Horror movies are usually filled with male villains chasing unsuspecting women with knives or other weird implements of death. However, there are some excellent femme fatales in the scary cinematic universe as well. Unencumbered by their smaller size or inability to slam teen campers into trees, several of the ladies on this list are terrifying because most people find them unassuming.
The scariest female horror movie villains are the ones who use their perceived weaknesses to their advantage.
Diana Walter - 'Lights Out'
Unable to endure sunlight, young Diana befriends mentally troubled girl Sophie and endeavors to keep this relationship forever. The newly warped and twisted Diana (Alicia Vela-Bailey) even returns from the dead to bully and haunt her friend (Maria Bello) in adulthood. The phantom also kills Sophie's husband and torments her children.
Diana's rage is hostile; her ability to slip through shadows is terrifying. She's like the malevolent shadow person you always knew lurked under your bed.
Putting aside for a moment that Samara (Daveigh Chase) can manipulate videotape from the great beyond, the most unnerving thing about the ghoul is her indestructibility. She survives in a well for seven days before death claims her. And she can exist anywhere her cursed tape is shown.
Samara wills herself into perpetuity via viral video, becoming effectively immortal and incredibly formidable.
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Edith Brennan - 'Mama'
Edith Brennan (Hannah Cheesman) is sent to live in an insane asylum where her child is taken from her. After stealing the child back and killing a nun, Edith runs from the pursuing mob and jumps off a cliff. She dies immediately, and her baby starves to death while hanging from a branch.
Then in death, the young woman becomes Mama (Javier Botet) – a supernatural entity hellbent on having a child. Mama can disappear into the shadows, hiding from anyone who aims to stop her. The fiendish ghost attacks adults and kidnaps children; it would be unwise to cross her.
Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) seems normal at first, but she is truly unhinged. After "saving" her favorite author, Paul Sheldon (James Caan), from a snowy car accident, Annie carries him into her home to nurse him back to health. Soon, Paul realizes his savior has dastardly intentions.
Obviously twisted, Annie chastises the author for swearing, even though she has no problem breaking his ankles to prevent his escape. Her wide-eyed fits of violence are more than a little unsettling.