The Anatomy of a Female Psychopath
This week, filmgoers are once again reminded that evil never really dies. However, it’s still one week too early for fans to be terrified by the man who haunts Elm Street and Freddy Krueger doesn’t hold a candle to a furious female without a moral barometer. With this week’s release of the relationship thriller, Homecoming, I thought it would be fitting to examine why crazy women onscreen are so scary. In order to that, one has to observe the reasons why the fairer sex can take an ‘eccentric’ turn for the worst.
Rejection (Fatal Attraction )
Envy (The Crush, Homecoming)
Friends with benefits syndrome (Vanilla Sky)
Fashion (Serial Mom)
Just Because (Basic Instinct)
“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”
In 1987, Glenn Close startled viewers with her convincing performance as the psychopathic mistress in Fatal Attraction and proved that even though men fear rejection from the opposite sex, women down right LOATHE it. Erika Christensen also displayed signs of fury when Jesse Bradford rejected her need to expand their foolish one night stand into something more in the ‘Fatal Attraction for teens’ film, Swimfan. Rejection is always the first catalyst in exposing a psychopathic female’s true colors.
“The venom clamors of a jealous woman poison more deadly than a mad dog’s tooth.” William Shakespeare
Most people would probably agree that women are built to have a rather competitive feminine nature when it comes to dealing with other women. The hideous side of envy tends rear its ugly head from time to time when the familiar green-eyed monster comes out in women, but most time when it comes out, the worst anyone has to deal with are unwarranted bitchy remarks. Although, movies have proven there can be far worse to deal with. Adrienne (played by Alicia Silverstone) broke bones and planted bee hives in The Crush when it came to any girl trying to steal Nick’s (Cary Elwes) attention from her. Mischa Barton ends up chaining her ex-boyfriend’s injured girlfriend to a bed “Misery” style. Yes, films like The Crush and this month’s Homecoming suggest that envy can be a dangerous thing.
“U R EZ 2 LUV. LOL, MEG” –Meg Griffin
Today we can flirt, booty call and initiate relationships safely from the confines of our keyboards. However, because of society’s now obsessive need to regurgitate every single thought or detail of their private lives in a single “tweet,” it has also become far too easy in becoming a victim of cyber stalking or harassment. Ali Larter displayed in Obsessed that not all emailed sexy photos can be a good thing. Sooner or later, I predict we will see a thriller about a scorned ex-girlfriend’s reaction to seeing her ex boyfriend’s relationship status change from ‘single’ to ‘in a relationship’ on Face Book. (Oh bet on it!)
‘Friends with Benefits Syndrome
“Carrie, you can’t date your f*ck buddy.”-Samantha Jones
Over recent years, many women have found themselves unsuccessfully attempting to upgrade their “friends with benefits” to loving boyfriends. Like Eddie Murphy had so eloquently put it in his stand up comedy film, Raw, women try to p*ssy trap men into relationships all the time. Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) found out how hard it was to end his torrid affair with his warped AA sponsor (Jamie Murray) in Dexter. Cameron Diaz drove her and Tom Cruise off a bridge in Vanilla Sky when he couldn’t realize that “swallowing” was a sign of commitment. Trust me; there are no benefits when you decide to sleep with a friend.
“No one rejoices in revenge than a woman.”-proverb
Sometimes it’s just good ol’ fashioned revenge that can drive a woman on the silver screen insane. Take the female antagonist in Inside for example. She was simply driven to kill by the loss of her baby and her actions shook viewers to the core as she created an unspeakable massacre. Yes, ice pick killings, hobbling and bunny-boiling are not the only frightening things women are capable of doing.
“You can’t wear white after Labor Day!”-Beverly Sutphin
In one woman’s case in Serial Mom, a crime of passion was justified simply by a fashion faux-pas. Kathleen Turner’s character in John Water’s classic is the reason why I do not wear white after Labor Day.
So why are crazy women on the big screen scary enough to be constantly revamped in similar thrillers year after year? Just like how people were scared to get back in the water after watching Jaws, deep down we know that a woman’s fury is something that is not a myth and is something not to be messed with.
Don’t forget to catch Homecoming on Blu-Ray and DVD this week!