Saturday, April 2, 2011

Saturday Scream Queen: Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano's first major role came at the age of 13 when she played John Matrix's imperiled daughter in "Commando". She settled into life as a television child star, appearing in numerous movies and a couple of sit-coms ("Who's the Boss?" and the short-lived spin-off show "Living Dolls," which featured Halle Berry in her acting debut).

By the mid-1990s, Milano and her management, apparently wanting to show her "all growed up" took her career down the road of sexually charged B-thrillers and horror films. The most remarkable of these was "Embrace of the Vampire", "Beyond Utopia", "Fear" and "Poison Ivy II". Remarkable doesn't necessarily mean good, but they were all successful ventures for their backers and they're the kind of films that will always appeal to lonely guys in their late teens.

Milano eventually settled back into television long-term in 1998 with "Charmed", a horror-tinged drama about three hot sisters who happen to be witches. While the show featured plenty of monsters and demons and black magic, it was first and foremost about three hot girls being hot girls.

Since "Charmed" came to an end in 2006, Milano has appeared exclusively in comedies, and there's little chance we'll ever again see her get sleazy like she did in the mid-1990s--she has stated in interviews that she is done with that sort thing. That doesn't rule out a return to more classy horror... perhaps an H.P. Lovecraft-based film where she's in Innsmouth and the fish-men drag her into water in a white nightgown?