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Horror's Top 10 Most Frightening Women





Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates in Misery)
Flipping your car over in a snowstorm…bad. Being rescued from certain death…good. Being rescued from certain death by someone who adores you for your writing…even better! Being rescued from certain death by Annie Wilkes…oh shit. As much of a psycho-lunatic as she was in Misery, Annie Wilkes will forever be remembered for one scene. And just the fact that we don't even have to come out and tell you what that scene is proves it. It's really a shame that Misery doesn't show in theaters anymore because there's nothing like waiting for that sledgehammer to come down and vaporize Jimmy Caan's ankle and watch the entire place suddenly erupt into one mass toe-curling cringe. Priceless. Annie Wilkes was the embodiment of obsession, and that burly, twisted woman was one of the most memorable and unique monsters we ever had the pleasure to peek in on.

La Femme (Béatrice Dalle A l'interieur (Inside))
And speaking of obsession, we've got an extreme example of a lovely French lady who went off the deep end in the ultra-violent film Inside. From the moment La Femme showed up in the film, you knew things were not going to go well. She was like a rabid, crazed dog. And what was her mission, you ask? All she wanted to do was cut a baby out of a pregnant woman and take it for her own. That's right. La Femme has to be best remembered for her limitless brutality and laser-like focus on her goal: getting the baby that she believes is rightfully hers. Moviegoers will be hard pressed to find another woman as violent and remorseless as this memorable character. From the initially attempted cesarean section with the dress shears, throughout the entire film, La Femme definitely earned her spot on this list.


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Cinemascribe's picture

I disagree with the number one choice. I agree the film is terrifying, but it isn't Regan that's scary, it's whatever is in inside of her forcing her to act out. In the instance of the other selections on this list, it's the actual women themselves and not an invading force controlling their body that are the source of the fear. Of course a demon is frightening. If it was the same exact film but the child was a boy instead (as was purportedly the case in the real life incident which inspired William Peter Blatty to write the Exorcist) , it would be just as horrifying. I'd put Carrie White as portrayed by Sissy Spacek in there instead. While the horror surrounding her is also manifested in a supernaturally destructive way, it's the direct result of her own rage.It's actually Carrie herself who's scary at the climax of the film, not some external demonic influence.


Submitted by Cinemascribe on Sun, 11/03/2013 - 6:18pm.
WLKNDED's picture

You forgot the scariest one of all Sarah Palin....just the thought of her in any office gives me nightmares.


Submitted by WLKNDED on Sat, 05/12/2012 - 1:33am.
nonserviam03's picture

I guess the girl from Sleepaway Camp doesn't count :P


Submitted by nonserviam03 on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 7:37pm.
Hakk Wylde's picture

Great List! Only addition I would make would be Carrie...due to the level of intensity for the time it was released...and discovery of hidden female power. Classic.

I first met Regan (Exorcist! Eep.) when I was but six. She was burned into my brain...like some dark warning of adolescence to come! >.<

And May...what A Doll. But indeed, she carries dark potential to match or exceed others. Maybe it's because she'll bite your fingers off with a grin while cooing a loving tune? Oops. She didn't realize you didn't mean for REAL. HAHA!


Submitted by Hakk Wylde on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 4:47pm.
Terminal's picture

No Norma Desmond, Nurse Ratched, Piper Laurie from Carrie, Maria from Metropolis?


Submitted by Terminal on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 1:18pm.
moderator Sunset Boulevard? Cuckoo's
Debi Moore's picture

Sunset Boulevard? Cuckoo's Nest? Metropolis? Aren't you the one who's always giving us shit whenever we stray too far from our horror roots? LOL


Submitted by Debi Moore on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 1:44pm.
Terminal's picture

@WIB: Apples and oranges my dear. You guys sometimes cover movies that aren't horror, but a character in a movie can be very scary and quality for a horror list.

Ever hear of Travis Bickle? Harry Powell? Dwight Hansen?


Submitted by Terminal on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 4:52pm.
moderator But the title of the article
Debi Moore's picture

But the title of the article is HORROR's Top 10 Most Frightening Women, not all of filmdom. Not that I necessarily disagree with your choices, but what you're suggesting is something altogether different than the crux of the story.


Submitted by Debi Moore on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 5:58pm.
Terminal's picture

@Woman in Black: You're right. My mistake. I misread. Apologies.


Submitted by Terminal on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 6:45pm.
Debi Moore's picture

No worries! :) Actually, that might make for an interesting list - the scariest women (or men) NOT in a horror film.


Submitted by Debi Moore on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 7:08pm.
Scott Hallam's picture

Ah, some incredible characters there, Terminal. So many ladies, so little time.


Submitted by Scott Hallam on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 1:25pm.
Sirand's picture

Way too many recent movies on this list.

How could you miss Sissey Spacek and/or Piper Laurie in Carrie?


Submitted by Sirand on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 10:36am.
Scott Hallam's picture

Definitely an argument to be made for either of those characters. They certainly are iconic. I felt the list may have skewed a bit young, but every one of those 10 blew me away. Thanks much for your opinion.


Submitted by Scott Hallam on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 1:23pm.
Scott Hallam's picture

Okay crew, love it or hate it, let's hear your opinion on this Top 10 list. Who's not on there that should be? Who's on there that shouldn't be?


Submitted by Scott Hallam on Fri, 05/11/2012 - 9:49am.

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