My top 5 Villainesses in Horror/SF Horror list

Juli D. Revezzo writes fantasy and romantic stories filled in with elements garnered from a lifetime love affair with magic, myth, witches, wizards, and fated lovers and legend. She is the author of The Antique Magic series and the Paranormal Romance Celtic Stewards Chronicles series, Gothic romance, Lady of the Tarot, as well as a steampunk historical romance. Her short stories have appeared in Eternal Haunted Summer, Luna Station Quarterly, among others. She is also a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour.

Wendy asked me to come here and give you a glimpse of my favorite women in Horror. Trouble is, my mind went blank. How many could I include? What formats are we to pull from? Fictional? Or Films? Or filmmaking? Historical? Can one consider scifi “horror”? As some do? I must say, my writing and my heroines owe much to all of those subjects.

Considering it all, there are a lot to choose from, so in the end, I decided to do what I like to do best and mash my list together. Here, then, is my very eclectic top 5 villainesses, in no particular order.

1. The Alien Queen (From the Alien series). Who else would even think to tear off part of their own body to go after a meal? I know she’s more animal than anything else, so maybe she just works on pure instinct, but ouch!

2. Carmilla, proved vampirism isn’t just for Eastern European men! To young Laura, Carmilla is an intriguing new friend. But she is odd… She seems ageless, possibly can change into animal form, and resembles a portrait of someone centuries old. And young girls all around Carmilla start dying in mysterious circumstances. Yet, she’s charismatic and beguiling.

3. Gozer the Gozerian from Ghostbusters. She has one of the best lines in movie history, I think: “Are you a god?” I wonder how she got so evil, and what gave her such a short temper? (Think of it, if she’d zapped the ghostbusters way too quickly! No sympathy for humanity at all). Why? Was she brought up hearing people worship her from day one? Or did she have to fight her way to her position and won’t take shit, because of her past battles? Hmmm….

4. Jennet Humfrye, The Woman in Black (movie version). She may be an evil ghost woman but honestly, I feel sorry for her. The way her family treated her! I understand it was a different time, and unwed mothers were shunned, but still I feel for her for losing her son and can understand why she would still pine for a child (any child) after death. With a background like Jennet’s who wouldn’t want to revenge from beyond the grave?

5. Rhoda from The Bad Seed. Not only is Rhoda an obsessive brat, but she’s killed people with no remorse? Oh, dear. Not the kind of child you’d want living next door to you, for sure.
Katherine (the mother from) The Witch. Though the daughter fits neatly into the last woman, trend, I think the mother qualifies as a villain in that, from the very beginning of the family’s troubles, Katherine seems to have it out for Thomasin. She won’t hear any explanations, won’t sympathize with Thomasin, (her own daughter), blames Thomasin for all their trouble … and overall just treats her horribly, all because of plain superstition. Who wants a mother like that?

So that’s my list. How about yours? Do you see any of your favorites here?

Thanks, Wendy, for having me here today. This was fun! Fortunately, most of my heroines fall on the good side of evil. They do the vanquishing, more often than not. If you’d like the check them out, some of their stories are below.

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5 thoughts on “My top 5 Villainesses in Horror/SF Horror list

  1. Great list, Juli. I can see where this would have been difficult to put together. I love that you added The Bad Seed. I haven’t seen it for years.

  2. We can’t forget about Countess Elizabeth Báthory de Ecsed, aka the Blood Countess, and her predilection for torture and bathing in the blood of virgins.

    Great list – as a vampire fiction writer, I was pleased to see Carmilla included on it!

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