Feast Your Eyes On This Spooky Selection of Women-Directed Horror Streaming on Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, and More

October 4, 2019

Jackie Kong, Claire Denis, Ana Lily Amirpour, Karyn Kusama, Stephanie Rothman, Amy Holden Jones… These are just a few of the female directors who have made their mark on the horror genre over the years, and these days, it's easier than ever to feast your eyes on their work thanks to streaming offerings on Amazon Prime, Netflix, Criterion Channel, Tubi (free, btw), Hulu, and (of course!) Shudder. Below, I've attempted to round up a wide range of titles from around the world—from Ida Lupino's 1953 horror/noir/thriller The Hitch-Hiker to modern offerings like Anna Biller's The Love Witch—and I've also marked some favorites, should you need some guidance. Let me know if there's anything I missed, and check out this list on Letterboxd

 

AMAZON PRIME

 

The Being (Jackie Kong, 1983)

Blood and Donuts (Holly Dale, 1995) ✪

Blood Sabbath (Brianne Murphy, 1972)

Braid (Mitzi Peroine, 2018)

Dolly Dearest (Maria Lease, 1991)

Fetish Factory (Staci Layne Wilson, 2018)

The Godsend (Gabrielle Beaumont, 1980)

The Hitch-Hiker (Ida Lupino, 1953)

Howling IV: The Freaks (Hope Perello, 1991)

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Mouly Surya, 2017)

Messiah of Evil (co-directed by Gloria Katz, 1973)

Mirror/Mirror (Marina Sargenti, 1990) ✪

Most Beautiful Island (Ana Asensio, 2017)

My Sucky Teen Romance (Emily Hagins, 2012)

Off Season (Katie Carman-Lehach, 2012)

The Quiet (Jamie Babbit, 2005)

The Rage: Carrie 2 (co-directed by Katt Shea)

Sorority House Massacre (Carol Frank, 1986)

Spellbinder (Janet Greek) ✪

Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis) ✪

Truth or Dare (Jessica Cameron, 2013)

We Need to Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsey, 2012)

Wolf Devil Woman (Ling Chang, 1982)

 

CRITERION CHANNEL

 

The Lure (Agnieszka Smoczyńska, 2015) ✪

 

HULU

 

The Devil’s Doorway (Aislinn Clarke)

Ravenous (Antonia Bird) ✪

 

NETFLIX


American Psycho (Mary Herron) ✪

The Bad Batch (Ana Lily Amirpour)

Bird Box (Susanne Bier, 2018)

The Invitation (Karyn Kusama, 2011) ✪

We Have Always Lived in the Castle (Stacie Passon, 2018) ✪

 

SHOWTIME

 

The Babadook (Jennifer Kent) ✪

 

SHUDDER

 

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014) ✪

All the Creatures Were Stirring (co-directed by Rebeckah McKendry, 2018)

Always Shine (Sophia Takal, 2015) ✪

Blue My Mind (Lisa Bruhlman, 2016)

Dearest Sister (Mattie Do, 2016) ✪

El Gigante (co-directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero, 2015)

Honeymoon (Leigh Janiak, 2014)

The Honor Farm (Karen Skloss, 2017)

Humanoids from the Deep (co-directed by Barbara Peeters, 1980)

Inner Demon (Ursula Dabrowsky, 2014)

Kiss of the Damned (Xan Cassavetes, 2012)

The Love Witch (Anna Biller, 2017) ✪

Office Killer (Cindy Sherman, 1997)

The Other Side of Sleep (Rebecca Daly) (2012)

Prevenge (Alice Lowe, 2016) ✪

The Ranger (Jenn Wexler, 2017)

Revenge (Coralie Fargeat, 2018)

Slumber Party Massacre (Amy Holden Jones, 1982) ✪

Slumber Party Massacre 2 (Deborah Brock, 1987)

Southbound (co-directed by Roxanne Benjamin, 2015)

Tigers Are Not Afraid (Issa Lopez, 2017) ✪

 

TRIBECA SHORTLIST

 

Embrace of the Vampire (Anne Goursaud, 1995)

Little Witches (Jane Simpson, 1996)

 

TUBI (psst—free!)

 

Blue My Mind (Lisa Bruhlman, 2016)

Celia (Ann Turner, 1989) ✪

Chained (Jennifer Lynch, 2013)

Evangeline (Karen Lam, 2015)

Fetish Factory (Staci Layne Wilson, 2018)

The Hitch-Hiker (Ida Lupino, 1953)

Hooker with a Hacksaw (co-directed by Caroline Copko, 2017)

Lyle (Stewart Thorndyke, 2015) ✪

Most Beautiful Island (Ana Asensio, 2017)

Ring of Curse: Gomennasai (Mari Asato, 2012)

See No Evil 2 (Soska Sisters, 2014)

Sorority House Massacre (Carol Frank, 1986)

The Sisterhood of the Night (Caryn Waechter, 2015)

Vamps (Amy Heckerling, 2012)

The Velvet Vampire (co-directed by Stephanie Rothman, 1971)

 

 

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