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 19 – Dan Dillard:
Leading Lady: Sigourney Weaver
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.
“In space, no one can hear you scream. It was the tagline and movie no one was ready for. Evil creatures from other worlds had, up to the release of Alien in 1979, been rubber-suited, low budget, cornball things in Saturday matinee and drive-in sci-fi schlock. And while Stan Winston’s Xenomorph was still a dude in a suit for the most part, it was terrifying. Blame it on claustrophobia, blame it on mood, blame it on atmosphere…whatever the combination that made Alien work, it worked like a sumbitch. I don’t think many would disagree with me that Sigourney Weaver’s Lieutenant Ellen Ripley drove that film. She was a no-nonsense officer who took charge and kicked ass and one of the few characters in film who maintained her swagger and cool even when some of the sequels went squirrely. I look forward to that possible upcoming Alien project Neil Blomkamp keeps teasing (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4462546/), only because Sigourney Weaver is attached.”
An additional note from Dan:
I’d like to say these are my favorites films with strong leading ladies, and they are definitely standouts, but there are so many more. Mostly gone are the days of the virgin final girl, the damsel in distress, the doting and clueless wife, the naked eye candy. As is often the case with these things, the horror genre may be leading the way. So in no real order, my five choices presented throughout the month of February are my absolute favorites. I’m sure most of you will agree, and maybe even say, “Pfft. Those were too easy.” For those people, I threw a fairly obscure film into the mix that I think everyone should watch.
Honorable mentions go out to: Charlize Theron as Aileen Wournos in Monster, Christina Ricci as Wednesday in The Addams Family films, Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie in Halloween, Leslie Easterbrook as Mother Firefly in The Devil’s Rejects, Gretchen Lodge as Molly in Lovely Molly, Jill Larson as Deborah in The Taking of Deborah Logan, and I could go on and on and on.
About Dan Dillard:
Dan lives in Bloomington, Indiana where it is currently cold and wintry. He is the author of Demons and Other Inconveniences, How to Eat a Human Being, Dig, Light as a Feather and others, Dan has been writing his whole life, but there was always an end goal: Movies. After the short stories, came novels, then screenplays and finally, at forty-two years old, he went back to school to get his Bachelor of Science in Digital Cinematography and start putting some of those stories on the screen. His first non-student film is a short drama with elements of horror entitled “Anderson Wake” based on the short story from his collection, Down the Psycho Path. Look for the short film, produced by DeadLight Films in early 2017.
Dan is an alumni member of the horror writer’s group Pen of the Damned.
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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!
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