Hollywood horror films are known for casting buxom beauties on the big screen, but it’s usually scantily clad hotties running through the woods in terror that get the most attention. Playing the main role in a horror film usually goes to a male actor, and female actresses get sidelined as just supporting characters or the unlucky ones that get killed off during the first few minutes.
The films that have featured women as the psychotic maniac are few and far between, and they haven’t always been the hottest celebrities on the market. While Glenn Close played the ultimate psycho in Fatal Attraction, the film was released in 1987 and it’s been quite some time since she was considered one of Hollywood’s sexiest starlets.
Other films have tried to emulate the over-the-top psychotic behavior of past films like The Hand That Rocks The Cradle and Misery, but they often put a different spin on it to divert from the main theme of the film. While Jennifer’s Body was a great way to highlight Megan Fox as the super sexy lead in a film, mixing in the demonic possession took away from the storyline. Anyone would be considered a psycho if they were possessed by a demon and eating those she murdered, so she doesn’t exactly make the list for great psychos in film. Instead, let’s take a look at 10 celebrity hotties that played a great psycho in film, and see how they stack up to some of the older horror flicks that paved the road for these leading ladies.
12 Sharon Stone
11 Mia Wasikowska
Mia Wasikowska seems drawn to film roles that stray from the same old roles in Hollywood. From the Alice in Wonderland film series directed by Tim Burton to Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, Wasikowska isn’t afraid to delve into the weird when it comes to the roles she picks. However, it was her portrayal in Stoker that showed just how magnificent her skills were in playing a psycho.
10 Susan Ward
9 Ali Larter
8 Alicia Silverstone
7 Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman was first introduced to audiences as a fresh-faced youth that had fans rooting for her, even when she was the sidekick to a hitman in Léon: The Professional. While she’s starred in a few films that dabbled on the dark side, nothing quite compares to her portrayal as Nina Sayers in the psychological thriller, Black Swan. The film can be dissected in various ways, with some thinking of the film as a metaphor for what an artist goes through to achieve perfection in their craft.
6 Lucy Liu
5 Rosamund Pike
4 Leighton Meester
3 Cameron Diaz
2 Margot Robbie
1 Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron is far more than just the face of Dior and a drop dead gorgeous Hollywood starlet: She can act. While her role in the Snow White & the Huntsman series didn’t exactly show her as the nicest person, it was her role in Monster that earned her the number one spot on this list. Completely transforming for the character, Theron embodied serial killer, Aileen Wuornos, in every sense of the word.
For those unfamiliar with this real life case, the beginning of the film actually made audiences feel a little sympathetic for Theron’s character. The difficult life of a prostitute, the corruption of the neighborhood cops, and the brutal raping by a deranged customer- it wasn’t like she was a soccer mom that all of a sudden started shooting people at random. However, there were too many deaths on her hit list to be ignored, and too many that definitely didn’t deserve to die. Theron played the perfect psychopath in this film, and it earned her a well-deserved Oscar for Best Actress. While she may not have been the hottest woman on the big screen during the film, she more than proved her beauty when she stepped up to accept her Oscar.
Sources: abcnews, theguardian
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