the women of elm street


Strong, smart, sexy, and scary… Women in Horror Month 2017 comes to an end…but not really—while the spotlight hits brightest each February, true horror aficionados and feminist genre fans celebrate the importance of female actors, directors, writers, and producers all year round

Fran Bennett as Dr. Heffner in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

Synopsis: A demonic force has chosen Freddy Krueger as its portal to the real world. Can Heather play the part of Nancy one last time and trap the evil trying to enter our world?

Written & Directed by Wes Craven

Horror movies always descend into victim-blaming, let’s be honest. “Oh, why did you reckless teens decide to spend a weekend in a cabin in the woods? Why did you dare have pre-martial sex? Why did you go explore anywhere or do anything? Why did you deviate from the status quo?”

That’s the point, perhaps. God forbid any young adult gets to act mildly rebellious and have fun. 

I dunno, maybe it’s simply the fault of the crazy person swinging the axe? If those “stupid” teens weren’t there, he would just find someone else. 

Because, you know, he just wants to murder everyone in sight. He’s the sick, evil one. 

Everyone else in these films is simply an innocent person in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Remember that time Wes Craven directed Meryl Streep, Angela Bassett, and Gloria Estefan? We do!

You know what I love about slasher films?

It’s usually the chicks that beat the bad guy’s asses.

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There are plenty of more amazing women in horror i know but I can’t find any specific gifs of them at the moment. All the same, these are the role models I aspire to be like. Fighting back, even when scared, and thinking of ways to outsmart the slasher. Women in horror, I give a special thanks to you! And to anyone I missed, this post can be reblogged and add them in because they deserve it!