Female Led Horror Films

Looking for some female-led horror films to tide you over until Halloween? Take a look at the following for some inspiration!

Suspiria (1977)


Based on an 1845 essay called “Sighs from the Depths”. The film follows an American ballet dancer who moves to Germany in order to attend a prestigious school. However, things start going wrong when the school is the centre of supernatural activity and a series of murders. This film is the first in a trilogy that director Argento named The Three Mothers. Other films in the series are Inferno (1980) and The Mother of Tears (2007).



Released in 1978, this slasher film, featuring Jamie Lee Curtis as the main protagonist, features a serial killer who is after babysitters on Halloween. Birthing a film legacy ( with a new film coming out this month), Halloween is one of the most recognised films in the horror genre.



Alien is one of the most recognised feminist horror films. Sigourney Weaver, who plays a member of the crew aboard a space tug called the Nostromo, must face an evil entity which has boarded the ship. This film also spawned its own legacy, with films, comics and even games being released within the same universe.

The Silence of the Lambs


Based on a 1988 novel of the same name, The Silence of the Lambs features a young Jodie Foster as an FBI agent attempting to locate a serial murder. In order to do so, she enlists the help of Hannibal Lecter, a caught serial killer, who offer sadistic advice. The two form a unique bond which really holds the narrative together.



Released in 1996, this teen slasher flick, created by Wes Craven, was the darling of 90’s horror. Inspired by the real-life story of the Gainesville Ripper. After receiving a number of awards, the films has since reached cult status and has been succeeded by a number of sequels, all of which featuring the main female character, Sidney Prescott.

The Craft


Also released in 96 was The Craft, a supernatural teen horror which earned an impressive $55 million at the box office. Since its release, the film has gained an even bigger cult following.

Ginger Snaps


I remember seeing this as a kid one late night when I snuck downstairs and watched the 10pm Channel 4 movie. The film follows two sisters who are obsessed with death. It was succeeded by two more films.



If you’re looking for something a little more modern, then Hush is the film for you. Premiered at South by Southwest and premiered by Netflix in 2016, Hush follows a deaf writer in a cabin retreat as she is stalked by a crazed killer.



Mother! is one of those films that makes you more anxious that horrified. Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Barden, the film has been linked to the creation story and follows a couple as they renovate their house. It’s creepy, mysterious and will make your anxiety skyrocket.

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