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 28 – Brian Moreland:
Leading Lady: Sigourney Weaver
Alien: After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.
The moon from Alien (1979) has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough?
“I’d be surprised if Ellen Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) doesn’t make everyone’s list. In Alien, she proves she’s the toughest space-trucker on board a spaceship when she plays cat and mouse with a giant xenomorph with acid for blood and snapping, metallic teeth. Trapped in space, no one can hear a trucker scream, or a woman roar. This alien hears Ellen Ripley and she outsmarts it, all while saving her ginger tomcat Jonsey. In Aliens, Ellen faces a whole hive of the spiny xeno-creatures. Ellen warned the space marines, but did they listen? By the end, Ellen taps into the mother-protecting-her-young mode as she fights to protect a young girl named “Newt” and rescue her from the hive. Determined, tough, and resourceful, Ellen Ripley represents the poster woman for the heroic female.”
Brian is an active member of the horror writer’s group Pen of the Damned.
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!