10 Horror Films Directed by Women to Watch This Halloween
American Mary (Jen and Sylvia Soska, 2012)
Broke medical student Mary Mason (Katharine Isabelle) stumbles into the underground world of body modification while looking for a part time job to pay the bills.
American Psycho (Mary Harron, 2000)
Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) a wealthy, vain twenty-something investment banker, indulges in his increasingly violent and erratic fantasies.
Black Rock (Katie Aselton, 2012)
A camping trip turns dark when three friends on vacation (Lake Bell, Kate Bosworth, and Katie Aselton) run into a male trio of campers vacationing on the same isolated island as them.
Carrie (Kimberly Peirce, 2013)
Social outcast Carrie White (Chloe Grace Moretz) learns to harness her telekinesis to avenge herself against her abusers and tormentors.
Jennifer’s Body (Karyn Kusama, 2009)
Best friends Needy (Amanda Seyfried) and Jennifer (Megan Fox) hit a roadblock in their friendship when Jennifer is possessed by a demon and begins eating local boys.
The Moth Diaries (Mary Harron, 2011)
At an all-girls boarding school Rebecca (Sarah Bolger) and Lucy (Sarah Gadon) grow apart after a new girl (Lily Cole), who Rebecca suspects is a vampire, begins to come between them.
Near Dark (Kathryn Bigelow, 1987)
A small town boy, Caleb Colton, falls for a beautiful young woman who, to his surprise, is a vampire.
Ravenous (Antonia Bird, 1999)
Captain John Boyd (Guy Pearce) organizes a search party to save the survivors of a group of travellers who have turned to cannibalism only to find himself unwittingly lured into a trap.
Pet Sematary (Mary Lambert, 1989)
A family learns that the pet cemetery behind their home has the power to raise the dead.
Silent House (Laura Lau and Chris Kentis, 2011)
Filmed to look as though the entire movie were taken in a single shot, Silent House features Elizabeth Olsen as Sarah, a young woman on vacation with her father and uncle, who becomes trapped in a haunted house and loses contact with the outside world.
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10 “American” Films Directed by Women
An American Girl Story - Melody 1963: Love Has to Win dir. Tina Mabry (2016) Set in Detroit during the Civil Rights Movement, “An American Girl Story - Melody 1963: Love Has to Win” examines the joyful life and troubled times of an irrepressible 10-year-old African-American girl whose vivid imagination and creativity reinforce her optimism. When shocking national events threaten her sense of security, Melody must find inner strength to restore her hope for a better world.
American Fable dir. Anne Hamilton (2016) When 11-year-old Gitty discovers that her beloved father is hiding a wealthy man in her family’s silo in order to save their struggling farm, she is forced to choose between saving the man’s life or protecting her family from the consequences of their actions.
American Honey dir. Andrea Arnold (2016) A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.
American Mary dir. Jen Soska & Sylvia Soska (2012) 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.
American Psycho dir. Mary Harron (2000) A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.
An American Rhapsody dir. Éva Gárdos (2001) A young Hungarian girl struggles to find her place in the world when she’s reunited with her parents in the USA years after she was left behind during their flight from the communist country in the 1950s.
American Splendor dir. Shari Springer Berman & Robert Pulcini (2003) Underground comic book writer Harvey Pekar is the subject of this inventive biopic. Much of the film focuses on the eccentric Pekar’s day-to-day life in Cleveland, particularly his relationship with his patient wife, Joyce Brabner.
American Virgin dir. Clare Kilner (2009) A night of debauchery threatens a sexually abstinent student’s college standing.
How to Make an American Quilt dir. Jocelyn Moorhouse (1995) Bride-to-be Finn Dodd hears tales of romance and sorrow from her elders as they construct a quilt.
Kit Kittredge: An American Girl dir. Patricia Rozema (2008) Set in Cincinnati at the height of the Great Depression, Kit Kittredge, a resourceful young girl, helps her mother run a boardinghouse after her father loses his job.