The Huddle: Frightening Females

Women can be scary. (Like I have to tell you, right?) Some women, in fact, make the best villains. So this week’s huddle topic: What female villain is the most frightening?

Ali Davis: The Wicked Witch of the West. Lots of villains can frighten the adult you. The Wicked Witch scares the kid in you and keeps it scared for years. The screeching! The cackling! The you’ll-be-dead-by-the-time-this-hourglass-runs-out! The woman does not mess around.

Dana Piccoli: Carrie White’s mom, Margret (played in the movie by the amazing Piper Laurie). Poor Carrie, no wonder she and her dirty pillows finally snapped.

Grace Chu: Either Michele Bachmann or Ann Coulter. I don’t know which one is scarier.

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Heather Hogan: Dolores Umbridge, hands-down. Squasher of inquiring minds, torturer of children, hater of Muggles and centaurs and friendly werewolves, thief of magical eyeballs. Just a soulless, power-grabbing bitch who made Bellatrix Lestrange look like an adorable little puppy. Plus also, Stephen King, who knows a thing or two about terror, said she was the greatest villain since Hannibal Lecter. Just thinking about her makes me want to punch something, mostly her simpering, toady face.

Mia Jones: Cruella de Vil is one psycho bitch. Anyone who can feel alright about killing puppies needs to be euthanized themselves.

Karman Kregloe: The kid in the scariest movie of all time, The Exorcist, was possessed, so I suppose I can’t technically say she’s terrifying. The devil made her do it! So instead I will go with Lillian Farmer (played by Kim Stanley), Frances Farmer’s mom in the movie Frances. Threatened by (and jealous of) your actress daughter’s beauty, precocious intellect, star quality and commie leanings? Have her institutionalized and lobotomized! End Scene.

The Linster: The first woman to keep me up all night (ahem) was Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. The scariest thing about her was that she didn’t see what she was doing as evil — she thought she doing what needed to be done. Nothing is more frightening than a self-righteous person with power.

Lucy Hallowell: Mama Fratelli from Goonies is terrifying. We watched that movie a million and a half times as kids and she never got less scary. I was even had a fear of blenders for years due to poor Chunk having his hand put in one.

Elaine Atwell: Much as I hate to go back to the Buffy trough two weeks in a row, I’ve got to go with Dark Willow as the scariest villain of the entire show. The second her pupils go black she’s ruthless, nearly all-powerful, and incapable of knowing friend from foe. The scariest part is her transformation from the sweetest, kindest lesbian in Sunnydale to a Warren-skinning, reality destroying arch-villain, under the influence of addiction and tragedy. Like a lot of real life good-girls-gone-bad, we’re scared for her as much as we’re scared of her.

Dara Nai: Villains don’t actually scare me. Some need their faces slapped, some need their asses kicked, but Annie Wilkes from Misery is my favorite because she’s a beautiful mix of ordinary and pathological. And she makes me laugh. “He didn’t get out of the cockadoody car!” Ha! Oh Annie, you hobble me. With laughter.

Dorothy Snarker: Maleficent because she was terrifying and also a little sexy and that will only be reinforced when Angelina Jolie straps on the horns.

Emily Hartl: I’m going to go waaaay back into my high school hell and pick Regina George (Mean Girls). She was cruel, conniving and manipulative and all of those qualities placed in a high school setting are enough to make my blood run cold. The politics are terrifying and that broad is the scariest of them all. Thank god I’m an adult.

Trish Bendix: Jennifer Jason Leigh terrified me in Single White Female. When she got the same exact haircut as Bridget Fonda and then stabbed her stiletto into her boyfriend’s eye? She was creepy and crafty, and all the things she got away with could happen IRL, which is what scares me the most. People throw around the words “she is crazy” way too often when sometimes that shit is true!

What villain scares you the most?