Black widows, femme fatales, and seductresses, oh my! The horror genre is built on some malevolent creatures, but none can be more dangerous or terrifying like that of a woman scorned. They may seem sweet, harmless, and even delicate on the outside, but on the inside they are rotten to the core. Whether it comes to matters of the heart, white hot rage, or pure vanity and vengeance, a woman with homicide on the brain should never be underestimated. The following women are just as deadly as they are beautiful.
While these women have the visual allure and tempting appeal to bend any situation to their advantage, things can become quite terrifying if they do not get their way. Igniting passion and admiration is easy, but murder, revenge, possession, and even taking over the planet takes more than a good pair of heels and red lipstick. They are fueled by cunning determination, secretive manipulation, and undeniably willful bloodlust. To prevent hazardous behavior, it’s best to look, but not touch as these Terrifying Women of Horror You Don’t Want To Fall For strut their way across the horror genre.
14. The Minor: Esther in Orphan (2009)
It does not matter how ‘grown up’ she looks in her winged liner, red lips, black slip-dress, and powdered skin, a child is off limits. It should be a no-brainer, but even getting the hots and paying an overwhelming amount of attention toward your minor adopted daughter is disgusting in any situation. John Coleman learns this the hard way in Juame Collet-Serra’s Orphan. It’s a well deserved end, regardless of the twist. He didn’t know what was wrong with Esther and didn’t seem to care. Gross.
13. The New Girl: Mary Beth in The Faculty (1998)
Sometimes when you meet someone the sparks fly and a connection is instantly made. You feel at ease with a total stranger and can divulge your deepest, darkest secrets with them. Just because you sense that assurance, does not mean the feeling is mutual. Mary Beth is the new girl at school. While she fools everyone, especially Zeke, into thinking she is a soft, quiet, reserved gal from the south, the truth is she is off. Way off. Mary Beth has the biggest secret of them all and it’s going to take more than a date around the school supply closet to figure out what it is.
12. The Odd Girl Out: May in May (2002)
You want your partner to appreciate the parts of your entire physique down to your little finger. What you don’t want is a woman who covets your anatomy so grossly she is willing to cut her favorite pieces off. May is a little weird, to say the least. While I embrace the girls who are different from the crowd (aren’t we all?), she is the kind of singular loner looking for love in all the wrong parts. An innocent intrigue could result in several stitches.
11. The Hot Babysitter: Bee in The Babysitter (2017)
Hot babysitters are practically a staple item to every young man’s fantasy inventory. Bee is gorgeous, fun, and cool. Too cool. She is actually so cool and laid back that she hosts ritualistic slaughters in the family room. Eternal youth is hard to come by, and this carefree bombshell will sacrifice anyone who gets between her and her eternal good time.
10. The Mysterious Bride: Bea in Honeymoon (2014)
The honeymoon phase is the one you should wallow in with your newly secured significant other, the time you hold sacred before the hard times come calling. Unfortunately for Paul, his brand new wife Bea is a creature of mystery. She’s the kind who ultimately uses her mate to lock down the birth of something otherwordly and grotesque. Bea’s motives ultimately teach us to get to know one another even after the nuptials have been set… and to invest in some formal outlets of birth control in the process.
9. The Final Girl: Sidney in Scream (1996)
I’m sorry, I had to do it. I had to add the beloved Sidney Prescott, final girl supreme, to this list. Being the survivor of a few attacks from Ghostface has turned Sidney into a one-woman pariah, with her love interests meeting some tragic fates (guilty and not guilty). She’s the kind of girl that is going to make it through to the end, with or without you. When the killer makes his rounds, it’s the person she cares about most that will be at the other end of the blade. Final means final, guys.
8. The Homicidal Wife: Jackie in What Keeps You Alive (2018)
Life insurance policies can be a blessing and a curse. Grieving families may find relief in the funds left behind to support their costs as they deal with the trauma, but selfish wives may see it as an opportunity to make some seriously quick money. Jackie is a sociopathic woman intent on cashing in her wife’s life for monetary gain. In fact, she’s pulled off this act before. Beware the black widows, they’re as deadly as the manipulative, expensive web they weave.
7. The New Wife: Mrs. Van Tassel in Sleepy Hollow (1999)
The newly Mrs. Van Tassel gives a whole new meaning to the wicked stepmother trope. With some serious ulterior motives and bloodthirsty vengeance against the townsfolk of Sleepy Hollow, Mrs. Van Tassel is one lady you want don’t want to piss off. This secondary wife deems herself as the head of the household, anyone who begs to differ loses theirs. She has shady side piece to carry out her bidding: The Horseman.
6. The Girlfriend With Extra Baggage: Katie in Paranormal Activity (2007)
Some girls have a certain X-Factor, that extra appeal that draws attraction and attention. Katie has something attractive about her, but it may not be the special quality you’re looking for in a mate. Katie’s soul was promised to an evil entity as a child, a memory she has since forgotten, that is until her very being begins to conjure up some strange nightly activity in the home she shares with her boyfriend. While everyone carries some personal baggage from the past, usually the ideal mate is not followed by the spirit of a deadly demon waiting to collect their soul. Usually.
5. The Psycho Sadist: Asami in Audition (1999)
Do you think it’s okay to wait and call a woman a few days after a date? It’s not. Tikashi Miike’s adaptation of Ryu Murakami’s Audition portrays the obsession a young, dream girl like Asami takes to levels of violence and dissection. Once she has fixated her thoughts on you, there is no escape except for the sweet release of pain as she physically tortures you into a bag of spare parts. Go ahead and make that call if you want the second date to be sans surgical tools.
4. The Weekend Fling: Alex in Fatal Attraction (1987)
You may think you can pull off a steamy adulterous weekend alone with a young, sexy woman while your family is out of town, but what happens when that woman wants more? What happens when that woman begins to invade your space and life in every way possible? Alex is strong and independent, but her psychotic break following her fling with a family man weakens her to the point of no return. No man, woman, child, or rabbit is safe from her scorned wrath.
3. The Beautiful Stranger: The Girl in A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014)
Sometimes men are quick to fall for strangers. While this may be love at first sight (it was for me), the allure of the dark, caped figure in the shadows is on the prowl for men of a nefarious nature. If you cross her path, be sure your intentions are completely pure. Just to be safe, don’t walk the streets at night at all, leave that business to The Girl alone.
2. The Popular Girl: Jennifer in Jennifer’s Body (2009)
There is always that one girl in high school that all the guys want and all the girls want to be. Jennifer is the shining beacon of teenage perfection and beauty, but her bite is as big as her bark. Sex appeal and materialistic good looks are important, but they come with a pretty gruesome flaw. She can be as cruel as she is vain and follows a potentially problematic diet: Jennifer eats boys.
1. The Woman With A Weird Family: Rose in Get Out (2017)
One of the common misconceptions people will tell you when your relationship reaches a step above serious is that you’re dating the person, not their family. I found that not to be the case, personally, as did poor Chris in Jordan Peele’s Get Out. A weird family can drive a wedge between you and the person you love if enough influence filters through… or if they try to cross-implant your brain with that of a stranger. What could up the ante in this sticky situation? The person you love turns out to be just as weird and inhumane as the people who raised them.
Remember: behind every successful woman is a perfectly hidden butcher’s knife. These women keep their weapons as sharp as their minds and nails. Doves may fly, violins may play, and the wind may blow in slow motion when each of these angels happen upon their significant others, but when they reach frightening levels of terror and evil, their true identities quickly bring everyone back to earth. The Devil used to be an angel too and look at how far he fell.
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