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10 spooktacular movies with strong female characters to get you in mood for Halloween

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Want to get into the Halloween spirit?

From Final Girls to powerful witches, here are some of the best spooktacular movies (and TV shows) that put women front and centre.

The Craft

Four highschool friends dive into the world of witchcraft, what’s the worst that could happen? This 1990’s supernatural teen horror film follows four young misfit girls who cause havoc in highschool as they explore the deadly power within themselves and let it take control. You can also watch The Craft: Legacy for a more modern take on the 90’s classic that brought us the iconic quote ‘we are the weirdos, mister.’

The Fear Street Trilogy

Perfect for slasher fans, the Fear Street trilogy will have you on the edge of your seat as a group of teenagers are terrorized by a series of brutal murders that have plagued the town for centuries. Following Deena, her ex-girlfriend Sam and their friends as they try to survive a witches curse and the bloody murders that follow, the Fear Street trilogy is full of twists and turns that will leave you gasping out loud.

Hocus Pocus

Perfect for the family, there’s no denying Hocus Pocus put a spell on us. Starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker as Salem witches who are back from the dead and out for revenge, the comedy should always be resurrected for Halloween.

Final Destination

Death always has the last laugh but when a teenager has a premonition and escapes fate, it has some work to do. Suspenseful and frightening, the franchise follows different groups of people as they try to evade their death but without fail the Grim Reaper catches up in creative ways. The series stars several strong female characters, including Clear Rivers who cheats death more than once.


Nothing says Halloween like a Scream marathon. Inspired by the real-life case of the Gainesville Ripper, Neve Campbell stars as Sidney Prescott in the sly and witty slasher film franchise which helped create the iconic “Final Girls” trope and redefined horror films.

The Scream TV series also deserves an honourable mention. Haunted by a crime spree that came to a bloody end, the TV show centers around a group of teenagers including Emma Duval, whose life is changed forever as the killer comes back.

The Witches of Eastwick

Three witches duel with the Devil after a stranger arrives in town to grant their wishes. Starring Cher, Susan Sarandon, and Michelle Pfeiffer, the iconic movie explores the theme of female power.

The Alien Series

Flipping gender norms, the Alien series has women at the helm as they fight to survive in space. Heart pounding, nightmare inducing and extremely bloody, watch Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley she’s hunted in a story that blends horror and science fiction.


Based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, Carrie is a cult classic horror movie. As Carrie White takes bloody revenge on her peers after years of bullying, it’s great for a late night scare-a-thon.

Practical Magic

Calling all rom-com lovers! Here’s a spooktacular movie option for you. As Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman fight the stigma they face in town as well as the evil spirit that threatens their lives, it’s the perfect story of how there’s a little witch in all of us.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

What do you get when you combine Sarah Michelle Gellar, some iconic 90s outfits and vampires? A satirical take on the horror universe, Buffy the Vampire Slayer twists the trope of the blonde cheerleader always dying and turns her into the monster slayer. Iconic, quotable and down right fun, it’s a must watch for the spooky season (and don’t forget to watch the amazing Halloween episode in Season 2!)

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