Women have long played an important part in horror history. They have been vixens, heroines, villains, creators, innovators, and so much more. They are responsible for some of the genre’s mores iconic and memorable moments. February is Women in Horror Month and in honor of the occasion we made a list of our favorite women in horror.
For many horror fans, this is the first name that will come to mind. A true legend of the genre, Crampton has appeared in classics such as The Re-Animator and From Beyond. Crampton is still showing off her acting chops with a strong performance in the recently released Sacrifice and a starring role in Jakob’s Wife, which will be making its premiere at this year’s SXSW.
Whether it is in front of the camera or behind it, Grant has proven to be one of the most talented names in modern horror. She wrote (and starred in) the clever slasher Lucky, directed (and wrote the screenplay for) the award winning 12 Hour Shift, and starred in the fun romantic horror After Midnight and plays an important role in the intimate thriller The Stylist. Her work tends to be more about just delivering scares and always contains a deeper subtext.
Darcy the Mail Girl
One of the best parts about horror is its strong community. The horror community is one of the most supportive out there. Horror fans seem to gravitate to each other and there is a great camaraderie. Darcy may exemplify the best parts of the community. She is a vocal horror movie lover who shines light on other fans. She is also a part of some of the best moments of The Last Drive In.
Lauren Ashley Carter
Carter’s amazing performance in 2015’s Darling is one of the most memorable in horror of the previous decade. Bordering on style over substance, it is Carter that helps the film stand out. She has shown her range by appearing as a villain Artik and recently narrated Seth Breedlove’s The Mark of the Bell Witch.
Paulson has been a mainstay on American Horror Story since the first season. She also played the title character in Ratched and played a key role in the cult favorite American Gothic in one of her earlier roles. Paulson has also appeared in many movies, recently starring in Hulu’s record breaking Run. The award winning actress constantly proves her versatility when she appears on screen.
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