Female Horror Filmmakers

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

1. 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).

2. Actually Huizenga

Actress | Heavenly Sin

Actually Huizenga is an actress and producer, known for Heavenly Sin (2016), Viking Angel (2014) and Brainwashed Love (2011).

3. 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).

4. 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 ...

6. 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 ...

7. Allisyn Ashley Arm

Actress | A.P. Bio

Allisyn Arm is well known as the mousy high school-er, Heather, on the hit NBC show A.P Bio starring Glenn Howerton. Allisyn took an interest in acting and theater at a very young age. At 4 years old she was discovered in a local acting class. Since that time she has appeared in over 70 TV ...

8. 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).

11. Amanda Payton

Producer | Sleepless Nights

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

13. Amy Hesketh

Producer | Pygmalion

Amy Hesketh is a producer and director, known for Pygmalion, Olalla (2015) and Bluebeard (2012).

14. Amy Holden Jones

Writer | The Resident

Amy Holden Jones is a writer and producer, known for The Resident (2018), Mystic Pizza (1988) and Black Box (2014). She is married to Michael Chapman.

15. 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).

16. 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 in 2008. She works in public television, dedicating her spare time to horror and science fiction underground film-making. Her first film, _M for ...

17. 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...

18. Angelica De Alba

Producer | Streets of Vengeance

Angelica De Alba is a producer and writer, known for Streets of Vengeance (2016), Cinco De Mayo (2013) and Slashlorette Party (2019).

19. Anna Biller

Director | Viva

Anna Biller is known for her lavish use of color and her feminist revisions of old Hollywood genre movies. She has completed two features and several short films, and has done her own set and costume design on all of them. She did her undergraduate studies at UCLA in art, and her graduate studies ...

21. April Mullen

Actress | 88

A director, actress, and producer known as much for her versatility as she is for her passion, April Mullen's latest directorial offer Below Her Mouth (2016), is a relentless love story shot entirely by an all female crew which had its World Premier at TIFF 2016. She was recently honored with the ...

22. April Wolfe

Writer | Widower

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

23. Arielle Cimino

Producer | YouthMin

Arielle Cimino is a producer and director, known for YouthMin (2017), Mass Hysteria (2019) and Jerry (2011).

25. Audrey Cummings

Director | She Never Died

Audrey has just recently completed her third feature film She Never Died, an immortal action thriller. Her second feature film Darken has already won her 6 awards including Best Director and two Best Feature Film Awards.

Audrey also directed the award winning feature film Berkshire County which won ...

26. Axelle Carolyn

Actress | Tales of Halloween

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...

27. 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 ...

28. Bianca Biasi

Producer | Delirium

Bianca Biasi (born 13 May 1979) is an Australian Producer, Director, Writer, Actress and Author whose career in the television and film industry spans more than 20 years, initially as an actress in iconic and award winning Australian television series including Home and Away (Channel Seven ...

29. B.J. Colangelo

Producer | Powerbomb

B.J. Colangelo is a producer and actress, known for Powerbomb, Margaret (2016) and Abort (2014).

30. Brea Grant

Writer | 12 Hour Shift

Brea Grant was born in Marshall, Texas and attended high school at Marshall Public High School. She earned an MA at the University of Texas in Austin. Her first television acting job was on Friday Night Lights. She went on to play characters on Dexter and Heroes. She now resides in Los Angeles.

31. Britt Napier

Producer | Em

Britt Napier is a producer and actress, known for Em (2008), Redirect (2005) and Darkroom (2013).

33. Caitlin Koller

Director | Maid of Horror

Caitlin Koller is an award-winning Australia filmmaker. She completed an Honours degree in Film and Television at Swinburne University in 2012, and her graduate film Maid of Horror (2013) has since played around the world. Her latest short film, Blood Sisters (2017), premiered at Stranger With My ...

34. Carmela Hayslett

Actress | Death Follows

Carmela Hayslett grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she had original aspirations of becoming a writer but a chance meeting with some local Philadelphia filmmakers began her great love affair in acting. Hayslett was first known as her bossy but loveable horror hosting personality-- Roxsy ...

35. Carolina Hellsgård

Director | Wanja

Carolina Hellsgård works as a writer and director in Stockholm and Berlin. After completing a MFA from the Berlin University of Arts in 2007, she received a DAAD-postgraduate artist grant for Los Angeles, where she studied film directing and screen writing at the California Institute of the Arts. ...

36. Carolyn Baker

Actress | TerrorTales: Bizarre Tales From the Macabre

Carolyn Baker is an actress and writer, known for TerrorTales (2017), Curse of the Hag (2018) and Hole in the Wall (2014).

37. Cassandra Sechler

Actress | Belle Nouveau

Cassandra Sechler also known as the "Mistress of the Weird and the Wonderful," is a conceptual artist based in San Francisco, California.

Her background and interest is in fine art photography and psychology, which aids in providing her viewer with expressionistic works that are both personal and ...

38. Cat Davies

Producer | Connie

Cat Davies is known for her work on Connie (2016), Blood Shed (2017) and KEEN-wah (2015).

39. Charlie Phoenix

Producer | Schooled

Charlie Phoenix was born on April 24, 1981 in Los Angeles, California. She began working in entertainment as an assistant stage manager for a small theater in Hollywood. She went on to work for various documentary and reality television programs as a producer and post production supervisor. She now...

41. Chelsea Stardust

Director | Satanic Panic

Chelsea Stardust is known for her work on Satanic Panic (2019), Into the Dark: All That We Destroy (2019) and Marco Polo (2016).

42. Chelsey Burdon

Director | She

Chelsey Burdon is a director and writer, known for She (2014), Dead Bitch! and Women in Horror Month: Massive Blood Drive (2015).

44. Christina Raia

Producer | Summit

Christina Raia is a producer and writer, known for Summit (2014), About a Donkey (2018) and Enough (2017).

45. Claire Denis

Director | High Life

Claire Denis was born on April 21, 1946 in Paris, France. She is a director and writer, known for High Life (2018), Beau travail (1999) and 35 Shots of Rum (2008).

46. Coralie Fargeat

Director | Revenge

Coralie Fargeat is a director and writer, known for Revenge (2017), Reality+ (2014) and Le télégramme (2003).

47. Cristie Whiles

Actress | August Underground's Mordum

Cristie Whiles is an actress and writer, known for August Underground's Mordum (2003), August Underground's Penance (2007) and The Redsin Tower (2006).

48. Daniela Garcia

Actress | Demonica's Reign

Daniela Garcia was born in Karslruhe, West Germany. She always dreamed of becoming an actress, but was persuaded by others it was hopeless. Not wanting to give up on her dream entirely she began working for local television stations in the late 1980's learning and taking in every aspect of what it ...

49. Danielle Harris

Actress | Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

Danielle Harris was born on June 1, 1977 in Plainview, Long Island, New York, USA as Danielle Andrea Harris. She is an actress, known for Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991), Halloween: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) and Halloween II (2009). She has been married to David Gross since ...

50. Danielle Page

Actress | Arte Factum: Legends

Danielle Page was born and raised on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia. She began acting at a local theatre company when she was thirteen. Her first onscreen role was as Mary Jane Watson in a friend's Spider-Man fan film. Danielle immediately fell in love with screen acting. In February of 2015, ...

51. Danin Jacquay

Director | Fatale Collective: Bleed

Danin Jacquay is an actress and director, known for Fatale Collective: Bleed (2019), The Task: Abilities 2 (2019) and Hotel Sex: Explode (2017).

52. Danishka Esterhazy

Director | Level 16

Esterhazy is a director know for her female-driven stories. She began her film studies at the Winnipeg Film Group - the quirky cooperative which also produced filmmakers Guy Maddin and John Paizs. Esterhazy is a graduate of the Director's Lab at the Canadian Film Centre - the renowned film school ...

54. Davi Crimmins

Actress | Dead by Midnight (Y2Kill)

Davi Crimmins was born as Davina Frances Masiarczyk. She is an actress and writer, known for Dead by Midnight (Y2Kill) (2019), Dead by Midnight (11pm Central) (2018) and Captain Crimmins and the Story Boat Band: No Reason to Cry (2019).

55. Debbie Attwell

Producer | Shortcuts to Hell: Volume 1

Debbie Attwell is known for her work on Shortcuts to Hell: Volume 1 (2013), Sweet 6Teen (2015) and TrashHouse (2005).

56. Debbie Rochon

Producer | Model Hunger

Debbie Rochon grew up in British Columbia, Canada. She was a child of the streets and victim of much abuse until she accidentally ended up in a featured extra role in Paramount's Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982)!

The event changed her life, and she saved enough money to move to New ...

57. Debra Hill

Producer | Escape from L.A.

Debra Hill was born on November 10, 1950 in Haddonfield, New Jersey, USA. She was a producer and writer, known for Escape from L.A. (1996), Escape from New York (1981) and The Fog (1980). She died on March 7, 2005 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

58. Debra Sullivan

Actress | Secret Santa

Debra Sullivan is an actress and writer, known for Secret Santa (2018), Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013) and Momentum (2015). She has been married to Adam Marcus since December 12, 1998.

59. Dena Hysell-Cornejo

Producer | Ascent to Hell

Dena Hysell-Cornejo was born on June 11, 1981. She is a producer and director, known for Ascent to Hell (2014), Algorithm: BLISS and Eat Me (2018). She has been married to Greg Cornejo since September 7, 2018.

60. Destinie Orndoff

Actress | Red Eye

Destinie Orndoff was born March 6, 1997 in Morgantown West Virginia, USA as Destinie Faith Orndoff. She's an American film actress, writer and producer. She's been an avid horror fan and has been deeply into the genre since she was a young girl. She grew up watching and living through horror and ...

61. Devi Snively

Director | Bride of Frankie

Devi's unique approach to the horror genre has been likened to everything from the silent classics of Buster Keaton to EC Comics to Tim Burton and beyond. In 2007, Devi was selected as one of only 8 participants in the American Film Institute's (AFI) prestigious Directing Workshop for Women where ...

62. Dionne Copland

Director | Cold Wind Blowing

Dionne Copland is the Albertan filmmaker responsible for Writing and Directing the short films Inferno, Haxx Deadroom, and Computer Hearts. She was the film programmer for the University of British Columbia Film Society from 2014-2016, and in May 2017 she graduated from the University of British ...

63. Doris Wishman

Director | Satan Was a Lady

Doris Wishman was born on June 1, 1912 in New York City, New York, USA. She was a director and producer, known for Satan Was a Lady (2001), Diary of a Nudist (1961) and Nude on the Moon (1961). She was married to Louis Silverman and Jack Abrahms. She died on August 10, 2002 in Miami, Florida, USA.

64. Dorota Swies

Editor | Unearth

Dorota Swies was born on September 19, 1976 in Lublin, Lubelskie, Poland. She is an actress and cinematographer, known for Unearth, There Are No Goodbyes (2013) and Schism (2008).

65. Dylan Greenberg

Actress | Dark Prism

Dylan Greenberg got an early foothold into the art world; by the time she was 15 she was performing in East Village clubs and dive bars, releasing a full length synth pop album as "Disck" and ending up with a photo spread in NY Times Magazine. When she was 17, she directed her first feature film "...

66. Elaine Chu

Director | The Purgation

Elaine Chu is known for her work on The Purgation (2015), Sweep (2019) and The List (2010).

69. Eliza Swenson

Actress | The Witches of Oz

Eliza Swenson is an American film actress born in Quincy, California to parents Terry (a law enforcement officer) and Penelope (an education professor and administrator). She was born on July 28, 1982, the sixth of seven siblings and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Media and Sound ...

70. Elizabeth E. Schuch

Writer | The Book of Birdie

Elizabeth E. Schuch is known for her work on The Book of Birdie (2017), Wonder Woman (2017) and Queen of the Desert (2015).

71. Elle Callahan

Editorial_department | Wonder Woman

Elle Callahan is an American film director and sound designer. She was born and raised in Westborough, Massachusetts as Elizabeth Wilkinson Callahan. Elle attended the University of Southern California where she studied Film & Television Production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts from 2011-2014...

72. Ellie Cornell

Actress | Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

Perky actress and producer Ellie Cornell was born in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, USA. After graduating from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida in 1986, Cornell had a small guest appearance in a 1988 episode of Thirtysomething (1987). The same year, she played an assertive reporter in the...

73. Emilie Flory

Writer | Processus 5

Emilie Flory is a writer and director, known for Process 5 (2009), 60 Seconds to Die (2017) and Trauma Dolls (2014).

74. Emily Hagins

Writer | My Sucky Teen Romance

Emily was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her family moved to Austin, Texas in 1993, when Emily was 8 months old. Emily showed an unusual interest in movies at an early age, particularly The Muppet Movie. As she grew she became increasingly fascinated with movies and would often see movies such...

75. Emma Tammi

Director | The Wind

Emma Tammi is a producer and director, known for The Wind (2018), Fair Chase (2014) and Used People (1992).

76. England Simpson

Actress | Prelude: A Love Story

England Simpson was born on January 19, 1984 in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. She is an actress and director, known for Prelude: A Love Story (2017), Fat Henry and Southern Fried Stings (2010).

77. Floria Sigismondi

Director | The Runaways

Floria Sigismondi is a photographer and director. Apart from her art exhibitions she is best known for directing music videos. Her trademark dilating, jittery camerawork, noticeable as early as her video for Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People", has been replicated by a great number of directors...

79. Geraldine Winters

Writer | Non Compos Mentis

Geraldine Winters is a writer and director, known for Non Compos Mentis (2010), Sanctum Void and Sanctum Deep.

80. Gigi Saul Guerrero

Director | El Gigante

Gigi Saul Guerrero is a Mexican director and actress living in Vancouver Canada, she's described by Variety as part of the new wave of Latino talent. She has been praised as one of the top, emerging directors in the horror genre by Empire, Dread Central, and Bloody Disgusting. Guerrero is known for...

81. Grace Lee

Director | American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Grace Lee was born in Columbia, Missouri, USA. She is a director and producer, known for American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (2013), Barrier Device (2002) and Janeane from Des Moines (2012).

82. Hannah Fierman

Actress | V/H/S

Hannah Fierman was born in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England as Hannah Rose Fierman. She is an actress and producer, known for V/H/S (2012), American Hell (2014) and The Unwanted (2014).

83. Hannah Macpherson

Director | T@gged

Hannah Macpherson is an editor and director, known for T@gged (2016), Into the Dark (2018) and Sickhouse (2016).

84. Heather Langenkamp

Actress | A Nightmare on Elm Street

Heather Langenkamp was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. She got her start in acting when she was cast as an extra in the Francis Ford Coppola films The Outsiders (1983) and Rumble Fish (1983), which were both filmed in Tulsa. Her scenes were deleted from the final cut of both films. While studying at ...

85. Heidi Moore

Producer | Kill Dolly Kill

Heidi Moore is the owner/director lady of Wretched Productions. Originally from the small town of Chester, California where she spent her youth watching "B" movies on USA's "Up All Night". Over the years she's honed her love of all things film by working on the sets of several films and music ...

86. Hélène Cattet

Director | Amer

Hélène Cattet is a director and writer, known for Amer (2009), The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2013) and Let the Corpses Tan (2017).

87. Hillary Andujar

Production_designer | Parched Dreams

Hillary Andujar is known for her work on Parched Dreams (2016), Blue Jasmine (2013) and Big Eyes (2014).

88. Ida Lupino

Actress | High Sierra

Ida was born in London to a show business family. In 1933, her mother brought Ida with her to an audition and Ida got the part her mother wanted. The picture was Her First Affaire (1932). Ida, a bleached blonde, came to Hollywood in 1934 and played small and insignificant parts. Peter Ibbetson (...

Ida Lupino directed in a variety of genres, mostly for television, but that includes an episode of The Twilight Zone and multiple episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Thriller. She directed a few thriller features as well.

89. Issa López

Writer | Vuelven

Issa López is a writer and director, known for Tigers Are Not Afraid (2017), Efectos secundarios (2006) and Casi divas (2008).

90. Izzy Lee

Director | Innsmouth

Izzy Lee is a director and producer, known for Innsmouth (2015), Rites of Vengeance (2017) and For a Good Time, Call... (2017).

91. Jackie Kong

Director | The Being

Jackie Kong is a director, producer, and screenwriter known for irreverent comedy and over-the-top horror films. In 1983, she made her feature film debut as director with the low-budget drive-in horror film The Being, which starred Martin Landau and Jose Ferrer. In 1984, she followed up by ...

92. Jackie Rae

Director | Draw with Me in Hell

Jackie Rae (Jaqueline López Moguel) was born in January 2nd, 1999 in Chiapas, Mexico. Rae showed interest in films from a young age after her mother, Lucy Moguel showed her some BTS footage from a horror movie. She attended a local art school at the age of 17 where she practiced SPFX makeup, later ...

93. Jacqueline Wright

Actress | North Country

Jacqueline Wright is an actress and writer, known for North Country (2005), Eat Me (2018) and Ghost Whisperer (2005).

94. Jane Rose

Director | Heading Home

Jane Rose is known for her work on Heading Home (2006), The Horror of H.P. Lovecraft (2006) and The Big Bad (2011).

95. Jen Soska

Actress | American Mary

Identical twins, writers, directors, actors even stunt players, the Soska sister's have always loved twisted film. Even at an early age, they devoured Stephen King novels, one after another as fast as they could read - and snuck into the over 18 sections at video stores, to critique the bloody ...

96. Jenn Wexler

Producer | The Ranger

Jenn Wexler is a producer and director, known for The Ranger (2018), Darling (2015) and Like Me (2017).

97. Jenna Kanell

Actress | The Front Runner

Jenna Kanell delivered a TEDx Talk titled "A Bee Showed Me That Limits Are Lies" inspired by her vanguard short film "Bumblebees," which after its festival run has assisted in schools and festivals around the world to encourage dialogue on disabilities and compassion. She's written and directed ...

98. Jennifer Blanc-Biehn

Actress | Dark Angel

Jennifer Blanc, also known as Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, was born and raised in New York City, by her mom, Jenise Blanc. At the tender age of 13, Jennifer was on Broadway in Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs", working alongside Jonathan Silverman, Fisher Stevens and Robert Sean Leonard. Jennifer's ...

99. Jennifer Kent

Director | The Babadook

Jennifer Kent was born in 1969 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. She is an actress and director, known for The Babadook (2014), The Nightingale (2018) and Monster (2005).

100. Jennifer Lynch

Director | Chained

Jennifer Lynch was born on April 7, 1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is a director and writer, known for Chained (2012), Boxing Helena (1993) and Surveillance (2008).

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