Top Ten Most Terrifying Women in Horror Films!

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Horror Movies are well known for screaming girls as they run for their lives being chased by a murderous Villain.    Women in Horror Movies aren’t always the victims though.  In fact sometimes they are just as evil as the guys, maybe even more so.

Whether they like to tie up and torture their victims slowly or kill them swiftly the ladies can hold their own in the scary Villain category.  The old saying “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”  is certainly true in Horror Films.  So be careful not to tangle with these ladies or you might end up missing a few body parts.

10-   Ginger (Ginger Snaps)

Ginger and her younger sister, Brigitte, like to pose like they are dead and take Macabre pictures of themselves.  Ginger has her first period and gets bitten by a werewolf on the same night during a full moon.   Ginger doesn’t mean to be bad, but her inner wolf comes out and wants more than just a light snack!

9- Baby Firefly (House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects)

Baby Firefly seems to get her thrills from torturing other people just for fun.   Don’t let her pretty face fool you though, she is seriously evil and demented.  Baby Firefly is very skilled on the dance floor and with a knife.  She carves up her victims and laughs about it!

8- Jennet Humfrye  (The Woman in Black)

Jennet’s son was stolen from her by her sister because she was a single mother. Her sister adopted the little boy and then in a tragic accident he died in the Eel Marsh.  Jennet never forgave her sister and commited suicide over the tragic turn of events.  Her vengeful spirit haunts Eel Marsh and the Village nearby by entrancing the children and leading them to their deaths.

7-  Lola (Loved Ones)

Lola and her Father have a very close and strange relationship.  Anything she wants, her Father will try to do his best to fulfill her wishes.   At the moment, she wants the boy who turned her down for Prom, so Daddy kidnaps him and brings him to Lola.  Lola is truly evil and not good girlfriend material.   She gets her kicks by kidnapping guys and torturing them while Daddy watches.

6- Julia (Hellraiser 1 and 2)

Julia will do anything for the man that she loves.  She lies, Cheats, and Kills just to bring her man back from Hell.   Julia seduces innocent men and brings them back to her skinless lover, Frank,  so that he can devour them and regain his strength.  Unfortunately for Julia, the Cenobites have other plans and she ends up as helpless as her lover was.

5- La Femme (Inside)

The Woman will stop at nothing to get back the child that she lost.  Months earlier, The woman and Sarah were involved in a fatal car crash that killed Sarah’s husband and The Woman’s unborn child.

The Woman has come to exact her revenge and take Sarah’s baby for her own.   A bloody battle ensues and The Woman is ruthlessly determined to take the baby any way she can.

4- May (May)

May is a very lonely girl and she wishes she had a friend more than anything else.   She finds a boyfriend and a girlfriend, but May soon starts to reveal her true creepy self, and they are both scared away.

May decides if she can not find friends easily, then she has to make them from scratch.  She is very skilled at sewing and doll making, and stitches up a new friend from “perfect parts”  in no time!

3- Pamela Voorhees (Friday the 13th)

Mrs. Voorhees has never gotten over the drowning of her only son, Jason.   She   carries out her revenge on anyone who tries to reopen Camp Crystal Lake.  She especially hates teenagers that have sex,  drink alcohol, or smoke pot.

She blames teenagers because it was a group of partying camp counselors that let her son die in the lake.  Mrs. Voorhees is quite skilled with a bow and arrow!

2- Annie Wilkes (Misery)

Annie Wilkes is Paul Sheldon’s number one fan, she is obsessed with his novels about a character named Misery.  She finds Paul after he crashes his car on a mountain road and brings him back to her isolated house in the woods.  Paul broke both his legs and dislocated his shoulder in the crash, so he is bed ridden and must rely on Annie for everything.

When Annie discovers that Paul has killed off her favourite character in his latest book, she goes into a rage.  Annie forces Paul to burn the manuscript he has worked so hard on and forces him to write a new book instead.  It turns out that Annie has a very troubled past and he is being held captive by an insane killer.

1- Auntie Ruth (The Girl Next Door)

Auntie Ruth is a widow that takes care of two young girls after their parents die in a car accident.  At first everything seems normal to her friend, David, that lives next door but eventually Meg tells him that Ruth is cruel to her and her younger sister.  Meg tells a local policeman about Ruth’s abuse, and ends up getting caught.

Ruth ties her up and tortures her using a small group of children  in the neighbourhood  to do her evil deeds for her.  One of  the most evil and vindictive female characters in Horror, Auntie Ruth,  is actually based on a real woman that tortured a young girl to death.  Real life is is sometimes worse than fiction!


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      1. Herner Klenthur July 7, 2012 at 3:09 pm

        Great list DirtyGirl

      2. MsGorefiend July 8, 2012 at 12:02 am

        Kick-ass list! I love that you included Lola. The Loved Ones is my new favorite film. 

      3. Kyle Styres September 24, 2012 at 11:08 pm

        no good

      4. Erin V May 12, 2013 at 8:01 pm

        I just picked up The Girl Next Door for 5 bucks, looking forward to seeing it.

        • Herner Klenthur May 12, 2013 at 8:07 pm

          It is much better then An American Crime which stars Ellen Page and is the same story.

      5. paxromano May 12, 2013 at 8:07 pm

        Auntie Ruth is based on Gertrude Baniszewski,, an horrific woman who tortured a young girl in Indiana.. She was also portrayed by Catherine Keener in the film, “An American Crime”.

        • Herner Klenthur May 12, 2013 at 8:12 pm

          Quite right and I liked Girl Next Door much better then An American Crime.

      6. Cat Phillips May 13, 2013 at 11:08 pm

        Good list. I would surely add Asami Yamazaki.

      7. idleprimate October 6, 2013 at 4:29 am

        Kathy bates delivered such a powerhouse performance in Misery.

        The Loved Ones really shocked me. I’m still getting used to the branch ofcontemporary horror that combines stories that are basically about the depraved with truly visceral violence.

        Nice list! I would add the wife from people under the stairs and the mother from Carrie

      8. Patrick Lubben October 6, 2013 at 12:32 pm

        no Carrie White.

      9. Kakihara1 October 6, 2013 at 12:36 pm

        This is a good list. I would also add Asami Yamazaki (AUDITION) to this list as well.

      10. Horror-Movies.ca October 6, 2013 at 12:42 pm

        wow talk about an over sight lol

      11. Jeremy Woodworth October 6, 2013 at 1:37 pm

        this list shows how old and out of date I am but I would’ve added jenifer hills from I spit on your grave and fairuzza BALK in American history x. Scarier than the craft. Amanda Bearse just for teeth alone in fright night!

      12. Pat Noon October 6, 2013 at 1:39 pm

        Pam Voorhees should be number one. Also that should be Mother Firefly not Baby Firefly because Karen Black rules!

        • James Daniel Massey June 17, 2014 at 10:16 pm

          I agree, Karen Black did a great performance as Mother Firefly.

      13. Pat Noon October 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm

        I might also add Mother of Sighs from Suspiria

      14. Andrew Sedlack October 6, 2013 at 2:12 pm


      15. Christine Marie Zust October 6, 2013 at 2:16 pm

        Annie is the best nutcase ever!!..

      16. James Russell October 6, 2013 at 3:01 pm

        I really don’t see Kathy’s character Annie as being terrifying. All she did was kidnap a defenseless guy and broke his ankle. Pamela should have been higher. She actually murdered people. There’s nothing more terrifying than a Mother extracting revenge. Lol.

      17. Sara Duff October 6, 2013 at 5:04 pm

        Sherrie Moon Zombie in Devil’s Rejects

      18. Sara Duff October 6, 2013 at 5:06 pm

        If I really think hard…some real life people are scarier…Jodi Arias.

      19. Horror-Movies.ca October 6, 2013 at 5:38 pm

        @Sara Duff – Real life is always much scarier than anything in the movies…

      20. Elaine Reich October 6, 2013 at 8:37 pm

        Great list!!! I would also like to give a nod to The witch Margaret Morgan if The Lords of Salem. What a great and frightening performance by Meg Foster!!

      21. Anna Minney October 7, 2013 at 3:14 am

        Kathy Bates is the best

      22. Jacob Steinbrook October 7, 2013 at 4:19 am

        Betsy Palmer ftw. But where the hell is Carrie? Unacceptable.

      23. Natalie Otenti October 7, 2013 at 5:15 am

        I cant wait for Kathy bates in american horror story ! 2 more F’ing daysssssss!

      24. Arnold Cuellar December 17, 2013 at 12:00 am

        Pinche vieja bastarda lol Maribel Vega

      25. Derek Cheekinew December 17, 2013 at 12:02 am


      26. Tracy Willis December 17, 2013 at 12:02 am

        Luv this film ..miserys brill

      27. Kenneth Wilburn December 17, 2013 at 12:03 am

        Hobbling anyone…ouch

      28. Alicia Vorpagel December 17, 2013 at 12:06 am

        She was absolutely terrifying in that movie..

      29. Jorge Sanchez December 17, 2013 at 12:08 am

        Misery es la neta

      30. DaRk AnGeL aShLeY December 17, 2013 at 12:24 am

        Great list… another chick to add would have to be the chick from the neighbor, this gurl was evil and had no concern for human compassion whatsoever, anyone was game for her, but awesome list…

      31. Marlow Dorrough December 17, 2013 at 12:27 am

        If you liked her in misery ,you should see her on American horror story

      32. Tena Kirscher Whatley December 17, 2013 at 12:31 am

        Asami Yamazaki from Audition belongs on this list, I say.

        • Herner Klenthur December 17, 2013 at 12:41 am

          good call she was terrifying!

      33. Charles Crowell December 17, 2013 at 12:43 am

        It’s called “hobbling”

      34. Esteban Lara December 17, 2013 at 12:43 am

        Great choices, even though Auntie Ruthie is really scary, my favorite terrifying woman ever would be Annie Wilkes

      35. Jesse Lane Moore December 17, 2013 at 1:13 am

        You forgot Jane from Whatever happened to Baby Jane and Marie from High Tension. Or the chick from Audition.

      36. Sam Moland December 17, 2013 at 1:37 am

        As Mr. MC Says, “HAMMER TIME!!” 😉

      37. Viktor Raion December 17, 2013 at 1:44 am

        :S esa ruca es la neta :v

      38. Don Gowdy December 17, 2013 at 2:31 am

        Check out Deloris Claiborne.

      39. Clint Smith December 17, 2013 at 2:38 am

        American Mary, Asami (Audition), and of course Carrie White should have made the list!

      40. Omar Camacho December 17, 2013 at 3:47 am

        Mysery loves company , I’m your number one fan!

      41. Dan Holmes December 17, 2013 at 4:40 am

        I started watching “American Horror Story,” because of Kathy Bates, and I am now an addicted fan.

      42. Melissa Lawrence December 17, 2013 at 4:43 am

        Were is the cocka dooty paper

      43. Patrick Shawn Lester December 17, 2013 at 5:24 am

        Play Misty for Me!

      44. Catherine Bizarion December 17, 2013 at 5:30 am

        katie bates in misery

      45. Cannibal Jesse December 17, 2013 at 7:41 am

        How did my ex wife not make it on this list?

      46. Kimmie Killerimploder Huff December 17, 2013 at 7:52 am

        #5!! Great choice!!

      47. Patrick Stanton December 17, 2013 at 8:23 am

        In an existential way, I think the other Mrs. Bates should be on there. She’s a whore, Norman.

      48. Oreste Scissorhands December 17, 2013 at 8:57 am


      49. Benzar Angelo Cabactulan December 17, 2013 at 10:05 am

        Misery <3

      50. Naonori Fukusumi December 17, 2013 at 10:29 am

        Ölüm Kitabı (film).

      51. Roxanne Storm December 17, 2013 at 11:03 am

        My best women in horror film is The Exocist staring Linda Blair.

      52. Blank Blank December 17, 2013 at 11:38 am

        Mr. Man

      53. Rainy Nitez December 17, 2013 at 12:40 pm

        I’ve seen it 3 times and love it each time. And she killed that adorable elderly cop at the cellar doors!

      54. Randy December 17, 2013 at 3:24 pm

        Carrie White was in no way evil. Her mother could have easly made the list though.

      55. Eric Riggs December 17, 2013 at 5:29 pm

        She won an oscar for misery

      56. Lola Sandoval December 17, 2013 at 6:16 pm

        Annie Wilkes MY HERO!!!

      57. James Daniel Massey December 17, 2013 at 11:29 pm

        Kathy Bates did a good job as Annie but her character was more frightening in the novel…