Lesbian Horror and Thriller Films

by emertens | created - 07 Jul 2012 | updated - 25 Jan 2013 | Public

I've decided to extract all the lesbian movies from my list of Gay Horror & Thriller Flicks and make a separate one out of it.

As of August the 17th 2012, I cannot post or reply to comments anymore, because I don't have, nor do I want, a Facebook account.

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1. Frog-g-g! (2004)

Unrated | 80 min | Sci-Fi, Comedy, Horror

Chemical waste seeps into a small town's water supply, causing the birth of a mutant FROGGG which is instinctively driven to mate with its genetic match - human women. Sexy EPA super-agent ... See full summary »

Director: Cody Jarrett | Stars: Kristi Russell, Ariadne Shaffer, Robert Patrick Brink, Michael McConnohie

Votes: 291

This one is on top, because it's the only horror movie I know of which has lesbian lead character in a non-tragic protagonist role.

I could make a long list on how amateurish it sometimes gets, but while watching it was continuously entertaining. And I don't mean in a so-bad-it's-good way. The worst thing perhaps was the frog-man himself. I usually don't judge a low budget movie by its special effects. But the frog-man even looks worse than Octaman. Strangely enough none of the imdb reviewers seem to understand why the lead character is gay. Most of them compare it to the 70's exploitation genre or to Troma pictures, commenting only on the sex scenes, as if these were meant to attract an all straight male audience. Just one reviewer understood this wasn't the case and immediately trashes it at propaganda. Well it isn't about that either of course, but he made a few understandable points. In gay male (horror) movies females are usually ignored or presented as fag hags. Not always - but it happens a lot. In Frog-g-g! most males are represented as brutal, loudmouthed, aggressive, sexist slobs. I agree it tastes a bit like a simplistic feminist statement. But it didn't bother me very much. I've seen so many straight horror movies that present women as helpless scream queens. It's equally naive.

The story is very familiar. Basically it's an old-fashioned monster movie like for instance The Horror of Party Beach (1964), Brides of Blood (1968), Octaman (1971), Spawn of the Slithes (1978) and Humanoids from the Deep (1980). Toxic waste has caused some serious mutations in animal and plant life. A female scientist, accompanied by her girlfriend, discovers it, but the local sheriff doesn't believe her.

It's a nice film. I've rated it generously a 6, mainly because of its entertaining values.

2. Black Swan (2010)

R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder

Votes: 614,588 | Gross: $106.95M

3. An Erotic Werewolf in London (2006 Video)

Unrated | 69 min | Horror

Misty and Ruby are a couple who run a lesbian bar in New Jersey when their lives change one night with the arrival of a seductive woman (Anoushka) who bites Misty, thus starting her slow ... See full summary »

Director: William Hellfire | Stars: Erin Brown, Anoushka, Darian Caine, Julian Wells

Votes: 178

4. The Haunting (1963)

G | 112 min | Horror

74 Metascore

A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 29,364 | Gross: $2.62M

My thoughts about this movie are somehow contradicting. I agree it's a good movie and of important historic significance to the horror genre of cinema. But I don't think it's as big a masterpiece as 'The Innocents' or 'Night of the Demon'. I really wonder how much credits it should deserve solely on base of its presumed originality. It's even difficult to determine the originality of the book 'The Haunting of Hill House' on which it is based. Well to me at least. For instance, there are several similarities between this book and the William Castle movie 'The House on Haunted Hill'. The title to begin with. Both feature a group of strangers who have to spend the night together in a spooky mansion where a lot of evil things happened in the past. And in both cases a charismatic gentleman was responsible for this setup. But the gentleman's wife - again in both cases - turns up as some kind of non-cooperative outsider to the group. Each one features a creepy caretaker couple. A hysteric girl, a skeptic non-believing, all-American young guy. Can this all be just a coincidence? Probably, because both were made in 1959. Although there was some time between the two. The William Castle movie had its release date on February 17, 1959. Shirley Jackson's short novel was published by The Viking Press in October... The movie itself also has some odd similarities with some of its predecessors. The scene where Eleanor drives to Hill House, to flee her past but unaware of a far more gruesome destiny, reminded me of Psycho. When she drives her car through the gate, even the music shares some resemblance! The way Hill House was 'portrayed' against a background of clouds, somehow looked very artificial. It reminded me of some Roger Corman flick. Can't remember which one. The House of Usher or The Terror... (have to re-watch them both). At the first glance I immediately tried to figure out whether it was created by the use of a mat painting or perhaps a miniature model of the house. Well, I was wrong. I just read that this effect was achieved by the use of infrared film stock. However it didn't work for me. Just like a bad Photoshop assembly never convinces.

The most remarkable scenes in this movie are those when things literally go bump in the night, as well as those involving the spiral staircase. I really wonder why some reviewers assume the possibility that the events at Hill House never actually happen, but are just figments of Eleanor's imagination. Because we all see that the pounding noises, the rattling doorknobs and the bending doors are noted by the other characters. This in contrast to 'The Innocents', in which really never is made clear whether the ghosts are for real or not.

I don't think the cinematography is nearly as beautiful as in 'The Innocents' or 'Night of the Demon'. Neither do I think the editing is as clever as in for instance 'Psycho', just to name one. The sets lacked some credibility too. The lighting could have been more effectifly adjusted, I guess. The camerawork was rather decent.

This movie features a lesbian supporting character. Although never mentioned, it's quite obvious.

Don't get me wrong, I think it's a good movie. And it's very entertaining. I rated it an 8, since it has a decent imdb average rating of 7.7. It shouldn't rise. If it surpasses 'The Innocents' I will change my vote.

5. Voodoo Island (1957)

Approved | 76 min | Horror

A wealthy industrialist hires the renowned hoax-buster Phillip Knight to prove that an island he plans to develop isn't voodoo cursed. However, arriving on the island, Knight soon realizes ... See full summary »

Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: Boris Karloff, Beverly Tyler, Murvyn Vye, Elisha Cook Jr.

Votes: 670

A rather openly lesbian character. A supporting role. Very unusual for it's time.

6. Dracula's Daughter (1936)

Approved | 71 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Hungarian countess Marya Zaleska seeks the aid of a noted psychiatrist, hoping to free herself of a mysterious evil influence.

Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Otto Kruger, Gloria Holden, Marguerite Churchill, Edward Van Sloan

Votes: 4,546

Lesbian subtext.

7. Rebecca (1940)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A self-conscious bride is tormented by the memory of her husband's dead first wife.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine, George Sanders, Judith Anderson

Votes: 104,194

Lesbian Subtext

8. The Hunger (1983)

R | 97 min | Horror

A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist.

Director: Tony Scott | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, Susan Sarandon, Cliff De Young

Votes: 19,662 | Gross: $5.98M

9. Brain Dead (2007)

95 min | Horror

The story of six people caught in the unusual (except in horror films) predicament of being stranded in a deserted fishing lodge with a host of alien-infected, mutant amoeba-controlled zombies at their doorstep.

Director: Kevin Tenney | Stars: Joshua Benton, Sarah Grant Brendecke, David Crane, Andy Forrest

Votes: 974

I like this movie. Very entertaining. I will write a little review about it later on.

One of the supporting characters is a lesbian. Not really a nice characterization. I have mixed feelings about that. The emancipation of gays still is far from what it should be. Nevertheless one can hardly demand every gay character in a movie to be likable. But at the same time, there've already been so much movies made with unlikable homosexuals. And it continues to go on, to some degree. Well, as said, I've mixed feelings about this aspect. But it wasn't bad enough to spoil the fun while watching.

10. The Vampire Lovers (1970)

R | 91 min | Horror

Seductive vampire Carmilla Karnstein and her family target the beautiful and the rich in a remote area of late eighteenth-century Gemany.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Ingrid Pitt, Pippa Steel, Madeline Smith, Peter Cushing

Votes: 4,389

Lesbian Vampires

11. Vampyres (1974)

R | 87 min | Horror

A lesbian vampire couple waylay and abduct various passer-byes, both male and female, to hold them captive at their rural manor in the English countryside in order to kill and feed on them to satisfy their insatiable thirst for blood.

Director: José Ramón Larraz | Stars: Marianne Morris, Anulka Dziubinska, Murray Brown, Brian Deacon

Votes: 2,477

Lesbian vampires Didn't like this one very much.


12. Fun (1994)

Unrated | 105 min | Crime, Drama

Hillary and Bonnie meet one morning by the side of the road. They become fast friends, share their secrets, and on a rising wave of frenzy later that afternoon, murder an old woman. They did it, they say later, for fun.

Director: Rafal Zielinski | Stars: Renée Humphrey, Alicia Witt, William R. Moses, Leslie Hope

Votes: 1,133

Crime. Good movie. Will rewatch it soon, so I can write a little review on it.

13. Heavenly Creatures (1994)

R | 99 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

Two girls have an intense fantasy life; their parents, concerned the fantasy is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent

Votes: 54,066 | Gross: $3.05M

Haven't seen it. Crime. Thriller

14. Wild Things (1998)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

52 Metascore

A police detective uncovers a conspiracy behind a case involving a high-school guidance counselor when accusations of rape are made against him by two female students.

Director: John McNaughton | Stars: Kevin Bacon, Neve Campbell, Matt Dillon, Denise Richards

Votes: 97,574 | Gross: $29.75M

15. The Children (1980)

R | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A nuclear-plant leak turns a bus-load of children into murderous atomic zombies with black fingernails.

Director: Max Kalmanowicz | Stars: Martin Shakar, Gil Rogers, Gale Garnett, Shannon Bolin

Votes: 1,332

Lesbian couple (supporting roles)

16. Todd and the Book of Pure Evil (2010– )
Episode: Terrible Twin Turf Tussle (2010)

TV-MA | 23 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Jenny begins a lesbian relationship, causing the girl's jealous twin sister to use the book, creating clones armies of the sisters who battle it out in the school hallways. Hannah creates Todd a special suit so he can sense Pure Evil.

Director: James Dunnison | Stars: Alex House, Maggie Castle, Bill Turnbull, Melanie Leishman

Votes: 61

17. Monster (2003)

R | 109 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

74 Metascore

Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Charlize Theron, Christina Ricci, Bruce Dern, Lee Tergesen

Votes: 118,329 | Gross: $34.47M

18. Jennifer's Body (2009)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Horror

47 Metascore

A newly possessed high school cheerleader turns into a succubus who specializes in killing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror?

Director: Karyn Kusama | Stars: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody, Johnny Simmons

Votes: 101,042 | Gross: $16.20M

19. Wolf Girl (2001 TV Movie)

R | 97 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Tara Talbot is afflicted with the rare genetic condition hypertrichosis-- she is covered head to toe in hair. She lives her life in Harley Dune's Travelling Freak Show, on display as the '... See full summary »

Director: Thom Fitzgerald | Stars: Shelby Fenner, Shawn Ashmore, Tony Denman, Nate Dushku

Votes: 761

Spoiler: At the end there's the revealing of the repressed lesbianism of one of the characters

20. High Tension (2003)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

42 Metascore

Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Cécile de France, Maïwenn, Philippe Nahon, Franck Khalfoun

Votes: 60,169 | Gross: $3.68M

Lesbian subtext

21. Martyrs (2008)

R | 99 min | Horror

A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.

Director: Pascal Laugier | Stars: Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin, Robert Toupin

Votes: 68,914

Lesbian subtext

22. The Descent (2005)

R | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

71 Metascore

A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder

Votes: 174,987 | Gross: $26.02M

Lesbian subtext

23. In a Dark Place (2006)

R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller

The disturbed arts teacher, Anna Veigh, is hired by Mr. Laing as a governess to raise Flora and her brother Miles. Anna believes that the ghosts of the former governess, Miss Jessel, and ... See full summary »

Director: Donato Rotunno | Stars: Leelee Sobieski, Tara Fitzgerald, Christian Olson, Gabrielle Adam

Votes: 2,221

Some kind of remake/reworking of "The Innocents" / "The Turn of the Screw"

24. The Blood Spattered Bride (1972)

R | 82 min | Horror

Newlywed Susan is haunted by visions of Mircalla Karnstein, a centuries-old bride who murdered her husband on their wedding night.

Director: Vicente Aranda | Stars: Simón Andreu, Maribel Martín, Alexandra Bastedo, Dean Selmier

Votes: 1,186

Lesbian vampire

25. Soulkeeper (2001)

R | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Two thieves down on their luck get hired to steal the Rock of Lazarus, an ancient relic capable of returning evil souls to earth.

Director: Darin Ferriola | Stars: William Bassett, Howard Berger, Jaime Bergman, Vincent Berry

Votes: 1,063

26. Blood and Roses (1960)

Not Rated | 74 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

A lonely and bitter young heiress - jealous of her cousin's engagement to another woman - becomes dangerously obsessed with legends surrounding a vampire ancestor, who supposedly murdered the young brides of the man she loved.

Director: Roger Vadim | Stars: Mel Ferrer, Elsa Martinelli, Annette Stroyberg, Alberto Bonucci

Votes: 921

27. Jack & Diane (2012)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

45 Metascore

Diane's feelings for Jack -- the girl she met over the summer -- begin to manifest themselves in terrifying ways when she learns that her friend will soon be moving away.

Director: Bradley Rust Gray | Stars: Riley Keough, Juno Temple, Kylie Minogue, Jackson Ning

Votes: 2,418 | Gross: $0.00M

28. The Bloodsucker Leads the Dance (1975)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror, Mystery

Gothic lesbians prowl the corridors of a miserable little castle in Italy and fall prey to a deranged count with resplendent canine gnashers, a ghostly white complexion and the personality of Atilla the Hun.

Director: Alfredo Rizzo | Stars: Femi Benussi, Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Krista Nell, Patrizia Webley

Votes: 293

29. Daughters of Darkness (1971)

R | 87 min | Horror

A newlywed couple are passing through a vacation resort. Their paths cross with a mysterious, strikingly beautiful countess and her aide.

Director: Harry Kümel | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, John Karlen, Danielle Ouimet, Andrea Rau

Votes: 3,476

30. Promenons-nous dans les bois (2000)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

A group of young actors stay overnight in their host's castle only to be hunted by a serial killer.

Director: Lionel Delplanque | Stars: Marie Trintignant, Suzanne MacAleese, Maud Buquet, Alexia Stresi

Votes: 2,226 | Gross: $0.06M

31. Macumba sexual (1983)

Unrated | 80 min | Horror

Princess Obongo, the Goddess of Unspeakable Lust, uses dark powers to ensnare a hapless couple of yuppies, so that she can imbue them with evil and conquer the world.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Ajita Wilson, Lina Romay, Antonio Mayans, Lorna Green

Votes: 419

32. 2 Minutes Later (2007)

Unrated | 78 min | Adventure, Comedy, Thriller

When lesbian detective Abigail Marks teams up with gay guy Michael Dalmar to solve the disappearance of his twin, Kyle Dalmar, a famed portrait photographer, their investigation leads them ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Gaston | Stars: Michael Molina, Jessica Graham, Peter Stickles, Matt Cannon

Votes: 392

33. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Horror, War

In World War II Italy, four fascist libertines round up nine adolescent boys and girls and subject them to one hundred and twenty days of physical, mental and sexual torture.

Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini | Stars: Paolo Bonacelli, Laura Betti, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle

Votes: 44,738

34. Black Sabbath (1963)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror

Boris Karloff hosts a trio of horror stories concerning a stalked call girl, a patriarch who has become a vampire-like monster, and a nurse who is haunted by her ring's rightful owner.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Michèle Mercier, Lidia Alfonsi, Boris Karloff, Mark Damon

Votes: 8,309

35. Mulholland Dr. (2001)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesiac, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Naomi Watts, Laura Harring, Justin Theroux, Jeanne Bates

Votes: 274,173 | Gross: $7.22M

36. Caged (1950)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A naive nineteen year old widow becomes coarsened and cynical when she is sent to a woman's prison and is exposed to hardened criminals and sadistic guards.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Eleanor Parker, Agnes Moorehead, Ellen Corby, Hope Emerson

Votes: 2,913

37. Performance (1970)

R | 105 min | Crime, Drama

A violent gangster seeks refuge from the mob in the Bohemian home of a former rock star.

Directors: Donald Cammell, Nicolas Roeg | Stars: James Fox, Mick Jagger, Anita Pallenberg, Michèle Breton

Votes: 7,622

38. The Redeemer: Son of Satan! (1978)

R | 84 min | Horror

Six people are trapped within the confines of their old high school during their 10th high school reunion with a psychotic, masked preacher who kills them off for their sinful lives they have made for themselves.

Director: Constantine S. Gochis | Stars: Damien Knight, Jeannetta Arnette, Nick Carter, Nikki Barthen

Votes: 632

39. Tenebre (1982)

R | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

An American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer bent on harassing him while killing all people associated with his work on his latest book.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Anthony Franciosa, Giuliano Gemma, Christian Borromeo, Mirella D'Angelo

Votes: 16,476

40. Rose Red (2002)

PG-13 | 254 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A group of people with psychic powers are invited to spend the night in a haunted house.

Stars: Nancy Travis, Matt Keeslar, Kimberly J. Brown, David Dukes

Votes: 19,346

41. Carmilla (1999)

80 min | Horror

Based loosely upon the classic story by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, this updated vampire soap opera focuses on Laura, who arrives at an isolated town searching for answers to the mysterious death ... See full summary »

Directors: Tom LePine, Denise Templeton | Stars: Stacia Crawford, Marina Morgan, Bootsie Cairns, Dawn Marie Psaltis

Votes: 27

Lesbian vampire

42. Girlfriends (1993)

Not Rated | 69 min | Comedy, Crime

A lesbian couple support themselves by picking up guys with money and blowing them away. They yearn for a more normal life, so they vow to get out of the murder/theft business and live off ... See full summary »

Directors: Mark Steven Bosko, Wayne Alan Harold | Stars: Nina Angeloff, Lori Scarlett, Marc Andreyko, Shawna Baer

Votes: 51

43. Razor Blade Smile (1998)

R | 101 min | Horror

A 19th century woman, who has become one of the undead, acts as a hired killer in modern times. When she starts knocking off part of the elite businessmen, "The Illuminati", who secretly ... See full summary »

Director: Jake West | Stars: Eileen Daly, Christopher Adamson, Jonathan Coote, Kevin Howarth

Votes: 1,421

Lesbian Vampire

44. The Adored (2012)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

Photographer Francesca builds Maia's confidence while having to control her own obsessive and sexual desires towards Maia. As they spend more time together, Maia becomes the object of her obsession and things slowly spiral out of control.

Directors: Carl Medland, Amarjeet Singh | Stars: Laura Martin-Simpson, Ione Butler, Jake Maskall, Caroline Burns Cooke

Votes: 107

45. The In Crowd (2000)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

14 Metascore

A mentally disturbed young woman takes a job at a posh country club and falls in with a clique of wealthy college kids where she's taken under the wing of the clique's twisted leader, who harbors some dark secrets too terrifying to tell.

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Lori Heuring, Susan Ward, Matthew Settle, Nathan Bexton

Votes: 3,867 | Gross: $5.22M

46. Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)

R | 90 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

15 Metascore

A group of tourists arrive in Burkittsville, Maryland after seeing The Blair Witch Project (1999) to explore the mythology and phenomenon, only to come face to face with their own neuroses and possibly the witch herself.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Jeffrey Donovan, Stephen Barker Turner, Erica Leerhsen, Kurt Loder

Votes: 32,360 | Gross: $26.44M

47. Shivers (1975)

R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

The residents of a suburban high-rise apartment building are being infected by a strain of parasites that turn them into mindless, sex-crazed fiends out to infect others by the slightest sexual contact.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, Lynn Lowry, Allan Kolman

Votes: 14,266

48. Torso (1973)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A string of appalling lust murders shocks the University of Perugia as a sadistic serial killer strangles to death beautiful college girls with a red and black scarf.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: Suzy Kendall, Tina Aumont, Luc Merenda, John Richardson

Votes: 4,242

49. Caress of the Vampire (1996 Video)

46 min | Horror

A lesbian vampire from another world comes to Earth in search of a lover and fresh blood. When she sets up home next to a beautiful woman she is determined to make the woman her undead lover.

Director: Frank Terranova | Stars: Paulina Monet, Jessica English, Darien Price, Joe Moller

Votes: 78

Lesbian Vampires from Outer Space.

50. Lust for Dracula (2004 Video)

R | 90 min | Horror