When you get down to it, most of the iconic killers in the horror genre are male, besides a few exceptions. This isn’t to say female villains aren’t iconic or don’t exist in horror—Pamela Voorhees and Tiffany Valentine, I’m looking at you. Unfortunately, female villains don’t get the same level of PR as their male counterparts, which is a shame because they can be just as terrifying and bloodthirsty. Give the genre a close examination and you’ll find female villains are pretty common…they just tend to be forgotten while people fan over Jason, Freddy, Michael, and Leatherface.
That’s where this list comes in.
By now, you all know how much I love celebrating the underrated and under-appreciated. Previously I’ve written about obscure female horror villains, and while some of the deadly ladies on this list are obscure in some ways, most of them are pretty well known—they’re just undervalued. So strap in and grab your butcher knives. Here are five underrated female villains in the horror genre.