Women and Genre: Horror

This autumn we present a selection of skin-crawling, mind-melting, properly creepy horror films made by female filmmakers.

There’s a wealth of great horror cinema directed by women out there, and the second of our ongoing Women and Genre series offers a taste of the some of the most macabre, terrifying and sometimes plain demented movies of the last few decades.

Meet a terrifying stranger in Ida Lupino’s chilling The Hitch Hiker (1953) dangerously stylish vampire bikers in Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark, and blood-thirsty millennials in Julia Ducornau’s Raw. Sit down for dinner with Civil War cannibals in Antonia Bird’s underseen, Ravenous, embrace the bad taste of Jennifer Lynch’s queasily erotic Boxing Helena, or lean into the giallo psychedelics of Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears. Join us for a weird, creepy and compelling journey into our darkest fantasies and greatest fears. The female gaze is deadlier than the males’ – don’t have nightmares.

Near Dark (1987)

28 Sep, 20:30

A cowboy falls for a beautiful drifter and becomes involved with a nomadic group of vampires in this innovative, atmospheric horror that cleverly fuses vampire mythology with the traditions of the western.

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The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears

9 Oct, 20:30

A kaleidoscopic, synaesthetic psychodrama tuned to the key of giallo, The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears is headily disorientating arthouse classic.

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19 Oct, 20:30

Every now and again a debut film comes along that makes you sit up and recognize a major new talent has announced itself. That’s Raw, and that’s director Julia Ducournau. Raw weaves themes of addiction, female coming of age and sexual exploration into a bloody tapestry that drenches the screen in sheer cinematic glory.

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Boxing Helena

29 Oct, 20:30
Distraught and unable to cope with a break-up from the beautiful Helena, surgeon Nick Cavanaugh is surprised to find her at his mercy after a terrible accident. He proceeds to remove her limbs one by one, leaving her to live in a box.

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