Eleven Great Movie Threats Made by Women

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June 10 2011 4:33 PM

Eleven Great Movie Threats Made by Women

Last week, wewatched Harry Hanrahan's insanely-detailed supercut of the Greatest MovieThreats of All Time and couldn't help but wonder wherewere all the threatening ladies ? Of the 100 moments in Hanrahan's compilation,only 6 featured women doing the menacing. So we asked you to submit yourfavorite female-delivered film threats and while we didn't quite come up withenough to make a new, gender-balanced montage, we think these distaff additionsare pretty scary. There's less swearing in this list than Hanrahan's, but, perhaps unsurprisingly, penis injury plays a prominent role here, as well.

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NormaShearer as Mary Haines in The Women (1939)
"I've had twoyears to grow claws, mother. . . Jungle Red!"  

DollyParton as Doralee Rhodes in 9 to 5 (1980)
"If you eversay another word about me or make another indecent proposal, I'm gonna get thatgun of mine, and I'm gonna change you from a rooster to a hen with one shot!And don't think I can't do it."

CarolBurnett as Miss Hannigan in Annie (1982)
"You'resupposed to clean the bathroom and the kitchen before lunch, my little pigdroppings, and if you skip the corners, there will be no lunch."

OlympiaDukakis as Rose Castorini in Moonstruck (1987)
"Old man, yougive those dogs another piece of my food and I'm gonna kick you 'til you're dead!"

Kim Walker as Heather Chandler in Heathers (1988)          
"Monday morning, you're history. I'lltell everyone about tonight. Transfer to Washington. Transfer to Jefferson. Noone at Westerburg's gonna let you play their reindeer games."

LindaHamilton as Sarah Connor in Terminator 2 (1991)
[ after breaking a man's arm ] "There's 215 bones in the humanbody. That's one."  

LenaOlin as Mona Demarkov in Romeo isBleeding (1993)
"You can digone grave or you can dig two."

Rebecca De Mornay as Countess D'Winter in TheThree Musketeers (1993)
"And with aflick of my wrist [ pointing a dagger ata man's penis ], I could change your religion."

AmandaPlummer as Honey Bunny in Pulp Fiction (1994)
"Any of you fucking pricks move, and I'll execute every motherfuckinglast one of you!"

LenaHeadey as Queen Gorgo in 300 (2006)
[ after stabbing a man, and holding the swordin his body ] "This will not be over quickly. You will not enjoy this." 

SandraBullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side (2009)
"If you somuch as set foot downtown, you will be sorry. I'm in a prayer group with theD.A., I'm a member of the NRA and I'm always packing."  
 
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Nina Shen Rastogi is a writer and editor, and is also the vice president for content at Figment.

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