31 Days of Feminist Horror

It’s that time of the year…my favorite month…my favorite holiday. Happy Samhain month everyone!  It means #31daysofHalloween. As a horror film scholar, it also means #31DaysofHorror, which is a yearly challenge to watch a horror film a day.  This year I’m doing 31 horror films but with my twist: 31 feminist horror films.  In brief, feminist horror films examine elements of gender and sexuality and also explore the cultural systems that build and buttress those gender and sexual social boundaries. (Want a longer explanation of feminist horror full with specific film analysis. Well it’s coming soon in the form of my dissertation. Or you can check out my slightly longer explanation here.)

The one very practical criteria for my viewing list was that I had to have easy access to the film, which means it is either streaming somewhere that I subscribe to or I own a copy of the film. Most of the films on the list are full-length feature films, but a few are short films by some great indie filmmakers.  Pre-warning though, a couple I haven’t seen before, but they were recommended as feminist horror films that I might like.

  1. XX (Anthology directors: Jovanka Vuckovic, Annie Clark, Roxanne Benjamin, and Karyn Kusama, 2017), if you’d like to read my initial reaction you can find it here, available on Netflix.
  2. Dead Hooker in a Trunk (Directors Jen and Sylvia Soska, 2009), available on Hulu.
  3. The Babadook (Director Jennifer Kent, 2014), for more analysis on this film from me, you can find it here, available on Netflix
  4. Venefica (Director Maria Wilson, 2016), available on Shudder.
  5. Jennifer’s Body (Director Karyn Kusama, 2009), available to rent on Amazon and Vudu.
  6. Slumber Party Massacre (Director Amy Holden Jones, 1982), available on Amazon Prime Video.
  7. Raw (Director Julia Ducournau, 2016), available to rent on Amazon and Vudu.
  8. We Need to Talk about Kevin (Director Lynne Ramsay, 2011), available on Netflix and Shudder.
  9. The Witch (Director Robert Eggers, 2015), available on Amazon Prime Video.
  10. The Countess (Director Julie Delpy, 2009), if you are interested in in-depth analysis of this film, see my chapter in Gender in the Vampire Narrativenot currently available to stream.
  11. Honeymoon (Director Leigh Janiak, 2014), available on Netflix.
  12. Prevenge (Director Alice Lowe, 2016), available on Shudder.
  13. Dark Touch (Director Marina de Van, 2013), available on Shudder.
  14. The Midnight Swim (Director Sarah Adina Smith, 2014), available on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Shudder.
  15. Office Killer (Director Cindy Sherman, 1997), not currently available to stream.
  16. Byzantium (Director Neil Jordan, 2012), if you are interested in in-depth analysis of this film, see my chapter in Gender in the Vampire Narrativeavailable on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu.
  17. Blood Hunters (Director Tricia Lee, 2016), available on Amazon Prime Video.
  18. The Love Witch (Director Anna Biller, 2016), available on Amazon Prime Video.
  19. Chained (Director Jennifer Lynch, 2012), available to rent on Amazon and Vudu.
  20. Scream (Director Wes Craven, 1996), available on Amazon Prime Video.
  21. The Captured Bird (Director Jovanka Vuckovic, 2012), available on Vimeo.
  22. Consummé (Director Catherine Fordham, 2015)
  23. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Director Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014), available to rent on Amazon and Vudu.
  24. Eve’s Bayou (Director Kasi Lemmons, 1997), available on Amazon Prime Video and Hulu.
  25. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Director Fran Rubel Kuzui, 1992), available on Amazon Prime Video.
  26. The Invitation (Director Karyn Kusama, 2015), available on Netflix.
  27. The Stylist (Director Jill Gevargizian, 2016), available on Shudder.
  28. The Girl with All the Gifts (Director Colm McCarthy, 2016), available on Amazon Prime Video.
  29. Soulmate (Director Axelle Carolyn, 2013), available on Shudder.
  30. Paralysis (Director R. Shanae Williams, 2015), available on Vimeo.
  31. American Mary (Jen and Sylvia Soska, 2012), for my more in-depth look see here, available to rent on Amazon.

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