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The 50 Greatest Horror Films Directed by Women

TSZDT: The 50 Greatest Horror Films Directed by Women

Current Version: May 2018 (4th edition)

The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films: Introduction | #1-#100 | #101-#200 | #201-#300 | #301-#400 | #401-#500 | #501-#600 | #601-#700 | #701-#800 | #801-#900 | #901-#1000 | Full List | Sources | The 21st Century’s Most Acclaimed Horror Films | Top 50 Directors

Out of the 6,652 films that have been nominated at least once, only 162 of those are directed by women. 18 are co-directed by women and men. In the top 1000, there are only 12 films directed by women (+ 1 co-production). Some of these are anthologies that have at least one segment directed by a woman. This list is a top 50 of all films directed and co-directed by women. Find this list on IMDb and iCM.

Near Dark

1. Near Dark

Kathryn Bigelow

1987 / USA / 94m / BW / Vampire | IMDb
Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein, Tim Thomerson, Joshua John Miller, Marcie Leeds, Kenny Call, Ed Corbett

“There’s a ghastly humor in all this, and Bigelow brings it out without overindulging it. Faced with a nearly repulsive subject, she makes the blood flow inside it, stream out over the cuts. “Near Dark” (MPAA-rated: R for sex and violence) is probably too violent for any but hard-core horror audiences. But unlike “The Hitcher,” it isn’t illogically violent or artificially horrific. Bigelow’s visual style–rudimentary in her earlier film, “The Loveless”–is often sensational here. She’s made a film whose pop nihilism and occasional wild beauty can raise a few honest shivers.” – Michael Wilmington, Los Angeles Times

Pet Sematary

2. Pet Sematary

Mary Lambert

1989 / USA / 103m / BW / Supernatural | IMDb
Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby, Brad Greenquist, Michael Lombard, Miko Hughes, Blaze Berdahl, Susan Blommaert, Mara Clark, Kavi Raz

“A motion picture of loss and regret, “Pet Sematary” imagines the worst in its view of the permanent disintegration of a family. Haunting, sorrowful and reverberatingly eerie, the film is also complemented by the punk-rock flair of The Ramones (who perform the title track over the end credits) and the thoroughly unsettling, gothically enhanced instrumental score by Elliot Goldenthal (2007’s “Across the Universe”). That “Pet Sematary” is as creepy as it is without bogging down in genre trappings is a rare miracle in horror circles. Director Mary Lambert trusts in the universality of her characters, their tightly drawn relationships with each other, and the insurmountable conflicts they face to carry the story forward. It is these things that most resonate—these are what we relate to and can connect with, after all—and the reason why “Pet Sematary” has endured and not been forgotten in the twenty years since its release. ” – Dustin Putman, The Movie Boy

American Psycho

3. American Psycho

Mary Harron

2000 / USA / 102m / Col / Slasher | IMDb
Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage, Chloë Sevigny, Reese Witherspoon, Samantha Mathis, Matt Ross, Jared Leto, Willem Dafoe

“[American Psycho] regards the male executive lifestyle with the devotion of a fetishist. There is a scene where a group of businessmen compare their business cards, discussing the wording, paper thickness, finish, embossing, engraving and typefaces, and they might as well be discussing their phalli… It is their uneasy secret that they make enough money to afford to look important, but are not very important… I have overheard debates about whether some of the murders are fantasies (“can a man really aim a chain saw that well?”). All of the murders are equally real or unreal, and that isn’t the point: The function of the murders is to make visible the frenzy of the territorial male when his will is frustrated.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

The Babadook

4. The Babadook

Jennifer Kent

2014 / Australia / 93m / BW / Psychological | IMDb
Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Tiffany Lyndall-Knight, Benjamin Winspear, Noah Wiseman, Carmel Johnson, Hayley McElhinney, Craig Behenna, Peta Shannon, Cathy Adamek

“At the beginning, the tension is all wrapped up in this out-of-control child. Wiseman, who was 6 when the film was shooting and is making his screen debut, is an ideal mix of wide-eyed innocence and tantrum-throwing rage. At one point, as his screeches fill the car, you may wonder how his mum has managed to go this long without strangling him… That is the subtext running through the film — the threat of imaginary monsters and the real ones humans are capable of becoming… Many times along the way, you fear you know where things are going. But Kent is clever in choosing unexpected spots to pull the rug out from under you.” – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

Ravenous

5. Ravenous

Antonia Bird

1999 / UK / 101m / BW / Western | IMDb
Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette, Jeremy Davies, Jeffrey Jones, John Spencer, Stephen Spinella, Neal McDonough, Joseph Runningfox, Bill Brochtrup

“From the moment Michael Nyman and Damon Albarn’s tinny, non-traditional score rises, there’s a, “Wait, did they mean to do that?” quality to the film. Ravenous doesn’t sound or look like other movies—for better and for worse. That eccentricity helps once it becomes clearer that Ravenous is meant to function as a historical/political allegory, using the “survival of the fittest” plot as an analogue to the way the U.S. gobbled up land throughout the 19th century. The movie is really about Boyd’s ethical crisis as he realizes that being a soldier—and a cannibal—means swallowing things he finds distasteful. Bird and Griffin aren’t shy about making that point; Ravenous openly declares its meaning over and over during its final half-hour. But the rest of the film is so entertainingly odd that the lack of subtlety doesn’t seem so egregious. Whatever the circumstances that led to the cast and crew of Ravenous feeling abandoned and aimless, from scene to scene, they did their best to make something distinctive.” – Noel Murray, The Dissolve

The Slumber Party Massacre

6. The Slumber Party Massacre

Amy Holden Jones

1982 / USA / 77m / Col / Slasher | IMDb
Michelle Michaels, Robin Stille, Michael Villella, Debra De Liso, Andree Honore, Gina Smika Hunter, Jennifer Meyers, Joseph Alan Johnson, David Millbern, Jim Boyce

“Even if one wanted to ignore the obvious overtones, they’re left with a pretty rad little slasher with impressive gore and ass-kicking girls. I’m not sure why anyone would want to discard the interesting subtext, though—it’s much more fun to read it as a film by two women who were quick to call the slasher genre out on its bullshit. Their initial vision may have been somewhat thwarted, but the hints in the margins here result in a slasher film that’s actually more interesting now than it was when I first watched it as a kid (when I was interested in it for all the things Brown and Jones were trying to highlight, of course).” – Brett Gallman, Oh, The Horror

Amer

7. Amer

Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani

2009 / Belgium / 90m / BW / Psychological | IMDb
Cassandra Forêt, Charlotte Eugène Guibeaud, Marie Bos, Bianca Maria D’Amato, Harry Cleven, Jean-Michel Vovk, Bernard Marbaix, Thomas Bonzani, François Cognard, Delphine Brual

“This is basic movie Freud, elegantly mounted. The soundtrack (footsteps, dripping taps, creaking doors, banging shutters) is ominously exaggerated. The close-ups are extreme. Colours change melodramatically to fit the shifting moods. The music is borrowed from old horror films. The dialogue is at first sparse, then non-existent. Luis Buñuel (sliced eyeballs, insects crawling out of bodies), Mario Bava and Dario Argento are affectionately alluded to. Viewers are left to create their own narratives or absorb the events into their own dreams and nightmares. This is art-house horror, a pure cinema for connoisseurs, a return to late-19th-century decadence.” – Philip French, The Guardian

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare

8. Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare

Rachel Talalay

1991 / USA / 89m / BW / Slasher | IMDb
Robert Englund, Lisa Zane, Shon Greenblatt, Lezlie Deane, Ricky Dean Logan, Breckin Meyer, Yaphet Kotto, Tom Arnold, Roseanne Barr, Elinor Donahue

“The Nightmare movies have also, to this point, refused to take themselves too seriously, walking a line between absurd and creepy and placing a toe (or ten) on either side every once in a while. This movie goes whole hog into a tone that bordered on slapstick in more than one scene. Freddy is also back to his old self, quipping with his victims and vogueing as though he is, on some level, aware of the film audience. Even with much more history and backstory than we’ve gotten so far, this movie manages to stay squarely in the kind of territory that Nightmare does best.” – Sophie Day, Bloody Good Horror

Trouble Every Day

9. Trouble Every Day

Claire Denis

2001 / France / 101m / BW / Drama | IMDb
Vincent Gallo, Tricia Vessey, Béatrice Dalle, Alex Descas, Florence Loiret Caille, Nicolas Duvauchelle, Raphaël Neal, José Garcia, Hélène Lapiower, Marilu Marini

“Denis’s films have always been shot through with a current of menace just waiting to be made explicit: it’s present in their off-balance close-ups, faintly unstable camera moves, obsessive attention to the texture of hair, clothes, and skin, and habit of letting the camera slide caressingly around actors’ bodies when they’re at their least self-conscious and most exposed. Where other Denis films seem to circle and drift around indecisively, Trouble Every Day itches with a kind of nervous forward momentum. It’s an extended come-on, full of teases and hints and come-hither gestures, finally climaxing — in every way — with two scenes of gruesome sexual violence.” – Max Nelson, Film Comment Magazine

Dans ma peau

10. Dans ma peau

Marina de Van

2002 / France / 93m / BW / Body Horror | IMDb
Marina de Van, Laurent Lucas, Léa Drucker, Thibault de Montalembert, Dominique Reymond, Bernard Alane, Marc Rioufol, François Lamotte, Adrien de Van, Alain Rimoux

“It’s mostly the suggestion of what Esther is doing to herself that worms its way into your mind and won’t leave you alone, and that’s what people were finding so uncomfortable that they couldn’t continue to watch the film. Being confronted with a sudden boundary between “me” and “my body” isn’t something many of us have dealt with, and our innate inclination for self-preservation tells us to run from the suggestion that such a thing is possible. That might make In My Skin the ultimate horror movie, one the proposes that, given the right stimulus, we ourselves could be our own worst mortal danger.” – MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher

American Mary

11. American Mary

Jen Soska & Sylvia Soska

2012 / Canada / 103m / BW / Body Horror | IMDb
Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Tristan Risk, David Lovgren, Paula Lindberg, Clay St. Thomas, John Emmet Tracy, Twan Holliday, Nelson Wong, Sylvia Soska

“We’ve seen medical gear — gurneys, rubber aprons, cutlery — in myriad horror movies, “The Human Centipede,” “Dead Ringers” and “Audition” among them. But maybe not metaphors like the caged bird Mary keeps, in a nod to Jean-Pierre Melville, or her uncommon path to self-sufficiency (at one point she literally sews up her own wound), a transformation skillfully elucidated by Ms. Isabelle. This film — the second from the Soskas, and shot in their hometown, Vancouver, British Columbia — combines gore, quiet dread, feminist conviction and a visual classicism, often using a red palette, with impressive, unbelabored dexterity. (In an amusing sequence, the Soskas play goth twins who want to surgically exchange their left arms.)” – Andy Webster, The New York Times

Grave

12. Grave

Julia Ducournau

2016 / France / 99m / BW / Cannibal | IMDb
Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laurent Lucas, Joana Preiss, Bouli Lanners, Marion Vernoux, Thomas Mustin, Marouan Iddoub, Jean-Louis Sbille

“This exhilarating French-Belgian debut from writer/director Julia Ducournau is a feast for ravenous cinephiles, an extreme yet intimate tale of identity crises that blends Cronenbergian body horror with humour and heartbreak as it sinks its teeth deep into the sins of the flesh… Directed with the same cross-genre dexterity as Kathryn Bigelow’s seminal vampire western Near Dark, Raw is a thrillingly confident and vigorously executed work. From the chilling opening shot of a car crash to the woozy, single-take sojourns through drunken student raves, Ducournau and cinematographer Ruben Impens lead us effortlessly into Justine’s underworld. A tethered horse on a treadmill canters in slow motion through Justine’s tortured dreams, while scratching fits and metamorphosing sweats are captured from within the claustrophobic confines of imprisoning bed-sheets.” – Mark Kermode, The Observer

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

13. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Ana Lily Amirpour

2014 / USA / 99m / Col / Vampire | IMDb
Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò, Dominic Rains, Rome Shadanloo, Milad Eghbali, Reza Sixo Safai, Ray Haratian, Pej Vahdat

“Iranian-American writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour describes her weirdly exhilarating feature debut, which premiered at Sundance last year, as the Iranian love-child of Sergio Leone and David Lynch, with Nosferatu as a babysitter. It is set in the fictional Iranian ghost town of Bad City (the name nods toward Frank Miller’s Sin City) and plays out like the missing link between Kathryn Bigelow’s first two features; the ultra-cool biker pastiche The Loveless and the latterday vampire flick Near Dark. It is steeped in the pop iconography of the past, yet its crystalline anamorphic black-and-white photography has an unmistakably contemporary edge. Cinematically, it exists in a twilight zone between nations (American locations, Iranian culture), between centuries (late 19th and early 21st), between languages (Persian dialogue, silent cinema gestures) and, most importantly, between genres.” – Mark Kermode, The Observer

Jennifer's Body

14. Jennifer’s Body

Karyn Kusama

2009 / USA / 102m / BW / Comedy | IMDb
Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, Adam Brody, Sal Cortez, Ryan Levine, Juan Riedinger, Colin Askey, Chris Pratt, Juno Ruddell

“The movie could have explored its intriguing ideas in even more depth, and it certainly doesn’t reinvent the wheel. Jennifer’s Body is still a better-than-average horror movie, and considerably more pointed too. Several moments are genuinely creepy. Other moments are darkly funny. Cody’s script – under the director of Girlfight’s Karyn Kusama, who brings a top-notch visual style – manages to combine those things into something that is a lot of wicked fun. The message: inside every adolescent girl is a figurative man-eater waiting to be unleashed. And inside every teen boy is a desire to be feasted on by the hottest girl in school. You can agree with that sentiment or not, but it may just define adolescent sexuality. If nothing else, it makes for a hell-raising good time at the movies.” – Mike McGranaghan, The Aisle Seat

Pet Sematary II

15. Pet Sematary II

Mary Lambert

1992 / USA / 100m / BW / Supernatural | IMDb
Edward Furlong, Anthony Edwards, Clancy Brown, Jared Rushton, Darlanne Fluegel, Jason McGuire, Sarah Trigger, Lisa Waltz, Jim Peck, Len Hunt

The Invitation

16. The Invitation

Karyn Kusama

2015 / USA / 100m / BW / Thriller | IMDb
Logan Marshall-Green, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Aiden Lovekamp, Michelle Krusiec, Mike Doyle, Jordi Vilasuso, Jay Larson, Marieh Delfino, Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman

We Need to Talk About Kevin

17. We Need to Talk About Kevin

Lynne Ramsay

2011 / UK / 112m / BW / Drama | IMDb
Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Jasper Newell, Rock Duer, Ashley Gerasimovich, Siobhan Fallon, Alex Manette, Kenneth Franklin, Leslie Lyles

The ABCs of Death

18. The ABCs of Death

Various

2012 / USA / 129m / Col / Anthology | IMDb
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Kyra Zagorsky, Michael Smiley, Neil Maskell, Michael Rogers, Elisabeth Rosen, Erik Aude, Jeremy Raymond, Robin Hill, Dallas Malloy

“It’s a vibrant, varied array of guttings, garrottings, boobs and brains with plenty of bang for your buck, mixing animation with live action and spanning nations, languages, subgenres and styles. Whether you’re a fan of shorts or not will likely affect your irritation/enjoyment ratio – at over two hours and with such a large number of entries ABCs can be somewhat relentless. A is certainly for “attention deficit”, with each segment – made for around $5000 – averaging three minutes or less. Not enough time to establish characters or complex stories, or to engage more than superficially, but it does mean that the individual shorts never linger long enough to be annoying or boring either.” – Rosie Fletcher, SFX Magazine

Silent House

19. Silent House

Chris Kentis & Laura Lau

2011 / USA / 86m / Col / Home Invasion | IMDb
Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens, Julia Taylor Ross, Adam Barnett, Haley Murphy

After.Life

20. After.Life

Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo

2009 / USA / 104m / BW / Psychological | IMDb
Christina Ricci, Liam Neeson, Justin Long, Chandler Canterbury, Celia Weston, Luz Alexandra Ramos, Josh Charles, Rosemary Murphy, Malachy McCourt, Shuler Hensley

Honeymoon

21. Honeymoon

Leigh Janiak

2014 / USA / 87m / Col / Psychological | IMDb
Rose Leslie, Harry Treadaway, Ben Huber, Hanna Brown

“Janiak is concerned with exploring how relationships break down and Honeymoon operates much better as an examination of married life than it ever does as a creepy horror flick. One morning Paul wakes up and feels like he doesn’t know his other half anymore. He feels frustrated, he feels trapped. Their sex life grinds to a halt. Bea finds her identity being chipped away by a relationship that is feeling increasingly like a performance. She still wants to love her husband but she can’t talk to him about what’s really going on and how she’s feeling. That’s the real horror of the piece – questioning how well you really know the person you’ve committed your life to. This is all subtext, of course, but it’s wonderfully conveyed in way that’s both subtle and hard to miss.” – Joe Cunningham, Film4

Prevenge

22. Prevenge

Alice Lowe

2016 / UK / 88m / Col / Black Comedy | IMDb
Alice Lowe, Dan Renton Skinner, Jo Hartley, Tom Davis, Leila Hoffman, Kate Dickie, Kayvan Novak, Mike Wozniak, Tom Meeten, Marc Bessant

L'étrange couleur des larmes de ton corps

23. L’étrange couleur des larmes de ton corps

Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani

2013 / Belgium / 102m / BW / Surrealism | IMDb
Klaus Tange, Ursula Bedena, Joe Koener, Birgit Yew, Hans De Munter, Anna D’Annunzio, Jean-Michel Vovk, Manon Beuchot, Romain Roll, Lolita Oosterlynck

Córki dancingu

24. Córki dancingu

Agnieszka Smoczynska

2015 / Poland / 92m / Col / Musical | IMDb
Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszanska, Kinga Preis, Andrzej Konopka, Jakub Gierszal, Zygmunt Malanowicz, Magdalena Cielecka, Katarzyna Herman, Marcin Kowalczyk, Joanna Niemirska

August Underground's Mordum

25. August Underground’s Mordum

Fred Vogel et al.

2003 / USA / 77m / BW / Splatter | IMDb
Cristie Whiles, Fred Vogel, Michael Todd Schneider, Jerami Cruise, Killjoy, ‘M.’ Kadath, Erika Schultz, ‘E.’ Jay, Midian Crosby, Elmo Painter

Southbound

26. Southbound

Roxanne Benjamin & David Bruckner & Patrick Horvath & Radio Silence

2015 / USA / 89m / Col / Anthology | IMDb
Chad Villella, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Kristina Pesic, Fabianne Therese, Nathalie Love, Hannah Marks, Dana Gould, Anessa Ramsey, Susan Burke, Davey Johnson

Évolution

27. Évolution

Lucile Hadzihalilovic

2015 / France / 81m / Col / Mystery | IMDb
Max Brebant, Roxane Duran, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Mathieu Goldfeld, Nissim Renard, Pablo-Noé Etienne, Nathalie Legosles, Chantal Aimée, Laura Ballesteros, Eric Batlle

The Love Witch

28. The Love Witch

Anna Biller

2016 / USA / 120m / Col / Black Comedy | IMDb
Samantha Robinson, Gian Keys, Laura Waddell, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Jared Sanford, Robert Seeley, Jennifer Ingrum, Randy Evans, Clive Ashborn, Lily Holleman

Chained

29. Chained

Jennifer Chambers Lynch

2012 / Canada / 94m / BW / Thriller | IMDb
Vincent D’Onofrio, Eamon Farren, Evan Bird, Julia Ormond, Conor Leslie, Jake Weber, Gina Philips, Daniel Maslany, Benjamin DeWalt, Lyndon Bray

Carrie

30. Carrie

Kimberly Peirce

2013 / USA / 100m / Col / Supernatural | IMDb
Julianne Moore, Chloë Grace Moretz, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday, Zoë Belkin, Samantha Weinstein, Karissa Strain, Katie Strain, Ansel Elgort, Demetrius Joyette

Cropsey

31. Cropsey

Barbara Brancaccio & Joshua Zeman

2009 / USA / 84m / BW / Documentary | IMDb
Joshua Zeman, Barbara Brancaccio, Bill Ellis, Dorothy D’Eletto, Geraldo Rivera, Karen Schweiger, David Navarro, Donna Cutugno, Ralph Aquino, Bobby Jensen

XX

32. XX

Various

2017 / Canada / 80m / BW / Anthology | IMDb
Natalie Brown, Jonathan Watton, Peter DaCunha, Peyton Kennedy, Ron Lea, Michael Dyson, Melanie Lynskey, Seth Duhame, Sanai Victoria, Sheila Vand

Baise-moi

33. Baise-moi

Virginie Despentes & Coralie

2000 / France / 77m / Col / Exploitation | IMDb
Karen Lancaume, Raffaëla Anderson, Céline Beugnot, Adama Niane, Christophe Claudy Landry, Tewfik Saad, Delphine McCarty, Ouassini Embarek, Patrick Kodjo Topou, Simon Nahoum

ABCs of Death 2

34. ABCs of Death 2

Various

2014 / USA / 125m / Col / Anthology | IMDb
Eric Jacobus, Andy Nyman, Simon Barrett, Teela Cull, Kelsey Hudson, Stefanie Wood, Xin Sarith Wuku, Ben Maccabee, Jason Cabell, Josh Ethier

Dark Touch

35. Dark Touch

Marina de Van

2013 / Ireland / 90m / Col / Supernatural | IMDb
Missy Keating, Marcella Plunkett, Padraic Delaney, Charlotte Flyvholm, Stephen Wall, Robert Donnelly, Susie Power, Richard Dormer, Catherine Walker, Simon Boyle

Boxing Helena

36. Boxing Helena

Jennifer Chambers Lynch

1993 / USA / 107m / Col / Thriller | IMDb
Julian Sands, Sherilyn Fenn, Bill Paxton, Kurtwood Smith, Art Garfunkel, Betsy Clark, Nicolette Scorsese, Meg Register, Bryan Smith, Marla Levine

Embrace of the Vampire

37. Embrace of the Vampire

Anne Goursaud

1995 / USA / 92m / Col / Vampire | IMDb
Alyssa Milano, Martin Kemp, Harold Pruett, Jordan Ladd, Rachel True, Charlotte Lewis, Jennifer Tilly, Rebecca Ferratti, Glori Gold, Seana Ryan

Dance of the Damned

38. Dance of the Damned

Katt Shea

1989 / USA / 82m / Col / Vampire | IMDb
Starr Andreeff, Cyril O’Reilly, Debbie Nassar, Maria Ford, Athena Worthy, Tom Ruben, Chuck Rhee, J. Bartell, Paisley Yankolovich, Eric Coplin

“In many respects this might have been a play rather than a film, which is one of its strengths and whilst starting with a level of exploitation quickly finds its feet as an excellent drama… this is not a film for those looking for pure horror, as it really isn’t, this is an intelligent film that explores humanity and despair. It is one that you will have to really search out but is well worth the effort and shows just how good a low budget film can be if the correct script and actors are used.” – A. Boylan, Taliesin Meets The Vampires

Tales of Halloween

39. Tales of Halloween

Various

2015 / USA / 92m / Col / Anthology | IMDb
Adrienne Barbeau, Hunter Smit, Cameron Easton, Caroline Williams, Robert Rusler, Clare Kramer, Greg Grunberg, Daniel DiMaggio, Austin Falk, Madison Iseman

A Night to Dismember

40. A Night to Dismember

Doris Wishman

1983 / USA / 69m / BW / Slasher | IMDb
Samantha Fox, Diane Cummins, Saul Meth, Miriam Meth, William Szarka, Chris Smith, Dee Cummins, Larry Hunter, Mary Lomay, Rita Rogers

“What would you do if you had a completed film “in the can,” so to speak, but a disgruntled lab worker at the processing facility where it was being developed set fire to the place and destroyed 40% of your movie, leaving you with just over an hour of usable footage, all from various unrelated segments of your flick?… Well, that’s what happened to B-movie auteur Doris Wishman in 1982… I’m not going to claim that Wishman accidentally found greatness with the end product here, that dire circumstances proved to be an act of serendipity that resulted in an unheralded horror masterpiece. There’s a reason A Night to Dismember isn’t regarded as a slasher classic — it’s just not very good. But it certainly should be seen by any true B-movie aficionado. The fact that it even exists is a testament to Doris Wishman’s sheer determination and/or desperation — probably both.” – Ryan C., Trash Film Guru

The Hitch-Hiker

41. The Hitch-Hiker

Ida Lupino

1953 / USA / 71m / Col / Thriller | IMDb
Edmond O’Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman, José Torvay, Sam Hayes, Wendell Niles, Jean Del Val, Clark Howat, Natividad Vacío

Ghost in the Machine

42. Ghost in the Machine

Rachel Talalay

1993 / USA / 95m / Col / Science Fiction | IMDb
Karen Allen, Chris Mulkey, Ted Marcoux, Wil Horneff, Jessica Walter, Brandon Quintin Adams, Rick Ducommun, Nancy Fish, Jack Laufer, Shevonne Durkin

The Velvet Vampire

43. The Velvet Vampire

Stephanie Rothman

1971 / UK / 80m / Col / Vampire | IMDb
Michael Blodgett, Sherry Miles, Celeste Yarnall, Gene Shane, Jerry Daniels, Sandy Ward, Paul Prokop, Chris Woodley, Robert Tessier

“Given the genre (horror) and the budget (extremely low), it may seem perverse to say that Stephanie Rothman’s 1971 film is among the best women’s films ever made, but so it is—a highly intelligent, deftly poetic reimagining of the vampire myth, with the theme of fatal sexuality transferred to a female character. The vampire is neither an aggressor nor a seductress, but an abstract figure of polymorphous sensuality: her “victims” choose her, and they range from a would-be rapist to a liberated (and wittily parodied) southern California couple.” – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

American Zombie

44. American Zombie

Grace Lee

2007 / USA / 90m / Col / Zombie | IMDb
Austin Basis, Jane Edith Wilson, Al Vicente, Suzy Nakamura, John Solomon, Grace Lee, Andrew Amondson, Amy Higgins, Kevin Michael Walsh, Jose Solomon

Spellbinder

45. Spellbinder

Janet Greek

1988 / USA / 99m / Col / Supernatural | IMDb
Tim Daly, Kelly Preston, Rick Rossovich, Audra Lindley, Anthony Crivello, Diana Bellamy, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Julian Christopher, Kyle T. Heffner, M.C. Gainey

Blood & Donuts

46. Blood & Donuts

Holly Dale

1995 / USA / 89m / Col / Vampire | IMDb
Gordon Currie, Louis Ferreira, Helene Clarkson, Fiona Reid, Frank Moore, Hadley Kay, David Cronenberg, J. Winston Carroll, Earl Pastko, Sam Malkin

Twilight

47. Twilight

Catherine Hardwicke

2008 / USA / 122m / Col / Vampire | IMDb
Kristen Stewart, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Robert Pattinson, Rachelle Lefevre, Cam Gigandet, Edi Gathegi, Elizabeth Reaser

Surveillance

48. Surveillance

Jennifer Chambers Lynch

2008 / USA / 97m / Col / Thriller | IMDb
Caroline Aaron, Hugh Dillon, David Gane, Gill Gayle, Kent Harper, Michael Ironside, Pell James, Daryl Haney, Shannon Jardine, Angela Lamarsh

Always Shine

49. Always Shine

Sophia Takal

2016 / USA / 85m / Col / Psychological | IMDb
Mackenzie Davis, Caitlin FitzGerald, Lawrence Michael Levine, Khan Baykal, Alexander Koch, Michael Lowry, Colleen Camp, Jane Adams, Julian Tolentino, Mason Foster

Mirror Mirror

50. Mirror Mirror

Marina Sargenti

1990 / USA / 104m / Col / Supernatural | IMDb
Karen Black, Yvonne De Carlo, William Sanderson, Rainbow Harvest, Kristin Dattilo, Ricky Paull Goldin, Charlie Spradling, Tom Bresnahan, Dorit Sauer, Ann Hearn