There are so so soo many amazing female characters in Horror. We have the badasses who save the day while everyone else is running around screaming, while other are the most kick ass villains you will ever meet, who turn ‘final girl’ horror stereotype on top of it’s head!
Then, there are the legends!! The ones you grew up with as a child. The ones who just scream icon!! The ones you most certainly will dress up as Halloween. These icons range from franchise films to children’s fantasy movies, some of which are solo icons while others are icons as a team!! Some of these films might not be deemed ‘Horror’ as such, but they’re still spooky and the girls are still not to be messed with!! Here are some of the iconic females of horror!!
Elvira, Mistress of the Darkness
Probably one of the most iconic Television hostesses, Elvira is a household name for anyone who loved Elvira’s Movie Macabre. Iconic for the gothic black dress and her wickedly vampish appearance, Elvira is still a hit among the Halloween lovers around the world!! You could say she is very similar to horror hostess Maila Nurmi of The Vampira Show.
The Addams Family
Ah, that cute lil dickens Wednesday Addams whose at the special age where a girl only has homicide on her mind. Played perfectly by the young Christina Ricci, Wednesday Addams is well known for her pale complexion and her long, dark twin braids. Also her outfit is probably a go-to costume for Halloween (as well as any other day of year, I mean, c’mon, it’s cute!).
Bride of Frankenstein
The Bride of Frankenstein
The Bride of Frankenstein is of course one of the first and one of the most iconic female characters of horror! Even though she is only in the film for just a few minutes, she makes the most of what little screen time she has!! With her beehive hairdo streaked with white, she is an instant icon!!
Sheri Moon Zombie
House of a 1000 Corpses
Probably not the most memorable out of the whole list but certainly deserves her spot on here. Bbay Firefly is one of my favourite females of Horror with her her cowboy boots, her hillbilly attitude and the ways she’s more than happy to leave a trail of corpses behind her. I do prefer her in House of a 100 Corpses than The Devil’s Rejects, but Sheri Moon Zombie slays in both films.
The Addams Family
Morticia Addams is considered just as iconic as her little hellraiser Wednesday, with her pale skin, black gown and long flowing black locks. Morticia was first portrayed by Carolyn Jones and then by Anjelica Huston who made it her own. Morticia has that timeless look which ended up being inspiration for Vampira and Elvira, however she is also seen as a very strong role model and a feminist icon! Her relationship with Gomez is a goal of mine. They are so perfect!
Winifred, Sarah and Mary Sanderson
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy
With the news that the Disney Channel is planning on doing a remake of this classic is only fitting to include the originals in this list. Every Halloween these three witchy amigos are plastered all over my Facebook and damn right too!! Probably the most iconic witches in Film and TV history (well for children anyway).
Magenta and Columbia
Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Rocky Horror Picture Show is more than just a horror, it’s a cult classic!! The movie created some of the most iconic characters such as Frank N’ Furter, as well as our two lovely ladies Magenta and Columbia. Iconic for their maid outfit and sparkly jacket and top hat, the girls stole every scene they were in, even though they were barely in it!
John Waters is the master of creating amazing, bizarre, unforgettable characters and Beverly Sutphin is no exception! In the dark comedy ‘Serial Mom’, Kathleen Turner plays the eponymous housewife Beverly Sutphin who solves the most petty of disputes with murder. For example, when her daughter is stood up on a date, Beverly stabs the boyfriend with a fireplace poker and pulls out his liver! How can you not lover her?!
Bride of Chucky
‘Barbie, eat your heart out’ – I’ve saved my favourite till last!!! One of my all time favourite horror icons is Tiffany from Bride of Chucky. Voiced by the amazing Jennifer Tilly, Tiffany was the shot in the arm that the Chucky franchise needed. With her bleached blonde hair, leather jacket black lips. Tiffany is an icon in her own right!!