I'm enamoured with babes in horror movies. I'm not talking about the ones whose clothes seem to come off so easily, who trip over constantly (are you drunk?), who scream and squeal and do things that make you yell at the screen in frustration. By the way, is there any other genre that produces as many ouraged cries of "HE'S RIGHT BEHIND YOU, DUMBASS!" as the world of horror? No, today I'm talking about the heroines of horror. While they also may not wear much clothing at times, they still kick ass, still get scared, but ultimately keep their wits and save the day. Alternatively, I've included a few here who are the incarnation of evil! Enjoy:
Ana (played by Sarah Polley) in Dawn of the Dead The main female protagonist of this DotD remake, Ana's a nurse who is consistently the voice of reason throughout the movie. She gets the honour of killing Steve-the-douchebag-turned-zombie (yay!) and is never pushed out of the action.
Sarah (played by Lori Cardille) in Day of the Dead Day of the Dead is the third in Romero's five Living Dead movies, this one set in a military bunker with characters who may be the last people left alive on earth - one of which being a scientist named Sarah, the only woman in the movie, aside from the dead ones. Being the only woman in the bunker, she has to be tough. Tougher than her boyfriend anyway, who has a breakdown after his arm is amputated and totally ruins everyone's shit, while Sarah leaves him and escapes with the other non-deranged people.
Selena (played by Naomie Harris) in 28 Days Later She's lasted 28 days since the rage virus spread and she has no qualms with immediately killing anyone she believes to be infected.
Carrie (played by Sissy Spacek) The quiet outcast who snaps on prom night after being humiliated and massacres everyone with her telekinetic powers. The book was written by Stephen King, who is my god for always writing not only the best books ever, but the best and strongest female characters - but that's another post.
Mrs Voorhees (played by Betsy Palmer) in Friday the 13th The entire movie the identity of the killer is so ambiguous until finally it's revealed - the middle-aged mother of a boy who drowned at the camp years before, bent on revenge. Nevermind that the kids she's killing aren't responsible for Jason's death, let's kill em all anyway!
The Monster's Mate (played by Elsa Lanchester) in Bride of Frankenstein My personal favourite - the Bride, created solely for the purpose of being Frankenstein's mate, is brought to life. Upon seeing her betrothed, she screams and rejects him.
Cherry Darling (played by Rose McGowan) in Planet Terror She has a gun...for a leg. Do I need to say much more? Go-go dancer leads a ragtag group to infiltrate an army barracks, does all the work for them, then proceeds to restart civilisation on her own after the dude she was fucking goes and dies. ALL WITH ONLY ONE LEG.
Leeloo (played by Milla Jovovich) in the The Fifth Element Milla kicks ass in every movie she's ever in, and although there should be a heads up to Alice from Resident Evil, my favourite character of hers is Leeloo, who is the Fifth Element that along with the four stones will create the ultimate weapon to destroy the Great Evil. So...there you go.
Amanda (played by Shawnee Smith) in the Saw series Amanda is John Kramer's first surviving victim who becomes his apprentice before going on to become a fully-fledged graduate of the school of Jigsaw.
Kate Fuller (played by Juliette Lewis) in From Dusk Till Dawn Juliette Lewis kicks monumental amounts of ass, but for this post I decided to pass up Mallory Knox and go with Kate Fuller. Watching her go from sweet little girl to vampire killer is pretty awesome, not to mention being one of the last two left alive. Even if Seth does dump her at the end. It wouldn't have worked out.
Dawn O'Keefe (played by Jess Weixler) in Teeth This movie straight-up ruled harder than anything ever, and everyone should see it. Dawn is a high-school girl who has pledged abstinence until marriage, that is until her "nice boyfriend" rapes her and dies in the process because Dawn has vagina dentata!! Teeth is an excellent black comedy although there is one scene that made me completely uneasy, and it had nothing to do with people's weeners being chomped off.
Honourable mentions, though they fall under a sci-fi banner more than horror I think, no list would be complete without the awesome:
Special Agent Dana Scully (played by Gillian Anderson) in The X-Files Ohh how I love you Scully, you voice of reason you. She is the skeptic to Mulder's believer. I love it more than anything when she gets her gun out, or lays the smack-down on someone, and those case reports she types out at the end of the episodes?! Let's just say that my love for Scully runs deep.
Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) in the Alien series All hail Ripley! If you can't figure out why Ripley was the last on this list and why I really don't have to say anything here, then you need to get off your computer and go watch Alien, then consider how much you wish you were that awesome. "Get away from her YOU BITCH"