Sunday, February 20, 2011

Women in Horror Month: Hot Smart Chicks

Women have become more prevalent than ever in horror films in the roles of scientists or otherwise experts in their respective fields. And some of them are hot - so that's a bonus for you dudes, right? Here's a list of some of my favorite hot chicks in horror films who also happen to be pretty damn smart.

Elsa Kast in Splice
(Sarah Polley)

I haven't exactly seen the movie yet, but I love Sarah Polley as an actress. She has a wonderful "every day girl" look to her and is always quite endearing to watch. I'm sure the same can be said for Splice as well. I mean look at her up there, doing some science-y stuff. That's hot.

Dr. Susan Tyler in Mimic
(Mira Sorvino)

Entomologists don't sound all that interesting on paper, but Mira Sorvino handles the role well as a woman who creates a bug to kill off cockroaches carrying a deadly disease.

Rowan in Jason X
(Lexa Doig)

This girl looks like she's about 20 years old but somehow she is the head of the cryogenics lab where they will attempt to freeze Jason Voorhees forever and end his reign of terror. Haven't seen this actor before or since Jason X but she fits the Hot Smart Chick category like a pair of red leggings and a skin-tight bare midriff.

Marisa Kendall in Alligator
(Robin Riker)

Okay, so Ramon the alligator that causes all the trouble in this movie was actually Marisa's pet from when she was little, but who cares. They never figure that out in the movie, anyway. Marisa grows up to be the stunning herpetologist Robert Forrester goes to for help and she's right there with him when Ramon is taken down.

Diane Ashley in Kingdom of the Spiders
(Tiffany Bolling)

Hate it when your lady squeals at the sign of a bug in your house? Spider scientist Diane Ashley might just be the girl for you. She picks up tarantulas like they're cute little kittens and immediately gets the attention of the man himself, William Shatner. 

Starck in Event Horizon
(Joely Richardson)

From the family of Vanessa Redgrave and Natasha Richardson is Joely, whom I have loved since seeing her in the phenomenal Event Horizon. She's "space"y in a good way and knows her way around all that complicated spaceship stuff. I love her like pancakes.

Dr. Susan McCallister in Deep Blue Sea
(Saffron Burrows)

She'd be a little too skinny for my taste if I ever swung the lesbian way, but Saffron Burrows in Deep Blue Sea is one awesome chick. She's curing Alzheimer's and gets up close and personal with freaking sharks to get the job done. Tenacity and brains... it's sort of what got her killed in the movie, but at least she looked good doing it.

Dr. Ellie Satler in Jurassic Park
(Laura Dern)

Awww, she loves triceratops and knows about prehistoric plants. That's a "Dr" in front of her name, boys. You better recognize. She's had some hardcore schooling. Plus, Laura Dern? Beautiful woman and underrated actress! Love her.

Bobbi Anderson in The Tommyknockers
(Marg Helgenberger)

There's a different kind of smart here in that Bobbi Anderson is popular female writer of Wild West fiction. And before she got all super-hot on CSI, Marg Helgenberger brought her awesome looks and talent to this character, who is still sexy as hell in this movie even when the alien spaceship forcefields start making her teeth fall out.


  1. I'm loving these choices! Tiffany Bolling = major hotness, and I've always had a Marg Helgenberger thing. And Saffron Burrows - you're right about the skinny thing, but the scene pictured is freakin' awesome.

    Good work!

  2. What a great post! Where have you gone Mira Sorvino?

  3. I really dig Sarah Polley. She was great in the Dawn remake and she's terrific in Splice too. She's also a talented director.

  4. I love seeing smart women in horror--sadly, I have not seen most of these movies. I'll have to look them up!