Dread X: REDCON-1’s Katarina Leigh Waters Picks Her Top 10 Badass Women in Horror

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Last week, we released REDCON-1, the latest title in our DREAD library! Hailed as, “…a badass British mashup of heavy hitters like The Raid and 28 Weeks Later” by Starburst Magazine, the film is a feast for those who want some adrenalized action pumping through veins of horror!

Today, we got REDCON-1 star Katarina Leigh Waters – who some of you might know as Katie Lea Burchill during her time in the WWE – to put together a list of her favorite badass women in horror! Some are villains, some are heroes, but one thing’s for certain: they’re all ferocious and entirely capable! Check out her list below!

A government experiment is unleashed, releasing a mutated genetic virus which amplifies and enhances human abilities. Amidst pandemic chaos, humanity is reborn as a stronger, faster, far more deadly creature; an evolutionary backlash that creates a new breed of killing machine.

As the military loses ground against the onslaught, preparations are made to launch a final strike against an infection they know they cannot contain or conquer; a cleansing of both infected and human alike.

REDCON-1 stars Oris Erhuero, Carlos Gallardo, Mark Strange, Katarina Leigh Waters, Martyn Ford, and Joshua Dickinson. It was produced by Carlos Gallardo (Desperado, Once Upon a Time in Mexico), Stephen L’Heureux (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), and Kevin Eastman, co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and publisher of Heavy Metal, as well as Ioanna Karavela and Mark Strange.

Pre-orders are available via Epic Pictures.

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Katarina Leigh Waters in REDCON-1

Myca from The Crow

Myca is one of my favorite villains of all time. She is tough, mysterious, proficient in witch-craft and – all-around proper evil. Her sadistic incestuous relationship with her handsome and equally evil half-brother Top-Dollar would definitely have been the inspiration for my planned angle with Paul Burchill in WWE… and I can also relate to her love of eyes.

Mae from Near Dark

At first glance, Mae seems shy, fragile even… but years of living as a vampire has made her tough in more ways than one. Her physical strength is revealed when she easily wins a tug-of-war with Caleb, her love interest- and we soon find out that she is just as much a killing machine as the rest of her vampire ‘family’. However, she is not an evil person and shows it by saving Caleb’s life several times.

Alice in Resident Evil

Who could be more badass than my fellow zombie-killer Alice? Tough, skilled, unafraid… and very bad news if you’re undead.

Clarice in The Silence of the Lambs

Clarice has an inner strength that is in part fueled by her compassion- which sounds ironic but actually turns out to be her hidden weapon. She is the only one that strives to understand Hannibal Lector, and in return is rewarded with the information she needs to solve the case. Still- she is no shrinking violet and the showdown at the end with Buffalo Bill proves that she is a force to be reckoned with physically as well as mentally.

Miranda in Gothika

Miranda literally gets a taste of her own medicine when she is locked up in the mental institution where she previously was a doctor- only to be treated with disbelief in the same way that she reacted towards some of her former patients. The path to the truth is not an easy one as she literally almost has to fight the devil in order to emerge a true heroine.

Ripley in Alien

Everyone knows that there is nobody more badass than Ripley. She embodies the principle of the three B’s: Beauty, Brains, AND the Brawn! And each one of them in spades. I’d definitely pick her as a tag team partner if I didn’t already have one…

Alice in Nightmare on Elm Street 4 – The Dream Master

I think we can agree that Freddy Krueger is one of the most iconic and scariest horror movie villains of all time- now meet the girl who takes him down single-handedly. Through the Dream Master abilities, she takes in her deceased friends’ powers and combines them within her to create a pretty formidable force. You don’t get no cooler than that.

Sarah in The Descent

Dark, enclosed space with no way out- check. Scary, (wo)man-eating monsters- check. Manipulative, lying, cowardly ‘friend’- check. Sarah kills ‘em all! Hell hath no fury… but definitely one of the toughest women around.

Erin in You’re Next

To borrow someone else’s catchphrase: Erin ain’t the lady to mess with! Proficient in combat and survival skills, she sure knows how to beat intruders at their own game, using vicious traps to outsmart them and killing every one of them in the process. Look in the dictionary under ‘badass’- it has Erin’s name right next to it.

Asami in Audition

From demure to deviant, Asami fulfills a fantasy many women can only dream about: slowly torturing their husband and making them pay for past transgressions! Seriously though, this movie has often been heralded as a feminist film, as an example of a woman breaking the misogynistic bonds of her lover and indeed society itself… definitely badass but is she really a suffragette of sorts or just an evil sadist? You decide…



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