House of Psychotic Women

A list of the films discussed in Keir-La Janisse’s (excellent) book House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films.

From the “Appendix: Compendium of Female Neurosis”: “…while by no means comprehensive, this appendix is a cross-section of horror and violent exploitation films that feature disturbed or neurotic women as primary or pivotal characters…Admittedly some films stretch genre definitions, and others fall completely outside of the centre but are nonetheless important progenitors for genre characterizations.”

  • The Entity
  • Paranormal Activity
  • Outer Space
  • Dream Work
  • The Corruption of Chris Miller
  • Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll
  • Singapore Sling
  • Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girly
  • The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here!
  • Martyrs
  • Images
  • 3 Women
  • Sisters
  • Horror Express
  • All the Colors of the Dark
  • Your Vice Is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key
  • Lost Soul
  • Let's Scare Jessica to Death
  • Full Circle
  • Ms .45
  • Four Flies on Grey Velvet
  • Autopsy
  • The Perfume of the Lady in Black
  • Toys Are Not for Children
  • Secret Ceremony
  • The Witch Who Came from the Sea
  • Daddy
  • A Gun for Jennifer
  • Defenceless: A Blood Symphony
  • The Fan
  • May
  • Out of the Blue
  • Don't Deliver Us from Evil
  • Alucarda
  • Cutting Moments
  • In My Skin
  • Marnie
  • Christiane F.
  • Streetwise
  • Lizard in a Woman's Skin
  • Footprints
  • The Night of the Hunted
  • Love Me Deadly
  • Nekromantik
  • The Whip and the Body
  • The Laughing Woman
  • The Isle
  • Bad Guy
  • The Blood Spattered Bride
  • Rebecca
  • Cat People
  • The Devils
  • Killer Nun
  • Mademoiselle
  • The Piano Teacher
  • The Other Side of the Underneath
  • The Brood
  • Possession
  • Szamanka
  • Man, Woman and Beast
  • Antichrist
  • Venus Drowning
  • Guinea Pig 5: Mermaid in the Manhole
  • Alice Sweet Alice
  • Asylum
  • The Attic
  • Audition
  • The Baby
  • Bad Dreams
  • Bas-fonds
  • Bedevilled
  • The Beguiled
  • The Beautiful Beast
  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
  • Black Narcissus
  • Black Swan
  • Born Innocent
  • The Brave One
  • The House That Cried Murder
  • Burnt Offerings
  • Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker
  • Can Go Through Skin
  • A Candle for the Devil
  • Carrie
  • The Silent House
  • La Cérémonie
  • Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things
  • Criminally Insane
  • The Curse of the Cat People
  • Dead Creatures
  • Dementia
  • Descent
  • The Ballad of Tam Lin
  • The Devil
  • Die! Die! My Darling!
  • Dirty Weekend
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne
  • Don't Look Now
  • Don't Torture a Duckling
  • Doppelganger