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Video Rewind: The Mean Girls of Horror

Nosy Cora Hallet (Alexis Smith) busies herself by taking a look at Rynn's (Jodie Foster) book

Nosy Cora Hallet (Alexis Smith) busies herself by taking a look at Rynn's (Jodie Foster) book

It's always the girls who are tortured the most when it comes to horror movies and generally for a good reason.

They're bullies.

Behind all of that "sugar and spice" lies the heart of a cruel, cruel, girl and sometimes everything is not always nice.

Trust me, it wasn't rocket science when it came to trying to find them. They were right there, but I tend to think that the girls I've chosen represent the true meaning of the word bitch. No matter how old or young they are.


The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)


I never really thought Rynn Jacobs (Jodie Foster) was a mean girl. Sure, she stands up for herself (but under her current condition you would too) and she has to learn to take care of herself at the ripe old age of 13.

Not only is the world her foe, but so is Cora Hallet (Alexis Smith) her nosy landlord. Even though her son, Frank (Martin Sheen) is a thorn in her side, it's Mrs. Hallet who gets what she deserves first.

Honestly, would you put up with someone just stopping by, picking fruit and then casually walking into the house you're renting and telling you how the furniture should be? I wouldn't.

Mrs. Hallet "stops by" to pick up jars and also nose around the place a bit. She has to remind Rynn that she is the owner of the house and the furnishings are to be in a certain spot and then demands to know where her father is.

Rynn knows all of the right answers and keeps her cool to an extent.

Cora really, really wants to bust Rynn for something and when she threatens her about not being in school, Rynn seeks the information that she needs and busts Mrs. Hallet's chops, before her demise.

Foster and Smith have great fights and you'll definitely be on Jodie's side.


Bloody Birthday (1981)


Most women want to be a June bride, but nine year old Debbie Brody (Elizabeth Hoy) just wants to add bodies to her resume.

As part of a trio born (Billy Jacoby and Andy Freeman) on the day when there's a solar eclipse, these three "precious" children are nothing but a pain in Meadowvale's side. Unfortunately, the town doesn't know it since they put them on such a high pedestal.

Debbie seems to be the mastermind behind certain deaths in the community and given the chance, will pin it on someone else. She knows how to manipulate people and when she asks their teacher, Miss Davis (Susan Strasberg) along with Curtis and Steven respectively, if the class can be excused for their upcoming party, she's refused the request and well, Miss Davis just sealed her fate.

As did Debbie's father, Sherriff Brody (Bert Kramer) when he corrected her a few minutes earlier when it comes to real life murders versus television murders. Whatever you do, don't cross this chick because it will cost you your life and she'll suck you into her manipulative world.


Sleepaway Camp (1983)


It was really hard trying to come up with really who the Grand Dame of horror is and it's a tie.

Congratulations to Judy (Karen Fields) and counselor Meg (Katherine Kamhi) who make many film psycho women look sane. I think these two were cloned from the same mold.

It seems to be hinted at when the campers arrive that Judy may have been a regular nice girl, but over the winter months, not only did she "fill out" but her hormones must have been doing something else since she is the definition of a mean girl.

Margaret White warns Carrie about the boys coming around and Judy gladly welcomes them into her whorenet's nest. She wants action and dammit she'll do anything for it.

Crack a smile? Never.

She likes to slink around the camp with a sour face hurtling barbs at poor Angela (Felissa Rose) in her tight clothes and revealing swimsuits. If you're on Judy's hit list, well, there's nothing much that can be done.

The same goes for Meg.

When she introduces herself in a not so friendly way to the campers, she makes it clear that her name is M-E-G. She's not going to put up with anything (well, unless you're Judy and then the sky's the limit) and she'll eventually get her way.

Judy looks up to Meg and the two seem to try and subtly out do one another until the two get their's. I didn't know that curling irons could be used for other things!

My advice is: if you're being bullied for any reason, pop these movies in and you're blood pressure will go down (I had a supervisor once who was a bully and everyday I watched 9 to 5).


Just don't kill.



Debbie Brody (Elizabeth Hoy) hopes that you can make it to her "Bloody Birthday"

Debbie Brody (Elizabeth Hoy) hopes that you can make it to her "Bloody Birthday"

Judy (Karen Fields) feels the need to slam the volley ball up against Angela's head. Counselor Meg (Katherine Kamhi) tends to agree with her

Judy (Karen Fields) feels the need to slam the volley ball up against Angela's head. Counselor Meg (Katherine Kamhi) tends to agree with her