Mistresses Of The Dark, Part 1: 10 Horror Films Directed By Women

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Celebrate Halloween the right way by discovering 10 classic & upcoming horror films directed by women on the first installment of Mistresses Of The Dark.

Summary: American Psycho by Mary Harron | American Mary by Jen & Sylvia Soska | Near Dark by Kathryn Bigelow | Ravenous by Antonia Bird | Jennifer’s Body by Karyn Kusama | In My Skin (Dans Ma Peau) by Marina De Van | Blood Bath by Stephanie Rothman | Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare by Rachel Talalay | Chanthaly by Mattie Do | Agoraphobia by Lou Simon

 

American Psycho by Mary Harron

A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.

2000, Horror, Crime, Drama, USA, 102 min

Directed by Mary Harron
Written by Guinevere Turner & Mary Harron based on the book by Bret Easton Ellis
Starring Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Chloë Sevigny, Reese Witherspoon & Jared Leto
Produced by Christian Halsey Solomon, Chris Hanley, Edward R. Pressman
Cinematography by Andrzej Sekula
Edited by Nat Sanders
Music by Andrew Marcus
Casting by Kerry Barden, Billy Hopkins, Suzanne Smith

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American Mary by Jen & Sylvia Soska

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.

2012, Horror, Crime, Drama, Canada, 103 min
Best Director Award at the Toronto After Dark Film Festival 2012

Directed by Jen & Sylvia Soska
Written by Jen & Sylvia Soska
Starring Katharine Isabelle, Tristan Risk, Antonio Cupo
Produced by Evan Tylor, John A. Curtis, Jen & Sylvia Soska
Cinematography by Brian Pearson
Edited by Bruce MacKinnon
Music by Peter Allen
Casting by Ann Forry

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Jen & Sylvia Soska

Directors (American Mary, Vendetta, Painkiller Jane)
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Near Dark by Kathryn Bigelow

A small-town farmer’s son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is turned by a beautiful drifter.

1987, Horror, Thriller, Drama, Canada, 94 min

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow
Written by Kathryn Bigelow & Eric Red
Starring Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen & Bill Paxton
Produced by Steven-Charles Jaffe, Eric Red
Cinematography by Adam Greenberg
Edited by Howard E. Smith
Music by Tangerine Dream
Casting by Karen Rea

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Ravenous by Antonia Bird

Captain John Boyd’s promotion stations him at a fort where a rescued man tells a disturbing tale of cannibalism.

1999, Horror, Thriller, Czech Republic-UK-USA, 101 min

Directed by Antonia Bird
Written by Ted Griffin
Starring Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette & Jeremy Davies
Produced by Adam Fields, David Heyman
Cinematography by Anthony B. Richmond
Edited by Neil Farrell
Music by Damon Albarn, Michael Nyman
Casting by Kerry Barden, Billy Hopkins, Suzanne Smith

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Jennifer’s Body by Karyn Kusama

A newly possessed high school cheerleader turns into a succubus who specializes in killing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror?

2009, Horror,Comedy, USA, 102 min
Won For Best Actresses in the 2010 MTV & Teen Choice Award

Directed by Karyn Kusama
Written by Diablo Cody
Starring Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody & Chris Pratt
Produced by Daniel Dubiecki, Mason Novick, Jason Reitman
Cinematography by M. David Mullen
Edited by Plummy Tucker
Music by Stephen Barton, Theodore Shapiro
Casting by Mindy Marin

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In My Skin (Dans Ma Peau) by Marina De Van

A woman grows increasingly fascinated with her body after suffering a disfiguring accident.

2002, Horror, Drama, France, 93 min
Best International Film at the Fantasia Film Festival 2002

Directed by Marina de Van
Written by Marina de Van
Starring Marina de Van, Laurent Lucas, Léa Drucker
Produced by Laurence Farenc
Cinematography by Pierre Barougier
Edited by Mike Fromentin
Music by Esbjorn Svensson
Casting by Brigitte Moidon

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Marina de Van

Director (In My Skin, Dark Touch, Don't Look Back, Le Petit Poucet) Screenwriter (Francois Ozon's Under the Sand, 8 Femmes)
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Blood Bath by Stephanie Rothman

A crazed artist who believes himself to be the reincarnation of a murderous vampire kills young women, then boils their bodies in a vat.

1966, Horror, USA, 80 min


Directed by Stephanie Rothman & Jack Hill
Written by Stephanie Rothman & Jack Hill
Starring William Campbell, Marissa Mathes, Lori Saunders
Produced by Jack Hill & Roger Corman
Cinematography by Alfred Taylor
Edited by Candace Kane
Music by Ronald Stein & Mark Lowry

Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare by Rachel Talalay

Freddy Krueger returns once again to haunt both the dreams of his daughter and Springwood’s last surviving teenager.

1991, Horror, Comedy, Thriller, USA, 89 min

Directed by Rachel Talalay
Written by Rachel Talalay & Michael De Luca
Starring Robert Englund, Lisa Zane, Shon Greenblatt
Produced by Robert Shaye, Aron Warner, Michael De Luca & Michael Knue
Cinematography by Declan Quinn
Edited by Janice Hampton
Music by Brian May
Casting by Janet Hirshenson, Jane Jenkins & Roger Mussenden

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Rachel Talalay

Feature Film Director (Tank Girl, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, The Borrowers) TV Director (Doctor Who, Supernatural, Dead Zone, Reign, Continuum, Bomb Girls)Producer of Hairspray, Cry-Baby
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Chanthaly by Mattie Do

Raised alone by her overprotective father and sequestered in their home in Vientiane, Laos, Chanthaly suspects that her dead mother’s ghost is trying to deliver a message to her from the afterlife…

2013, Horror, Laos, 98 min

Directed by Mattie Do
Written by Christopher Larsen & Douangmany Soliphanh
Starring Amphaiphun Phimmapunya, Douangmany Soliphanh, Soukchinda Duangkhamchan
Produced by Mattie Do, Christopher Larsen & Douangmany Soliphanh
Cinematography by Christopher Larsen
Edited by Christopher Larsen

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Mattie Do

Director (Chanthaly, Dearest Sister) First female director and first horror filmmaker in Laos
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Agoraphobia by Lou Simon

An agoraphobic inherits her father’s house in a remote part of the Florida Keys. When weird things start happening, she discovers that there’s something far more terrifying trapped inside the house with her.

2015, Horror, Thriller, 85 min
Currently in post-production

Directed by Lou Simon
Written by Lou Simon
Starring Cassandra Scerbo, Tony Todd, Julie Kendall & Maria Olsen
Produced by Tara Cardinal, & Lou Simon
Cinematography by Stephen Brevig
Music by Michael Damon
Edited by Michal Shipman

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Lou Simon

Director (Hazmat, Agoraphobia)
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