Spooky Movies That Pass The Bechdel Test
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Spooky Movies That Pass The Bechdel Test

by Morgan MW
Spooky Movies That Pass The Bechdel Test
In the mood for a scary movie but tired of the same old story-lines? We suggest putting your watch list to the test! If you're not familiar with the Bechdel test, it's a way to determine the representation of women in any given movie. The test has three rules, and you'd be surprised (and depressed) to learn how many movies don't pass:
1. It has to have at least two named women in it
2. They have to have a conversation with each other
3. About something other than a man
In honour of the season of the witch, here's four of our fave female fronted films that up-end horror movie tropes and are sure to put you in the mood for some tricks and treats. Happy haunting!

The Descent

Watch this movie and I promise, you'll never want to go spelunking again! Seeing this all-woman crew of daredevils navigate the pitch-black caverns and tight spaces of an Appalachian cave is thrilling enough on it's own - especially if you're the claustrophobic type - but The Descent offers so much more in terms of scares, once the lights go out. Scenes from this film still creep into my mind years later, whenever I find myself in complete darkness.

Ginger Snaps

A Canadian horror classic! Ginger Snaps is a werewolf movie on it's surface, but at it's heart is a clever commentary on society's fear of female sexuality. The close bond between two sisters, becomes strained when one is bitten by a werewolf and starts to develop a taste for human flesh.

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

Ok, so technically this one doesn't pass the Bechdel test, due to the main characters' lack of a name, but we'll let it slide this time. Dubbed the worlds first "Iranian Vampire Spaghetti Western," the film follows the girl - a Chador-clad vampire who preys on men who do bad things to women -  as she skateboards through the dark suburban streets of a no-good town (literally named "Bad City,") stalking her next kill. Written in Farsi and filmed in black and white, "Girl" is light on dialogue but heavy on moody atmospherics and iconic visuals.

The Craft

Honestly, where would we even be without The Craft? If you're an elder millennial, chances are your adolescence featured at least one sleepover screening of The Craft, followed by a test of your collective witchy powers with a rousing game of "Light as a feather, stiff as a board." 
We are the weirdos, Mister!

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