Female Horror Filmmakers

by DxDerailed | created - 25 Jul 2019 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

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

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), Write a Book About It (2010) and Viking Angel (2014).

4. 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), Fuga (2018) and Aria Diva (2007).

5. 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 ...

6. 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 ...

7. Aislinn Clarke

Director | The Devil's Doorway

Aislinn Clarke is a director and writer, known for The Devil's Doorway (2018), Childer (2016) and Short Sharp Shocks (2015).

8. 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 True Drama.

10. Alexandra Neary

Director | The Thieving Magpie

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

11. Alexandra Pechman

Writer | Into the Dark

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

13. 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 ...

14. 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 ...

15. 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. She ...

16. Alix Austin

Producer | #conniesflat

Alix Austin is a London based Film Director, Producer and Actor. 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 at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD), before moving ...

17. Allisyn Snyder

Actress | A.P. Bio

At 4 years old, Allisyn Snyder was discovered by her manager, Lynne Marks, in a local acting class. She worked steadily throughout childhood, appearing in over 70 TV commercials and shows such as F.R.I.E.N.D.S., Judging Amy, Still Standing, Body of Proof and I Didn't Do It. At age 12, Allisyn ...

18. Alyson Richards

Producer | Don't Talk to Irene

Alyson Richards was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is a producer and writer, known for Don't Talk to Irene (2017), The Sublet (2015) and Guidance (2014).

19. 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).

21. 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...

23. Amanda Payton

Producer | Sleepless Nights

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

24. Ameera Al-Qaed

Sound_department | Dead Sands

26. Amy Hesketh

Producer | Rucker (The Trucker)

Amy Hesketh is a producer and director, known for Rucker (The Trucker), Pygmalion and Olalla (2015).

27. 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 was previously married to Michael Chapman.

28. 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 ...

29. 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. ...

30. 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 ...

31. Amy Wade

Actress | Condo Hell

Amy Wade is an actress, known for Condo Hell (2016), Hollywood Babydoll (2022) and Temporal (2018).

32. 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).

33. 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 ...

34. 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...

35. 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).

36. Angelica Nwandu

Writer | Night Comes On

Angelica Nwandu is a writer and producer, known for Night Comes On (2018), Juju and Joseline's Cabaret: Miami (2020).

38. 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 ...

39. Anna Biller

Director | Viva

Anna Biller is a writer and director who creates unique, female-focused, highly visual films. She has a BA from UCLA in art and an MFA from CalArts in art and film. Her first feature Viva played in film festivals all over the world and gained minor cult status, and her second feature The Love Witch...

40. Anna Mikami

Actress | The Map of Tiny Perfect Things

Anna Mikami is an actress and director, known for The Map of Tiny Perfect Things (2021), Birds of Prey (2020) and Vox Lux (2018).

41. Anna Shields

Actress | The Executioners

Anna Shields is an LA-based actor, writer and producer. She studied acting at Russell Sage College and started her career in New York City. Her first feature film she wrote, produced and starred in, Little Bi Peep, gathered acclaim on the festival circuit. Since then, Anna has gone on to star in ...

42. 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 ...

43. 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 , ...

45. 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 ...

46. April Mullen

Director | Wander

A mixed Anishinaabe director, actress, and producer known as much for her versatility as she is for her passion, April Mullen's latest directorial offer Wander, 2021 it straddles the thin line between paranoia and truth, yet emerges as a compelling thriller with a genuine thirst for exposing what ...

47. 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).

49. Arielle Cimino

Producer | YouthMin

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

51. Ashley Christine Beyer

Director | Print

Graduated from East High School in Denver, Colorado.

53. Audrey Cummings

Director | She Never Died

Audrey recently completed her third feature film She Never Died, an immortal action thriller, which dominated the film festival circuit and won her some major awards as well as great reviews from top critics.

Her second feature film Darken, a sci-fi thriller, won her 6 awards including Best Director...

54. 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).

55. 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...

57. 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), Endlich Weltuntergang (2012) and Rise Up! And Dance (2014). She has been married to Robert Winkler since 2003.

58. 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 ...

59. Barbara Stepansky

Writer | Flint

Barbara Stepansky is a director and writer, known for Flint (2017), Die trojanische Kuh (2006) and Ex-Best (2015).

60. 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).

62. 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...

63. 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), Im Nordwind (2004) and The Wind Turns (2018).

64. 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 ...

65. Bianca Crespo

Director | 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 ...

66. B.J. Colangelo

Producer | Deathcember

B.J. Colangelo is a producer and actress, known for Deathcember (2019), Powerbomb (2020) and Margaret (2016).

67. 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.

68. Brialynn Massie

Actress | Self Sabotage

Brialynn Massie is a Korean-American actress, born and raised in Seattle, WA. She is based in Los Angeles, CA. She is a Meisner-trained actress. and also an active advocate for homeless and at-risk youth and young adults. In her spare time, she loves training and working with animals, cooking, and ...

69. Brianne Davis

Actress | Six

Whether lighting up the big screen, or calling the shots behind the scene, actor, director, and producer Brianne Davis is one of the most electric talents to storm Hollywood by force. Starring in one of the most highly-anticipated new dramas with History Channel's military series; Six (2017), is an...

71. Brinke Stevens

Actress | Personal Demons

Brinke Stevens was born in San Diego, California, as Charlene Elizabeth Brinkman. She is an actress, model, writer and producer, known for The Summer of Massacre (2012), Teenage Exorcist (1991) Scream Queen Hot Tub Party (1991) and Haunting Fear (1990). She got married to Dave Stevens and 1980, and...

72. Briony Kidd

Director | The Room at the Top of the Stairs

Briony Kidd is a producer and director, known for The Room at the Top of the Stairs (2010), Dark Whispers: Volume 1 (2019) and Starring Xavier (2003).

73. Britt Banks

Producer | Blue Laces

Britt Banks is known for Blue Laces (2021), Thicke (2017), and Ronald (2019). A horror lover from the hood, Britt Banks is passionate about marrying her love of storytelling with tragedies and African American ghost-lore. Her horror/slasher short film Ronald received a 3 year distribution deal with...

74. Britt Napier

Producer | Em

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

75. Brittany Blanton

Actress | Don't Fuck in the Woods 2

Brittany Blanton was born on January 24, 1986 in Houston, Texas, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Don't Fuck in the Woods 2, She Burns in Hell: Accounts from Chamberlain, Maine (2018) and Breaking Vera (2017).

77. Brooke Edler Hebert

Director | The Chills

Brooke Edler Hebert is a director and editor, known for The Chills (2019), Halloween Candy (2020) and Pumpkyn (2020).

79. 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 ...

80. Camila Ohara Tanabe

Assistant_director | The First Purge

Camila Ohara Tanabe is a producer, director and production designer, born April, 17, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her credits include Burning Sands (2017), a Netflix drama about hazing; The Labyrinth (2015), horror-thriller executive produced by James Franco; GoldenBox (2011); and Round (2008). She's an ...

81. Camilla Belle

Actress | Practical Magic

Belle was born as Camilla Belle Routh in Los Angeles, California, to Deborah, a fashion designer, and Jack Wesley Routh, who composed country music and owns a construction company. Her mother is Brazilian and her father, who is from Kingman, Kansas, has English, German, and French ancestry. Camilla...

83. Carlson Young

Actress | The Blazing World

Carlson Elizabeth Young is an American actress and filmmaker. She was born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Susan Young and Marshall Young, a geologist. She attended the University of Southern California, where she studied Creative Writing, before leaving to film the first season of Scream: The TV Series (...

84. 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 ...

85. Carolina Hellsgård

Director | Wanja

Carolina Hellsgård is a writer-director, born in Sweden and based in Berlin. She studied experimental media design at the Berlin University of Arts and film directing and screenwriting at Cal Arts in Los Angeles.

Her critically acclaimed debut feature film "Wanja" premiered at the Berlinale 2015 and...

86. Caroline Abbey

Director | Hell at Heathridge

Caroline Abbey is an assistant director and production manager, known for Hell at Heathridge (2013), The Astronomer (2015) and Early October (2015).

87. Caroline Kopko

Director | Surrender

Caroline Kopko is known for her work on Surrender (2019), Orange Vampires (2018) and Cannibal Hookers (2019).

88. 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).

89. Caryn Waechter

Director | The Sisterhood of Night

Originally from California and raised in Europe, Caryn Waechter is a director and photographer based in New York City and Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Columbia University's MFA film program where she concentrated in Directing. Once a classically trained dancer, Caryn compares her film work to ...

90. 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 ...

91. Castille Landon

Writer | Fear of Rain

Castille Landon was born on October 2, 1991 in Bradenton, Florida, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Fear of Rain (2021), After We Fell (2021) and After Ever Happy.

92. Cat Davies

Producer | Connie

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

93. Catherine Carpenter

Actress | Deadly Waters

Catherine Carpenter is an actress and director, known for Deadly Waters (2015), Doctors (2000) and Home (2015).

94. Cate Devaney

Art_department | Doctor Strange

Cate Devaney was raised in Cape Girardeau, MO along the Mississippi River. At University she studied Architecture and began coursework in play writing while also modeling part-time to pay bills. After graduation, Cate moved to NYC where she modeled full-time and continued writing. She landed her ...

95. 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...

96. Charlotte Kirk

Actress | The Reckoning

Charlotte Kirk was born in Kent, England. Her passion for acting began at the age of 11 when she saw Gone with the Wind for the first time and fell in love with both the stage and screen alike. Taking her first steps in theatre, she performed in Greek tragedies 'Agamemnon' and 'Arturo Ui', along ...

98. 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).

99. 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).

100. Chloe Okuno

Director | Slut



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