10 of the most terrifying female movie characters
Regan - The Exorcist
Chris McNeil notices strange changes in her daughter, Reagan, and takes her to a hospital to be examined and puts her on medication. Little does she know that her daughter is possessed by a demon called Pazuzu and it’s going to take an exorcism to rid her daughter of its evil.
Annie Wilkes - Misery
Paul Sheldon, a writer, gets into a car crash and happens to be rescued by his biggest fan, Annie, who forces him to rewrite his latest novel and keeps him bedridden. And when Paul dares to try and escape, Annie makes sure he stays put with the use of her trusty sledgehammer.
Carrie White is a shy girl who is abused by her fanatically religious mother, Magaret, and teased relentlessly at school. But what they all don’t know is that Carrie has telekinetic powers and she’s going to get back at all of them.
The Grady sisters - The Shining
Two ghostly little girls who stop Danny Torrance as he rides around the Overlook Hotel on his tricycle and say "Come play with us Danny. Forever and ever and ever."
Alex Forrest - Fatal Attraction
Alex has a passionate weekend rendezvous with a married man. He thinks it's was just a fling, but Alex wants more and begins to stalk him and his family. She calls his home at odd hours, she throws acid on his car, and attacks his family in an obsessive rage.
Esther – Orphan *spoiler alert*
Kate and John adopt Esther from an orphanage after their child is stillborn, believing she’s a nine-year-old girl, but after she almost kills their son, they realise what she really is – a cold-blooded killer with a strange disease that stunts her growth.
Mrs Baylock - The Omen
She comes to the Thorn household to look after little Damien and his adoptive parents think she's the perfect new nanny, but little do they know that they've hired a servant from Satan who was sent to look after the Antichrist.
Belatrix Le Strange - Harry Potter series
The Death Eater is Lord Voldemort's self-proclaimed most loyal (and probably most sadistic) servant. She is the one responsible for mercilessly torturing Neville Longbottom's parents into insanity, and the deaths of her cousin, Sirius, and her niece, Tonks.
Nancy - The Craft
At first, she seems like just another teenage outcast obsessed with witchcraft, but when Nancy receives the power of Manon, she begins to lose all empathy and turns the coven on her friend Sarah. Nancy taunts Sarah with visions of snakes and insects and attempts to make her commit suicide before slitting Sarah's wrists herself.
Nurse Ratched – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The overbearing, cruel nurse runs the psych ward with an iron fist, and isn’t afraid to revoke patient privileges when they displease her. She uses her own brand of therapy in which she humiliates the patients into doing her bidding, and strikes fear with her cold stare.