It’s almost Halloween. That means gorging on candy and gorging on gore, ergo, a marathon of horror movies. It has often been said that female horror characters are a bit – for want of a better word – sucky. But that doesn’t mean they all play to the stereotype of the damsel in distress.
Here are a few heroines who have kicked some serious butt when it comes to fighting those killers on the rampage.
1 Gale Weathers – Scream series
Where Scream is concerned, everyone gushes about Sidney. I find Sidney a little whiny. Gale Weathers on the other hand… she survives the series, kills a few killers and does it all in those polyester suits AND with a full face of makeup. And thankfully, she turned out to be so much more than “oh look Monica from Friends is doing a horror movie”.
Best line – “Do not fuck with me.”
2 Clarice Starling – Silence of the Lambs
I might have peed my pants when faced with Dr Hannibal Lectar. Especially during those infamous, lip-smacking descriptions of his human liver dinners (I’ll never look at a bottle of Chianti in the same way again), but Clarice isn’t fazed. She also avoids being turned into a human trenchcoat by putting a bullet or two right through that pervy Buffalo Bill…
Best line – “No, you ate yours.”
3 Ellen Ripley – Alien, Aliens, and the rest…
Ripley knows how to handle a pulse rifle. She also knows how to blow an alien to smithereens. And all in that utility suit and a pair of Converse trainers, she was obviously a hipster way ahead of her time.
Best line – “Get away from her, you bitch.”
4 Eli – Let The Right One In
Bullies are a pet hate of mine, so what better than a female horror film vampire who gives the tyrants their comeuppance, and gorges on their blood for dinner. They deserved it. Everyone needs a friend like Eli.
Best line – “I live off blood… yes.”
5 Laurie Strode – Halloween
On the outside, just a normal teenage girl worrying about boys and homework, on the inside, a badass survivor able to unravel a wire coat hanger to turn it into an eye-skewering deadly weapon. That takes serious skill, have you ever tried to unravel one of those things. Laurie also stabs Michael Myers in the neck, and that’s just the first film for starters…
Best line – “I killed him.”