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Morbidly Beautiful is supporting the voices of Women in Horror by providing you with a month-long watch list of films directed by women.

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In honor of the annual tradition of celebrating the significant contributions of Women in Horror (typically February of each year), we are proud to bring you a month-long streaming guide: 28 days, 28 horror films directed by women. Best of all, they are all easily streamable on Netflix, Prime, Shudder, Hulu, Tubi and HBO Max.

You can view the Streaming Guide below, but let’s take a peek at what’s included and how to make the most of your exploration of female-driven films! 

We start the month with one of the oldest female directed horror films with 1953’s The Hitch-Hiker directed by Ida Lupino.

Ida Lupino, “The Hitch-Hiker”
  • The first week of the month then proceeds with three unique and transgressive films: Braid, Chained, and Knives + Skin.
  • The second week is dedicated to sleazy exploitation films from the 1980s, featuring the first two Slumber Party Massacre movies, Sorority House Massacre, and Stripped to Kill. All movies are ones were you might be shocked to find out that a woman was behind the camera. 
  • Week 3 covers fantastic Shudder Originals/Exclusives: Prevenge, Revenge, The Ranger and the beloved A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. As one of the leaders in streaming horror, Shudder is always one to give a platform to women directors, and these films prove that commitment while highlighting the amazing talent working in the genre today.
  • The last week of the month is dedicated to films by Blumhouse productions, which has really provided a huge platform for women directors. First, we have the Hulu “Into the Dark” entries All That We Destroy and Culture Shock, followed by the Amazon “Welcome to the Blumhouse” films Nocturne and The Lie.

Each weekend will highlight two films from one unique Woman director.

Jackie Kong, “Blood Diner”
  • Weekend #1 is dedicated to Jackie Kong, director of The Being and Blood Diner.
  • Weekend #2 is dedicated to the amazing Jen and Sylvia Soska and their films American Mary and See No Evil 2.
  • Weekend #3 is dedicated to the legendary Mary Lambert with her classics Pet Sematary and Pet Sematary 2. If you’ve seen those films a million times and are looking for something new, you could also check out two other films by Lambert, Mega Python vs Gatoroid on Tubi and Halloweentown 2 on Disney+.
  • The final weekend of the month is dedicated to Veronica Franz and her two films The Lodge and Goodnight Mommy. High art, slow burn horror plus a woman director is a recipe for success.

Sundays are dedicated to something bizarre and unique.

Amy Seimetz, “She Dies Tomorrow”
  • The pick for the first Sunday of the month is the 1990 hidden gem Mirror Mirror.
  • Week #2 ends with 2014’s Honeymoon, just in time for Valentine’s day.
  • Week #3 ends with the absolutely bizarre film, She Dies Tomorrow. Trust me, you’ve never seen anything like this one.
  • The final film of the month is the controversial remake of Black Christmas on HBO Max. Now, a lot of people do not like this film. In fact, some vehemently dislike it. But that’s ok!

Equality is exactly what we are all striving for in a civilized world.

Mary Lambert, “Pet Sematary”

The main takeaway is that films should not be lauded or lambasted simply because they are helmed by women. Women in Horror Month strives to create a world where every filmmaker has a chance to rise or fall on his or her own merits — with equal access to financial backing, studio support, career opportunities, and the chance to keep growing through successes and failures.

Hopefully this month of viewing will prove that women in horror are equal to their male counterparts in every way, shape, and form.

We’ve seen how women can make insanely dark and violent films like Chained and Braid. They can make sleazy exploitation films about undercover stripper cops (Stripped to Kill).  Women can make outstanding revenge films like Revenge and Prevenge. They can successfully bring Stephen King’s words to life (Pet Sematary), explore futuristic worlds (All That We Destroy), terrify us with smart creature features (The Being), and make our heads spin with artsy, slow burning horror films (The Lodge).

The films being made by female filmmakers are as different as the women making them. And while not everything will appeal to your personal tastes, no doubt you will find plenty to fall in love with here — and hopefully discover some amazing new filmmaking talent and films you may have missed. 

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