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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 24 films in this list released in the 2000s.

  • All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
  • American Psycho
  • Dead Hooker in a Trunk
  • Death Proof
  • The Descent
  • Drag Me to Hell
  • Dumplings
  • Ginger Snaps
  • Gothika
  • Hard Candy
  • High Tension
  • Inside
  • Jennifer's Body
  • Let the Right One In
  • The Loved Ones
  • Martyrs
  • May
  • Mulholland Drive
  • The Ring
  • Teeth
  • Triangle
  • Trouble Every Day
  • What Lies Beneath
  • Wishing Stairs