Last week I published my article about women and children cast as ghosts in horror movies. Since the article received positive feedback from readers I decided to expand on the subject of women in horror. The best way to do that is to answer the obvious question.
What type of women do men fear in horror movies?
But to keep this article short I think I narrowed it down to four of the most common types, let’s count them down.
4) Unnecessarily Violent Female Character
It can be compared to women who have been in abusive relationships feel emotionally invested when watching a movie where a female character is going through something similar. In the same manner men who have been with violent women also relate to abusive female characters in films but they try to hide it a bit. This makes men equally if not more emotionally invested.
3) Evil Dominatrix or Female Torturer Character
In a horror setting this is different as it is planned out and lasts much longer. Think of it as the setting in the SAW films where people were kidnapped and placed in situations facing death. In the same manner if you take the joke out and make a Dominatrix or female torturer completely evil towards men, well that is something men don’t want to talk about. When I have pitched my horror ideas to my friends and I mention an Evil Dominatrix torturing a man to death, every guy cuts me off and says ‘that’s enough dude!’ That lets me know this is a boundary of horror most men are uncomfortable with.
2) Deceptive Magic Wielding Female Character
A woman who has the ability to actually place a Hex on a man or control things around him makes for one of the worst things a man can fear in films. Especially if the magic using woman has no issues destroying his most valuable items in order to have him or make him pay a price for wronging her. Think of it as those rare cases when a man is completely distraught when his ex-girlfriend sets his car on fire. Now, take that same level of destruction and raise it to Gandalf levels!
1) Insane Female Character
I don’t think this is surprising to most but it is probably the most common of male fears. Let me make it clear, I am not talking about a female character who decides to accuse a male character of cheating because she dreamt it or one who decides to read each and every text message on a male characters iphone.
I am talking about the female Hannibal Lecter type of character. The female character that hides her insanity until your guard is down. That is the female horror character that would put terror into the bulk of younger male viewers or readers. The type of female character that decided it was justifiable to kill off the male characters mother and sister because she is the only woman allowed in his life. The type that will break the male characters legs out of love. The type that has an image of the male character becoming her perfect man or she will kill him for resisting. Stephen King’s Misery portrays this type of women in horror character perfectly.
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