I thought Jamie's character in Halloween was a little bit dumb. She'd stab Michael, then drop the knife and hang around until he revived. A smart person would make sure he was dead then run like hell, not drop to the ground whimpering right next to him.
The Scream series had two strong female leads.
One word. "Inside".
TWO fierce bitches.
Brilliant horror film.
Intensity which was remade into Haute Tension in 2003.
A second recommendation for The Descent.
Also Shuttle, and a movie called Hunger from a couple of years ago (not to be confused with either the Michael Fassbender film of the same name nor the vampire film The Hunger).
[italic]Hunger is a dark exploration into the breakdown of humanity. How far would you go to survive in the most extreme of circumstances? Five strangers awaken to find themselves trapped in an underground dungeon. They soon realize they are the subjects of one man's sadistic experiment to test the depths of a human being's will to survive. As the days go by with no means of escape, their hunger increases as their humanity fades away.[/italic]
"Barbara" in the remake of Night Of The Living Dead.
Haute Tension was excellent until the absoultely implausible ending. Then you realize it sucked all along.
Dead kid in the cornfield
Me in "Dawn of the Dead"!
Night of the Comet
Nancy in the original Nightmare on Elm Street.
Kirstie in the first two Hellraiser films.
Jenny in Friday the 13th Part 2.
The Relic. It actually plays with the stereotype of the white woman in heels running away from the monster. There's a point in the film--SPOILER--where she takes off her heels and decides to fight back. You know at that point that the monster is through.
Great double feature with "Eve of Destruction"
Sleepless in Seattle.
Let The Right One In
Neither Vera Miles or Janet Leigh are dumb or bitches. But I guess Vera might tow the line of bitchdom.
Only in the good ones, OP.
Tow the line?
"Toe the line"
Geez....I took a shower after I posted and it came to me while I was soaping up that I'd fucked that up. Of course I wasn't able to correct myself before the other DL readers got to me. Oh well.
I, like R38, often feel the need to shower after posting on DL.
Nightmare on Elm Street
If there are, OP, they wouldn't be GOOD horror movies because everyone makes mistakes, even females.
The more flawless and invincible a hero or heroine is, the less interesting to watch and care about; the less suspense which is horrible for horror films.
That's why most movies expose the weaknesses and vulnerabilities of the protagonist -- to be truer to life and remind people that there's no guarantee that the good guys, or gals, will win.
Nancy Thompson of the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET movies was very smart and brave, but she wasn't invincible or omniscient as you seem to need.
Ellen Burstyn is pretty resourceful and brave in The Exorcist
Here's a little newsflash for you, OP, the "dumb bitches" you write about are all characters written by MEN. Men who hate women. As you do. Otherwise, you would know that you had a mother who busted her ass trying to raise your snotty, privileged, entitled, stupid and incapable ass who makes/watches domineering, degrading, insulting and debasing women a past time entertainment in films because he is scared shitless that he is incapable of taking care of himself as an adult without Mommy's help because unfortunately, Daddy was not much of a man and didn't offer any kind of help or example in that regard, because the majority of men checked out in the last fifty or so years the minute women went off to work and started making money rather than face their own fears and live up to the archetype they had been promoting for eons about what a strong man is supposed to be. Nope, soon as women could have it all, the male population took off running carrying their nutsacks, crying in their beer and living out their neanderthal tendencies in football. So making women seem weak has become his ba ba to carry to bed at night and soothe him to sleep, so he can feel that somewhere, the old paradigm is still safe and sound and he is after all, master of all her surveys.
How's that for a horror movie for ya, bitch?
r43 is on the rag
Not exactly horror, but Bujold in "Coma" was the heroine of the piece.
My goodness, R43.
It's only a chat board.
Ok, do you guys actually know any real life lesbians who aren't stereotypes of the Michigan Womyn's Festival? I mean you do understand that I would fuckin' knock someone's block off who even thought about saying word one to any of my gay bros, right? That I would run them over with my Harley and laugh? So deal. I keeps it real.
Um Yves St. Laurent made some killer silk screened caftans that are priceless collector's items. You forgot turban, because that totally completes the look. But that's only around the house.
Tippi Hedren isn't dumb in The Birds.
Wolfen. As an aside, I really enjoyed the visuals in that film.
Jamie Lee Curtis isn't a dumb bitch in Halloween, the other girls are though. (I wrote a paper in college theorizing that that was why Jamie lived and the others died....I got an F and had to rewrite it.)
Agree about JLC in HALLOWEEN. She had no idea that Michael Myers was anything but human. So no need to keep stabbing him after she thought he was dead. She was one of the first ballsy heroines, but just a normal, if repressed, girl.