Part of the thrill of a good horror film is knowing that there will be bumps, jumps, screams, and whimpers as soon as the opening lines are spoken.
In honor of the DVD release of The Woman In Black, we are counting down some of the scariest female roles in horror films. It may be a short list, but it's packed with loads of terror!
5. Mischa Barton in The Sixth Sense - The Sixth Sense is one of the most gripping, scary movies, with a twist ending nobody will see coming! In the film, Cole is a young boy who can communicate with spirits, some that don't even know their dead. With the help of a depressed child psychologist, Cole faces his fears by confronting those that keep coming at him to find out what they want from him.
Mischa Barton as Kyra Collins in The Sixth Sense
Scare factor: Mischa's ghostly character, Kyra Collins, first appears to Cole in his little tent, a place he designates as safe for himself, filled with religious items to ward off the spirits who keep coming to him. It takes a couple of times for Cole to build the courage to face Kyra, and we learn that her character, as well as some of the others, just need some help settling their untimely death.
4. Daveigh Chase in The Ring - The first Japanese horror film to make it big in the US was The Ring. A journalist investigates a mysterious videotape that seems to be the cause of death within a week for anyone who sees it.
Daveigh Chase as Samara in The Ring
Scare Factor: Daveigh Chase took on one of the scariest roles in Japanese horror films. Chase plays the scary girl, Samara, who climbs out of the TV to collect her victims seven days after they see her video. Her devilish appearance and creepy backwards walking will have you screaming for it all to stop!
3. Liz White as The Woman In Black - This film is one of those old-fashioned gothic ghost stories, filled with the right amount of spooks that never let up, keeping you paralyzed with fear to the bitter end! Arthur Kipps (Daniel Radcliffe) is a young lawyer who struggles with work after his wifes' untimely death during childbirth. He is sent to a remote seaside village to settle the estate of a deceased eccentric woman who owns an English manor. The village residents want Kipps to leave as they are trying to conceal a deadly secret. But he refuses, and soon discovers that the house of his client is haunted by the vengeful ghost of a woman dressed in black who terrorizes the locals by killing their children.
Arthur Kipps sees the reflection of The Woman In Black
Scare Factor: The woman in black makes all sorts of paranormal appearances to Arthur Kipps throughout the film, and although you may not actually see her at every turn, her ominous presence is always lurking somewhere in the shadows.
2. Takako Fuji as Kayako in The Grudge - Another successfull American remake of another Japanese horror film is The Grudge. An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.
Kayako in The Grudge
Scare Factor: Kayako is the horrifying ghost who haunts all who come in contact with her house. The scary way she crawls around to her victims along with her open mouth death rattle is enough to leave your knees shaking for hours after the movie is over.
1. Linda Blair in The Exorcist - The film is based off of an actual account of the last known Catholic-sanctioned exorcism in the United States. The film is about Regan, played by then 14-year-old Linda Blair, who is prone to fits and bizarre behavior. When Regan gets completely out of hand, a young priest comes to help and becomes convinced that the girl is possessed by the Devil and that they must call in an exorcist.
Scare Factor: Off the charts horror that settles in your skin permanently! Nothing can compare to the horror people felt when this movie came out. Coupled with the fact that this was based closely to an actual excorcism, and the tactical effects used to evoke bone chilling horror, the things you see from this film will never escape your thoughts! Linda Blair goes down in history as the scariest female leading lady in a horror film to date!
Spooked enough? Get your DVD copy of The Woman In Black now out in stores on May 22.
Which of these haunting girls scares you the most?