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This installment of The Girls Guide to Horror focuses on films that are the bedrock of the genre and appeal to a younger female audience.

We started by looking at teenage terrors, featuring teen and college-aged protagonists. For part 2 of the “Girls Guide to Horror”, we’re recommending some foundational horror classics that put one or more women front and center. 

Horror has and will always appeal to the female and feminine leaning masses, and horror is often centered on well-written female characters. Horror has always been the genre of strong outspoken opinions and outsiders finding a macabre niche for themselves.

Unfortunately, as we talked about in the first installment, women often get left out of the horror conversation. And teen girls get left out of the conversation more than anyone. That’s why this series exists — to champion making horror accessible to young, female fans. 

The films featured in this second edition are not only genre classics every horror fan can appreciate, but they also help reinforce the importance of strong and compelling female characters. Most of the films on this list were written by and/or directed by men. But that doesn’t keep them from being hugely important to feminist horror and accessible to both younger and older female viewers.

While I love films like John Carpenter’s Halloween and Brian De Palma’s Carrie, and recognize their appeal and importance to teens and young adults, you won’t find those on this list. My goal is to examine films that aren’t as widely recommended as others. 

For part 3 of THE GIRLS GUIDE TO HORROR, we will be taking horror abroad and exploring foreign frights. 

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