TOP 5 HORROR HEROINES
#4: Ashley Laurence as Kirsty Cotton in Hellraiser
When you think of the Hellraiser films, Kirsty Cotton isn’t exactly at the forefront of your mind. No, the focus lies with the twisted creations of Clive Barker - Pinhead and the other cenobites, which is a bit of a shame, really. To put it simply, Kirsty is the ultimate foil to Pinhead and his band of monsters. Like many other horror heroines, she represents goodness and hope. Most of all, she expresses curiosity and then repulsion when she comes across the box and learns of its true uses. Kirsty is also shown as being very loyal to her family. She out right resents her step mother, Julia and often takes her father’s side, and seems a bit wary when it comes to his choice of a wife. And by the end of the film, all of her precautions and suspicions are actually warranted. She literally loses what is most important to her, and by then she has nothing left to lose. To me, the Hellraiser series would just not be the same without seeing it through the eyes of Kirsty. Why? Because she basically represents the audience, by seeing and being exposed to the cenobites’ awful realm first hand - much like we were when we all first watched this film - she sort of guides you through this bizarre, unreal world, and all the while, we root for her. She’s an even stronger heroine in the film’s sequel, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, where she is hell-bent on delivering justice to her father, by taking on the cenobites. Both of these films are a must watch, Ashley Laurence plays her character very well and believably.
*I’ve included some pictures of her from a few of the Hellraiser comics I own, just because I thought it would be fitting - they really captured the actress’ likeness.