The Librarian’s Cellar: At the Cinema: Horrendously delicious: Psych-horror with some of the best female leads

So here are ten of my favourites:

Carrie [1976]


A gamut of emotional charges, you won’t forget Carrie. Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie – need I say more?

The Others [2001]

The Others

I consider this film to be close to perfection. Nicole Kidman – Fionnula Flanagan – and something supernatural.

Rosemary’s Baby [1968]

Rosemary's Baby

Mia Farrow at her most mesmerizing. Babies and devils – what’s not to like?

Pan’s Labyrinth [2006]

Pan's Labyrinth

Spellbinding and monstrously beautiful. Ivana Baquero’s ‘Ophelia’ comes of age in a dark parable.

The Descent [2005]

The Descent

Tense and claustrophobic with all female cast including our very own Sarah-Jane Moone. Your skin will ‘crawl’.

The Innocents [1961]

The Innocents

The chill of the haunt is superb. Deborah Kerr – and all the classic ingredients for a stunning, shivering experience.

The Orphanage [2007]

The Orphanage

The most frightening ghosts are always the children. Unless you are made of stone, you will cry with Belén Rueda.

Misery [1990]


A woman obsessed – a woman scorned. Who would mess with Annie Wilkes? Kathy Bates rocks.

Julia’s Eyes [2010]

Julias Eyes

So what if you couldn’t see? Who would you trust? A classic ‘danger lurking in the shadows’ and another great performance from Belén Rueda.

The Babadook [2014]


One of my favourites of recent times. A disturbing mind f**k from Essie Davies and her portrayal of troubled mother, Amelia.