“(…)Every girl who could have the power, will have the power. Can stand up, will stand up. Slayers, every one of us. Make your choice. Are you ready to be strong?” Buffy the Vampire Slayer
To celebrate the international Women’s day here is our list of the most strong leads in horror movies. These women aren’t your typical damsel in distress, they are strong, smart and they will stand up to the evil at their doorstep, moving from victim to heroine.
Erin -You’re Next (2011)
Sarah – The Descent (2005)
The Descent is a movie with an all female cast. Sarah start as a mentally broken character who ends up to be the most strong of the bunch. Threaten by unknown creatures in a cave, she will make them regret crossing her way.
Sidney Prescott – Scream (1996)
Laurie Strode – Halloween (1978)
Nancy Thompson – A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
Ellen Ripley – Alien (1979)
No needed for introductions. Ellen Ripley is one of the toughest female character in the horror genre with an unyielding struggle to survive. She is considered as one of the best female protagonists of all time.
Special mention to the tv show Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 -2003)
Into every generation a slayer is born: one girl in all the world, a chosen one. She alone will wield the strength and skill to fight the darkness.
The show was a metaphor for female empowerment, the women roles were strong and some of the men were “feminized”, they were the ones in need of rescue. Joss Whedon the creator of the series says he “designed Buffy to be an icon, not just a TV show”.