From Cat-Woman, to Anne Wilkes, to Cersei Lannister- female villains have been some of the most crafty, cruel, and conniving villains of film and television. What I have always loved most about female villains is how articulate they are. Cersei Lannister had some of the best, most wicked, lines of all of Game of Thrones. Ursula and all of the wicked witches and queens of Disney have some of the best songs and costumes of animated villain history. Female villains are not just brutal and crazy like their male counterparts, they are so mean to an intensity that surpasses just barbaric. They are just as charming as they are bad, and it keeps audiences so intrigued in everything they have to say and what they'll do next. I love being captured in the enigma of a bad gal who is always 10 step ahead of everyone else around her, so here is a list of my favorite female villains of movies this decade. And I don't just mean some misunderstood women, I mean these women are straight up bad-to-the-done, morally corrupt, and insane in the most terrifying and fun ways.
It was November 2013 when the initial Disney Frozen film was released in theaters. The film followed two sisters of Arendelle-ian royalty- Anna and Elsa (Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel)- and their strained sisterhood and sense of self coming to full realization and healing. Frozen (2013) captured an essence of magic and familial bonds. Elsa, the new queen of Arendelle, struggled with her self love and repressed emotions, pushed at the hands of her parents because of her unnatural, frozen powers. And Anna suffered, because her sister suffered. Especially after the death of their parents, the two sisters went through painful isolation, from the outside world- and even more detrimental- from each other.
"The Season of the Witch" is the Season of Women- A List of 10 of My Favorite Witch-y Sisterhoods in Film
It's spooky season, it's horror nights. The ghouls and vampires, the monsters and the creepy crawlies, the things that go bump in the night, they all slink out of their shadows for the next month and dominate the night. But before we get into the slasher films, the ancient monster tales, and the classic gore, let's talk about the baddest witches around, who thrive in the season of the witch.
The American Folklore talks about the season of the witch starting at the Autumn Equinox (Sept 23) and lasting until after the Wild Hunt. There are songs that hail this time of the year (Season of the Witch by Donovan) and films and television shows that date back decades- from Bewitched, The Craft, The Witches, and Charmed.