Sometimes, a good murder needs a woman’s touch. For day 29 of Spooky Season, I wanted to talk about some of the best villainesses in horror films. I’m including female supernatural beings, but not females who are possessed by supernatural beings, because the actions done by the possessed are not their own.
Annie Wilkes – Misery
Whenever I think about female antagonists, Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) is always the first person that comes to mind. She was the epitome of fandom obsession. When her favorite author of all time, Paul Sheldon (James Caan) goes to his favorite cabin to write, she just stood outside to watch him work. If that wasn’t crazy enough, when he gets in a car accident, she takes the opportunity to bring him to her own house, instead of a hospital. Then, when she learns he killed off the fictional character she dedicated her life to, Misery, Annie completely flips out and forces him to write another book and bring Misery back to life. Do I even need to mention the hobbling situation? Annie is every celebrity’s worst nightmare.
Baby Firefly – House of 1,000 Corpses/The Devil’s Rejects
Baby Firefly (Sheri Moon Zombie) has butchered, tortured, and tormented her victims. And she has a blast every step of the way! She is a sadistic psychopath who likes to play with her victims before mercilessly killing them. She scalped a guy, forced one woman to slap another for fun, and tried to shoot a line of cops in a shootout. She’s definitely not one to back down from a fight. One thing that’s unique about her is that, whether or not she’s in a good mood or a bad mood, you don’t want to deal with her either way. She will make your life a living Hell no matter what.
Mary Mason – American Mary
American Mary has my favorite role of Katharine Isabelle’s. Mary started out as a poor soul, trying to come up with the money to pay for medical school. Then, she starts delving into the world of body modification. With only a few years of medical school under her belt, she’s already proven she can be an expert of fulfilling the weirdest desires for her clients. Then, after being sexually assaulted by her mentor, she takes her revenge by practicing tongue-splitting, amputation, and so many horrifying things to him. She’s ruthless, creative in her revenge, and she’s definitely not someone you want to anger.
Pamela Voorhees – Friday The 13th (1980)
Pamela (Betsy Palmer) is one of the most legendary horror killers of the century! After losing her son, Jason (Ari Lehman), Pamela takes her revenge on two counselors who were supposed to be watching him. Years later, after the camp he died at is opened again, she does everything she could to make sure it’s never opened again. That includes murdering the new camp counselors in a horrific fashion. She truly cared about her son and she truly believed she had to avenge his death. She loved her son, but she was very deranged.
Tiffany Valentine – Bride/Seed of Chucky
Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) is a killer who will do anything for love. After Chucky (Brad Dourif), is shot down by a cop, she spends ten years trying to find her love, who transferred his soul into a Good Guy doll. After being transferred into a doll herself, Tiffany doesn’t let that keep her from creating chaos among others. She’s devoted, chaotic, and she more than earned her place on this list.