Horror films seem to be one of the only genres that have women as heroines instead of dominated side characters. In horror genre women are the ones fighting against evil and men are the ones dying trying to help these heroines. Or perhaps the horror genre uses heroines to differ it self from hero dominant action genre. Or maybe horror films were created to represent the ultimate horror of the dominant
The horror film genre is a movie genre containing multiple subgenres. A goal of this genre includes invoking responses of trepidation and panic from the audience. Many also see recurring themes of misfortune for male characters who perform overt masculinity or sexuality. Psycho-biddy is a film subgenre which combines elements of the horror , thriller and woman's film genres. It has also been referred to by several different terms, which also include Grande Dame Guignol, hagsploitation and hag horror.
The Reflection of Society's Fears in Horror Movies
If young women and girls look to films and other media outlets as a way to see how their lives can end up, the fact that many films show women in a less than flattering light of characters which are the victims of violent crimes. The rape victim, the drug abuser willing to do anything for the next fix or the girlfriend who gets beat down only to be rescued by a big handsome man in the end. In classic cinema, there was a man for every female character.
Film Noir demonstrated the lives of women, the challenges, and emotions these women portrayed while men were away for World War II. However after the return of men, by many of these women no longer saw themselves as temporary replacement of men work roles these women now wanted to continue their lives and continue working. Often the females that are present and well-known, still face a large amount of discrimination. Male directors make more than 90 percent of films, reinforcing the anonymity of women in the film industry.