50 Must-See Horror Films Directed by Women

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Yes, I know there's only 49 on here. That's because Lizzy Borden's 2002 "Forced Entry" is not on IMDB for some reason. Shame.

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1. Dans ma peau (2002)

Unrated | 93 min | Drama, Horror

68 Metascore

A woman grows increasingly fascinated with her body after suffering a disfiguring accident.

Director: Marina de Van | Stars: Marina de Van, Laurent Lucas, Léa Drucker, Thibault de Montalembert

Votes: 4,522 | Gross: $0.03M

2. The Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

R | 77 min | Horror

A high school student's slumber party turns terrifying as an escaped mental patient with a drill decides to crash the evening.

Director: Amy Holden Jones | Stars: Michelle Michaels, Robin Stille, Michael Villella, Debra De Liso

Votes: 7,989

3. Slumber Party Massacre II (1987)

R | 77 min | Comedy, Horror, Music

Courtney Bates, the younger sister of Valerie, and her friends go to their condo for a weekend getaway, but Courtney can't get rid of the haunting feeling that a supernatural rockabilly driller killer is coming to murder them all.

Director: Deborah Brock | Stars: Crystal Bernard, Jennifer Rhodes, Kimberly McArthur, Patrick Lowe

Votes: 3,269

4. The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

Approved | 71 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Thriller

Two fishermen pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over.

Director: Ida Lupino | Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman, José Torvay

Votes: 5,373

5. Near Dark (1987)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is bitten by a beautiful drifter.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton

Votes: 29,270 | Gross: $3.37M

6. American Psycho (2000)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama

64 Metascore

A wealthy New York City investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.

Director: Mary Harron | Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage

Votes: 417,982 | Gross: $15.07M

7. Trouble Every Day (2001)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

40 Metascore

Two American newlyweds in Paris experience a love so strong, it almost devours them.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Vincent Gallo, Tricia Vessey, Béatrice Dalle, Alex Descas

Votes: 6,261 | Gross: $0.01M

8. Boxing Helena (1993)

R | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

26 Metascore

A surgeon becomes obsessed with the seductive woman he once was in an affair with. Refusing to accept that she has moved on, he amputates her limbs and holds her captive in his mansion.

Director: Jennifer Lynch | Stars: Julian Sands, Sherilyn Fenn, Bill Paxton, Kurtwood Smith

Votes: 10,559 | Gross: $1.80M

9. Messiah of Evil (1973)

R | 90 min | Horror

A young woman goes searching for her missing artist father. Her journey takes her to a strange Californian seaside town governed by a mysterious undead cult.

Directors: Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz | Stars: Michael Greer, Marianna Hill, Joy Bang, Anitra Ford

Votes: 2,425

10. American Mary (2012)

R | 103 min | Drama, Horror

46 Metascore

The allure of easy money sends Mary Mason, a medical student, into the world of underground surgeries which ends up leaving more marks on her than her so called "freakish" clients.

Directors: Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska | Stars: Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Tristan Risk, David Lovgren

Votes: 19,913

11. 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: 104,226 | Gross: $16.20M

12. Pathogen (II) (2006)

68 min | Horror

An infection which appears to be caused by a bacteria in the water turns out to be more. A fourteen-year-old student, Dannie, feels the real cause is linked to her recurring dreams. When ... See full summary »

Director: Emily Hagins | Stars: Rose Kent-McGlew, Alec Herskowitz, Tiger Darrow, Tony Vespe

Votes: 174

13. Amer (2009)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

72 Metascore

As a young girl Ana was a rebellious child. She was also tormented by images of death and a shadowy, ominous figure in black. Now an adult, she is once again tormented by shadowy, other-worldly forms.

Directors: Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani | Stars: Cassandra Forêt, Charlotte Eugène Guibeaud, Marie Bos, Biancamaria D'Amato

Votes: 5,045

14. Ravenous (1999)

R | 101 min | Horror

46 Metascore

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.

Director: Antonia Bird | Stars: Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette, Jeremy Davies

Votes: 33,620 | Gross: $2.06M

15. Organ (1996)

110 min | Action, Drama, Horror

Two police detectives Numata and Tosaka infiltrate a group of underground black market human organ dealers. Things go haywire during a raid on the group's surgical headquarters. Numata ... See full summary »

Director: Kei Fujiwara | Stars: Kei Fujiwara, Kimihiko Hasegawa, Natsuyo Kanahama, Kenji Nasa

Votes: 450

16. The Captured Bird (2012)

10 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

A darkly poetic fable that begins with a little girl drawing figures of people with chalk on the cement of a playground. She takes notice of an unusual crack in the pavement that is seeping... See full summary »

Director: Jovanka Vuckovic | Star: Skyler Wexler

Votes: 261

17. Blood Diner (1987)

Unrated | 88 min | Comedy, Horror

Two cannibalistic brothers kill various young women to use their flesh in their new special dish at their rundown restaurant, while seeking blood sacrifices to awaken a dormant Egyptian goddess.

Director: Jackie Kong | Stars: Rick Burks, Carl Crew, Roger Dauer, LaNette La France

Votes: 3,450

18. Pet Sematary (1989)

R | 103 min | Horror, Thriller

38 Metascore

After tragedy strikes, a grieving father discovers an ancient burial ground behind his home with the power to raise the dead.

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne, Brad Greenquist

Votes: 76,932 | Gross: $57.47M

19. Humanoids from the Deep (1980)

R | 80 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Scientific experiments backfire and produce horrific mutations: half man, half fish, which terrorize a small fishing village by killing the men and raping the women.

Directors: Barbara Peeters, Jimmy T. Murakami | Stars: Doug McClure, Ann Turkel, Vic Morrow, Cindy Weintraub

Votes: 6,156

20. Office Killer (1997)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

A mousy office worker accidentally kills one of her coworkers, then proceeds to bump off a few others.

Director: Cindy Sherman | Stars: Carol Kane, Molly Ringwald, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Barbara Sukowa

Votes: 1,704 | Gross: $0.04M

21. A Night to Dismember (1983)

Not Rated | 69 min | Horror

A woman from a "cursed" family is released from a mental facility, and soon dismembered corpses start turning up.

Director: Doris Wishman | Stars: Samantha Fox, Diane Cummins, Saul Meth, Miriam Meth

Votes: 573

22. Blood Bath (1966)

Not Rated | 62 min | Horror

A crazed artist who believes himself to be the reincarnation of a murderous vampire kills young women, then boils their bodies in a vat.

Directors: Jack Hill, Stephanie Rothman | Stars: William Campbell, Marissa Mathes, Lori Saunders, Sandra Knight

Votes: 562

23. Tenement (1985)

X | 94 min | Action, Crime, Horror

A drug selling and violent street-gang terrorize the renters of a big trashy apartment-house.

Director: Roberta Findlay | Stars: Joe Lynn, Mina Bern, Walter Bryant, Corinne Chateau

Votes: 557

24. Mirror Mirror (1990)

R | 104 min | Horror, Thriller

A teenage girl begins receiving black magic power through an antique mirror that drips blood, not realizing the mirror is controlled by demonic forces.

Director: Marina Sargenti | Stars: Karen Black, Yvonne De Carlo, William Sanderson, Rainbow Harvest

Votes: 1,098

25. Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)

R | 89 min | Fantasy, Horror

39 Metascore

Dream-haunting Freddy Krueger returns once again to prowl the nightmares of Springwood's last surviving teenager, and of a woman whose personal connection to Krueger may mean his doom.

Director: Rachel Talalay | Stars: Robert Englund, Lisa Zane, Shon Greenblatt, Lezlie Deane

Votes: 36,430 | Gross: $34.87M

26. Blood & Donuts (1995)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror

A vampire falls for a woman working at a donut shop.

Director: Holly Dale | Stars: Gordon Currie, Louis Ferreira, Helene Clarkson, Fiona Reid

Votes: 1,041

27. Kiss of the Damned (2012)

R | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

48 Metascore

The vampire Djuna resists the advances of Paolo, but soon gives in to their passion. When her trouble-making sister unexpectedly comes to visit, Djuna's love is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered.

Director: Xan Cassavetes | Stars: Joséphine de La Baume, Roxane Mesquida, Milo Ventimiglia, Caitlin Keats

Votes: 4,234 | Gross: $0.01M

28. The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999)

R | 104 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

42 Metascore

A horrible massacre strikes up after an outcast teenage girl is taunted by a group of high school jocks, all of them unaware of her cutthroat telekinetic powers.

Directors: Katt Shea, Robert Mandel | Stars: Emily Bergl, Jason London, Dylan Bruno, J. Smith-Cameron

Votes: 14,305 | Gross: $17.76M

29. Carrie (2013)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror

53 Metascore

A shy girl, outcasted by her peers and sheltered by her religious mother, unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.

Director: Kimberly Peirce | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday

Votes: 122,644 | Gross: $35.27M

30. Spookies (1986)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Horror

A sorcerer tries to sacrifice a group of people inside his house with the intention of using their vitality to keep his wife alive.

Directors: Genie Joseph, Thomas Doran, Brendan Faulkner | Stars: Felix Ward, Maria Pechukas, Dan Scott, Alec Nemser

Votes: 1,625

31. Soulmate (I) (2013)

Not Rated | 104 min | Horror, Mystery

Widowed Audrey retreats to an isolated Welsh cabin after a failed suicide attempt, to recuperate. Still haunted by the tragic death of her husband and struggling with her psychosis, she begins to hear strange noises.

Director: Axelle Carolyn | Stars: Anna Walton, Tom Wisdom, Tanya Myers, Nick Brimble

Votes: 688

32. Silent House (2011)

R | 86 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

49 Metascore

A girl is trapped inside her family's lakeside retreat and becomes unable to contact the outside world as supernatural forces haunt the house with mysterious energy and consequences.

Directors: Chris Kentis, Laura Lau | Stars: Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Chan

Votes: 20,525 | Gross: $12.56M

33. The Countess (2009)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

A 17th century Hungarian countess embarks on a murderous undertaking, with the belief that bathing in the blood of virgins will preserve her beauty.

Director: Julie Delpy | Stars: Julie Delpy, Daniel Brühl, William Hurt, Anamaria Marinca

Votes: 7,137

34. The Commune (2009)

91 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

When Jenny Cross has to spend summer vacation with her deadbeat dad in his creepy commune, she thinks clean living and boredom will kill her. But some fates are worse than death.

Director: Elisabeth Fies | Stars: Chauntal Lewis, David Scott Lago, Stuart G. Bennett, Elisabeth Fies

Votes: 129

35. Roman (2006)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Thriller

A lonely young man's obsession with his neighbor gets the best of him, resulting in a murder, a cover-up ... and a potential new romance?

Director: Angela Bettis | Stars: Lucky McKee, Nectar Rose, Kristen Bell, Ben Boyer

Votes: 1,234

36. A Visit from the Incubus (2001)

26 min | Horror, Short, Musical

A young Victorian woman struggles with an incubus against a backdrop of the Old West. With original period costumes, sets, and a western-vaudeville soundtrack.

Director: Anna Biller | Stars: Anna Biller, Jared Sanford, Natalia Schroeder, Gerald J.J. Johnson

Votes: 60

37. Of Dolls and Murder (2012)

Not Rated | 70 min | Documentary, Crime, Mystery

Of Dolls and Murder explores a haunting collection of dollhouse crime scenes and our universal fascination with murder. From CSI and real-life forensics, to the Body Farm and a crime ... See full summary »

Director: Susan Marks | Stars: John Waters, Jamie Bowen, Darrolyn Butler, Rajesh Chopra

Votes: 111

38. Hood of Horror (2006)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

A hip hop horror anthology of three tales of terror told by the Hound of Hell that revolve around the residents of an inner-city neighborhood whose actions determine where they will go in the afterlife.

Director: Stacy Title | Stars: Snoop Dogg, Daniella Alonso, Anson Mount, Hawthorne James

Votes: 2,629 | Gross: $0.33M

39. Lip Stick (2010)

11 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

A lonely woman with an overwhelming obsession of masturbation must extricate herself from what consumes her every moment.

Director: Shannon Lark | Star: Shannon Lark

Votes: 8

40. You ling ren jian (2001)

Unrated | 101 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

An unemployed hairdresser and a strange nurse, meet at a club and start a romance. Since meeting her, the young man encounters unexplained things which she says are spirits she can see. ... See full summary »

Director: Ann Hui | Stars: Eason Chan, Qi Shu, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Sam Lee

Votes: 338

41. Death in Charge (2009)

Not Rated | 15 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

In the tradition of E.C. Horror Comics, this cautionary tale examines life through the eyes of Death who gets derailed when an impatient single Mom carelessly mistakes the scythe-carrying ... See full summary »

Director: Devi Snively | Stars: Marina Benedict, Tom Burke, Chelsea Chalfa, Kylie Chalfa

Votes: 54

42. The Babadook (2014)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Horror

86 Metascore

A widowed mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.

Director: Jennifer Kent | Stars: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney

Votes: 162,946 | Gross: $0.92M

43. Se acabó la fiesta (2011)

4 min | Short, Crime, Horror

Tomas wakes up after a party to realize a strange woman crawled into his bed.

Director: Gigi Romero | Stars: Gonzalo Kindelán, Ramon Pujol, Alicia Rubio

44. Carver (2015)

75 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A group of teenagers are haunted by a despicable act they committed when they were younger. Their actions caused the deaths of three innocent people. Now, on the anniversary of those deaths... See full summary »

Director: Emily DiPrimio | Stars: Lea Davis, Mark Ryan Anderson, Alex Tordi, Adrian Arthur

Votes: 39

46. Hide and Seek (III) (2013)

11 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

A girl visits a house to take a Koto lesson. (Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument.) She sees a teacher and her son, they play 'HIDE and SEEK'. And Koto lesson starts, a teacher's behavior becomes odd.

Director: Kayoko Asakura | Stars: Keitarô Komuro, Asaka Nakamura, Sakiko Takao

Votes: 53

47. Among Friends (2012)

R | 80 min | Comedy, Horror

A group of friends get together for a murder mystery party, but things take a dark turn when one hijacks the evening and is out for blood.

Director: Danielle Harris | Stars: Alyssa Lobit, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Kamala Jones, AJ Bowen

Votes: 1,424

48. The Mafu Cage (1978)

R | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Ellen has been taking care of her insane younger sister Cissy ever since their explorer father died. When Cissy's pet ape dies in their mansion's dungeon and Ellen finds a boyfriend, Cissy's incestuous desire for her sister turns deadly.

Director: Karen Arthur | Stars: Lee Grant, Carol Kane, Will Geer, James Olson

Votes: 350