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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 42 dramatic films in this list.

  • American Psycho
  • Audition
  • The Babadook
  • Bird Box
  • Black Swan
  • Candyman
  • The Craft
  • Crimson Peak
  • Excision
  • The Eyes of My Mother
  • Eyes Without a Face
  • The Fan
  • Fear
  • Ginger Snaps
  • Good Manners
  • Goodnight Mommy
  • Hagazussa
  • Hard Candy
  • Helter Skelter
  • High Life
  • Hounds of Love
  • The Hunger
  • Let the Right One In
  • Lyle
  • Martyrs
  • May
  • Ms .45
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Pet Sematary
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • Possession
  • Prevenge
  • Raw
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Stoker
  • Thelma
  • Trouble Every Day
  • Under the Shadow
  • Under the Skin
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
  • What Lies Beneath