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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.

There are 11 films in this list released in the 1980s.

  • Aliens
  • The Company of Wolves
  • The Fan
  • The Hunger
  • The Last Slumber Party
  • Lifeforce
  • Ms .45
  • Near Dark
  • Pet Sematary
  • Possession
  • The Slumber Party Massacre