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Saturday, October 22, 2011

7 Great Heroines From Scary Movies

Continuing our festive Halloween coverage, we bring you a list of our favorite female heroes from scary movies. Whether they're your favorite characters are not, you have to give them props for not dying (right away, at least). Check it out:

CLEAR RIVERS (Final Destination): Clear Rivers (Ali Larter) started out as a throaway character, just one of the many victims would be annihilated by her own fate in the freak accident-prone Final Destination. But once she used her noggin and started outwitting the big, bad fate, audiences realized that she could not only protect herself, but also protect new victims. When she checked herself into a mental facility in the second movie, to steer clear of flying daggers, speeding buses and any other unfastened and uninhibited objects, you just knew this chick was badass. She was a true hero and surely the most memorable character in the franchise.

ELLEN RIPLEY (Aliens): This is perhaps the only scary movie where the villain (a 7-foot alien) was actually slightly intimidated by the intended victim, in this case a female lieutenant trapped on board an alien-infested ship. If she was ever frightened by the aliens, Ripley rarely showed it. As one of the only women on the ship, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) often swooped down to save her fellow male shipmates from becoming dinner for the aliens without hardly breaking a sweat. This is why we love her.

ALICE (Resident Evil): Well, what do you know? Four movies later and our favorite military officer is still drop-kicking flesh-eating scientists and taking names. As countless others fell prey to these monsters, Alice (Milla Jovovich) is the only character to outlive even the smartest of them. She's sexy, she's wise and even manages to have a few clever one-liners hidden in her vest. What's not to love?

LAURIE STRODE (Halloween): Arguably one of the most iconic heroines in cinema, babysitter Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) wasn't actually much of a hero, at first. She was tormented by her lunatic older brother Michael Myers in the first two movies. But in later installments, the character became less of a frightened victim and more of a pissed off nemesis for the villain. She was pure entertainment.

NANCY THOMPSON (Nightmare On Elm Street): There's something about Nancy (Heather Langenkamp) that was ever so enticing for Mr. Knives-For-Fingers himself, Freddy Krueger. He loved tormenting her. It really just seemed like great fun for him. But Freddy treated her as someone who was hard to kill, like he was almost frustrated because she knew how to deal with him--she knew his weaknesses and that made her as prey interesting. Her awesomeness made the rest of us brilliant insomniacs.

SIDNEY PRESCOTT (Scream): Neve Campbell, who plays the eternal victim from the Scream movies, never really was much of an actress. But she found her niche as Sidney, the high school student whose mother's death made her prime victim for a series of murders plaguing a small town. Like many other heroines before her, the murderers (different in every movie) would often get outsmarted or outran by Sidney. She carried that perfect balance of sheepish victim and maniacal prey that we viewers love.

SELENE (Underworld): Never since Buffy, the Vampire Slayer has an inter-breed romance been so juicy on the big screen. And that's partly due to Kate Beckinsale's Selene, a vampire caught between her love for a werewolf right in the middle of the famous vampire/werewolf civil war. Selene is beautiful, seductive, and can terrorize a vampire just as quick as she can destroy a threatening werewolf. She's so much fun to watch.

CHERRY DARLING (Grindhouse: Planet Terror): Only Cherry Darling (Rose McGowan) could help destroy a town of melting zombies with one leg. After losing her leg in an unfortunate zombie match, wannabe comedienne Cherry props up her missing leg with a random stick (courtesy of ex-boyfriend, Wray). Stumbling at first with her new limb, Cherry later kicked countless zombie butt with her stick leg-turned-machine gun leg, whipping around fences and driving getaway trucks. Not to mention she had killer comedic wit. She became the best handicapped heroine of scary movies.


Mike White said...

Great list. I'd add Catherine Mary Stewart from Night of the Comet. She was cuttin' no slack.

Candice Frederick said...

@Mike White Thanks! i actually haven't seen that one yet. will look it up now :)

F.FRANKLIN said...

Great list..loved it.i would like to add alison lohman for drag me to hell

Brittani Burnham said...

Great list! I love that you included Cherry. Planet Terror was awesome.

Candice Frederick said...

@F.FRANKLIN lohman was pretty decent, but i didn't love the movie drag me to hell

Karen said...

Nice list!

Paolo said...

All great choices. Not all of them had great careers but they all had great presence.

Emmanuel Lopez - Motivatorman said...

Great list! Glad you have Jamie Lee Curtis from original Halloween film. I remembered I learned how to play the theme on piano!

Castor said...

Sweet list Candice! All of them are iconic female characters, starting with Sigourney Weaver as Ripley and Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween.

Adam from 3guys1movie said...

Nice list, I have never seen those Final Destination movies. However, I liked Larter in Heroes.

Dan said...

Love that shot of Cherry Darling.

But I don't think anyone can beat Ripley - Sigourney Weaver is a fabulous actress.

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