As much as I love all horror with reckless abandon, women in the genre often fall into clear-cut tropes: the whore, the virgin, the Final Girl. However, we’re starting to see women slip into more sophisticated and complex horror roles. Do yourself a favor and add these films to your Halloween watch list, and be in awe of some of horror’s best badass women.
1. Green Room
While most horror films spark frustration towards characters’ dumb decisions, Green Room leaves you in awe of the characters’ thoughtfulness and resilience. Among a small cast, two of the main characters are mouthy, smart women, who strike fear in the hearts of neo-Nazis everywhere. I’m not sure what more you could want. I guess you could toss in some punk rock and call it a day.
2. 10 Cloverfield Lane
If you haven’t seen 10 Cloverfield Lane, you’re missing out on one of the best films of the year. Lightyears beyond the first Cloverfield, Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s performance will blow you away, and you’ll be on the edge of your seat throughout this intense ride. I recommend watching with snacks to keep you from biting your nails.