We all love a good final girl, but the wicked women really know how to heat up the screen — and these ten female villains make being bad look so good.
Hello ghoulies and goblins, and welcome back to Morbidly Beautiful! I’m Miss J, and I’ve created quite the list for you guys this week! Since last week I did a top ten on final girls, I thought for this week I would do one on Female Horror Villains! There have been so many iconic Femme Fatale characters throughout the years, and I’ve compacted a list of some of the best to ever shed blood on screen.
10. Abby Russel — Nurse 3D (2013)
This is one of those movies that the horror community either really loved or really hated. Abbey Russel is a seductress nurse who has an interesting hobby when she clocks out; she enjoys killing cheating men! Paz Del La Huerta is the actress who plays Abbey, and she gives us a performance that I like to call a hot mess: It’s when you can’t tell if the actor is playing the character that way or if they are just being themselves! It’s not a movie that you can take seriously, but Paz is most certainly interesting to watch!
For the people that enjoyed the movie, we’ve all been secretly hoping for a sequel, however, Paz has gone on record saying that this movie ruined her career. I’m not necessarily sure she had one to begin with, since a lot of drama seems to surround her, but she is still cool enough to get onto this in our number ten spot!
9. Mary Mason — American Mary (2012)
The Soska twins wrote the character Mary Mason with Katharine Isabelle in mind to play the character. She starts off like a normal girl but after being sexually assaulted by her professor, Mary drops out of school and becomes a body modifier and goes into a downward spiral of blood and scalpel; making her one dangerous woman.
This movie is the first to have so much Body modifications since Hellraiser. Interestingly, the Soska twins named character Billy Barker after Clive Barker, who wrote and directed that horror classic. American Mary definitely knows how to wield a needle, and that’s why she is on this list!
8. Mary Shaw — Dead Silence (2007)
I’m starting to see a pattern here…stay away from Marys! This was one of my favorite horror movies to come out in the 2000s despite its box office failure. Mary Shaw was played by the hauntingly classic Judith Roberts and was directed by none other than James Wan, a legend amongst the horror community. Mary Shaw was a successful ventriloquist when a little boy accused her in front of a full audience that he could see her lips moving.
The little boy ends up dead and angry parents go after Mary Shaw. She is buried with all her dolls and plagues the town in ghost form. The town’s descendants are forever cursed, and even moving far away won’t stop her from haunting them! Mary Shaw makes us want to scream, and that’s why she made it to the list!
7. Santanico Pandemonium — From Dusk till Dawn (1996)
How spicy is our next female villain? Salma Hayek plays vampire Santanico in this Robert Rodriguez directed movie. Salma gives us a sexual and sultry performance as Santanico, who is a dancer by day and Vampire by night. In the movie, we see Santanico give a dance performance with an Albino Burmese Python wrapped around her, but Salma had a real phobia of snakes. It was so bad that she didn’t think she could take the part.
But after some coaxing by the director, Salma spend two months with therapists to overcome her fear. Now that is dedication! She also free-styled her dance scene and didn’t have any choreography or previous training to go by; she simply felt the music. She compels us using her body to lure her way onto this list!
6. Akasha — Queen of the Damned (2002)
This was the last work of the beautiful and talented Aaliyah; and she gave us such an iconic performance to remember her by. She unfortunately passed away in a plane crash before the final stages of editing. They brought Aaliyah’s brother in and recorded his voice to be dubbed in with hers, so that the film could be completed. Akasha is Queen of all vampires, and she is awakened by Lestat, who she wants to make her King. She has no humanity or compassion for humans and believes they are merely food; and the other Vampires are not impressed by her wicked ways.
Aaliyah’s acting left such an impression that a fan of the movie killed his friend and claimed it was Queen Akasha that told him to do it, which is total insanity. The movie was dedicated in her memory, and she has been greatly missed by her fans.
5. Lucille Sharpe — Crimson Peak (2015)
Jessica Chastain as Lucille Sharpe is the definition of Femme Fatale in this amazing work of art, directed by horror legend himself, Guillermo Del Toro. Lucille is a gothic beauty who doesn’t care too much for her brother’s new wife. Jessica was so dedicated to her character that she learned how to play the piano, and she’s playing it in the scenes you see in the movie.
She was handed the script for Crimson Peak by Del Toro after working together on the horror movie Mama. She was offered the part of Edith, the movie’s final girl, but was much more intrigued by Lucille — and Del Toro agreed. I’m glad a switch was made so that we got to see this bad girl on the list. I am also really excited about Jessica getting casted in the upcoming It sequel that is expected to hit theaters in 2019.
4. Margaret White — Carrie (2013)
The talented Julianne Moore stepped into the shoes of the remake version of Margaret white, Carrie White’s infamous mother, and she did not disappoint! Julianne had to improvise a lot of her scenes with the director Kimberly Pierce, due to Chloe Grace Mortez, the young actress who plays Carrie, being only allowed to work 8-hour days due to her age.
Chris Hargenson is also a villain from the same movie, and many have even considered Carrie one as well, but it’s Margaret White that oozes true evil with her religious beliefs so firmly in place. She is dangerous and will kill her own child if it means getting into heaven, and that’s why she made it to number four on this list!
3. Jennifer Check — Jennifer’s Body (2009)
Megan Fox is the epitome and embodiment of a Female Villain. With her gorgeous raven hair and pale skin, she doesn’t even need a role…she is ready to slay 24/7! Megan plays Jennifer Check, a teenager whose soul is sacrificed by an indie band in hopes of making it big. The only problem is they needed a virgin for the ritual and, well, girl wasn’t even a backdoor virgin; her words, not mine. She becomes possessed by a man-eating demon who will go both ways when the mood strikes.
Megan had a lot of experience for this role, as she was a cheerleader in high school. She gives Jennifer this edge that comes off so sweet, but you can see the evilness just rippling off her, waiting for its moment to strike. Megan prepared for the role by avoiding the sun and losing a few pounds, which in my opinion, she didn’t have to do. She was perfect as this luscious succubus, and that’s why she is number three on our list!
2. Baby — The Devil’s Rejects (2005)
Originally, we get to see beautiful actress Sheri Moon Zombie portrayal of this character in the movie House of a 1000 Corpses, directed and written by her husband, Rob Zombie. However, its really her performance in the sequel that earns her the second spot on this list.
Sheri became so emotionally drained after shooting the intense scene with William Forsythe that she missed two days of filming afterwards. It was a scene that required her to cry, and it took almost 3 hours to film. It just goes to show how much of a trooper she is for coming back for the third installment called 3 From Hell!
Before we get to our number one film on the list, let’s take a look at some important Honorable Mentions: Mrs. Voorhees (Friday the 13th, 1980), Lisa Sheridan (Obsessed, 2009), Ginger (Ginger Snaps, 2000), Annie Wilkes (Misery, 1990).
1. Tiffany Valentine — Bride of Chucky (1998)
Jennifer Tilly plays the love interest of notorious doll killer, Chucky. She brings Chucky back from the dead and ends up being murdered, only to become a doll herself. Jennifer lends her icy voice to the doll and really gives it some personality. Jennifer let the cat out of the bag when she filmed the movie’s commentary. She reveals that when she is dancing for Chucky in the trailer, one of her nipples become exposed; you’re welcome readers.
Tiffany will do anything for her man, and if she must kill a couple people, then so be it. But she will only sleep with someone she loves, and that is why she is number one on the list!