Saturday, October 20, 2012


It was incredibly difficult to just pick twenty members of the fairer sex for this particular post. Horror has some of the best looking and sexiest women in the film industry. Granted many of them meet an untimely end, but nonetheless horror knows how to kill a beauty.  Like I said, it was exceedingly difficult to pick just twenty.
But here goes:

This English beauty has made a name for herself in horror as the vampire Selene in the Underworld film series (2003, 2006, 2009, 2012), but she has done other genre films, including Van Helsing (2004), Haunted (1995), Whiteout (2009), Vacancy (2007), and was most recently seen in the remake of Total Recall (2012).

Hailing from Umbria, Italy, Bellucci starred in one of the most controversial films of our time, Irréversible, in which she is the victim of a violent rape. She also was one of Count Dracula's s brides in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), and has also been seen in Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001), The Brothers Grimm (2005), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Matrix Revolutions (2003) as well as many French films - including a cameo in the disturbing and bizarre Sheitan.

This lovely lady should need no introduction to horror fans.  Her body of work (and her body in general) have made her a staple in horror films and at the top of everyone's sexy list.  Some of the films she has starred in: The Fog (1980),  Escape From New York (1981), Swamp Thing (1982), Creepshow (1982), Two Evil Eyes (1990), and Terror in the Aisles (1984).

Pfeiffer has done her fair share of genre films, including the above film, What Lies Beneath (2000), Ladyhawke (1985), The Witches of Eastwick (1987), Batman Returns (1992), Wolf (1994), and just this year as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard in Tim Burton's Dark Shadows. 

Pretty much every movie Sheri has done has been for her hubby, Rob Zombie, which would include House of 1000 Corpses (2003), The Devil's Rejects (2005), Halloween (2007) and Halloween II (2009). She also was seen in the remake of The Toolbox Murders (2004) and stars in the upcoming The Lords of Salem - another of her husband's films.

Without this English actress, Italian horror just wouldn't have been the same! Director Lucio Fulci's favorite leading lady, MacColl has even went as far as vomiting up sheep entrails during City of the Living Dead (1980).  She was also seen in Fulci's The Beyond (1981) and House by the Cemetery (1981). More recently she was in House of Voices (2004) and the anthology film: The Theatre Bizarre (2011).

Besides the Transformers movies, Fox hasn't done a whole lot as far as films go.  But one role sets her apart and moves her onto this particular list: Jennifer's Body (2009).  While the film did have a lot of unnecessary goofy (and now dated) dialogue, it was still an entertaining horror flick that really did showcase Fox as just that....a Fox.

A Polish actress who lived through her own horror as a youth (being in a concentration camp), who would have thought she'd be interested in making horror films?  But she was prolific in her acting and starred in several horror movies in the 1970's.  The Vampire Lovers (1970), Countess Dracula (1971), The House that Dripped Blood (1971), and The Wicker Man (1973).

Mostly known for romantic comedies and light drama, Hudson switched gears and starred in 2005's The Skeleton Key.
Anything to do with voodoo is cool with me, so she had to get on here somewhere!

Not just another pretty face,  Novak made an impression starring as one of Alfred Hitchcock's famous blondes in Vertigo (1958), in which she played a mysterious woman that Jimmy Stewart has his eye on.  She teamed up again with Stewart in Bell, Book and Candle - a lighthearted comedy about witchcraft.  Of note, she also starred in the Agatha Christie adaptation, The Mirror Crack'd (1980).

Most of Dushku's claim to fame comes from television within the realm of the horror genre, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Tru Calling and Dollhouse.  But she also did the films Wrong Turn (2003), The Alphabet Killer (2008), Open Graves (2009), and Soul Survivors (2001)

Another of Hitchcock's signature blondes, Kelly starred in a trifecta of the master's films:  Dial M for Murder (1954), Rear Window (1954), and To Catch a Thief (1955)  - all before she ran off and became a princess.

Though she's only been in a few horror films: The Faculty (1998) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006), Brewster is pretty hard to forget.  Hopefully she'll set her sights on something other than another Fast & Furious film...

Allen has done her fair share of horror (then again, being married to Brian De Palma for a time may be part of that reason).  She counts Carrie (1976), Dressed to Kill (1980), Blow Out (1981), Terror in the Aisles (1984), Robocop (1987), Poltergeist III (1988), Robocop 2 (1990), Robocop III (1993), and Children of the Corn 666: Issac's Return (1999) among her horror credits.

The spectacularly gorgeous Hayek stunned both men and women alike in her role as a dancing vampire in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996). But she was also in Desperado (1995), The Hunchback (1997), The Faculty (1998), Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009), and Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003).
The rough and sexy beauty of Maria Bello shines through in all her work, in particular the horror films she has done, which include Secret Window (2004), The Dark (2005), A History of Violence (2005), The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008), and Butterfly on a Wheel (2007, a.k.a. Shattered).

Another British actress who was famous for making Italian horror films, Steele is a raven-haired beauty who made classic films that people still enjoy to this day.  Her impressive catalog of films include: Black Sunday (1960), The Ghost (1963), The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962), Castle of Blood (1964), Nighmare Castle (1965), Shivers (1975), Piranha (1978), Silent Scream (1980), and many more!

Natural good looks and a heavenly body make Cerina Vincent a prime choice for this list. Some of the films she has been in include Return to House on Haunted Hill (2007), Sasquatch Mountain (2006), It Waits (2005),  and of course- Cabin Fever (2002), where it's okay to shoot squirrels "cause they're gay!" and shaving your legs can prove to be your undoing.

No list would be complete without one of our current "scream queens".  Harris has been making horror films since she was a little girl and made Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Myers (1988). From there she has made Halloween V: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989), Urban Legend (1998), Halloween (2007), Halloween II (2009), Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet (2009), The Black Waters of Echo Pond (2009), Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer (2010), Hatchet II (2010), Stake Land (2010), Chrome Skull: Laid to Rest 2 (2011), among many other horror films - and she will star in the upcoming Hatchet III (2013), and Night of the Living Dead : Origins 3D (2013).  Truly she is the genre's favorite leading lady these days.


Vanessa said...

Very glad Michelle Pfeiffer made the top of the list. She (and the scene depicted) was the first to come to mind when I read the title. ;-)

Christine Hadden said...

Vanessa: Pfeiffer is such a different kind of sexy, I can't describe it. She's not like everyone else, and I think that sexiness comes out in anything she does. She's also a very good actress to boot.

Anonymous said...

ADRIENNE BARBEAU is not sexy.Your list has her ABOVE Barbara Steele? Not even close...
You left out many Hammer Film girls worth mentioning like Carolyn Monroe,Hazel Court,Marie Devereux,Barbara Shelley. Also missing Isabella Rosilini and Isabella Adjani, any one is miles ahead of Adrianne Barbeau.

Anonymous said...

wheres erica leerhsen?

Luis said...

This list is rather uneven, mixing classic scream queens (Steele, Pitt) with women who have only appeared in one or two real horror films (Pfeiffer, Fox) or none at all (Kelly).

Christine Hadden said...

Well Luis,
That's why the post is entitled simply "Twenty Sexy Women in Horror" - there is no age limit or a limit to how many horror films they've been in. I didn't get that technical. is MY blog.
But thanks for reading!