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 18 – Jon Olson:
Night of the Living Dead (1990)
Leading Lady: Patricia Tallman
Seven strangers are trapped in an isolated farmhouse while cannibalistic zombies – awakened from death by the return of a radioactive space probe – wage a relentless attack, killing (and eating) everyone in their path. Graphic, gruesome and more terrifying than ever!
“This remake of Romero’s classic of the same name is an underrated gem. While it’s true to say that no remake ever stands up to the original (maybe The Thing), this version directed by Tom Savini improves on some of the original’s flaws. One of those flaws is the character Barbara, played by Judith O’Dea in the original and Patricia Tallman in the remake. In the ‘68 version, after witnessing her brother Johnny get attacked and presumably killed, she runs, trips a couple times and hides out in a farmhouse. At this point, mentally she’s fucked and turns into a character that the men have to take care of and almost say “There, there, it’ll be okay”. It’s very hard to cheer for a character like that. In the 1990 version, again, Barbara watches her brother get attacked and all that good stuff. Once she takes refuge in the farmhouse it seems like we are getting the same Barbara from the original. Then something good happens. Barbara comes out of it and even rebuffs Ben (played by Tony Todd) when he tries to coddle her. She grows stronger as the film progresses only to have her plan of escape shot down time after time. Near the climax when she does escape, we see that she was right all along and had they acted on her plan the majority may have lived.”
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!