In honor of Halloween, I give you MY TOP FIVE Best Heroines of Horror.
5. Rosemary, “Rosemary’s Baby,” 1968.
Mia Farrow brings it as the delicate woman whose only objective is to save her unborn child from devil worshipers. Farrow delivers as a mother who will stop at nothing, regardless of how the chips may be stacked against her.
4. Nancy Thompson, “Nightmare on Elm Street,” 1984.
Normally, you want distance from yourself and the person trying to kill you. Nancy (Heather Langekamp) pulls him close, thrusting him into a realm where he can be defeated. Well done, Nance. She’s easily one of the first heroines of horror with metaphorical balls.
3. Sidney Prescott, “Scream,” 1996-2011.
Watching Sidney (Neve Campbell) evolve from scared high-schooler to an adult ass-kicker through the four “Scream” films is something to see. She’s the present-day, Jamie Lee Curtis, as far as I’m concerned, which brings me to my No. 2.
2. Laurie Strode, “Halloween,” 1978.
Jamie Lee Curtis may be the first heroine of horror, and it sucks when your bro’s a homicidal maniac set on murdering you. Curtis brought the vulnerability, and “Halloween” devotees, like with Sidney Prescott, watched her evolve into a “take no prisoners” warrior in “Halloween: H20.”
1. Buffy, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” 1997-2003.
I don’t care that this is a TV show. Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) brought the pain to any and all supernatural creatures, demons and aliens that crossed her path. Writer/director/Buffy creator Joss Whedon wanted to launch a character into pop culture who was the antithesis to the blonde chicks who are killed off first in horror movies, and he did it in Buffy. Delivering one-liners while back-flipping and murdering monstrous beasts left and right, Buffy rocked the typecast of “blonde bimbo” out of the water. And this theme song still gives me goosebumps. (Fanning my face.)
BONUS: MY FAVORITE HERO OF HORROR
Ash, “Army of Darkness,” 1992.
Ash (Bruce Campbell) battles the forces of Necronomicon evil with grace, camp and sweet lines like: “Say hello to my boomstick!”