When a father-son pair of coroners (Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch) receive the body of a mysterious dead woman to examine, they recognize (perhaps too late?) that while the flesh is weak, the spirit is very, very willing to terrorize. A fun, twisted little chamber piece that throws lots of curveballs and gives us a female monster that doesn't have to move a finger to spread her evil.
The debut feature of Andrés Muschietti (this year's IT) casts a very skinny man (Javier Botet) to play the mother of all evil moms. The spirit of Edith Brennan may have saved two small kids when they lived as feral children in the woods for several years, but she's not gonna lose custody without a fight in the court of PAIN.
How's this for a monster: The Woman in Black can just convince you to kill yourself in some horrible way, be it setting yourself on fire, jumping out a window, etc. That's the kind of power that only Harry Potter himself Daniel Radcliffe could fight.
Megan Fox starred in this high school horror comedy as a man-eating succubus (not a stretch for the foxy Fox) whose reign of terror her bestie (played by Amanda Seyfried) is determined to put a stop to. Features many of the bon mots that are a trademark of screenwriter Diablo Cody, and is the rare horror film starring, written by and directed (Karyn Kusama) by women.
This Cronenberg-esque film from Canadian helmer Vincenzo Natali follows two renegade genetic scientists, played by Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley, who create a new female genetic hybrid that looks humanoid but possesses physical abnormalities that make her something of a superpredator.
While Eli states bluntly "I'm not a girl," and may have been a boy when she was originally turned into a vampire centuries before, she has the look of a 12-year-old girl all the same. While she shares a tender relationship with young outsider Oskar, her ability to climb hospital walls, summon cats and, of course, do all her vampire stuff makes her a force to be reckoned with and an enemy of bullies everywhere.
A staple of the original video games, the Dark Nurses of Silent Hill, you better hope these disfigured hospital employees don't get the Florence Nightingale effect for you!
This wrongfully-murdered widow by the name of Matilda Dixon was horribly burned in a fire, and if you take one glance at her spirit you are marked for vengeance. By the end of this film many unfortunate townspeople feel that wraith.
The Ring series revolves around a videotape that kills anyone who watches it after seven days, but it's not the tape itself that kills you but Samara, a seriously disturbed girls with supernatural abilities who was thrown down a well for what we later realize was good reason.
The resident Queen Vampire of Mexico's Titty Twister bar, Santanico (the lovely Salma Hayek) uses her human form to seduce her victims, then transforms into her reptilian vampiric form to finish the job.
Another female creature that uses her powers of seduction to kill men is Sil (Natasha Henstridge), a creature created in a lab by hubristic scientists trying to create a human/alien hybrid. The result looks like a human but rapidly matures to a woman in a matter of months, and she's desperate to procreate...
Known as "Braindead" everywhere besides the US, Peter Jackson's Oedipal nightmare of a horror comedy features a henpecked young man hounded by his nagging mother (Elizabeth Moody) even after she becomes a flesh-eating zombie and (eventually) a giant super zombie!
James Cameron's 1986 sequel explained just who created all those eggs in the cargo hold in the original Alien, an explanation annoyingly undone by Ridley Scott's recent Alien: Covenant. As for the bitch herself, she's a masterful extension of the original design executed by Cameron and the late Stan Winston.
Making the big bad of the bro-tastic Ghostbusters a woman was a cool idea, and as played by Serbian model Slavitza Jovan she's a slinky evil deity who you would happily cross the streams for.
This loony Canadian Omen rip-off follows a Quebec family that moves into a new house that's inhabited by the spirit of a little girl who burned to death years earlier. For no apparent reason she's evil, and sets about inhabiting the body of Cathy (Randi Allen), making her do all sorts of terrible (and terribly random) things, from making a statue explode to forcing the groundskeeper to get drunk with her. It's nuts, and oh so wonderful.
Brian De Palma became the first director to bring Stephen King's brand of horror to the screen with this tale of a naive young girl named Carrie (Sissy Spacek) raised by a religious tyrant of a mother and who also has psychokinetic powers. While Carrie's intentions are pure, she's pushed too far by her classmates and winds up toasting the whole lot of them. Bad Carrie!
Cinema's all-time great possessed little girl was played to head-spinning perfection by Linda Blair. The combo of Dick Smith's brilliant make-up and William Friedkin's intense direction made this a jarring, scarring experience for '70s audiences.
Predating Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula" by 26 years, Sheridan Le Fanu's "Carmilla" was brought to the screen by the fine folks at Hammer Films as The Vampire Lovers, which was part of their loose Karnstein trilogy. Containing more nudity than a typical Hammer outing, the film features the impeccable Ingrid Pitt as Mircalla Karnstein (aka Carmilla), a lesbian vampire who tangles with Peter Cushing, playing a variation on his own Van Helsing character.