Top 10 Most Terrifying Female Characters in Horror Movies

Top 10 Most Terrifying Female Characters in Horror Movies

Terrifying female characters in horror movies can make a horror movie scary and creepy at the same time. These females will have you looking at the dark corners of your home. Featured in this list created by WatchMojo are scary female characters in horror movies, some are paranormal, supernatural demons or ghosts, and the human characters will still creep under your skin.

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Below this video we listed out each scary horror movie female along with movie details from each horror film.


10 Scary Female Characters in Horror Movies

  1. Old Woman in Bath in The Shining (1980)

    • The Shining (1980)

      Directed by Stanley Kubrick

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      Official Synopsis: Signing a contract, Jack Torrance, a normal writer and former teacher agrees to take care of a hotel which has a long, violent past that puts everyone in the hotel in a nervous situation. While Jack slowly gets more violent and angry of his life, his son, Danny, tries to use a special talent, the "Shining", to inform the people outside about whatever that is going on in the hotel.

      Cast: Jack Nicholson, Barry Dennen, Burnell Tucker, Derek Lyons, David Baxt, Aileen Lewis, Tony Burton, Manning Redwood, Joe Turkel, Scatman Crothers,…
      Genres: Horror, Drama

  2. Mrs. Voorhees in Friday the 13th (1980)

    • Friday the 13th (1980)

      Directed by Sean S. Cunningham

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      Official Synopsis: One summer at Camp Crystal Lake, a group of young counselors begin to get ready to lead campers. Unfortunately for the former, someone isn't happy about what's going on in the camp and enjoys playing kill the counselor. As bodies fall to the ground in the camp, no one is safe.

      Cast: Tom Savini, Kevin Bacon, Adrienne King, Walt Gorney, Betsy Palmer, Ronn Carroll, Rex Everhart, Peter Brouwer, Ari Lehman, Ron Millkie,…
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery

  3. Asami Yamazaki in Audition (1999)

    • Audition (1999)

      Directed by Takashi Miike

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      Official Synopsis: In Tokyo, Shigeharu Aoyama is a widower that grieves the loss of his wife and raises his son Shigehiko Aoyama alone. Seven years later, the teenage Shigehiko asks why his middle-aged father does not remarry and Shigeharu meets his friend Yasuhisa Yoshikawa, who is a film producer, and tells his intention. However, Shigeharu has difficulties to approach to available women to date and Yasuhisa decide to organize a sham audition for casting the lead actress for the fake movie. They receive several portfolios of candidates and Shigeharu becomes obsessed by the gorgeous Asami Yamazaki. Despite the advice of the experienced Yasuhisa, Shigeharu calls Asami to date and he falls for her. But who is the mysterious Asami?

      Cast: Jun Kunimura, Ryo Ishibashi, Ken Mitsuishi, Kanji Tsuda, Ren Ohsugi, Ren Ôsugi, Ren Osugi, Kimiko Tachibana, Tatsuo Endô, Koshio Jindôji,…
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Romance

  4. Mama in Mama (2013)

    • Mama (2013)

      Directed by Andrés Muschietti, Andy Muschietti

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      Official Synopsis: The senior partner of an investment brokerage, Jeffrey Desange, has a breakdown due to a financial collapse and kills several co-workers and his estranged wife. He then kidnaps his two young daughters, Victoria 3 and Lilly just 1. He drives his car recklessly through a winding snow covered road. He loses control of his car and drives off an embankment. He finds an abandoned and isolated cabin where he plans to kill his daughters, but the children are saved by a dark ghostly image. After five years of searching and depleting his savings, Jeffrey's twin brother, Lucas, finds the children that were raised without social interaction and claim that they have been raised by 'Mama'. Lucas disputes the custody with the children's Great Aunt but Dr. Dreyfuss, who is working with the girls, helps Lucas get custody of the girls so that he can still have access to them. Lucas, his girlfriend Annabel, Victoria and Lilly move into a house provided by the institute that Dr. Dreyfuss works for. Lucas and Annabel soon find out that the girls have brought Mama with them and their lives are in grave danger.

      Cast: Javier Botet, Daniel Kash, David Fox, Jessica Chastain, Megan Charpentier, Christopher Marren, Elva Mai Hoover, Isabelle Nélisse, Sydney Cross, Isabelle…
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy

  5. Tristana Medeiros in [REC] (2007)

    • [Rec] (2007)

      Directed by Jaume Balagueró, Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza

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      Official Synopsis: "REC" turns on a young TV reporter and her cameraman who cover the night shift at the local fire station. Receiving a call from an old lady trapped in her house, they reach her building to hear horrifying screams -- which begin a long nightmare and a uniquely dramatic TV report.

      Cast: Javier Botet, Carlos Lasarte, Ferran Terraza, Manuela Velasco, María Teresa Ortega, Pablo Rosso, Manuel Bronchud, Maria Lanau, Claudia Silva, Daniel…
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Mystery

  6. Kayako Saeki in The Grudge (2004)

    • The Grudge (2004)

      Directed by Takashi Shimizu

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      Official Synopsis: Karen Davis, an American Nurse, moves to Tokyo and encounters a supernatural spirit who is vengeful and often possesses its victims. A series of horrifying and mysterious deaths start to occur, with the spirit passing its curse onto each victim. Karen must now find away to break this spell, before she becomes its next victim.

      Cast: Ted Raimi, Bill Pullman, Clea DuVall, Takashi Matsuyama, William Mapother, Takako Fuji, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Yoshiyuki Morishita, KaDee Strickland, Grace…
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery

  7. Demon Nun in The Conjuring: 2 (2016)

    • The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist (2016)

      Directed by James Wan

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      Official Synopsis: In 1977, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to London, England, where single mother Peggy Hodgson believes that something evil is in her home. When Peggy's youngest daughter starts showing signs of demonic possession, Ed and Lorraine attempt to help the besieged girl, only to find themselves targeted by the malicious spirits.

      Cast: Javier Botet, Patrick Wilson, Robin Atkin Downes, Jamie Soricelli, David Thewlis, Joseph Bishara, Jesse Michael Fullington, Steve Coulter, Vera Farmiga,…
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery

  8. Mrs. Sylvia Ganush in Drag Me to Hell (2009)

    • Drag Me to Hell (2009)

      Directed by Sam Raimi

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      Official Synopsis: Christine Brown is a loans officer at a bank but is worried about her lot in life. She's in competition with a competent colleague for an assistant manager position and isn't too sure about her status with a boyfriend. Worried that her boss will think less of her if she shows weakness, she refuses a time extension on a loan to an old woman, Mrs. Ganush, who now faces foreclosure and the loss of her house. In retaliation, the old woman place a curse on her which, she subsequently learns, will result in her being taken to hell in a few days time. With the help of a psychic, she tries to rid herself of the demon, but faces several hurdles in the attempt.

      Cast: Ted Raimi, Scott Spiegel, Justin Long, Sam Raimi, Paul Edney, Bridget Hoffman, Octavia Spencer, Alexis Cruz, Bojana Novakovic, John Paxton,…
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Comedy

  9. Samara Morgan from The Ring

    • The Ring (2002)

      Directed by Gore Verbinski

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      Official Synopsis: Rachel Keller is a journalist investigating a videotape that may have killed four teenagers (including her niece). There is an urban legend about this tape: the viewer will die seven days after watching it. If the legend is correct, Rachel will have to run against time to save her son's and her own life.

      Cast: Brian Cox, Joe Chrest, Keith Campbell, Vincent Hogarth, Daveigh Chase, Adam Brody, David Dorfman, Jane Alexander, Chuck Hicks, Sasha Barrese,…
      Genres: Horror, Mystery

  10. Regan MacNeil from The Exorcist (1973)

    • The Exorcist (1973)

      Directed by William Friedkin

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      Official Synopsis: A visiting actress in Washington, D.C., notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behavior and physical make-up of her 12-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, a young priest at nearby Georgetown University begins to doubt his faith while dealing with his mother's terminal sickness. And, book-ending the story, a frail, elderly priest recognizes the necessity for a show-down with an old demonic enemy.

      Cast: Max von Sydow, Eileen Dietz, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, John Mahon, Ellen Burstyn, Donna Mitchell, Kitty Winn, Rudolf Schündler, Rudolf…
      Genres: Horror