Female Villains We Admire
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Spooky Ladies1 of 11
By Natasha Burton
In honor of Halloween, we've chosen our favorite villainesses to ever grace the big screen. From sinister to silly, these women will get you in the mood for some spooky holiday fun.
The Wicked Witch2 of 11
All we know is … she’ll get you, my pretty! Unless, of course, you throw some water on her. However, as any Wizard of Oz watcher knows, the Wicked Witch of the West’s flying monkeys were way more bad-dream-inducing than the villainess herself.
Cruella De Vil3 of 11
Anyone who’s cool with killing puppies is scary, but with her two-tone hair and billowing fur coat, Cruella really terrifies. Even the animated version of 101 Dalmatians had us covering our eyes as kids.
Annie Wilkes4 of 11
We’ve never been able to look at Kathy Bates the same way after seeing her in Misery. Sugar-coated-ly creepy, cruel and potentially deranged, her character is not only one of Stephen King’s finest, but she made for one of the most disturbing scary movie villainesses of all time.
Satanico Pandemonium5 of 11
Salma Hayek’s character in From Dusk Till Dawn charms a mostly male crowd with a sexy dance, then subsequently — and violently — murders her audience. Scary stuff. What’s truly frightening, however, is how many men can recall exactly where they were the first time they watched Salma’s performance. They’re simple creatures, folks.
Ursula6 of 11
While we love The Little Mermaid’s octopus-lady villain we’re not sure what’s scarier: Ursula’s looming tentacles or the fact that she used the argument that women are best seen and not heard when trying to get mermaid Ariel to give up her voice … and that it worked.
Baby Jane Hudson7 of 11
In the classic over-the-top thriller What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Bette Davis plays a crazy lady who is (literally) insanely jealous of her wheelchair-bound sister, whom she also “cares for.” Her freaky caked-on makeup and wild outbursts make for a grotesque character you just can’t help but gawk at.
Mama Fratelli8 of 11
With her gruff personality, major mean streak and penchant for scaring small children (not to mention imprisoning her deformed son) The Goonies’ gun-wielding lady villain surely isn’t someone we’d want to stumble upon while searching for buried treasure.
Poison Ivy9 of 11
Although the scariest aspect of Batman & Robin was the acting — though, what do you expect when a typically awesome actress like Uma Thurman has spit lines like, “So many people to kill ... so little time”? — we had to include this villainess because of her awesome styling. Uma totally rocked that fiery hair.
Catherine Tramell10 of 11
Sharon Stone’s ice pick-brandishing character in Basic Instinct surely inflicted terror in male moviegoers given that her victims were all men. Yet Ms. Tramell is known less for her murder accessory and more for the accessory of clothing she decided to forgo during the film’s infamous interrogation scene.
Frau Farbissina11 of 11
More silly than scary, this Austin Powers henchwoman’s best attribute is how fun she is to impersonate. Not only are her great accent and signature eyebrow arch amusing to recreate, but her catchphrases are best when shouted, encouraging the film’s fans to proclaim lines as such: “Bring in the fem-BOTS!”
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