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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 25 mystery films in this list.

  • All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
  • Audition
  • The Autopsy of Jane Doe
  • Black Christmas
  • Cam
  • Crimson Peak
  • The Guest
  • The Haunting
  • Hereditary
  • High Life
  • High Tension
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Messiah of Evil
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock
  • Possession
  • Raw
  • The Ring
  • Scream
  • Silent House
  • The Stepford Wives
  • Thelma
  • What Lies Beneath
  • The Witch
  • You're Next