Women in horror: 17 powerful women in Netflix horror shows and films

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Women in horror: Kang Sae-byeok from Squid Game

When Squid Game released last year it took the world by storm and rose to prominence as a global phenomenon. But while there are many characters in this riveting survival drama worth paying attention to, it’s North Korean defector Kang Sae-byeok, or number 67, who steals the show and virtually every scene she’s in.

Sae-byeok’s main reason for playing the games is to turn enough money to reunite her family. Not only is she strong and powerful, but she’s smart and cunning. Sae-byeok manages to spy on the game organizers and get information the contestants can use during the games. Sadly, she doesn’t survive the games and her death is actually one of the biggest criticisms of the show’s first season.

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Women in horror: Yennefer of Vengerberg from The Witcher

Every iteration of Yennefer of Vengerberg is a total bada**, whether it’s the books, the games or the movie. She’s one of the most powerful sorceresses in The Witcher universe and Anya Chalotra does an amazing job at bringing Yennefer to life in the Netflix series. It’s hard to pick just one woman from The Witcher universe because, like many of the shows on this list, there are actually several women that would fit the bill for this series.

Yennefer’s season 2 arc received a lot of criticism but I think most of us can agree that her development in season 1 was amazing. And at least by the end of season 2, she’s in a much better place with Geralt and Ciri. I can’t wait to see where her story goes from here.

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