There are so many great movies out there, but when I decided to make this list, I knew there was only one more that would fill my number one slot and throughout the process of making the list, that number one pick never changed.
1. American Mary (2012)
Yes, my top choice also features the amazingly talented Katharine Isabelle.
I found this move either at the end of 2015 or just the beginning of 2016, but once I saw it, it bumped right up my list to favorite horror movies ever. Not just underrated, but IN GENERAL.
It stars Katharine Isabelle and is the revenge movie to end all revenge movies. It is wonderfully twisted and fucked up in all the right ways, like every horror movie should be.
Isabelle plays the role of a medical student, who is going through financial problems, but determined to succeed in her chosen profession.
Desperate for money to pay her bills, she decides to seek work as a stripper, but because she is a medical student, she is instead offered $5000 to save a man’s life, after being beaten.
Needing the money, she does so, but is immediately struck with disgust returns home, in complete panic over the ordeal.
She is offered quite a bit more money to perform a surgery, which would involve removing a girl’s nipples and labia, to appear more like a human doll. She offered $10,000 and an extra $2,000 to just show up.
Despite the way she felt at the strip club, she agrees and successfully performs the surgery.
Some time passes and during her residency, she is invited to a party, where she gets drugged and sexually assaulted at by her former teacher.
Unable to cope with the attack, she drops out of medical school and goes back to the strip club, where she pays workers to bring her attacker to her.
She starts working at the strip club and starts working full time as a surgeon for consensual body modification, all while continuing to torture her attacker on the side.
This movie takes a new spin on revenge story and as I have said before in my number two pick, Katharine Isabelle is hypnotic on the screen and when she is acting, your eyes stay on her and only her.
What I have explained is only part of the plot and I will not give the rest away, because the element of surprise needs to be there if you intend to watch this.
It is written and directed by the Soska sisters who had a cameo in the film, shown above.
I have never fallen in love with a horror movie so quickly before and I urge you all to give it a chance, because not a lot of people have heard of this movie and it is such a visual masterpiece.
I will say this though, the climax and ending happens a bit fast and because of that, it does end a little underwhelming, which is a shame, because everything else is just so flawless and absolutely chilling.
I repeat, absolutely chilling.
Watch the trailer and see for yourself. If you are as intrigued as I was, you will find a way to see this movie.
Jen Soska: "This scene is one of my favorite scenes, if I need to pee while watching the screening I will have peed well before this scene. It was one of the scenes we we’re planning on shooting ages ago. It was originally going to be on the phantom (Camera), when the blood sprayed up it would just hold like a still photograph in the air. Katie was very nervous to shoot this because she said she’s not sexy and can’t dance, and obviously as you watch this its true. She’s not sexy.“ Sylvia Soska: "Yeah, that’s not sexy." Jen Soska: "Very hard to look at. Off camera Tristan Risk was coaching her through it, and saying stage hump, stage hump, sexy little mermaid, and it was absolutely exquisite. I mean you look at this and she is just a fucking living dream the way she looks.”
-American Mary No Holds Barred Australian Commentary.
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.
For 10 more women directed horror films check HERE