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Women Take Back Their Power in These Pink Horror Movies

Pink is the new black.

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Long before Barbie took over the big screen, pink has been a color associated with femininity. Pink for girls, blue for boys.

But that candy color is more than just a cute differentiator. It’s been a symbol of how girls should be seen and how they should act. It’s a soft color, meant to be sweet. But the pastel, saccharine shades aren’t the only pink in the spectrum.

That’s where pink horror comes in. 

Pink horror is feminist horror. It’s the expression of femininity in all its grotesque glory. It takes the essence of the female experience and leans into the terror, the uncertainty, and the unfairness.

But it doesn’t stop there. It dives into empowerment, sometimes exploring revenge, sometimes madness. And these women never, ever wait for someone to save them.

Here are eleven glorious movies that showcase the best of pink horror. 

Carrie (1976)

Down to the pastel pink prom dress that ends up drenched in blood, Carrie is an iconic staple of pink horror.

The entire story is about Carrie figuring who she is—and then fully embracing herself by taking control of her powers and using them to finally stand up for herself.

There’s nothing more empowering than the Prom Queen saving herself—and exacting a little revenge. 

Suspira (1977)

If dance itself may be considered a feminine sport, ballet would be the ultimate expression of that femininity. Everything from the lighting to the atmosphere adds to the eerie dread and ethereal horror in a gorgeous but deeply unsettling experience. 

The Love Witch (2016)

The Love Witch drips in pink, from the technicolor pastels in homage to the 1960s horror films to the modern, feminist storyline.

A contemporary witch brews spells and potions in her gothic Victorian apartment trying to get men to fall in love with her. But the results are more disastrous than successful. 

Gaslight (1944)

One of the original movies on the horror of the feminine experience, the story follows one woman’s descent into possible madness. Only, it’s the cruelty of her husband as he tries to gain control of her for her family jewels.

Almost one hundred years later, it’s still an experience too many women are familiar with and that makes it resonate so much deeper. 

The Last Night in Soho (2021)

Fashion has always been the world of the feminine but that doesn’t mean women have always been safe within that space. Ellie finds out first-hand how menacing pursuing your dreams can be when she moves to London and finds herself traversing time and space to right a wrong inflicted decades prior. 

Promising Young Women (2020)

Drunk women are taken advantage of every night. Most people look the other way and pretend not to notice.

But when one drunken encounter leads Cassie’s best friend to commit suicide, she’s had enough. It’s one woman’s journey into confronting those who do nothing—and punishing those who deserve it most. 

Jennifer's Body (2009)

There’s nothing more defining in a woman’s life than transitioning from girl to woman. When Jennifer turns into a man-eating succubus, she terrorizes her male classmates. It’s lurid and violent, and oh so fun. 

Neon Demon (2016)

An aspiring model is the essence of femininity. But it’s an industry filled with desire and poisoned by jealousy. When one woman’s youth and beauty sparks both, she learns that being the target of both can be far more sinister than she ever dreamed possible.  

The Stepford Wives (1975)

The pressure for women to be perfect has always been a part of our daily lives. Even after women joined the workforce, the picture of being the perfect wife only intensified.

For Joanna, there’s something unsettling about just how flawless the women of Stepford are. But there’s a horrific price to all that domestic bliss. One that she may not have a choice in paying. 

Don't Worry Darling (2022)

This modern twist on the Stepford Wives adds in technology and takes the thread of toxic masculinity to a whole new level.

It’s an experimental society, one Alice and her husband agreed to join. But when she starts to suspect there’s something dark beneath the surface, it isn’t just her idyllic existence that starts to unravel—she might lose herself too. 

Black Swan (2010)

A dark exploration of how one ballerina’s pursuit of perfection turns into obsession. It’s what happens when talent is pushed to the edge.

When does what others want transform into what you want? And when those lines blur, who will you turn into?