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 23 – Hunter Shea:
Creature from the Black Lagoon
Leading Lady: Julia Adams
A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study.
“For my money, this is the best monster movie ever made with the most beautiful woman ever to grace celluloid. Julie Adams plays Kay, a scientist who accompanies her boyfriend on an Amazon expedition to find the missing link. She’s intelligent and exceedingly brave. Knowing the creature is out to get her, she doesn’t resort to hysterics or swooning (though she does a mighty good screech when the Gill Man comes for her). I met Julie Adams a few years ago and her signed picture is my prized possession, right next to Ricou Browning’s. I think we can all understand why the Gill Man would want to settle down and start a family with her. She was the total package!”
An additional note from Hunter:
You’ll find more strong women in horror films than any other genre. Hell, there are so many fine examples, they even have a name for them – Final Girls. Now, Final Girls come in all shapes and sizes, strengths and weaknesses. My picks for A Damned Take on Women in Horror Films are well deserved props to my favorite Final Girls…
Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. His novels, Forest of Shadows, Evil Eternal , Swamp Monster Massacre , Sinister Entity, Hell Hole, The Waiting and Island of the Forbidden are published through Samhain Publishing’s horror line. Hell Hole was named Horror Novel Reviews #1 horror novel of 2014. His first thriller novel, The Montauk Monster, was released June, 2014 as a Pinnacle paperback, and was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the best reads of the summer.
Hunter is proud to be be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. It is one of the most watched horror video podcasts in the world. Monster Men is a light hearted approach to dark subjects. Hunter and Jack explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun. They often interview authors, cryptid and ghost hunters, directors and anyone else living in the horror lane. Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to get Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits. His daughters have also gotten the horror bug, assisting him with research, story ideas and illustrations that can be seen in magazines such as Dark Dossier.
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!