Our Five Favorite Female Heroes from Horror Movies

Our Five Favorite Female Heroes from Horror Movies

There are a lot of female fans of horror movies. The exact combination of factors that causes this phenomenon is uncertain, but presumably, it helps that there are a lot of heroines in horror movies. Some of the earlier heroines in horror movies can seem rather outdated, but more and more modern horror movies are featuring a wider and wider range of heroines.

Here are five of our favorite heroines from horror movies:

Ellen Ripley

In the late 1970s, Ridley Scott made a choice to change a male lead to a female lead, thus resulting in the creation of Ellen Ripley. Since that time, the character has been one of the most influential heroines in not just horror movies but the field of cinema as a whole. In part, this is because she was a capable lead in her own right. However, it should also be noted that she was permitted to be fully human, as shown by the character being rude, showing signs of stress, and showing signs of trauma in addition to her true heroism.


Ruby was a member of the mutants in The Hills Have Eyes. However, she did not share their cannibalistic practices, with the result that she was instrumental in saving the lives of a number of the Carters. For example, Ruby prevented Goggle from noticing Bobby when he was incapacitated. Furthermore, she was the one who recovered Catherine with the intention of returning her to Doug before sacrificing herself to take out Lizard when he was about to kill Doug in spite of having sustained not one but multiple shotgun wounds.

Clarice Starling

Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs remains one of the most memorable characters in horror movies. Against the odds, she managed to hunt down Buffalo Bill before managing to shoot the serial killer in his basement, but much of the horror of the movie came from its psychological aspects, particularly when Starling interacted with Hannibal Lecter.

Laurie Strode

So far, Laurie Strode has shown up in six Halloween movies, with a further appearance expected for the next installment in the horror franchise that will be released in 2018. With that said, Strode’s most memorable appearance might have been in Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, which saw her taking the fight to her brother after saving her son and his girlfriend from the serial killer. Unfortunately, her efforts were for naught because of Halloween: Resurrection, but on the plus side, it seems that the new installment will be following up on the first movie while ignoring the rest.

Nancy Thompson


Nancy Thompson deserves major kudos by defeating Freddy Krueger on her own as a teenager. She manages this by learning more about the rules by which the monster operates before coming up with a plan that pulls him into the real world. There, Thompson lures him through the traps that she has set before defeating him by stripping his power from him, thus showing the true extent of her understanding.



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