This Scream Queen hails from my homeland of Australia and is the first female Horror Icon to do so. So, if you created a Triangle that took 30 Days of Night, Amityville getting closer to discovering who she is?
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Melissa George.
Born in Perth, Western Australia on August 6th, 1976, Melissa is the daughter of Pamela, a nurse, and Glenn George, a construction worker. She initially expressed interest in various forms of dance rather than acting. During her childhood, Melissa studied tap, ballet, and jazz, later transitioning into professional rollerskating, for which she became a national champion. She turned her attention briefly to modelling after she dropped out of high school. During a modelling gig, Melissa met a casting agent, who gave her a role in the long running Australian Soap Opera, Home and Away, in which she played Angel Parrish.
In 1996, Melissa left the shores of Australia and made the move to Los Angeles in search of bigger roles. In 1998 she landed the role of May in Dark City. Vastly underrated, I rank Dark City as being one of the best Sci-Fi films of the 90's. A man struggles with memories of his past, including a wife he cannot remember, in a nightmarish world with no sun. With a star-studded cast, Melissa held her own against industry veterns like William Hurt, Richard O'Brien and Kiefer Sutherland.
The following year, Melissa found herself starring in The Limey alongside Terence Stamp and Lesley Ann Warren.
2001 proved busy for the young Australian. She worked alongside Naomi Watts in Mulholland Drive before starring in New Port South.
Fast forward four years and Melissa found herself staring in the 2005 remake of The Amityville Horror. By this stage, it's clear that I'm not a fan of remakes. But this one is actually pretty decent. Teaming up with heartthrob Ryan Reynolds, Melissa plays the concerned mother extremely well and even going as far to state in an interview that she had supernatural things happen to her onset during filming. She truly was living the horror, and what you see on film was actual fear on her role.
The following year Melissa entered the horror genre again with Turistas, also known as Paradise Lost. A group of young backpackers' vacation turns sour when a bus accident leaves them marooned in a remote Brazilian rural area that holds an ominous secret. I really enjoyed Turistas. It was a pretty decent film that is worth the watch. Melissa George actually learned how to speak Portuguese so she could play Pru and the effort she put into learning the language shows.
w Delta z, also known as The Killing Gene, came out in 2007. Would you kill the one you love to save yourself from death? is the question posed by this film as a calculating killer coerces a detective to pay for his previous mistakes. Enjoyable film with slight elements of horror, this crime-drama certainly proves brutal in some scenes. Highly recommended.
That same year, Melissa was a part of 30 Days of Night. After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires. It is reported that Josh Hartnett did his own stunts while Melissa did most of her own driving for the film. Filmed in New Zealand, this is one vampire film that is a must see.
2009 saw Triangle released. This story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas.
Set in Miami, but filmed in my home state of Queensland, this film has some slasher elements in the story, but it's so much more than a simple story. The plot throws you off a couple of times and there are some really nice and unexpected twists. This is one of my favourite Melissa George performances.
Two years later, A Lonely Place To Die came out. While this boarders on the thriller genre, there are some elements of horror within the film. It's worth a mention as Melissa's performance was truly remarkable. A group of five mountaineers are hiking and climbing in the Scottish Highlands when they discover a young Serbian girl buried in a small chamber in the wilderness. They become caught up in a terrifying game of cat and mouse with the kidnappers as they try to get the girl to safety. I found this movie very entertaining. The pacing is spot-on and the acting is solid throughout. In addition to this, the film was not too predictable but it did lack some depth, especially within the characters. It's still worth a watch.
In 2012, Melissa began a return to television, starring in Hunted, which ran for eight episodes. She had been a frequent guest of TV mini-series and shows for a number of years, previously appearing in The Slap (2011) and Grey's Anatomy. From Hunted, she moved to The Good Wife in 2013 for a guest role that lasted just over 12 months.
More recently, Melissa can be found back on television, appearing in Heartbeat, a rather titillating hospital drama that has its moments of sheer craziness.
Melissa George has been a fantastic Aussie export. She always gives her all, regardless of the performance and has proven herself to be quite the Scream Queen when it comes to the horror genre. While there's no immediate plan to return to making scary movies, one thing is for certain; there will always be room in the Horror Icon Hall of Fame for this stunning beauty.
Rhiannon's Top 5 Melissa George Movies
1: Triangle (2009) - A new mystery about the Bermuda Triangle is brewing and Melissa is there to put a stop to it!
2: Turistas (a.k.a Paradise Lost - 2006) - If drugged and lost backpacker films aren't your thing, at least watch it for Melissa's performance. Flawless.
3: The Amityville Horror (2005) - A remake it may be, but it's a darn good one. Add it to your collection today.
4: Dark City (1998) - Melissa's first tentative steps into Hollywood land her in a fantastic film that is a must see.
5: 30 Days of Night (2007) - Vampires running amok in Alaska the moment the sun sinks below the horizon. Enough said!