Reign of the Scream Queens: Shauna Macdonald

Scream Queen Impact

I have to admit that when I was researching potential Scream Queens, Shauna Macdonald popped into my head for one film and one film alone: The Descent (2005). That film alone makes her worthy to be on this list as far as I’m concerned, but as soon as I looked at her IMDb, I was shocked at how many horror films and television shows that she has actually been a part of in her career spanning over twenty years.

Since 1999 Macdonald has accumulated fifty-six acting credits scattered across film and television and twenty or so more credits in theatre and radio. She’s racked up credits in popular franchises such as Star Wars, Outlander, and Danger Mouse. She has starred in a number of television shows and mini-series such as Shetland, The Five, The Cry, and MI-5. She’s one of the most active actresses on this list.

What really blew me away is that of all of her acting credits, many of them were in horror films. As far as those films go, she’s perhaps best known for her role as Sarah Carter in The Descent and The Descent Part 2 (2009). If you’ve never seen either of these films, I highly recommend both of them. The first The Descent film is extremely uncomfortable to watch. If you aren’t claustrophobic before watching this film, you will be after viewing it. Both movies involve spelunking and cave-dwelling creatures that attack groups of people that enter their underground world. The second film isn’t quite as unnerving as the original, but it’s still a solid horror flick. Howl (2015) is another extremely well done horror film that Macdonald features prominently in that involves a group of people stranded on a train in the middle of the forest that have to face off against a werewolf…..or a few werewolves. Other horror projects that Macdonald appears in include Nails (2017), White Chamber (2018), and Mutant Chronicles (2008).

Macdonald is an amazing actress. I’ve seen her in a few films over the years and she always does a wonderful job. Howl is the most recent film that I’ve watched with her in it and I have to say that I was very impressed by her performance and the film overall. I recommend that film and both The Descent films as far as her horror films go.

Thanks for checking out today’s post. Shauna Macdonald surprised me not only with the amount of horror that she’s done but in the quality of most of those projects. Definitely give some of her other projects a look as well. We’ve only got a few days left to celebrate the Scream Queens, so be sure to catch up on any posts that you’ve missed. See you again tomorrow!


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