.
Kelly Rowland - Kia Waterson, Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
Extremely disliking this movie does not help me make a case for Rowland's Kia. Underdeveloped and poorly executed, she wasn't only reproducing The Black Best Friend trope, but she was ultimately a bitch and not even a likeable one; the likeable bitch is very much possible.What is even more tragic is that her character is completely useless. She's fodder for the body count of the film. Fans had waited quite a few years to see this battle, myself included. I wanted to see more of a natural integration of continuity from the mythology of Springwood and Crystal Lake. Since the writers all but said, 'screw that,' I would've at least liked to have seen an array of characters with some semblance of strength and presence. With that being said, it is perplexing to me that Nightmare 4 receives so much criticism but Freddy vs. Jason gets a free pass? I reluctantly, indignantly digress.
Do you have a favorite from this list?
How do you feel about the possible or lack of prominent Black female roles in horror franchises?