As we continue to celebrate Women in Horror Month we are looking at some modern gems of the genre directed by women.
American Mary (2012)
Brought to us by the Soska Sisters with a star turn from Ginger Snaps’ Katherine Isabelle, American Mary goes under the skin of the dangers of cosmetic surgery.
Jennifer’s Body (2009)
At the height of Megan’s Fox fame, Jennifer’s Body gave us the deadliest kind of cheerleader. Karyn Kusama’s feature mixes teen drama with some good gory kills.
The Babadook (2014)
With a titular character who has become a gay icon, it’s easy to forget that Jennifer Kent’s debut feature mixes some genuine scares with the drama of being a single parent.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut feature gave us the tale of an Iranian vampire with a twist. Beutifully shot and with plenty of heart, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night gives loneliness fangs.
The ultimate women’s horror anthology gives us four twisted tales of terror all with female directors. From mysterious boxes to haunted camping trips, XX offers some fresh tales of horror.
Not for the squeamish, Julia Ducournau’s Raw is part coming of age tale, part cannibal horror. The gore scenes are visceral but the story also has plenty of heart; one of the best horror films of recent years.
Pregnancy can be deadly in Alice Lowe’s Revenge where a heavily pregnant woman is given deadly commands from her unborn child. The film is made all the more fascinating, as Lowe who also starred in the film was 7 months pregnant whilst filming.
Another horror anthology, with one of the segments directed by Roxanne Benjamin who also worked on XX. Offering five tales of terror across a highway to hell, Southbound is one of the most brutal anthologies of recent years.
The Director is now in the process of remaking 80’s classic Night of the Comet.
Tales of Halloween (2015)
Axelle Carolyn was one of the driving forces behind this independent love letter to the season of Halloween. With 10 tales from different directors, and added cameo from Adrienne Barbeau on radio DJ duty again, there’s plenty of fun to be had here.
The Devil’s Doorway
Giving fresh blood to the exorcism sub genre, The Devil’s Doorway is part found footage and part demon tale. As the story develops the plot goes into the darkest territory leaving us with a visceral finale.
We’d love to hear some of your suggestions of female directed horror, let us know yours in the comments. Read our recent feature on modern Final Girls HERE