Women in Horror Recognition Month is nearly at an end, and shamefully I have left it until the last-minute to get involved. Whoopsh!
Horror films are chock full of chicks, from final girls to slasher scream queens. But often they are represented as dumb bimbos with blood-drenched boobs.
And what about the ladies behind the cameras?
Women in Horror Recognition Month celebrates the female writers and directors of horror, as well as the ladies onscreen, who have defied the myth that horror, like heavy metal, is a boys-only club.
Plenty of bloggers have jumped on the bandwagon in spreading the word of the event, including The Girl who loves Horror’s post on Stephen King’s leading ladies and a bunch of awesome posts on Fatally Yours.
From kick-ass super-women like Ellen Ripley to every dimwit blonde who’s killed off in the first half hour, female characters rule the horror screen. I have compiled a list of some of my favorite female characters in horror in celebration of Women in Horror Recognition Month.
1. Sheri Moon Zombie – Baby Firefly (House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects)
Yeah, we get it Rob Zombie, your wife is super hot. Do we really need to see her arse again?
I’m just kidding. I could look at Sheri Moon’s ass all day. Baby Firefly may be a controversial choice for this list, with her high-pitched squeaky voice and white trash barely there wardrobe, but I bloody love/am ridiculously jealous of Sheri Moon and Baby is the ultimate creation of Rob Zombie’s tongue-in-cheek horror style that many people just don’t get.
2. Linda Blair – Reagan MacNeil (The Exorcist)
Yeah yeah so this is pretty obvious. But I think I deserve some recognition for actually putting this picture on my blog. Every time I look at it I crap my pants. Yeesh.
3. Fairuza Balk – Nancy Downs (The Craft)
I was obsessed with The Craft (1996) as an angst-ridden pre-teen. It was definitely one of the influences behind my goth/wiccan/Marilyn Manson-loving phase. Nancy Downs, the ringleader and mega bitch of the gang of teen witches, is performed to perfection by the awesome Fairuza Balk. This is the ultimate teen horror flick for budding goths and wannabe witches.
4. Shelley Duvall – Wendy Torrance (The Shining)
The Shining (1980) is one of my all-time favorite horror movies. And one of the (many) reasons for this is Shelley Duvall as Wendy Torrance. Gangly and awkward, she portrays the part of the fragile victim with memorable originality. And what can I say, boy is she ridiculously creepy.
5. Katharine Isabelle – Ginger (Ginger Snaps)
Forget Twilight, before the teen vampire craze began there was Ginger Snaps (2000), a film about teenage werewolves. Two teenage outcast sisters, a creepy loner (Brigitte) and an outspoken redhead (Ginger), are obsessed with death and are going through some pretty weird changes during puberty. The film’s tagline states: “They don’t call it the curse for nothing.” What a larf! This low-budget Canadian horror film was an unexpected cult success, and despite the hilariously garbled creature costumes, it is funny, original and suitably blood-drenched.
6. Ingrid Pitt – various characters
The original scream queen unfortunately passed away last year. But her legacy as the heavy-bosomed sexy siren in Hammer horror classics like Countess Dracula and The Vampire Lovers will continue to live on.
Who are your favorite horror movie screen queens?
Check out a cool interview with Hannah Neurotica talking about Women in Horror Recognition Month here.