It’s February at last, and February marks “Women in Horror Month,” a twenty eight day celebration of women’s contributions to horror in all forms and mediums. From directing, writing, acting, graphic art, modeling, etc. The month represents the impact women have made in the horror world. In honor of the month, I thought I’d list ten of my favorite modern horror actresses that are currently making waves in horror film and horror television. This list pays tribute to ten talented, savvy, charismatic, and beautiful actresses that have chilled, riveted, and made an impact in the genre.
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10. Lauren Cohan
Cohan has risen up to be one of the most prominent and entertaining actresses in the horror genre. She made her bang up debut as the British thief Bella Talbot in “Supernatural,” and followed that up portraying fan favorite character Maggie Greene in the Television adaptation of the hit comic book series “The Walking Dead.” She’s worked on the hit series for six years to much acclaim, and has also found time to star in other horror fare like the horror drama“The Vampire Diaries,” and “The Boy” in 2016.
9. Katrina Bowden
Bowden mad her debut in the acclaimed NBC sitcom “30 Rock” and since drifting from the role has branched in to horror films, starring in various titles that have garnered huge fan bases and acclaim. She co-starred in the hilarious horror comedy “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil,” the Asylum Supernatural Thriller “Hold Your Breath,” “Scary Movie 5,” “Nurse 3D,” and the horror comedy “Piranha 3DD” where she got to utter the memorable one-liner: “Josh cut off his penis because something came out of my vagina.”
8. Abigail Breslin
Breslin has managed to come in to her own as a superb child actress in fare like the horror drama “Signs,” and the Oscar winning drama “Little Miss Sunshine.” Since blossoming in to a very strong adult actress, she’s gone on to appear in a variety of films co-starring with folks like Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep. She’s favored horror, though, with memorable turns in the horror comedy “Zombieland,” the supernatural thriller “Haunter,” the kidnapping thriller “The Call,” “Perfect Sisters,” “Maggie,” “Fear, Inc.,” and she even went on to co-star in the much talked about slasher TV series “Scream Queens.”
7. Brea Grant
Grant has a long history as a character actress working in various television shows and movies, initially reaching popularity in the NBC series “Heroes.” Since then, she’s dabbled in the horror genre repeatedly to much acclaim, with big roles in Rob Zombie’s “Halloween II,” “Midnight Movie,” “Trance,” “Ice Road Terror,” “Beyond the Gates,” 2016’s “Alleluia! The Devil’s Carnival,” and “The Devil’s Dolls.” Grant has proven to be a multi-faceted actress, and a favorite among thousands of fawning fanboys, with a keen gift for taking on any role.
6. Maika Monroe
After making her debut in the mid-aughts, Monroe has gone on to co-star in horror fare like “Bad Blood,” the Syfy movie “Flying Monkeys,” and then went on to star in two critically acclaimed horror films. She played the lead role in Adam Wingard’s horror thriller “The Guest” and stunned in David Robert Mitchell’s brilliant “It Follows.” Monroe is a charming and often very passionate actress who can pull off a variety of believable performances in most of the dramas she’s been featured in. She even served as one of the few glimmering highlights in “Independence Day: Resurgence.”
Women in Horror Month (WiHM) is an international, grassroots initiative, which encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries. Whether they are on the screen, behind the scenes, or contributing in their other various artistic ways, it is clear that women love, appreciate, and contribute to the horror genre.