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Jenna Ortega’s Favorite Horror Movies

The "Wednesday" and "Scream VI" scream queen shared her ultimate scary movie watchlist.

Jenna Ortega's favorite horror movies — what the star, pictured at the 2023 SAG Awards, finds to be her favorite scary films.

Jenna Ortega at the 2023 SAG Awards


What’s your favorite scary movie?

Well, “Scream VI” star Jenna Ortega already has a list of her go-to horror films.

The “X” and “Wednesday” actress made her debut in the “Scream” franchise with 2022’s fifth installment. A newly-minted scream queen (literally), Ortega’s lifelong love of horror and gore has framed her decade-spanning career.

“I love horror films. I don’t know what it is about having blood thrown on your face and running around screaming bloody murder,” Ortega said during “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” in January 2023. “It really is so therapeutic, so much fun.”

However, Ortega has never pigeonholed herself solely as a one-note horror actress.

“I never really considered it because a lot of what I do is horror, and they all have these moody and nasty qualities, but what I love is that they also have a sassy teenage nature,” Ortega told Who What Wear. “The thing about horror is that it’s become a second home to me at this point. I’ve been on enough of those sets [that] I go and I know what’s expected of me. It feels like a typical 9-to-5.”

With roles in “Insidious: Chapter 2,” “Babysitter: Killer Queen,” and “You,” Ortega has cemented her place in horror history. A true cinephile, the former child star’s roots are as deeply seeded with Stanley Kubrick and François Truffaut as the Disney Channel.

The “Stuck in the Middle” alum urged Golden Globes viewers to revisit a Truffaut classic, saying when presenting an award during the ceremony, “If you haven’t seen ‘Jules and Jim,’ I don’t know what you’re doing. Get on that.”

Ortega also noted the “Kubrick stare” as a direct inspiration for her take on Wednesday Addams in the Tim Burton Netflix series. “She doesn’t blink,” Ortega said of the character during the “Today” show. “[Tim] likes it when I tilt my chin down and look through my eyebrows, kind of like a Kubrick stare, and then I relax all the muscles in my face.”

She knows her stuff. Tim Burton and Kubrick’s influences on Ortega’s acting further align with her taste in film. Keep scrolling to see Ortega’s top horror movie picks.

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