Female Horror Directors

by bannisterbergen | created - 17 Nov 2016 | updated - 17 Nov 2016 | Public

1. Julia Ducournau

Writer | Grave

Julia Ducournau is a French film director and screenwriter. She attended film school at La Fémis in Paris, where she studied screenwriting. In 2011, her short film JUNIOR won the Petit Rail d'Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Her first feature, the horror movie RAW, won the coveted FIPRESCI ...

2. St. Vincent

Composer | XX

St. Vincent was born on September 28, 1982 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA as Annie Erin Clark.

3. Roxanne Benjamin

Producer | Body at Brighton Rock

Roxanne Benjamin is known for her work on Body at Brighton Rock (2019), Southbound (2015) and V/H/S (2012).

4. Sofìa Carrillo

Director | La Casa Triste

Sofìa Carrillo is a director and art director, known for La Casa Triste (2013), Prita Noire (2011) and Cerulia (2017).

5. Karyn Kusama

Director | The Invitation

Karyn Kusama was born on March 21, 1968 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Karyn K. Kusama. She is a director and producer, known for The Invitation (2015), Girlfight (2000) and Destroyer (2018).

6. Jovanka Vuckovic

Director | XX

Jovanka Vuckovic is an award winning writer and filmmaker. She got her start in broadcasting as a visual effects artist, winning a Gemini Award (Canadian Emmy) for Best Visual Effects, then went on to edit the horror publication Rue Morgue Magazine for six and a half years. Her presence at the helm...

7. 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).

8. 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).

9. Leigh Janiak

Director | Honeymoon

Leigh Janiak is a film director and screenwriter born on February 1, 1980 in Ohio, USA. She is the daughter of Karen L. Janiak and Nestor K. Janiak of Mentor, Ohio, USA. Her feature film directorial debut was horror/mystery Honeymoon (2014) starring Rose Leslie from Game of Thrones (2011), and ...

10. 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 ...

11. Sylvia 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 ...

12. Veronika Franz

Writer | Ich seh ich seh

Veronika Franz was born in 1965 in Vienna, Austria. She is a writer and director, known for Goodnight Mommy (2014), The Lodge (2019) and The Field Guide to Evil (2018).

13. 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).

14. Stewart Thorndike

Actress | Eyes Wide Shut

Stewart Thorndike was born as Megan Stewart Thorndike. She is an actress and director, known for Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Tess and Nana (2008) and Lyle (2014).

15. Tii Ricks

Editor | Rage: Midsummer's Eve

Tii Ricks was born in Germany, in the city of Bad Hersfeld in the US Army base. She is the daughter of a Finnish mother and a American father. The family moved from Germany to New York (USA), where they settled in Brooklyn; living right beside the Verrazano-Narrows bridge in the Fort Hamilton Army ...

16. 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).

17. Mona Fastvold

Writer | The Sleepwalker

Mona Fastvold was born on March 7, 1986 in Oslo, Norway. She is an actress and writer, known for The Sleepwalker (2014), The Childhood of a Leader (2015) and Vox Lux (2018). She was previously married to Sondre Lerche.

18. Kimberly Peirce

Director | Boys Don't Cry

Kimberly Peirce was born on September 8, 1967 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA. She is a director and writer, known for Boys Don't Cry (1999), Stop-Loss (2008) and Carrie (2013).

19. Tricia Lee

Director | Silent Retreat

Tricia Lee is an accomplished and versatile director-writer who earned her US Green Card as an "artist of extraordinary ability" with Canadian and British citizenship. She brings collaborative, imaginative and leadership experience to the table having directed several shorts and 3 award-winning ...

20. Laura Lau

Producer | Open Water

Laura Lau was born on March 31, 1963 in San Francisco, California, USA. She is a producer and writer, known for Open Water (2003), Silent House (2011) and Grind (1997). She has been married to Chris Kentis since 1997. They have one child.

21. Sarah Adina Smith

Director | Buster's Mal Heart

Sarah Adina Smith was born as Sarah Smith. She is a director and editor, known for Buster's Mal Heart (2016), The Midnight Swim (2014) and Room 104 (2017).

22. Ursula Dabrowsky

Writer | Inner Demon

Ursula Dabrowsky is a writer and director, known for Inner Demon (2014) and Family Demons (2009).



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