My Ten Favorite Modern Horror Actresses, Part Two [WiHM 2017]

I continue my top ten with the final five celebrating ten modern horror actresses I’m quite a fan of. The rankings aren’t definitive, nor a reflection on the quality of these actresses, it’s just arbitrary ratings for the sake of the list. These are the remaining five great modern horror actresses making their mark in the horror world in celebration of “Women in Horror Month 2017.”

5. Jane Levy
Levy began her early career charming in her drama comedy “Suburgatory” and since branching out has been making her presence known with great performances in acclaimed horror films. She worked with Fede Alvarez in the “Evil Dead” remake where she gave an incredible performance as a drug abuser possessed by demons in the dreaded cabin, and worked with Alvarez again in the 2016 thriller “Don’t Breathe” as a teenage thief who attempts to rob the house of a blind man who is much more clever and relentless than she realizes. Up next she’ll appear in the much anticipated return of “Twin Peaks.”

4. Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Winstead has proven time and time again to be an actress of immense weight, giving a criminally underrated performance in “Smashed,” and even has shined in films like “Live Free or Die Hard.” Since her debut in the early aughts, she’s been in a ton of genre fare, including horror. She’s proven to be a great in movies like “Monster Island,” “The Ring Two,” “Final Destination 3,” was one of the very few highlights in the “Black Christmas” remake, and even made waves as Lee, a cheerleader suit donning actress in Tarantino’s “Death Proof.” She’s also gone on to “The Thing,” played Mary Todd in “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and in 2016 gave a compelling turn in “10 Cloverfield Lane,” as an injured girl hiding out in a bunker during an alleged apocalypse. Winstead is set to appear in the upcoming season of the acclaimed crime drama “Fargo.”

3. Lauren Ashley Carter
Carter is a stunning actress often remembered beyond her performances for her humongous eyes that make many of her cinematic turns quite haunting. Lauren Ashley Carter has taken great turns co-starring in the acclaimed “The Woman,” and starred in the celebrated 2013 horror film “Jug Face” where she plays a teen running from a cult who wants to sacrifice her to a demon. There was also “Pod,” “Darling,” and most recently co-starred in the Joe Bego’s horror thriller “The Mind’s Eye,” a much discussed tribute to eighties sci-fi horror like “Scanners.”

2. Pollyanna McIntosh
The striking Scottish beauty Pollyanna McIntosh has made her mark in a plethora of movies, most of all horror, appearing in some of the most memorable roles in the aughts. Among many, she’s starred in films like “Bats: Human Harvest,” and gave an incredible performance as “The Woman,” a feral cannibal who appeared in 2009’s “Offspring” and again in the 2011 “The Woman.” Both films were widely talked about, and McIntosh’s turn is bold and disturbing. Among a slew of roles in dramas and comedies, she’s also starred in 2014’s “Let Us Prey,” the black comedy “Burke and Hare” and 2015’s horror anthology “Tales of Halloween.”

1. Fiona Dourif
Fiona Dourif comes from horror royalty as she is the daughter of iconic character actor Brad Dourif. Fiona has gone on to pave a career all her own, while also working alongside her father in the much acclaimed “Curse of Chucky” where she does battle with the demonic doll, and is set to appear in the follow up “Cult of Chucky.” Beyond the “Child’s Play” series, Dourif has crafted a very stand up career with a variety of movie and television roles. Among her genre specific roles, she’s starred, to much acclaim in the HBO series “True Blood,” and films like “Her Last Will,” Patrick Rea’s “Arbor Demon,” “Blood is Blood,” and “Fear Clinic.”

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.