5. Bloody Mary –American Mary
With the steady rise of feminism, this woman is one of my personal idols. They say “hell hath no fury like a woman scorned” and sure that is true, but I have yet to see someone embrace revenge with such style and finesse. This is a woman struggling to reach her goals, due to the everyday student problem of money, who adapts to her environment. Broke? She uses her surgical talents to make money. Wronged? She uses the same talents to get justice, or revenge, however you want to look at it. Bloody Mary is a survivor, bobbing and weaving like a true contender.
Few people come face to face with hell and get away with it, but Miss Cotton has done it and done so with attitude. This is a woman we watch adapt to the situation without losing her spirit and quite literally her soul. Determined and learning quick, Kirsty manages to cope with not only the loss of her father, a perverted uncle and a murderous step-mother, but the master sadists of Hell too. Using her mind and an all out ballsy determination, Miss Cotton looks into the abyss and gives it the finger.
Madness makes anyone a little unsettling in the world of horror, but Lola takes this to a whole new level. Forget the bunny from Fatal Attraction, this girl goes straight for you, with no warning in the kitchen pot first. Consumed and raised in a realm of obsession, this pain princess would seemingly be comfortable crushing her crush if it means getting the attention she wants. This is one young lady who wears her heart on her sleeve and will stop at nothing to get the boy of her dreams. She may be the poster girl for crazy but she does it well.
A fierce mother figure for the list is Pamela Voorhees, mother of the infamous Jason. Why is she here? This woman is the embodiment of the grief stricken mother who in her state of loss happens to murder not only people responsible for her son’s accident, but folks unlucky enough to visit Crystal Lake. This is a woman consumed by grief and the injustice which ended her son’s life. Driven mad, even if a little mad before, this is one woman who surely cannot be reasoned with. How can you reason with someone who has nothing left to lose?
If you do not know this woman, be sure to get introduced. As horror films go, almost everyone is a victim; Ripley ignores this with an indomitable will just as fearsome as the aliens devouring her crew. From her first appearance in Alien (1979) to her most recent in Alien Resurrection (1997), we are shown a woman with a steel backbone, common sense and a steadily darkening sense of humour. Ellen Ripley is number one on this list not only for her innate ability to survive, but because of how she manages to do so. This woman refuses to die and shows space who the true boss ass momma bear is.
Written by Lola Newman
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