Female Horror Filmmakers

by DxDerailed | created - 25 Jul 2019 | updated - 2 days ago | Public

Directing, writing, producing. Have worked on AT LEAST one (but usually more) horror film, short, or TV series.

1. Abia Castillo

Writer | Huesera

Abia Castillo (Mexico City, 1983) Screenwriter and fiction writer. She is a graduate of the Screenwriting Course of Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) and SOGEM School of Writers in Mexico City. She has received scholarships and awards from the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE), the ...

2. Abigail Blackmore

Actress | Vintage Blood

Abigail Blackmore is an actress and writer, known for Vintage Blood (2015), Blind Date (2010) and Tales from the Lodge (2019).

3. Actually Huizenga

Actress | Heavenly Sin

Actually Huizenga is an actress and producer, known for Heavenly Sin (2016), The Art of Eating (2017) and Write a Book About It (2010).

6. Agnieszka Smoczynska

Director | Córki dancingu

Agnieszka Smoczynska was born on May 18, 1978 in Wroclaw, Dolnoslaskie, Poland. She is a director and writer, known for The Lure (2015), Fugue (2018) and Aria diva (2007). She is married to Andrzej Konopka. They have two children.

7. Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo

Director | Pâté

Agnieszka Vosloo is a Polish-born New York-based film director and screenwriter. She graduated from the Directing Department of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she was honored with the prestigious Wasserman Award for directing. Her award-winning films screened at Sundance, Toronto and AFI ...

9. Aisling Walsh

Director | Maudie

Aisling Walsh studied Fine Art at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology. There was no film course there at that time but there was a film appreciation society that she joined and through this she developed an interest in filmmaking and started making her own short movies. The ...

10. Aislinn Clarke

Director | The Devil's Doorway

Aislinn Clarke is a director and writer, known for The Devil's Doorway (2018), Childer (2016) and God Mother.

11. A.K. Espada

Director | This Is Our Home

A.K. Espada is a director and writer, known for This Is Our Home (2021), Last Stop Coney Island (2016) and Laundry Night (2019).

12. Akela Cooper

Producer | Luke Cage

Akela Cooper is a producer and writer, known for Luke Cage (2016), Malignant (2021) and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (2022).

13. Alanah Rafferty

Actress | Mutiny

Alanah Rafferty was born on January 11, 1992 in New Rochelle, New York, USA. She is an actress and assistant director, known for Mutiny (2018), Cats Kill (2017) and Is Anyone Listening (2012).

14. Alante Kavaite

Director | Sangailes vasara

Alante Kavaite was born in 1973 in Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR, USSR. She is a director and writer, known for The Summer of Sangaile (2015), Fissures (2006) and La carpe (2002).

16. Alexandra Barreto

Actress | All American

Alexandra Barreto is an actress and producer, known for All American (2018), Mayans M.C. (2018) and The Fosters (2013). She has been married to Rider Strong since October 20, 2013. They have one child.

17. Alexandra Loreth

Actress | The Yellow Wallpaper

Alexandra Loreth is an actress and writer, known for The Yellow Wallpaper (2021), The Witch and the Burning Branches and Fire Eater (2017).

19. Alexandra Neary

Director | The Thieving Magpie

Alexandra Neary is a director and producer, known for The Thieving Magpie (2020), The Teddy Bear's Picnic (2019) and The Innocent (2018).

20. Alexandra Pechman

Writer | Thumb

Alexandra Pechman is a writer and director, known for Thumb (2021), Into the Dark (2018) and Channel Zero (2016).

22. Alexandra Spieth

Actress | [Blank] My Life

Alexandra Spieth is a writer and producer, known for [Blank] My Life (2016), Retract (2020) and Grinding Doubt (2021).

24. Alexis Jacknow

Actress | American Horror Story

Alexis Jacknow is a Los Angeles based, multidisciplinary writer, director, and actor. Her debut short film, Again, world premiered in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival and was distributed by Amazon. Her other recent work includes her Hulu horror shorts, Clock and Costume Change, which aired ...

25. Alexis Kendra

Actress | The Cleaning Lady

Alexis Kendra graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Hollywood. Some roles include "Susie Friend" in Wendy Wasserstein's Uncommon Women and Others, "Mandy", in Patricia Burke Brogan's Eclipsed, and "Anne" in James Sherman's Magic Time. On graduating from AADA, she joined the ...

26. Alice Lowe

Actress | Sightseers

Alice Eva Lowe is an English actress and writer, mainly in comedy. She is best known for her roles as Madeline Wool/Liz Asher in Garth Marenghi's Darkplace and as Tina in the 2012 film Sightseers, which she also co-wrote.

Lowe was born in Coventry, West Midlands, England. She attended Kenilworth ...

27. Alice Maio Mackay

Director | Bad Girl Boogey

Alice Maio Mackay is a director and writer, known for Bad Girl Boogey, So Vam (2021) and Boys Night (2021).

28. Alison-Eve Hammersley

Director | You'll Only Have Each Other

Alison was one of five directors chosen by Lena Waithe for AT&T's 2019 Hello Lab Mentorship Program. There she directed her short film, Fragile.com, which premiered at Screamfest Horror Film Festival in 2020 and has subsequently been released on Gunpowder & Sky's horror platform, Alter, where it's ...

29. Alix Austin

Director | #conniesflat

Alix is a London based Film Director, Producer and Actor, where she runs her film production company Switchblade Cinema with Keir Siewert.

She was born in England, raised bilingually in Basel, Switzerland, speaking both English and German fluently. She moved back to the UK to complete a BA in Acting...

30. Allisyn Snyder

Actress | A.P. Bio

Allisyn Snyder is a writer, director, producer, and co-owner of Watch The Footage (WTF) Productions, launching her career in the entertainment industry as an actress at only 4 years old when her manager, Lynne Marks, discovered Allisyn in a local acting class. At 15, her steady childhood acting ...

31. Alyson Richards

Producer | The Retreat

Alyson Richards was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is a producer and writer, known for The Retreat (2021), Don't Talk to Irene (2017) and Guidance (2014).

32. Alyx Melone

Actress | Talking Heads

Alyx Melone is an actress and writer, known for Talking Heads (2017), Blood Child (2017) and Bloody Bits: Shorts Compilation Vol. 2 (2018).

34. Amanda Bell

Actress | Guardia de Male

Amanda Bell is known for Guardia de Male (2018), Amityville Vibrator (2020) and Evaporation (2021).

35. Amanda Dyar

Producer | Field of Games

A native of Southern Texas, Amanda Dyar spent most of her youth in Tennessee where she played football on her high school team. Amanda wrote her first short story at age 6 and went on to publish several books based off her collection of writings. At age 17, Amanda graduated with her first degree in...

37. Amanda Payton

Producer | Sleepless Nights

Amanda Payton is known for Sleepless Nights (2016), Hi-Death (2018) and The Crawler (2014).

38. Amber Bariaktari

Producer | Rose City Underground

Amber Bariaktari is a producer/writer/director/ and owner of Bullet Dance Films. She is a producer/partner/ and social media director at Hellbender Media. She is the director of the short film "Seeds" and the director of "True Love" short film. She is the producer of Rose City Underground web ...

39. Ameera Al-Qaed

Sound_department | Dead Sands

41. Amy Hesketh

Producer | Rucker

Amy Hesketh is a director and writer, known for Rucker (2022), Pygmalion and Olalla (2015).

42. Amy Holden Jones

Writer | The Resident

Amy Holden Jones is a writer and producer, known for The Resident (2018), Mystic Pizza (1988) and Indecent Proposal (1993). She was previously married to Michael Chapman.

43. Amy Mills

Actress | The Evolution of Andrew Andrews

Amy Mills is an actress and producer, known for The Evolution of Andrew Andrews (2012), The Harbinger (2022) and H-Detector (2007).

44. Amy Lynn Best

Actress | Severe Injuries

Amy Lynn Best is a trained dancer and actress who started in the business by co-producing the independent feature horror film, The Resurrection Game, and co-stars as the pop psychologist turned zombie exterminator, Sister Mary Bliss. Like many independent film producers, Amy learned the film ...

45. Amy McCullough

Actress | Gary and the Underworld

Amy McCullough and Jimmie Buchanan Jr. have been making movies and music together for over a decade. Their projects have ranged from twisted love stories starring demon babies, murderous beasts, and misguided cowboys to absurd action movies with wiener-roasting geishas and cocaine-selling clowns. ...

46. Amy Seimetz

Actress | Upstream Color

Amy Seimetz first came to prominence producing and directing shorts and independent films. Most notably associate producing Barry Jenkins' Medicine For Melancholy which was nominated for Gotham and Independent Spirit Awards, after playing at South By Southwest and the Toronto International Film ...

47. Amy Wade

Actress | Condo Hell

Amy Wade is an actress and writer, known for Condo Hell (2016), Hollywood Babydoll (2022) and Merry Ex-Mas (2022).

48. Ana Lily Amirpour

Director | A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Ana Lily Amirpour was born on July 25, 1976 in Margate, Kent, England. She is a director and writer, known for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014), The Bad Batch (2016) and A Little Suicide (2012).

49. Andrea Wolanin

Director | Penta

Andrea Wolanin was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. She received her B.F.A from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She works in public television, dedicating her spare time to horror and science fiction underground film-making.

Her film M is for Mundane was an ...

50. Angela Bettis

Actress | May

Angela Bettis is an American film and stage actress, film producer, and director best known for her lead roles in the 2002 TV adaptation of the Stephen King novel Carrie, the title character in May (2002), and in Girl, Interrupted.

In addition to her work in film, Bettis also starred in two Broadway...

51. Angela Sanner

Director | A Dash of Charlie

Angela Sanner was born October 25, 1984 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a Director, Writer and Actress known for A Dash of Charlie (2018), Her Seething Hollow (2019), The Bully (2018), Signs Point to Yes (2018), Cheat Day (2018), Duct Tape (2018) and Leaving the Dead Rose (2019). Written works ...

52. Angela Tong

Actress | Grindsploitation 9

Angela Tong is an actress and cinematographer, known for Grindsploitation 9 (2021), 60 Seconds to Live (2022) and Shrooomed (2021).

53. Angelica De Alba

Producer | Streets of Vengeance

Angelica De Alba is a producer and writer, known for Streets of Vengeance (2016), Slashlorette Party (2020) and Cinco De Mayo (2013).

54. Angelica Nwandu

Writer | Night Comes On

Angelica Nwandu is a producer and writer, known for Night Comes On (2018), Juju and Love Locked (2021).

56. Anissa Matlock

Actress | Greenland

Anissa Matlock was born in Augusta, GA; the oldest of three children in a military family. She credits her family's frequent relocation across the US throughout her childhood for her adaptability in life and in her work. Growing up, she enjoyed writing and illustrating short stories and began ...

57. Anita Rocha da Silveira

Director | Mate-me Por Favor

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Anita Rocha da Silveira has written and directed three short- films: "The Noon Vampire" (2008), "Handball" (2010, FIPRESCI Award at the Int. Short Film Festival Oberhausen), and "The Living Dead "(2012, Directors' Fortnight). Her first feature "Kill me Please" (...

58. Ann Hui

Director | Nu ren si shi

Born in China in 1947, Ann Hui moved to Hong Kong when she was still in her youth. After graduating in English and Comparative Literature from Hong Kong University, she spent two years at the London Film School. Returning to Hong Kong, she worked as an assistant to director King Hu before joining ...

59. Anna Halberg

Producer | Extinction

Anna Halberg was born on September 1, 1986 in Minnesota, USA. She is a producer and writer, known for Extinction (2018), Faster (2010) and The Warrior's Way (2010).

60. Anna Mikami

Actress | Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn

Anna Mikami is an actress and director, known for Birds of Prey (2020), Due Date (2019) and Souvenirs (2020).

61. Anna Shields

Actress | The Executioners

Anna Shields is an LA-based actor, writer, and producer. Originally from the east coast, she studied acting at Russell Sage College and started her career in New York City.

Since then, Anna has gone on to star in several features as well as write and produce her own. With a passion for horror in ...

62. Anna Stromberg

Actress | The Lost Footage of Leah Sullivan

Anna Stromberg is an actress and writer, known for The Lost Footage of Leah Sullivan (2018), Well Wishes (2015) and Concession (2019).

63. Anna Zlokovic

Producer | The Empty House

Anna Zlokovic is a director and writer, known for The Empty House (2014), Shorty (2016) and Appendage.

64. Annalise Lockhart

Producer | Inheritance

Annalise Lockhart is the daughter of the late Yale-based playwright Keith Lockhart and grew up in Manhattan. Her first appreciation for the arts was as a cello player, and later a conductor. She pursued a bachelor's degree in English literature and creative writing at Stanford University where she ...

65. Anne Welles

Producer | An Accidental Zombie (Named Ted)

Anne Welles is an award winning director, an Emmy-nominated producer and a writer who has been producing her own projects since 2004, and in the industry since 1997. Anne's experiences as an editor, producer, parent, therapist, teacher, and world traveler, as well as her insatiable curiosity about ...

66. Anne-Sophie Dutoit

Director | Faded Memories

Anne-Sophie is an award-winning filmmaker living in the Los Angeles area. She has directed six feature films and has received international media coverage in the Los Angeles Times, Sunday Times (London), National Post (Canada), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CW-affiliated station KTLA , ...

68. Anya Bay

Producer | Snowbound

Anya Bay is a Russian-born American Producer, Actress and Writer. Being a passionate storyteller and a strong believer in the possibility of making the world a better place, she also co-founded Infilmity Productions company. Anya's main goals in the industry are delivering meaningful messages to ...

69. April Mullen

Director | Wander

April Mullen's latest directorial offer is Hello Stranger which is in post production. Wander (2021) premiered at the Deauville Film Festival in France and was released by Saban, Universal and Paramount. Mullen also directed Below Her Mouth (2016), a relentless love story shot entirely by an all ...

70. April Wolfe

Writer | Black Christmas

April Wolfe is a writer and producer, known for Black Christmas (2019), Widower (2013) and Molly Takes a Trip (2015).

72. Ariel Baska

Producer | Mike Mignola: Drawing Monsters

Ariel Baska is an openly disabled writer, director, and producer, known for her work on social justice projects, particularly in documentary and horror. She shot her first film, Our First Priority, about medical gaslighting, while awaiting brain surgery. It became an Official Selection of Arrow ...

73. Ariel Vida

Director | The World Ender

Ariel Vida is a production designer and art director, known for The World Ender (2016), The Endless (2017) and She Dies Tomorrow (2020).

74. Arielle Cimino

Producer | YouthMin

Arielle Cimino is a producer and director, known for YouthMin (2018), Mass Hysteria (2019) and Scientific Research (2012).

75. Arkasha Stevenson

Director | Vessels

Arkasha Stevenson is a director and writer, known for Vessels (2015), Legion (2017) and Crowns.

77. Ashley Christine Beyer

Director | Print

Her grandfather, Eddie Beyer, ran a pool cleaning service in the 40s, 50s, and 60s that catered to various socialites and stars in Los Angeles, including Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Celeste Holm, and Sonja Henie.

78. Ashley Crewl

Actress | Family Home Evening

Ashley Crewl is known for Family Home Evening (2020) and Her Seething Hollow (2019).

79. Ashley Hays Wright

Director | The Exorcism in Amarillo

Ashley Hays Wright is a home school mother of three daughters. She is married to David Owen Wright, an actor, and producer. She is a multi-talented craftsman with many gifts from God. An actress, director, writer, producer, editor, photographer, artist, singer, and musician. She started her own ...

80. Audrey Cummings

Director | She Never Died

Audrey is just coming off directing on the huge Netflix hit Ginny & Georgia. Prior to that she directed on Astrid & Lilly Save the World the hot new sci-fi comedy series for NBC/SYFY as well as The Haunted Museum a new horror series produced by Eli Roth. Audrey also directed three feature films her...

81. Aurélia Mengin

Director | Autopsy des Délices

Aurélia Mengin is a director and writer, known for Autopsy of Delights (2012), Fornacis (2018) and Adam Moins Eve (2015).

83. Axelle Carolyn

Actress | Doomsday

Axelle Carolyn started out as a freelance reporter for some of the world's most prestigious film magazines and websites. Her non-fiction writing career culminated with the 2009 publication of her book 'Horror Movies In The New Millennium'. After a brief stint in front of the camera (most notably in...

84. Babalwa Baartman

Writer | Mlungu Wam

Babalwa Baartman is a writer and actor, known for Good Madam (2021) and Sizohlala (2019).

86. Barbara Gräftner

Director | Mein Russland

Barbara Gräftner was born in 1964 in Vienna, Austria. She is a director and writer, known for My Russia (2002), Apocalypse Please! (2012) and Rise Up! And Dance (2014). She has been married to Robert Winkler since 2003.

87. Barbara Muschietti

Producer | Mama

Bárbara Muschietti was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After some roles in film production, she moved to Catalonia, Spain, were she worked in the advertising industry. She returned to cinema with the successful short film 'Mamá', written and directed by her brother Andy Muschietti, also ...

88. Barbara Peeters

Director | Bury Me an Angel

Writer/director Barbara Peters was one of the few female filmmakers who specialized in entertainingly trashy low budget drive-in exploitation fare in the 70s and early 80s. Peters often worked for Roger Corman's B-flick studio New World Pictures. She made her feature debut as co-writer and ...

89. Barbara Stepansky

Writer | Outlander

Barbara Stepansky is a writer and director, known for Outlander (2014), Flint (2017) and Ex-Best (2015).

90. Bears Rebecca Fonté

Writer | Roadside Assistance

Bears Rebecca Fonté is a producer and writer, known for Roadside Assistance (2015), iCrime (2010) and Conversion Therapist (2019).

93. Belinda M. Wilson

Actress | The Peacemakers

Belinda M. Wilson's acting career has included theatrical performances in New York (Mid Summer's Night Dream, The Tempest, Those Magical Red Sneaks); Pennsylvania (Raisin In The Sun, The Actor's Nightmare, Black Nativity, Dimensions Of His Love. Samson and Delilah, The Way Home); and New Jersey (To...

95. Bethany Watson

Actress | Labeled

Bethany Watson was born on December 15, 1984 in Wisconsin, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Labeled (2017), Lonely Hearts (2020) and Anya Marina: Indie-pendent Woman (2018).

96. Bettina Oberli

Director | Wanda, mein Wunder

Bettina Oberli was born in 1972 in Interlaken, Bern, Switzerland. She is a director and writer, known for My Wonderful Wanda (2020), With the wind (2018) and Im Nordwind (2004).

97. Bianca Biasi

Producer | Delirium

Bianca Biasi (born 13 May 1979) is an Award winning Australian Producer, Director, Writer, Actress, Author and LGBTIQ and Equality rights activist, whose career in the television and film industry spans more than 30 years, initially as an actress in iconic and award winning Australian television ...

98. Bianca Crespo

Producer | BRUTE

Bianca Crespo was born on February 20, 1990, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she graduated from Temple University with a degree in English. Her father, John "João" Crespo, is a construction entrepreneur from Batalha, Portugal, and her mother, Laura (Golasa), is a Polish-American real estate ...

99. Bianca Cutrona

Producer | Mr White Face

Bianca Cutrona is a producer and director, known for Mr White Face (2019), Grindsploitation 10: Milkin' It (2022) and iStab (2019).

100. Bitota

Actress | Strawberry Princess

Bitota was born in Atlanta, Georgia. Her parents, however, were born in Africa but eventually immigrated to the United States in their twenties. Being a first-generation American has greatly shaped Bitota's outlook on life and motivation to achieve her dreams. At the age of 4, Bitota's parents ...



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