50 must-see horror films directed by women

"Genre filmmaking has a reputation as a man’s field. That goes for audiences as well as filmmakers. To the novice, it’s easy to see why. For a long time women’s bodies have been used to titillate male adolescent horror fans — shrieking, squirming, disposable ciphers. Academic studies of gender and horror cinema such as Carol J. Clover’s 1992 book Men, Women, and Chain Saws and female-fronted films changed the landscape of the genre, proving women could terrify audiences just like men, and that women were watching — but also craving stories they could relate to. The popularity of horror heroines like Ripley in Ridley Scott’s Alien proves the need for women who aren’t simply victims. But there’s room for all types of narratives and characters for, about, and by women — including the Freddies, Jasons, and Michael Myers of the world."

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  • Amer
  • American Mary
  • American Psycho
  • Among Friends
  • The Babadook
  • Blood & Donuts
  • Blood Bath
  • Blood Diner
  • Boxing Helena
  • The Captured Bird
  • Carrie
  • Carver
  • The Commune
  • The Countess
  • Death in Charge
  • DeGenerazione
  • Forced Entry
  • Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • Hide and Seek
  • The Hitch-Hiker
  • Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror
  • Humanoids from the Deep
  • In My Skin
  • Jennifer's Body
  • Kiss of the Damned
  • Lip Stick
  • The Mafu Cage
  • Messiah of Evil
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Near Dark
  • A Night to Dismember
  • Of Dolls and Murder
  • Office Killer
  • Organ
  • The Party is Over
  • Pathogen
  • Pet Sematary
  • The Rage: Carrie 2
  • Ravenous
  • Roman
  • Silent House
  • Slumber Party Massacre II
  • The Slumber Party Massacre
  • Soulmate
  • Spookies
  • Tenement
  • Trouble Every Day
  • Visible Secret
  • A Visit from the Incubus