Women are stepping up their game and are working behind the camera as a director in films. Some women are involved in the horror genre and this makes it a very fascinating and nostalgic time period for some. It’s something that has motivated future women directors of the entertainment business. No matter the age, race, or religion, women have come up with just as many creative, unique and entertaining ideas. In reality however, some horror films specifically in the past, present and future, have not been acknowledged by the fact that many of these films have been directed by a woman. Let’s take a look at popular horror films directed by women. Let’s also look at some horror films that some fans may not have realized were directed by women.
Pet Sematary (1989), is a supernatural horror film Directed by Mary Lambert (Urban Legends: Bloody Mary 2005) and Written by Stephen King (Carrie 1973) himself. It was based on King’s novel and was released on April 21, 1989. It’s about the Creed family who move into a new home, only to find out that they live near a “pet semetary.” It stars Dale Midkiff (The Outer Limits 1999), Denise Crosby (Dolly Dearest 1991) and Miko Hughes (Kindergarten Cop 1990) as Gage Creed.
Dead Hooker In A Trunk (2009), is a Canuxploitation horror film Directed, Written and Produced by the Soska Sisters, Jen and Sylvia Soska (See No Evil 2 2014). It was the twins’s directorial debut and was released on April 20, 2009. Four friends fight for their lives when a dead prostitute is found in their car. It stars the twins themselves alongside Rikki Gagne (Lost Boys: The Tribe 2008) and C.J. Wallis (Mirror 2012).
American Psycho (2000), is a satirical psychological horror film Directed and Co-Written by Mary Harron (The Moth Diaries 2011). It was based on the 1991 novel, American Psycho, Written by Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero 1985) and was released theatrically on April 14, 2000. It revolves around a wealthy investment banker who happens to be a killer. It stars Christian Bale (The Dark Knight 2008), Willem Dafoe (The Boondock Saints 1999), Jared Leto (Suicide Squad 2016), Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama 2002) and Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line 2005).
Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992), is a comedy horror film Directed by Fran Rubel Kuzui (Tokyo Pop 1988) and Written by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer (series) 1997 to 2003). The film had a different approach than what Joss Whedon wanted (he wanted it darker) but they eventually released it on July 31, 1992. It’s about a crime fighting cheerleader who fights the wrath of vampires. It stars Luke Perry (Beverly Hills, 90210 1990 to 1995 and then again 1998 to 2000), Kristy Swanson (Flowers In The Attic 1987) and Hilary Swank (The Black Dahlia 2006).
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991), is a slasher horror film and the sixth installment of “A Nightmare on Elm Street” series, Directed by Rachel Talalay (Tank Girl 1995) and Written by Michael De Luca (In the Mouth of Madness 1994). The film was New Line Cinema’s first 3D film released on September 13, 1991. Critics responded negatively after its release as it only grossed $34.9 million. It stars Lisa Zane (The Nurse 1997), Yaphet Kotto (Midnight Run 1988), Breckin Meyer (Clueless 1995), Shon Greenblatt (Newsies 1992), Ricky Dean Logan (Back to the Future Part 2 1989), Lezlie Deane (Girlfriend From Hell 1989), and Tobe Sexton (Offerings 1989).
The Ice Cream Truck (2017), is a psychological horror/thriller comedy film Directed by Megan Freels Johnston (Sparks 2009) and Written by Megan Freels Johnston (Hunting Season 2018). It is based on an odd man who drives an ice cream truck, killing innocent community members and it was released on August 18, 2017. It stars Deanna Russo (Satisfaction 2014), John Redlinger, Emil Johnsen, Hilary Barraford (Go For Sisters 2013), Jeff Daniel Phillips (Caveman in Geico commercials) and Lisa Ann Walter (Bruce Almighty 2003).
Dolly Deadly (2016), is a comedy/drama/horror film Directed by Heidi Moore (Tucker Noir 2017) and Written by Heidi Moore (Tucker Noir 2017). It is based on a young boy who sets out for blood with his precious “dollies” and it was released on August 23, 2016. It stars Justin Moore (Kill Dolly Kill – in post), Kimberly West-Carroll and Jay Sosnicki (Leather Bar 2013).
Vlci Bouda (1987), is a drama/adventure/horror film Directed by Vera Chytilova (Fruit of Paradise 1970) and Written by Vera Chytilova (Something Different 1963) and Daniela Fischerova (Incomplete Eclipse 1983). It is about – “A group of teenagers are mysteriously invited to a skiing workshop in the mountains. There are eleven of them, but the camp supervisors insist that there should be only ten, and that one of them is an intruder.” It was released on June 1, 1987. It stars Miroslav Machasek (Treti Prani 1960), Tomas Palaty (Hannibal Rising 2007), Stepanka Cervenkova and Jan Bidlas (Before the Fall 2004).
In My Skin (2002), is a New French Extremity horror film Directed by Marina De Van (Don’t Look Back 2009) and Written by Marina De Van (Dark Touch 2012). Following an accident that injures her leg, Esther engages in self-mutilation. The film was released on December 4, 2002. It stars Marina De Van and Laurent Lucas (Raw 2016).
Ravenous (1999), is a Western horror film Directed by Antonia Bird (Spooks 2005) and Written by Ted Griffin (Ocean’s 11 2001). The film’s production did not get off to a good start, with the original director, Milcho Manchevski, leaving the production three weeks after shooting started. He was replaced by Bird. It is about – “In a remote military outpost in the 19th century, Captain John Boyd and his regiment embark on a rescue mission which takes a dark turn when they are ambushed by a sadistic cannibal.” The film was released on March 19, 1999. It stars Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3 2013), Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty 1997), Jeremy Davies (Twister 1996), Jeffrey Jones (Beetlejuice 1988) and John Spencer (Cop Land 1997).
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