Finding positive LGBTQ+ representation in horror films can be a surprisingly difficult feat. Plenty of low-budget horror films use lesbian or bisexual women to titillate the audience rather than creating fully fleshed-out characters. Other films in the genre use these sexualities as just another "evil" trait for their villains, feeding into negative, predatory queer stereotypes.
This list covers the best horror movies that present their lesbian or bisexual women positively - even if they are the antagonist. Some of these movies, however, may have less-than-savory motivations for including a lesbian or bisexual character. Vote up the most positive representations of lesbian and bisexual women characters in horror.
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Jennifer Check (Megan Fox) is transformed into a succubus following a botched Satanic ritual in which she's mistaken for a virgin and sacrificed. She begins attending school again, seducing and feeding on male classmates to maintain her near invulnerability. Jennifer's best friend, Needy (Amanda Seyfried), intercepts her after Jennifer takes another person's life, and Needy learns of her friend's transformation. The two then become intimate.
Throughout the film, the bond between Jennifer and Needy takes center stage. Needy instinctually knows when something is happening to her best friend, who lives miles away, and the apparent bisexuality of the two characters seems organic within the story. Jennifer takes out all the men she seduces, but she is able to both be intimate with Needy and confide in her without making her another target of her spree. Needy seems to be the only person for whom Jennifer can push down the demon's urges, making the first intimate scene between them informative rather than gratuitous.9220Is this positive rep?
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In a grindhouse feature where an airborne chemical transforms people into boil-infested zombies, the notion of a bisexual anesthesiologist might seem like an excuse for titillation. Instead, Dr. Dakota Block (Marley Shelton) is one of the film's heroes rather than an excuse for gratuitous girl-on-girl action. Her husband, Dr. Block (Josh Brolin), attempts to eliminate her with her own anesthesia needles after he discovers her affair with Tammy (Stacy Ferguson).
Dakota, hands numb from the anesthetics, attempts to save her son not only from the zombies but from his crazed father. After meeting up with Cherry Darling (Rose McGowan), Dakota regains use of her hands and is able to use syringes to ward off infected soldiers. She survives and travels to a safe location to help Cherry rebuild humanity and fight the infected.
At no point is she punished for her sexuality - rather, her bisexuality is just a layer of her character that informs the relationship between Dakota and her husband.7413Is this positive rep?
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In the book The Haunting of Hill House and the movies based upon it, Theo (Claire Bloom) is portrayed as a lesbian. Writer Shirley Hill penned the popular and genre-changing novel in 1959, and the first movie adaptation was released in 1963. In the film, Theo's depiction is even more interesting than the book's original iteration.
While some contest that Theo's character feeds into the "predatory queer" trope, others believe her tight bond with Eleanor is one of the most powerful elements of the film. Theo also survives through the end of the movie without being tormented or targeted for her orientation.469Is this positive rep?
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Miriam (Catherine Deneuve) is a vampire who provides eternal life - but not eternal youth - to those she chooses as her mates. After her partner, John (David Bowie), begins rapidly aging, Miriam begins to groom a new companion. When the young girl is slain by John in an attempt to reclaim his youth, Miriam instead turns Dr. Sarah Roberts (Susan Sarandon), making the doctor her new mate.
Although Miriam is the villain of the film, her actions are rooted in a fear of loneliness and desperation. Her sexuality isn't a ploy, nor is it portrayed as a negative character trait. It's part of who she is and prevents her from limiting herself to one gender when apprising potential mates. She isn't bisexual because she's evil - her bisexuality enables her own survival.309Is this positive rep?