Mia Jones: I hate scary movies so I’m not sure how to answer this one. My imagination has been going wild since I was a wee young lez. So, I guess I’m going to say my favorite scary movie heroine is Jennifer Lopez in Gigli because it was so bad it was scary.
Lesley Goldberg: My favorite scary movie heroine? The girl who a) gets this total scaredy cat to watch anything remotely scary; and b) sits next to me holding my hand and repeating that what’s on-screen isn’t real. When it comes to Halloween movies, I prefer classics like It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown — though the more I think of it, Lucy in her witch costume is a little scary. Someone hold me.
Heather Hogan: I don’t watch scary movies. In fact, I have never watched a single scary movie in my whole entire life. My parents wouldn’t even let me watch Unsolved Mysteries as a kid because I couldn’t sleep for weeks after hearing Robert Stack‘s voice telling me how there were actual axe murderers on the loose.
However,I do have a very favorite horrific Halloween heroine, and that heroine is Cady Heron. Not only did Mean Girls give us the best line of Halloween dialogue ever — "In the real world, Halloween is when kids dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In Girl World, Halloween is the one day a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut and no other girls can say anything else about it" — it also gave us a classic misunderstanding trope in the form of Lindsay Lohan dressed as the Bride of Frankenstein/anex-wife. Plus, of course, Gretchen and Karen: "What are you supposedto be?" "I’m a mouse. DUH."
Trish Bendix: Unlike some of the ladies here, I love scary movies. I’m going to go with my ultimate favorite female protagonist, despite the fact that she eventually gives in to the dark side: Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby.
Rosemary is smart enough to suspect her neighbors are doing her wrong, but still gives them the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, they’re all evil and impregnate her with the devil’s child. At least she doesn’t die, so that’s kind of a win. And what a fierce ‘do!