This weekend, Daniel Radcliffe celebrates his first post-Potter effort with the release of The Woman in Black, a horror thriller about an axe-grinding female ghost who need only be seen to claim a child’s life. The veiled phantom surely has the edge when it comes to offing the little ones, but she hails from a long line of ladies who’ve gone all Hot Topic for the camera. Witches, wives, and even Whoopi made this list of women who sport only the darkest uniforms, making them scary, sexy, cool, sophisticated, and in some cases, all of the above.
Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard of Oz (1939). Before she was merely a steaming pancake of soggy robes, Margaret Hamilton’s Wicked Witch of the West was the meanest bitch ever to wield a broom, and the standard by which every future cackler would be judged. Even her pointy silhouette is forever iconic, but given her getup, she needn’t be seen in shadow to give off that inky menace.