A Damned Take on Women in Horror Films
The Guy’s Point of View!
In honor of Women in Horror Month 2017, I asked six male horror writers for their top-five favorite horror films staring strong leading ladies and why they loved them so much. So, without further ado…
Day 12 – Jon Olson:
The Silence of the Lambs
Leading Lady: Jodey Foster
A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.
“Not only is this a great horror movie, it is also one of the greatest movies of all time. This film has it all. There’s a great story, fantastic protagonists, one of the greatest monsters of all time with amazing portrayals to bring them to life. FBI Agent in training Clarice Starling (played by Jodie Foster) is used to seek help on a serial killer case from another serial killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. The director, Jonathan Demme, did an amazing job filming as he used a lot of facial close ups and character POV’s to allow the audience to truly feel like they were there. Demme also honed in on what it must’ve felt like for Starling to be in a largely masculine world (FBI, Law Enforcement) by placing Starling in shots where she is surrounded by men, who are all taller than her to help emphasize her isolation. The entire movie is an uphill battle for Starling and she survives her own version of the ‘Minotaur in the Labyrinth’ when she is chased around Buffalo Bill’s basement in the dark by the Buffalo Bill himself. We watch her grow from a trainee in the beginning to a full FBI agent at her graduation at the end and endure all of her struggles along the way. It is simply a masterpiece.”
On top of working full time as a Security Checkpoint Coordinator at the Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport and still learning the ropes of being a father, Jon is also a writer of horror and dark fiction. While he writes predominantly about the dark and horrible, he will step out into other areas if the interest is there. He finds enjoyment in expressing his creativity through fiction, poetry, songwriting, painting and thrashing the crap out of his bass guitar.
Stop by my other blogs for more Women in Horror Month content!
Sotet Angyal, The Dark Angel – Dark emotive flash fiction written by me.
Spreading the Writer’s Word – A new Horror Flash-Fiction from a different female author daily in February!
And don’t forget to visit the Women in Horror Month official web site
for more great WiHM8 events and posts!