I could come up with lists of horror films to fit nearly any topic. This time around, I want to introduce you to my favorite female-centric horror films. What does that mean? Simple — horror films that center around a female protagonist, a female killer, or films that just exude femme de la macabre! So, let’s all don our favorite heels and pencil skirts and get this bitch on the road!
1 Carrie: I know the remake is about to be released (and could not have possibly been cast any better — thank you Julianne Moore and Chloe Grace Moretz), but the original still holds a majestic power over the hearts and souls of the horror going public. Sissy Spacek was, quite honestly, an absolute phenom in that role and should never be forgotten. This film should always remind us how the power of religion can go horribly wrong.
2 High Tension: Never has a name for a film been so apropos. If you’re looking for a film that will take you into the heart and soul of payback (and you can’t stomach the rape scene in I Spit On Your Grave), then High Tension will fill that need to a T-Strap Mary Jane! High Tension is also a French film. If you know anything about French cinema, know this — when they get it right, they get it RIGHT! This gem of cinema gets it perfectly right.
3 Ginger Snaps: This has to be one of my all time favorite werewolf films. This gem stars Katharine Isabelle as a gothy teen who makes a death pact with her sister that, well, backfires a wee bit. Filmed in my favorite country, Canada, with a budget of $5,000,000 — this edgy film is a cult favorite for a lot of reasons.
4 Bride of Frankenstein: I have to include one of the original femme de la grim in this list; and what better beauty than the monster’s bride? What is interesting about this is (after reading the original book recently), the reference to the bride actually comes up in the original story. Outside of the hor-noir look and feel of the film, what other horror icon has inspired more updos and updont’s than The Bride of Frankenstein? None, I say…none! By the way, how did she get her lipstick to stay so perfect…even in death? You go, undead girl!
5 The Exorcist: Yeah, poor, poor Regan. All that pea soup and Pazuzu getting up in her business like that young girl was his to command. Oh wait, for a while it was! Little needs to be said about one of the most frightening films of all time. Here’s a bit of trivia for you: On the first day of filming the exorcism sequence, Linda Blair’s delivery of her foul-mouthed dialogue so disturbed the gentlemanly Max von Sydow that he actually forgot his lines.
Here’s a great “behind the scenes” of the legendary “Spider Walk” scene from The Exorcist.