It’s almost here my Little Monsters,m October is almost here. And when it arrives, we begin that downhill run towards our beloved holiday, Halloween. In fact it’s with Halloween in mind that I chose this Wednesday’s wonderful Woman of Horror, Scout Taylor-Compton. Now I know there are those rabid fans out there that want to shit all over Rob Zombie’s re-imagining of John Carpenter’s classic, but I happened to like it very much, so I DON’T CARE that anyone else didn’t. Anyway…
Desariee Starr Compton is a California girl, having been born in Long Beach, CA on February 21st of 1989. Now I’m not exactly sure when or even why she changed her name to Scout Taylor-Compton. Next time I see her at a con, I’ll have to ask her. And even though both names are perfectly lovely, I do admit that Scout just kind of stands out.
As the daughter of a mortician, Scout definitely became conditioned to handle things others would find morbid and disturbing. Whether she visited her dad at work or he brought his work home with him, one could say Scout had early immersion into real world elements of the horror genre.
Early on in her acting career, she appeared primarily in short films and on television. Her first feature film appearance would come in the movie 7 Songs, which she would follow up with an uncredited appearance in 13 Going On 30 and with starring roles in Sleepover and Tomorrow is Today.
Scout’s first appearance in the horror genre was in Wicked Little Things, which was one of the 2006 After Dark Horrorfest’s “8 Films to Die for”. The following year she would appear in two more horror films, An American Crime (watch this movie and tell me it’s NOT truly a horror film) and Rob Zombie’s remake of Halloween. Scout’s portrayal of Laurie Strode is likely what made many really sit up and take notice. By the end of the film, as it reached its crescendo of the loud report of that gunshot, coupled with her final gut wrenching scream, Scout had made her way onto that list of illustrious scream queens. Her additional genre credits include April Fool’s Day, Rob Zombie’s Halloween II, Life Blood, 247°F, Flight 7500, Cured (short) and most recently, Ghost House.
She also has extensive television work on her resume, as she has appeared on such television series as Ally McBeal, ER, The Guardian, Cold Case, Without a Trace, Bones, CSI, NCIS: Los Angeles, CSI: NY, Grey’s Anatomy and Rosewood. Scout has also had recurring roles on Gilmore Girls, Charmed and most recently, Nashville
There have also been times in her career, where you may have heard Scouts voice even if you didn’t see her on screen. She has provided voice overs for the movies I Am Sam, The Core, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement and Sky High. Scout had also been at work, at one point, using her voice for a musical endeavor. In 2003, She had taken voice, guitar, drum, and keyboard lessons. By 2007, Scout started working on her own debut album, with her providing the drumming and lead vocals. it’s no doubt that this musical training was of great benefit when she was picked to play real life rock and roll queen, Lita Ford, in Floria Sigismondi’s incredible biographical film, The Runaways. Of course, Scout knows a little something about runaways, as she herself disappeared for two weeks, when she ran away from home after a family dispute and stayed at a friends house. Didn’t know that about her? Well…now you do.
This past year, Scout could be seen in the films Get the Girl, Getaway Girls, After Party and the aforementioned Ghost House. Scout has been and IS a busy girl, as she is currently filming The Lumber Baron. She has also worked on four films that have been completed: Andover, Cynthia, Edge of Sanity and Feral. Scout has also worked on three additional films that are in their post production phase: Diverted Eden, Penance Lane and Randy’s Canvas. And fortunately for us horror fans, four out of these eight upcoming films belong to our favorite genre. Can you guess which ones? I’m fairly confident you Little Monsters can figure it out.
Scout tends to do the rounds at horror cons, so there are usually ample opportunities to meet her. I personally last saw her at Days of the Dead: Indianapolis in 2016. She was sweet, kind and lovely as ever. And fortunately for her, she wasn’t horribly under the weather, as she had been when I first met her at HorrorHound Weekend: Indianapolis in 2014. She was a real trooper, as she stuck it out and smiled and laughed with the fans all weekend. Hopefully she’ll make it back around our way here sometime soon. And if she comes around your way, take the opportunity to meet this sweet and wonderful Woman of Horror.
As I always say, my Little Monsters, if’n you all are looking for ways to keep up to date with what’s going on with Scout in her career and otherwise…there are a few options out there for you. There’s always her official IMDb page, where you can see what movies she’s working on next. Or if’n you just want to see what she’s up to in general, there’s her verified Twitter and also her verified Instagram.
So as I sign off, my Little Monsters, remember not to take any wooden nickels…but if you find bottle caps, KEEP THAT SHIT. Because in the world we live in, if there’s any truth to be found about how our future will end up in the FALLOUT video game series…well, those suckers will be valuable. And with that, I’M OUT (of my damn mind)!