Written by J.Weagle
The long running list of the most bad ass, hottest girls in the horror genre past and present continues. If you were curious to know who previously made the list you can check out part six here.
Let’s face it, sex and horror go together like chocolate and peanut butter, It’s almost as if you can’t have one without the other. There is a lot that can be said about the role of women in horror films. Sure, a lot of them are only there to scream, show their tits and than get killed, but at the same time the horror genre has also had some of the greatest roles for females. So many come to mind: Ripley from Alien, Sydney from Scream, Laurie from the Halloween series and on and on. They all portray strong independent women who totally kick ass while looking super hot doing so.
19. Edwige Fenech
It’s almost a damn shame that it has taken me this long to put beloved actor and sex symbol Edwige Fenech on this list. This iconic woman started her career in some of the most beloved sex comedies of all time but really started to become well known when she made the switch to Italian giallos in the late 1960’sand 70’s such as Sergio Martino’s Blade of the Ripper. After becoming a household name in Italian and European cinema she went on to work with some of the true genre masters such as Mario Bava, and Andrea Bianchi in one of my favorites, Strip Nude for Your Killer. She always seemed to take the role of the seductress and more often than not ruled over her male counter parts, completely stealing scenes with her insanely good looks and her ability to be comfortable completely naked on screen. She even came out of retirement in 2007 to take a small role for Eli Roth in Hostel: Part Two. An absolute legend who is without a doubt the sex queen of Italian cinema.
20. Ali Larter
Ali Larter has quietly been getting roles in some of horrors biggest franchises throughout the last two decades beginning with House on Haunted Hill way back in 1999. She followed that up one year later with the always fun Final Destination where she would become one the the main stayers in the early few films in that franchise, returning a few years later in the sequel Final Destination 2. After that she took a break from horror and battling death, but not for long when as she took on the iconic role of Claire in the third Resident Evil film. She would go onto to reprise that bad ass role in two other chapters in the franchise. It’s the Resident Evil movies that most know her for (as well as Heroes) but she also popped up in a few other thrillers such as Obsessed, and The Diabolical. With a very distinct look she has definitely earned a spot in the growing list of iconic women of horror.
21. Barbara Steele
What else can be said about Barbara Steele other than she absolutely stole every scene, in every movie she ever appeared in including both big and small parts. With her sexy mysterious features, long dark hair and eyes that could be both sympathetic as well as terrifying she was the real deal and full horror package. Her breakout role came in the great Mario Bava classic Black Sunday, which to this day might just be her most well known role. Throughout her fantastic career she would work with some true legends of the genre such as Roger Corman, in The Pit and the Pendulum where she worked along side Vincent Price. She would star in some iconic Italian horror throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s such as Castle of Blood, An Angel for Satan, and The Crimson Cult with her dialogue being dubbed as she did not speak English well. Many years later she would show up in the now infamous television show Dark Shadows which only helped cement her in history as one of the most iconic scream queens. Somewhat ahead of her time with her natural raw talent and modern dark almost goth sexiness, Barbara Steele is without a doubt a true legend.