Female Professionals 27 Horror Films You Had No Idea Were Directed By Women  

Lowe Saddler
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List Rules Vote up the best women-directed horror films.

Women have directed more than a few genre-defining horror films. And while the Me Too movement has shown how Hollywood marginalizes female-identifying individuals, they contribute greatly to the industry. Indeed, many women directors have created psychological thrillers and gory horror films that win awards and scare viewers senseless.

Some people suggest slasher movies and horror flicks tend to be misogynistic, painting women as passive victims. In truth, the genre can be approached in unique ways, and female directors bring fresh perspectives. Female characters in the horror genre are sometimes more nuanced and interesting. Occasionally, they're even more horrifying. These horror films with female directors explore every type of terror, from body horror to extreme paranoia.

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Mary Harron
American Psycho is a 2000 American psychological thriller comedy film co-written and directed by Mary Harron, based on Bret Easton Ellis's 1991 novel of the same name. It stars Christian Bale, ...more

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Mary Lambert
Pet Sematary is a 1989 American horror film adaptation of Stephen King's novel of the same name. Directed by Mary Lambert and written by King. Andrew Hubatsek was cast for Zelda's role. Author ...more

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Jennifer Kent
The Babadook is a 2014 Australian psychological horror film, written and directed by Jennifer Kent, in which a woman and her son are tormented by a "boogie-man" type monster. The film ...more

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Kimberly Peirce
Carrie is a 2013 American supernatural horror film. It is the third film adaptation of Stephen King's 1974 novel of the same name, though Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Screen Gems, who produced the ...more

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Karyn Kusama
Jennifer's Body is a 2009 black comedy horror film written by Diablo Cody and directed by Karyn Kusama. The film stars Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, and Adam Brody. Fox portrays a ...more

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Rachel Talalay
This film is a 1991 American comedy-horror slasher film and the sixth film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. As the title suggests, it was intended to be the last film in the series and it ...more

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Julia Ducournau
Raw is a 2016 French-Belgian horror film written and directed by Julia Ducournau. When a young vegetarian (Garance Marillier) undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden ...more

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Fran Rubel Kuzui
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a 1992 American action/comedy horror film about a Valley girl cheerleader named Buffy who learns that it is her fate to hunt vampires. The film starred Kristy ...more

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Kathryn Bigelow
Near Dark is a 1987 American vampire Western horror film directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by her and Eric Red. The story follows a young man in a small midwestern town who becomes ...more

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Karyn Kusama
The Invitation is a 2015 American horror-thriller film directed by Karyn Kusama. While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man (Logan Marshall-Green) thinks his ex-wife (Tammy ...more

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Ana Lily Amirpour
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a 2014 American film directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. Tagged as "The first Iranian vampire Western", it was chosen to show in the "Next" ...more

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Amy Holden Jones
The Slumber Party Massacre is a 1982 American slasher film directed by Amy Holden Jones and written by Rita Mae Brown. In the film, an 18-year old is left alone by her parents and plans on ...more

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Soska sisters, Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska
American Mary is a 2012 Canadian horror film starring Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, and Tristan Risk and written and directed by the Soska Sisters. Isabelle plays a medical student desperate ...more

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XX Jovanka Vuckovic, Annie Clark, Roxanne Benjamin
XX is a 2017 American anthology horror film directed by Jovanka Vuckovic, Annie Clark, Roxanne Benjamin and Karyn Kusama. The anthology features four short horror films that are directed and ...more

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A Night To Dismember Doris Wishman
A Night to Dismember is a 1983 horror film written by Judy J. Kushner and directed by Doris Wishman.

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Jackie Kong
Blood Diner is a 1987 black comedy horror film, a loose sequel to the 1963 film Blood Feast. The movie was written by Michael Sonye and directed by Jackie Kong.

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Ida Lupino
Two fishermen pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over.

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Ana Lily Amirpour
The Bad Batch is a 2016 American romantic horror-thriller film directed and written by Ana Lily Amirpour. It is a dystopian love story in a Texas wasteland and set in a community of cannibals.

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Emily Hagins
Pathogen is a 2006 zombie horror independent film written, directed, and produced by Emily Hagins, who was twelve at the time of the film's production. The film was released on March 25, 2006 ...more

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Cindy Sherman
Office Killer is a comedy-horror film directed by Cindy Sherman. It was released in 1997 and stars Carol Kane, Molly Ringwald and David Thornton.

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Axelle Carolyn
Soulmate is a 2013 British horror film and the feature film directorial debut of Axelle Carolyn. The film had its world premiere on 18 October 2013 at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain. It stars ...more

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Claire Denis
Trouble Every Day is a 2001 French erotic horror film directed by Claire Denis and written by Denis and Jean-Pol Fargeau. It stars Vincent Gallo, Tricia Vessey, Béatrice Dalle and Alex ...more

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Lesley Manning
Ghostwatch is a British reality–horror/mockumentary television movie, first broadcast on BBC1 on 31 October, 1992. Despite having been recorded weeks in advance, the narrative was presented as ...more

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Katie Aselton
Black Rock is a 2012 American horror-thriller film directed by Katie Aselton, based on a screenplay by her husband Mark Duplass. The film premiered on January 21, 2012, at the 2012 Sundance Film ...more

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Holly Dale
Blood and Donuts is a 1995 Canadian horror comedy film directed by Holly Dale, written by Andrew Rai Berzins, and starring Gordon Currie and Helene Clarkson. David Cronenberg plays a cameo role ...more