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the monstrous feminine: a list of feminist horror essentials

Horror films that I feel deal with the female experience in a thought-provoking way. Each film listed has a female protagonist, a female writer and/or director, or explores issues specifically related to the role of women in larger culture. Comments/suggestions/polite discussion are welcome.

  • Alien
  • Aliens
  • All Cheerleaders Die
  • All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
  • Always Shine
  • American Mary
  • American Psycho
  • Anna and the Apocalypse
  • Annihilation
  • Audition
  • The Autopsy of Jane Doe
  • The Babadook
  • Bird Box
  • The Birds
  • Black Christmas
  • Black Rock
  • Black Swan
  • The Blackcoat's Daughter
  • The Blood Spattered Bride
  • Cam
  • Candyman
  • Carrie
  • Cat People
  • The Company of Wolves
  • The Craft
  • Crimson Peak
  • Daughters of Darkness
  • Dead Hooker in a Trunk
  • Death Becomes Her
  • Death Proof
  • The Descent
  • Drag Me to Hell
  • Dumplings
  • Excision
  • The Eyes of My Mother
  • Eyes Without a Face
  • The Fan
  • Fear
  • The Final Girls
  • Ginger Snaps
  • A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
  • Good Manners
  • Goodnight Mommy
  • Gothika
  • The Guest
  • Hagazussa
  • Halloween
  • Halloween
  • Hard Candy
  • The Haunting
  • The Haunting
  • Helsinki Mansplaining Massacre
  • Helter Skelter
  • Hereditary
  • High Life
  • High Tension
  • Honeymoon
  • Hounds of Love
  • House
  • The Hunger
  • Hush
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer
  • The Innocents
  • Inside
  • The Invitation
  • It Follows
  • Jennifer's Body
  • Kristy
  • The Last Slumber Party
  • Let the Right One In
  • Lifeforce
  • The Love Witch
  • The Loved Ones
  • The Lure
  • Lyle
  • Martyrs
  • May
  • Memento Mori
  • Messiah of Evil
  • The Moth Diaries
  • Ms .45
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Near Dark
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Nurse 3-D
  • Pet Sematary
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • Possession
  • Prevenge
  • Rabid
  • Ravenous
  • Raw
  • Return of the Living Dead 3
  • Revenge
  • The Ring
  • Scream
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Silent House
  • Sisters
  • The Slumber Party Massacre