Some films have protagonists you can’t help but root for.
1. Ginger Snaps – Brigitte Fitzgerald
Brigitte starts out firmly in the shadow of older sister Ginger, but when Ginger starts turning into a werewolf Brigitte comes into her own. She’s resourceful and determined, wanting to stand by her sister but not willing to lose herself in the process.
2. The Evil Dead – Ash
There’s not much I can say about Ash that hasn’t been said already. He’s one of the great horror heroes.
3. American Mary – Mary Mason
I’ve recently fallen in love with this film. Mary is a brilliant, if slightly psychotic, protagonist. She’s smart and tough and you really don’t want to mess with her.
4. Tremors – Earl and Valentine
One of the greatest bromances of all time.
5. Night of the Comet – Regina and Samantha
Two sisters are among the only survivors of the apocalypse and take it all in their stride. “Daddy would’ve gotten us uzis.”
6. A Nightmare on Elm Street – Nancy
Not only does Nancy figure out how Freddie operates, she’s willing to fight him on his own terms.
7. Dawn of the Dead – Peter
Peter is not only great at killing zombies, he’s also a caring friend. Even when he wants to give up, he keeps on fighting.
8. Zombieland – all
It’s impossible to pick just one of the four leads – they’re all badass in their own way.
9. The Silence of the Lambs – Clarice Starling
Probably my favourite horror heroine. Clarice isn’t just an archetype, she’s a real woman. She’s intelligent, vulnerable and able to cope in a field dominated by men.
10. The Devil Rides Out – Richleau
I know I’ve written about him before, but Christopher Lee as Richleau is brilliant. He fights satanists and looks mighty good doing it.