Horror: A Female Perspective

by PDZombie | created - 10 Aug 2018 | updated - 4 days ago | Public

Best horror films directed by women

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1. The Velvet Vampire (1971)

R | 80 min | Horror

Sleepy-eyed nice guy Lee Ritter and his vapid, but pretty wife, Susan accept the invitation of mysterious vixen Diane LeFanu to visit her in her secluded desert estate. Tensions arise when ... See full summary »

Director: Stephanie Rothman | Stars: Michael Blodgett, Sherry E. DeBoer, Celeste Yarnall, Gene Shane

Votes: 597

2. The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

R | 77 min | Horror

A high school student's slumber party turns terrifying as an escaped mental patient with a drill decides to crash the evening.

Director: Amy Holden Jones | Stars: Michelle Michaels, Robin Stille, Michael Villella, Debra De Liso

Votes: 9,479

3. Near Dark (1987)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is bitten by a beautiful drifter.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton

Votes: 31,233 | Gross: $3.37M

4. Pet Sematary (1989)

R | 103 min | Horror, Thriller

38 Metascore

After tragedy strikes, a grieving father discovers an ancient burial ground behind his home with the power to raise the dead.

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne, Brad Greenquist

Votes: 89,065 | Gross: $57.47M

5. Organ (1996)

110 min | Action, Drama, Horror

Two police detectives Numata and Tosaka infiltrate a group of underground black market human organ dealers. Things go haywire during a raid on the group's surgical headquarters. Numata ... See full summary »

Director: Kei Fujiwara | Stars: Kei Fujiwara, Kimihiko Hasegawa, Natsuyo Kanahama, Kenji Nasa

Votes: 468

6. The Green Elephant (1999)

90 min | Horror, Thriller

Two Russian prisoners are abused mentally and physically.

Director: Svetlana Baskova | Stars: Sergey Pakhomov, Vladimir Epifantsev, Aleksandr Maslaev, Anatoliy Osmolovskiy

Votes: 1,909

7. Ravenous (1999)

R | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

46 Metascore

In a remote military outpost in the 19th century, Captain John Boyd and his regiment embark on a rescue mission which takes a dark turn when they are ambushed by a sadistic cannibal.

Director: Antonia Bird | Stars: Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette, Jeremy Davies

Votes: 35,135 | Gross: $2.06M

8. Trouble Every Day (2001)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

40 Metascore

Two American newlyweds in Paris experience a love so strong, it almost devours them.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Vincent Gallo, Tricia Vessey, Béatrice Dalle, Alex Descas

Votes: 6,811 | Gross: $0.01M

9. Visible Secret (2001)

Unrated | 101 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

An unemployed hairdresser and a strange nurse, meet at a club and start a romance. Since meeting her, the young man encounters unexplained things which she says are spirits she can see. ... See full summary »

Director: Ann Hui | Stars: Eason Chan, Qi Shu, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Sam Lee

Votes: 349

10. In My Skin (2002)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama, Horror

68 Metascore

A woman grows increasingly fascinated with her body after suffering a disfiguring accident.

Director: Marina de Van | Stars: Marina de Van, Laurent Lucas, Léa Drucker, Thibault de Montalembert

Votes: 4,748 | Gross: $0.03M

11. The Countess (2009)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

A 17th century Hungarian countess embarks on a murderous undertaking, with the belief that bathing in the blood of virgins will preserve her beauty.

Director: Julie Delpy | Stars: Julie Delpy, Daniel Brühl, William Hurt, Anamaria Marinca

Votes: 7,445

12. Welcome to My Darkside! (2009)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Horror

About searching into the depths of Women in the Horror Genre from Scream Queens to Independent Filmmakers. Find out what Females are all about when it comes to blood, guts, and boobs.

Director: Reyna Young | Stars: Mary 'Gaby' Goff, Susan Adriensen, Bianca Allaine, Kimberly Amato

Votes: 20

13. Amer (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

72 Metascore

As a young girl Ana was a rebellious child. She was also tormented by images of death and a shadowy, ominous figure in black. Now an adult, she is once again tormented by shadowy, other-worldly forms.

Directors: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani | Stars: Cassandra Forêt, Charlotte Eugène Guibeaud, Marie Bos, Biancamaria D'Amato

Votes: 5,378

14. Fugue (II) (2011)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

After moving in with her boyfriend, a young woman comes to believe her new home is haunted. But when she discovers the last nine months have been wiped from her memory, she must unearth ... See full summary »

Director: Barbara Stepansky | Stars: Abigail Culwell, Richard Gunn, Erika Bruun-Andersen, Rosemarie Belden

Votes: 79

15. The Moth Diaries (2011)

R | 82 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

38 Metascore

Rebecca is suspicious of Ernessa, the new arrival at her boarding school. But is Rebecca just jealous of Ernessa's bond with Lucie, or does the new girl truly possess a dark secret?

Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Sarah Bolger, Sarah Gadon, Lily Cole, Anne Day-Jones

Votes: 6,112 | Gross: $0.00M

16. Chained (I) (2012)

R | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A young man held prisoner by a cab-driving serial killer must make a life or death choice between following in his captor's footsteps or breaking free.

Director: Jennifer Lynch | Stars: Vincent D'Onofrio, Eamon Farren, Evan Bird, Julia Ormond

Votes: 15,602

17. Kiss of the Damned (2012)

R | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

48 Metascore

The vampire Djuna resists the advances of Paolo, but soon gives in to their passion. When her trouble-making sister unexpectedly comes to visit, Djuna's love is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered.

Director: Xan Cassavetes | Stars: Joséphine de La Baume, Roxane Mesquida, Milo Ventimiglia, Caitlin Keats

Votes: 4,461 | Gross: $0.01M

18. American Mary (2012)

R | 103 min | Drama, Horror

46 Metascore

The allure of easy money sends Mary Mason, a medical student, into the world of underground surgeries which ends up leaving more marks on her than her so called "freakish" clients.

Directors: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska | Stars: Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Tristan Risk, David Lovgren

Votes: 21,078

19. Dark Touch (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror

64 Metascore

In a remote town in Ireland, eleven-year-old Niamh finds herself the sole survivor of a bloody massacre that killed her parents and younger brother. Suspecting a gang of homicidal vandals, ... See full summary »

Director: Marina de Van | Stars: Missy Keating, Marcella Plunkett, Pádraic Delaney, Charlotte Flyvholm

Votes: 3,878

20. Soulmate (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 104 min | Horror, Mystery

Widowed Audrey retreats to an isolated Welsh cabin after a failed suicide attempt, to recuperate. Still haunted by the tragic death of her husband and struggling with her psychosis, she begins to hear strange noises.

Director: Axelle Carolyn | Stars: Anna Walton, Tom Wisdom, Tanya Myers, Nick Brimble

Votes: 725

21. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror

81 Metascore

In the Iranian ghost-town Bad City, a place that reeks of death and loneliness, the townspeople are unaware they are being stalked by a lonesome vampire.

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour | Stars: Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò

Votes: 28,037

22. The Babadook (2014)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror

86 Metascore

A single mother and her child fall into a deep well of paranoia when an eerie children's book titled "Mister Babadook" manifests in their home.

Director: Jennifer Kent | Stars: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney

Votes: 181,926 | Gross: $0.92M

23. The Voices (2014)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

58 Metascore

A likable guy pursues his office crush with the help of his evil talking pets, but things turn sinister when she stands him up for a date.

Director: Marjane Satrapi | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver

Votes: 50,186

24. Goodnight Mommy (2014)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

81 Metascore

Twin boys move to a new home with their mother after she has face changing cosmetic surgery, but under her bandages is someone the children don't recognize.

Directors: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz | Stars: Lukas Schwarz, Elias Schwarz, Susanne Wuest, Hans Escher

Votes: 38,522 | Gross: $1.17M

25. Honeymoon (2014)

R | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

65 Metascore

A newlywed couple finds their lake-country honeymoon descend into chaos after Paul finds Bea wandering and disoriented in the middle of the night.

Director: Leigh Janiak | Stars: Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber, Hanna Brown

Votes: 23,468 | Gross: $0.01M

26. The Lure (2015)

Not Rated | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

72 Metascore

In Warsaw, a pair of mermaid sisters are adopted into a cabaret. While one seeks love with humans the other hungers to dine on the human population of the city.

Director: Agnieszka Smoczynska | Stars: Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszanska, Kinga Preis, Andrzej Konopka

Votes: 5,615 | Gross: $0.10M

27. Evolution (2015)

Not Rated | 81 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

77 Metascore

The only residents of young Nicholas' sea-side town are women and boys. When he sees a corpse in the ocean one day, he begins to question his existence and surroundings. Why must he, and all the other boys, be hospitalised?

Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic | Stars: Marta Blanc, Max Brebant, Roxane Duran, Julie-Marie Parmentier

Votes: 5,689

28. The Invitation (I) (2015)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

74 Metascore

A man accepts an invitation to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife, an unsettling affair that reopens old wounds and creates new tensions.

Director: Karyn Kusama | Stars: Logan Marshall-Green, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michiel Huisman, Tammy Blanchard

Votes: 78,344 | Gross: $0.23M

29. The Love Witch (2016)

Unrated | 120 min | Comedy, Horror, Romance

82 Metascore

A modern-day witch uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her, with deadly consequences.

Director: Anna Biller | Stars: Samantha Robinson, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Laura Waddell, Gian Keys

Votes: 10,760 | Gross: $0.23M

30. The Bad Batch (2016)

R | 118 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

62 Metascore

In a desert dystopia, a young woman is kidnapped by cannibals.

Director: Ana Lily Amirpour | Stars: Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Jayda Fink, Keanu Reeves

Votes: 23,018 | Gross: $0.18M

31. Raw (2016)

R | 99 min | Drama, Horror

81 Metascore

An innocent teenager, studying to be a vet, develops a craving for human flesh.

Director: Julia Ducournau | Stars: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laurent Lucas

Votes: 53,661 | Gross: $0.51M

32. Prevenge (2016)

TV-MA | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

71 Metascore

Widow Ruth is seven months pregnant when, believing herself to be guided by her unborn baby, she embarks on a homicidal rampage, dispatching anyone who stands in her way.

Director: Alice Lowe | Stars: Alice Lowe, Dan Renton Skinner, Jo Hartley, Tom Davis

Votes: 5,951

33. Revenge (II) (2017)

R | 108 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

81 Metascore

Never take your mistress on an annual guys' getaway, especially one devoted to hunting - a violent lesson for three wealthy married men.

Director: Coralie Fargeat | Stars: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Kevin Janssens, Vincent Colombe, Guillaume Bouchède

Votes: 30,675 | Gross: $0.10M

34. XX (2017)

R | 80 min | Horror

64 Metascore

Four short horror films that are directed and written by women.

Directors: Roxanne Benjamin, Karyn Kusama, St. Vincent, Jovanka Vuckovic | Stars: Natalie Brown, Jonathan Watton, Peter DaCunha, Peyton Kennedy

Votes: 10,409 | Gross: $0.03M

35. Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017)

Not Rated | 83 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

76 Metascore

A dark fairy tale about a gang of five children trying to survive the horrific violence of the cartels and the ghosts created every day by the drug war.

Director: Issa López | Stars: Paola Lara, Juan Ramón López, Nery Arredondo, Hanssel Casillas

Votes: 2,949 | Gross: $0.13M

36. Darken (2017)

82 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

In a parallel universe made up of maze-like rooms, the inhabitants are protected by its altruistic overseer, Mother Darken. When an outsider accidentally finds her way in, she becomes entwined in a bloody revolutionary battle.

Director: Audrey Cummings | Stars: Bea Santos, Olunike Adeliyi, Ari Millen, Christine Horne

Votes: 109

37. Most Beautiful Island (2017)

80 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

73 Metascore

Most Beautiful Island is a chilling portrait of an undocumented young woman's struggle for survival as she finds redemption from a tortured past in a dangerous game.

Director: Ana Asensio | Stars: Ana Asensio, Natasha Romanova, David Little, Nicholas Tucci

Votes: 2,651

38. Good Manners (2017)

135 min | Fantasy, Horror, Musical

73 Metascore

Clara, a lonely nurse from the outskirts of São Paulo, is hired by mysterious and wealthy Ana as the nanny for her unborn child. The two women develop a strong bond, but a fateful night changes their plans.

Directors: Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas | Stars: Isabél Zuaa, Marjorie Estiano, Miguel Lobo, Cida Moreira

Votes: 2,024 | Gross: $0.03M

39. Berlin Syndrome (2017)

R | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

70 Metascore

A passionate holiday romance leads to an obsessive relationship, when an Australian photojournalist wakes one morning in a Berlin apartment and is unable to leave.

Director: Cate Shortland | Stars: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Matthias Habich, Emma Bading

Votes: 19,924 | Gross: $0.03M

40. 13 Dolls in Darkness (2017)

75 min | Horror

A young woman returns home after 13 years to her sick mother's crumbling hillside mansion and finds murder and swift death lurking in the dark.

Director: Zeda Müller | Stars: Hanika Nankervis, Monique Boyd, Alysha Casey, Darcie Reid

Votes: 21

41. Clementina (2017)

90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

After been abuse by her boyfriend and loose her pregnancy, Juana starts to hear weird noises inside her house.

Director: Jimena Monteoliva | Stars: Emiliano Carrazzone, Cecilia Cartasegna, Susana Varela

Votes: 14

42. The Wind (II) (2018)

R | 86 min | Horror, Western

66 Metascore

A plains-woman faces the harshness and isolation of the untamed land in the Western frontier of the late 1800s.

Director: Emma Tammi | Stars: Caitlin Gerard, Julia Goldani Telles, Ashley Zukerman, Miles Anderson

Votes: 4,248 | Gross: $0.03M



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