Sci-Fi, fantasy, and horror films have always been looked at as genres geared towards male film fans predominantly. But more and more, the guys are being edged out to make way for female fans. It’s already happened at bookstores were urban and paranormal romance books have been dominating the bookracks for several years. In fact, women may even be bigger fans of horror than men. Don’t laugh fellas…while men seem to lose interest in horror once they get into their 30s and 40s, women band together, leave the kids with dad, and go off in groups to see horror films. When’s the last time you saw a group of forty-year-old guys sitting together at a theater?
This one probably comes as a surprise but the fact is that Brad Fuller, producer of the 2003 remake, credits women filmgoers -- not men -- for making this film a hit that made over $100 million dollars. Whether it’s to gather together for strength in numbers or to cling to their boyfriends, women love slasher films.
Little girls, teenagers, moms, grandmas, great grandmas…doesn’t seem to matter. It’s hard to find any women that don’t love this classic film that still shows up on TV regularly throughout the year. Just try to find a girl who doesn’t shed a tear at the end when it seems like Dorothy will never get back home to Kansas!
Pick any of the four movies in the series including the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides…women love these films because of, well there’s that man again, Johnny Depp. Throw Orlando Bloom in the mix as well and you can’t pry the girls away with a crowbar.
Without a doubt Halloween is one of the best movies ever to take a girl to, especially a drive-in movie. Women love this movie because it is scary as Hell, as a female hero, and it’s relatively tame in terms of violence compared to the slashers it would eventually spawn. Over 30 years later it’s still one I know women who will gather together to watch.
Before starring in Top Gun, Rain Man, and Mission: Impossible, Tom Cruise starred in this whimsical fantasy directed by Ridley Scott. He plays a hero who must save a princess and rescue the last surviving unicorns from the Lord of Darkness. I’m not sure there’s a guy who would ever admit to seeing it but the women love it.
This enchanting fantasy about a man trying to save the woman he loves from an evil prince has just about everything: Romance, adventure, comedy, dashing heroes, evil villains, and even a giant. Heck it’s such a good movie that even most guys like it too!
David Bowie, Muppets, a cute baby, and a young Jennifer Connelly? What more could a girl ask for! My four year old broke my wife’s copy of this DVD and I immediately had to go out an buy another. Connelly plays Sarah who has to rescue her baby brother, abducted by the Goblin King and aided by creatures created by the late, great Jim Henson. Heck I admit, I loved this one, too!
After starring in Dirty Dancing three years earlier it didn’t seem like Patrick Swayze could possibly appeal anymore strongly to female film fans, until he starred in this romantic fantasy. He plays Sam, a banker who is murdered and returns from the dead as a ghost to save his girlfriend Molly, played by Demi Moore. What woman doesn’t melt at the final scene where Sam says his goodbye to Molly?