3 Horror Movies With Great Female Protagonists
It’s finally spooky season! Halloween is just around the corner and with quarantine and the pandemic, going out to celebrate isn’t really possible. A way to fill that time by doing Halloween themed activities is watching horror movies!
Here are my top 3 horror movies with strong/interesting/funny female leads!
1. Jennifer’s Body
Jennifer’s Body starring Amanda Seyfried and Megan Fox, dir. by Karyn Kusama (2009) is a cult classic. It features the two main characters Needy, a nerdy outcast played by Amanda Seyfried, and her glitzy popular best friend Jennifer, played by Megan Fox. The movie takes off when Jennifer gets possessed by a demonic entity one night after going out and has acquired a bloodlust for eating teenage boys. Needy notices the change in Jennifer’s behavior and decides to investigate more on it, but she’s stuck between a rock and a hard place. Was it possible to save her best friend even if she had to make sacrifices she wasn’t ready to make?
I personally love this movie, it mixes a lot of satire and horror. It’s not a movie meant to be taken seriously, so if you’re looking for a light-hearted comedy that still has horror elements this might be the one for you!
2. Ginger Snaps
Ginger Snaps starring Katherine Isabelle and Emily Perkins, dir. John Fawcett (2001) is an underrated teen horror movie about two young sisters who are their school’s outcasts. These two girls have a passion for recreating bloody and gruesome horror scenes, and then photographing it to show their classmates. The older sister, Ginger, is the more adventurous outgoing one of the duo, meanwhile Brigitte, the younger sister, is the more shy and timid one. One night while the two were out, Ginger gets attacked by a werewolf, and the bite she got from it starts changing her into one. Her sister Brigitte, is left to find the cure to save her but she has very limited time before her sister fully turns into a werewolf. Will Brigitte ever save Ginger or will time run out before she gets the chance to?
This movie shocked me a lot when I watched it for the first time. The characters were really different from the main horror movie protagonists I’m used to and I think that’s what made me like the film a lot. If you’re looking for a dark and edgy horror movie that still has comedy elements, I highly recommend this movie!
Midsommar starring Florence Pugh, dir. Ari Aster (2019) is a widely known psychological thriller/horror that features cult dynamics mixed with paranoia and chaos. Ari Aster is a director known for making films that make people feel uncomfortable, he made Hereditary, which is another horror movie that left a mark on audiences. This movie on the other hand is less paranormal and more realistically bizarre. It features Dani, played by Florence Pugh, who goes with her boyfriend and his friends to a midsummer festival in Sweden. They arrive there and off the bat, they are met with events that they never expected. As the days go on, Dani is exposed to more gruesome realities and is faced with a heavy ultimatum. She starts losing her grip on the little sanity she has left and is forced to make a choice, should she choose to stay with these delusional people that call her a part of their “family” or go back home to nothing but loneliness and betrayal?
I heard a lot about this movie way before I watched it, and a lot of people seemed to enjoy it. After watching it for the first time, I was left with nothing but shock and a weird feeling of discomfort and distress. I think it’s important to note that this movie is NOT for the faint-hearted. It spotlights a lot of gory scenes and taboo topics that not everyone will enjoy. On the other hand, if you are a big horror fan and are not easily disturbed by gore, go for it! I think this movie will interest you!
And that’s all the movie recommendations I have for now! I hope you guys have a great Halloween, stay safe!