Horror Movies Written and/or Directed by Women

Resource List

American Mary 2012
Written and directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska

The Babadook 2014
 Written and directed by Jennifer Kent

American Psycho 2000
 Directed by Mary Harron; co-written by Mary Harron and Guinevere Turner

Silent House 2011
 Co-directed by Chris Kentis and Laura Lau; written by Laura Lau

Pet Sematary 1989
 Directed by Mary Lambert

Near Dark 1987
 Directed by Kathryn Bigelow

Humanoids from the Deep 1980
 Directed by Barbara Peeters; Jimmy T. Murakami (uncredited)…there’s an interesting story out there about  how the film was changed by the second unit to make the rape scenes more ‘visible’ to suit Corman’s  preferences

Ravenous 1999
 Directed by Antonia Bird

Boxing Helena 1993
 Written and directed by Jennifer Chambers Lynch

The Slumber Party Massacre 1982
 Directed by Amy Holden Jones; written by Rita Mae Brown (yes…that Rita Mae Brown)

Of Dolls and Murder 2012
 Directed by Susan Marks; Documentary, but still pretty chilling given its subject matter; I used to show this  film in one of my Critical Thinking courses and it never failed to start some fascinating discussions.

In My Skin 2002
 Written and directed by Marina de Van

The Countess 2009
 Written and directed by Julie Delpy

The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears 2013
 Co-directed/Co-written by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani

Blood Diner 1987
 Directed by Jackie Kong

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night 2014
 Written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour

Southbound 2015
 “Siren,” directed by Roxanne Benjamin; written by Roxanne Benjamin & Susan Burke

The ABCs of Death 2013
 “E is for Exterminate,” directed and written by Angela Bettis

The Moth Diaries 2011
 Written and directed by Mary Harron

Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare 1991
 Directed by Rachel Talalay

Kill List 2011
 Co-written by Amy Jump and Ben Wheatley

Blood and Chocolate 2007
 Directed by Katja von Garnier

Tales of Halloween 2015
 The Weak and the Wicked – written by Molly Millions, directed by Paul Solet; Grim Grinning Ghost – written  and directed by Axelle Carolyn

Goodnight Mommy 2014
 Written and directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala

Trouble Every Day 2001
 Directed by Claire Denis; written by Claire Denis and Jean-Pol Fargeau

The Hitch-Hiker 1953
 Directed by Ida Lupino; co-written by Ida Lupino and Collier Young

Ginger Snaps 2000
 Co-written by Karen Walton and John Fawcett

Jennifer’s Body 2009
 Directed by Karyn Kusama

Dead Hooker in a Trunk 2009
 Written and directed by Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska

Messiah of Evil 1973
 Co-written/co-directed by Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck

Spookies 1986
 Co-directed by Genie Joseph, Thomas Doran, and Brendan Faulkner; co-written by Thomas Doran, Brendan  Faulkner, Frank M. Farel, Ann Burgund, and Genie Joseph

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders 1970
 Written/adapted by Jaromil Jireš, Ester Krumbachová, and Vítězslav Nezval



The ABCs of Death 2 2014
“K is for Knell,” directed by Kristina Buožytė and Bruno Samper; “T is for Torture Porn,” directed by Jen and  Sylvia Soska

Howling VI: The Freaks 1991
 Directed by Hope Perello 

 Updated on 7/10:
The Invitation 2015
Directed by Karyn Kusama



*This list began as a response to a question from an anonymous follower on the daily blog (the original  post/response from March 2016 is linked here). I received a request a few days ago for the  list in a non-linked format since accessing links is often difficult on tumblr. I took the opportunity to update the contents and include a post on it here, as well. If you have any  suggestions for additions, please feel free to comment or send a note.

4 thoughts on “Horror Movies Written and/or Directed by Women

  1. Some of my favorite recent horrors on this list, nice post! Do you ever share your work on any film sites or horror communities?


    1. Hey, there! I’m sorry that it’s taken a couple of days to respond. I’m trying to get into the habit of checking over here (instead of living on the daily blog), but it’s a slow move. To your question, no. I mainly compile all of this stuff/write as a hobby these days. I think what prompted the earlier version of this list on the other blog was seeing an article that listed 10 or so movies directed by women. It was presented as somehow ‘final.’ I thought about how many women I know who love Horror and knew there were more (far, far more) involved in the production of Horror. They just hadn’t been noted. The problem is that if you search for this, you tend to get the same 10-15 or so movies/people (with a few differences here and there). It takes going in and looking at names and then looking those folks up to build it further. If you (or anyone else) knows of a better resource that I’ve simply overlooked, please let me know. In the meantime, it’s all slow-going but really interesting. Thanks for the comment and have a nice start to your week.


      1. Hey no worries at all, thanks for giving me such a thorough response! The reason I asked is because I’m a community/content manager here at Moviepilot.com and I think you’re articles would really resonate with our audiences. Would you be up for giving it a


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