The horror genre is oversaturated with men. Horror has famously centered around the male population, with women usually playing characters the male audience can relate with. This means that often women in horror films play a damsel in distress (like Laurie Strode from Halloween) or a naive girl who is the last one alive, receiving her shining moment when she finds a weapon, which masculinizes her during her fight with the villain.
The characters in these movies harness their distinctly feminine powers after shaking off the stiflingly imposed female ideal of purity or goodness. Society conditioned us to think that women are—or should be—innocent and pure creatures, and that’s why it’s so satisfying and terrifying when a woman embraces the power of femininity and sexuality to become a villain or anti-hero.
We've kept this as spoiler-free as possible as you need to see these films for yourself, but continue at your own (fairly low) risk. See all the best films to spend your Halloween with complex female characters below.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night