Any horror films that don't objectify women?

I'm doing research into the objectification of women in horror films. Does anyone know of any movies that aren't just about T&A and naive girls; films that show complex characters and have less than your average amount of flesh?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The Haunting (original and remake)

    I Walked With a Zombie

    The Dark (2005)

    A Nightmare on Elm Street~Including the first one, a number of women fight back with great skill.

    Skeleton Key~Kate Hudson

    The Innocents~Deborah Kerr

    The Ninth Gate~Emmanuelle Seigner

    Carnival of Souls (original)~Candace Hilligoss

    The She-Creature (2001)~Rya Kihlstedt and Carla Gugino

    Cursed (2005)

    The Ring 1 & 2~Naomi Watts

    The Grudge~Sarah Michelle Gellar's character does try to fight back in the first one, and her sister battles it in the sequel. Nowhere are women used as windowdressing, meaning that they remain clothed. The deaths are not played out at any length.

    Stephen King's Sleepwalkers~Alice Krige

    Ghost Story~Alice Krige

    Fallen (1998)~Embeth Davidtz

    Halloween 1, 2 & H20~Jamie Lee Curtis

    Terror Train~Jamie Lee Curtis

    Wes Craven's They~Laura Regan

    Darkness Falls~Emma Caulfield

    The Fog (original and remake)~a number of them

    Silent Hill~Radha Mitchell

    Pitch Black~Radha Mitchell (sometimes closer to horror than science fiction)

    Curse of the Demon aka Night of the Demon~Peggy Cummins

    Gothika~Halle Berry

    Pulse (2006)~Kristen Bell

    When a Stranger Calls (2006)~Kristen Bell

    The Gorgon~Barbara Shelley

    Van Helsing~Kate Beckinsale

    Beetlejuice~Geena Davis and Winona Ryder

    Poltergeist 1-3~numerous strong women, including the little girl who holds up under attack through three films

    Candyman~Virginia Madsen

    Child's Play~Catherine Hicks

    Below~Olivia Williams

    Route 666~Lori Petty~~There is another actress who has a strong role; both are policewomen.

    Venom~Agnes Bruckner

    The First Power~Tracy Griffith

    Phantoms~sci fi/horror cross~~Joanna Going

    Death Becomes Her~This is comedic horror in which three women have the most powerful roles, with all of the men subservient to them!

    Stephen King's It~The girl/woman Barb is the person who is the true warrior during both fights with the creature.

    Stay Alive~I don't recall any gratuitious nudity in this one.

    What Lies Beneath


    The Company of Wolves

    Stephen King's Silver Bullet

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer~Kristy Swanson

    Bad Moon~Mariel Hemingway

    Ginger Snaps 1-3~I think all three focus on strong female characters though I can't guarantee that there isn't some nudity. The girls definitely are not the usual victims but the ones who take charge~one as a werewolf, the other trying to set things right until she realizes that she, too, must become a werewolf.

    Alien tetralogy~sci fi with monster-aliens~~Sigourney Weaver

    Alien vs. Predator~sci fi with monster-aliens~~Sanaa Latham

    Wolf~Michelle Pfeiffer

    Dracula's Daughter~Gloria Holden

    Daughter of Darkness (1971)~Delphine Seyrig

    Underworld~Kate Beckinsale

    Underworld: Evolution~Kate Beckinsale

    Theater of Blood~Diana Rigg

    She (1965)~fantasy with horror elements~~Ursula Andress

    The Bone Snatcher

    Mimic~sci fi with monster-bugs~~Mira Sorvino

    Jeepers Creepers~Gina Phillips

    Chronicle of the Raven~Gina Phillips and Faye Dunaway

    The Mummy~Rachel Weisz

    The Mummy Returns~Rachel Weisz and Patricia Velasquez

    The Abominable Dr. Phibes~Virginia North (Phibes' assistant)

    Dr. Phibes Rises Again~Valli Kemp (Phibes' assistant)

    I didn't get all of the actresses typed in for the film. Most of these are very strong women's roles, whether they are good or bad, whether they win or ultimately lose. There always have been great roles, even if people don't remember them. It's only the Saw/Hostel-type films that have been regularly exploiting women. Females remained clothed in a lot of horror films.

    I'm certain I could find many more for you. As I think of them, I'll return to add them to the list. There are MANY women out there who don't fall into the "T&A and naive girls" category!

  • 1 decade ago

    The Haunting (1963)

    House On Haunted Hill (195?)

    The Birds

    The Exorcist

    The Shining

    The Omen

    The Amityville Horror

    Night of the Living Dead (1969)


    Gee, I cant think of any. There are probably more horror movies that do NOT objectify women than those that do. The blockbusters probably do today. But the genre is not about blockbusters. MANY horror movies have complex/strong women in them. If you are going to do this paper, you need to start thinking about what films do and do not fit the description. And, you probably should watch some movies to judge for yourself.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The first thing that pops to mind is last year's "The Descent." It had an all-female cast, they weren't stupid, and they kept their shirts on. The original version of "The Haunting" is also pretty interesting, as it had some pretty blatant lesbian allusions that were fairly scandalous for the time. Also, you should look at "The Last House on the Left." It had some pretty crazy gender politics going on as well. While you're at it, what about "The Exorcist" or "Halloween?" Very complex female characters in both of those. Oh, what about "The Craft?" All-female cast there. And you can't overlook "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" - amazing women in that one. "Rosemary's Baby?" The woman isn't the hero, but *wow* what a character. Also look at "Silence of the Lambs" and the "Alien" series.

  • Kate J
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    My favorite horror movie is pretty old, but it is my favorite. It's "Rosemary's Baby." I think Mia Farrow did an excellent job as the innocent wife who slowly becomes suspcious of her husband, neighbors and doctor. People like to call it the horror movie without any horror. But would could be worse than finally realizing you've given birth to the Antichrist. I thought her acting first-rate in this.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Secret Window

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Check out Audition and May for complex female characters.....

    The remakes of night of the living dead (1990) and Dawn of the dead (2004 ) have female characters as "the leaders"

    Alien of course is famous for its bad *** female character, Sigourney Weaver

  • 1 decade ago

    The PROBLEM with alot of horror films- is that they oftentimes DEPEND on the sexy women in them- to take people's minds off of how LOUSY the movie is!!! So if you want to see one that DOESN'T "objectify" the Opposite Sex, you may have to look for ones that doesn't have any significant female roles at all !!!

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    the exorcist when the girl is possessed the ring when the girl crawls out of the tv screen the blair witch in an abstract sense of a woman being a witch. paranormal activity when the woman is possessed by a demon and screams at the tv camera , alternate version when she' slits her throat.

  • 1 decade ago

    'Silence of the Lamb' had a complex, strong female lead (Jodie Foster). 'Aliens' would be another, if you consider that to be a horror movie.

    Source(s): I watched the movies myself.
  • 1 decade ago

    Disturbia is a good one.

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