10 Horror Movies You Didn’t Know Were Directed by Women

Horror is typically thought of as a male-dominated genre. Movies are geared towards men, full of screaming beauties and buxom bimbos. They are cruel, violent, and only the virginal are redeemed.

But what’s on the surface isn’t always so. Plenty of women love horror for the over-the-top blood and boobs stereotype, but women are also making their voices heard in the very crafting of the genre. We’re lucky to have some amazing movies directed by women to choose from today. This is a list of only ten, but we encourage you to seek out and watch as many as you can.

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (2014)

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.
Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour

American Mary (2012)

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.
Directed by Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska

American Psycho (2000)

A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.
Directed by Mary Harron

The Babadook (2014)

A widowed mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her. Read on for the full horror story.
Directed by Jennifer Kent

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

A flighty teenage girl learns that she is her generation’s destined battler of vampires. Read on for the full horror story.
Directed by Fran Rubel Kuzui

Carrie (2013)

A shy girl, outcasted by her peers and sheltered by her religious mother, unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.
Directed by Kimberly Peirce

Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

Dream-haunting Freddy Krueger returns once again to prowl the nightmares of Springwood’s last surviving teenager, and of a woman whose personal connection to Krueger may mean his doom.
Directed by Rachel Talalay

Humanoids from the Deep (1980)

Scientific experiments backfire and produce horrific mutations: half man, half fish, which terrorize a small fishing village by killing the men and raping the women.
(Mostly) Directed by Barbara Peeters

Pet Sematary (1989)

Behind a young family’s home in Maine is a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable. Read on for the full horror story.
Directed by Mary Lambert

The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

A high school student’s slumber party turns terrifying as an escaped mental patient with a drill decides to crash the evening. Read on for the full horror story.
Directed by Amy Holden Jones

Codex Mortis

The Codex Mortis Horror Hosts (Ludwig von Stroodle and Calamity Brains) are married and live in West Virginia. Pretty much everyone who sees their cabin agrees that it would be an ideal setting for a horror movie. Their pets include a black widow spider, a smart dog, and a stupid dog. When they aren’t watching horror movies, they can be found at whiskey festivals, Renaissance fairs, and board game nights.

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