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Although relatively scarce, horror movies directed by women are out there. You may have to turn over a few rocks to know who they are and their material might be a little more difficult to get your hands on, but these directors deserve just as much attention and scrutiny as their male counterparts, who have long dominated the genre. The following discusses selections of female directors’ forays into the business of terror. (This post contains spoilers)
The late director Antonia Bird’s Ravenous is a bizarre amalgamation of humor and horror that explores cannibalism with warped nuance. The strangely cacophonous score builds up tension as craven outcasts face a glutinous and depraved attacker whose strength seems fortified by his consumption of human flesh. Set during America’s westward expansion, the metaphor of humanity’s insatiable appetite for power is plain to see, but its execution indulges in such »
- Lane Scarberry
Born just days before Halloween, filmmaker Michael Dougherty has always had an affinity for the spooky holiday. After breaking into the business by co-writing X2: X-Men United, Urban Legends: Bloody Mary and Superman Returns with Dan Harris, Michael Dougherty set out on his own to make his directorial debut with the horror anthology Trick 'r Treat, long before the format was back en vogue. Despite getting rave reviews from the festival circuit in 2007 and 2008, Warner Bros. decided to forgo a theatrical release, instead debuting it on DVD back in 2009. It became an immediate cult classic, with some starting annual traditions of watching Trick 'r Treat every year on October 31.
Trick 'r Treat tells four separate stories, all set on Halloween night in the same town, as it's revealed how each of these completely different characters' stories are connected to one another. Lurking in the shadows for each of these tales is Sam, »
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