Female Horror Filmmakers

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Directing, writing, producing. Have worked on AT LEAST one (but usually more) horror film or short.

1. Abigail Blackmore

Actress | Vintage Blood

Abigail Blackmore is an actress and writer, known for Vintage Blood (2015), Blind Date (2010) and Tales From the Lodge (2019).

2. Actually Huizenga

Actress | Heavenly Sin

Actually Huizenga is an actress and producer, known for Heavenly Sin (2016), Viking Angel (2014) and Brainwashed Love (2011).

4. Agnieszka Smoczynska

Director | Córki dancingu

Agnieszka Smoczynska was born on May 18, 1978 in Wroclaw, Dolnoslaskie, Poland. She is a director and writer, known for The Lure (2015), Fugue (2018) and Aria Diva (2007).

5. Aisling Walsh

Director | Song for a Raggy Boy

Aisling Walsh studied Fine Art at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology. There was no film course there at that time but there was a film appreciation society that she joined and through this she developed an interest in filmmaking and started making her own short movies. The ...

7. Alanah Rafferty

Actress | Mutiny

Alanah Rafferty was born on January 11, 1992 in New Rochelle, New York, USA. She is an actress and assistant director, known for Mutiny (2018), Cats Kill (2017) and True Drama.

8. Alice Lowe

Actress | Sightseers

Alice Eva Lowe is an English actress and writer, mainly in comedy. She is best known for her roles as Madeline Wool/Liz Asher in Garth Marenghi's Darkplace and as Tina in the 2012 film Sightseers, which she also co-wrote.

Lowe was born in Coventry, West Midlands, England. She attended Kenilworth ...

9. Alison-Eve Hammersley

Director | You'll Only Have Each Other

Alison was one of five directors chosen by Lena Waithe for AT&T's 2019 Hello Lab Mentorship Program. She received her BA in film production from Emerson College and MFA in directing from AFI. She was hired as the first female staff producer/director at media company, All Def Digital, and has been ...

10. Allisyn Ashley Arm

Actress | A.P. Bio

Allisyn Arm is well known as the mousy high school-er, Heather, on the hit NBC show A.P Bio starring Glenn Howerton. Allisyn took an interest in acting and theater at a very young age. At 4 years old she was discovered in a local acting class. Since that time she has appeared in over 70 TV ...

11. Alyson Richards

Producer | Don't Talk to Irene

Alyson Richards was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is a producer and writer, known for Don't Talk to Irene (2017), The Sublet (2015) and Guidance (2014).

12. Alyx Melone

Actress | Talking Heads

Alyx Melone is an actress and writer, known for Talking Heads (2017), Blood Child (2017) and Bloody Bits: Shorts Compilation Vol. 2 (2018).

15. Amanda Payton

Producer | Sleepless Nights

Amanda Payton is known for her work on Sleepless Nights (2016), Hi-Death (2018) and The Crawler (2014).

17. Amy Hesketh

Producer | Pygmalion

Amy Hesketh is a producer and director, known for Pygmalion, Olalla (2015) and Bluebeard (2012).

18. Amy Holden Jones

Writer | The Resident

Amy Holden Jones is a writer and producer, known for The Resident (2018), Mystic Pizza (1988) and Black Box (2014). She is married to Michael Chapman.

19. Amy Lynn Best

Actress | Severe Injuries

Amy Lynn Best is a trained dancer and actress who started in the business by co-producing the independent feature horror film, The Resurrection Game, and co-stars as the pop psychologist turned zombie exterminator, Sister Mary Bliss. Like many independent film producers, Amy learned the film ...

20. Ana Lily Amirpour

Director | A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Ana Lily Amirpour was born on July 25, 1976 in Margate, Kent, England. She is a director and writer, known for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014), The Bad Batch (2016) and A Little Suicide (2012).

21. Andrea Wolanin

Director | Penta

Andrea Wolanin was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. She received her B.F.A from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2008. She works in public television, dedicating her spare time to horror and science fiction underground film-making. Her first film, _M for ...

22. Angela Bettis

Actress | May

Angela Bettis is an American film and stage actress, film producer, and director best known for her lead roles in the 2002 TV adaptation of the Stephen King novel Carrie, the title character in May (2002), and in Girl, Interrupted.

In addition to her work in film, Bettis also starred in two Broadway...

23. Angelica De Alba

Producer | Streets of Vengeance

Angelica De Alba is a producer and writer, known for Streets of Vengeance (2016), Cinco De Mayo (2013) and Slashlorette Party.

24. Ann Hui

Director | Nu ren si shi

Born in China in 1947, Ann Hui moved to Hong Kong when she was still in her youth. After graduating in English and Comparative Literature from Hong Kong University, she spent two years at the London Film School. Returning to Hong Kong, she worked as an assistant to director King Hu before joining ...

25. Anna Biller

Director | Viva

Anna Biller is a writer and director who creates unique, female-focused, highly visual films. She has a BA from UCLA in art and an MFA from CalArts in art and film. Her first feature Viva played in film festivals all over the world and gained minor cult status, and her second feature The Love Witch...

26. Anne Welles

Producer | An Accidental Zombie (Named Ted)

Anne Welles is an award winning director, an Emmy-nominated producer and a writer who has been producing her own projects since 2004, and in the industry since 1997. Anne's experiences as an editor, producer, parent, therapist, teacher, and world traveler, as well as her insatiable curiosity about ...

28. April Mullen

Actress | 88

A director, actress, and producer known as much for her versatility as she is for her passion, April Mullen's latest directorial offer Below Her Mouth (2016), is a relentless love story shot entirely by an all female crew which had its World Premier at TIFF 2016. She was recently honored with the ...

29. April Wolfe

Writer | Widower

April Wolfe is an actress and writer, known for Widower (2013), Black Christmas (2019) and Molly Takes a Trip (2015).

30. Arielle Cimino

Producer | YouthMin

Arielle Cimino is a producer and director, known for YouthMin (2017), Mass Hysteria (2019) and Jerry (2011).

32. Audrey Cummings

Director | She Never Died

Audrey has just recently completed her third feature film She Never Died, an immortal action thriller. Her second feature film Darken has already won her 6 awards including Best Director and two Best Feature Film Awards.

Audrey also directed the award winning feature film Berkshire County which won ...

33. Aurélia Mengin

Director | Autopsy des Délices

Aurélia Mengin is a director and writer, known for Autopsy of Delights (2012), Fornacis (2019) and Karma Koma (2012).

34. Axelle Carolyn

Actress | Tales of Halloween

Axelle Carolyn started out as a freelance reporter for some of the world's most prestigious film magazines and websites. Her non-fiction writing career culminated with the 2009 publication of her book 'Horror Movies In The New Millennium'. After a brief stint in front of the camera (most notably in...

35. Barbara Muschietti

Producer | Mama

Bárbara Muschietti was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After some roles in film production, she moved to Catalonia, Spain, were she worked in the advertising industry. She returned to cinema with the successful short film 'Mamá', written and directed by her brother Andy Muschietti, also ...

36. Barbara Stepansky

Writer | Flint

Barbara Stepansky is a director and writer, known for Flint (2017), Die trojanische Kuh (2006) and Ex-Best (2015).

37. Bettina Oberli

Director | Im Nordwind

Bettina Oberli was born in 1972 in Interlaken, Bern, Switzerland. She is a director and writer, known for Im Nordwind (2004), The Wind Turns (2018) and The Murder Farm (2009).

38. Bianca Biasi

Producer | Delirium

Bianca Biasi (born 13 May 1979) is an Australian Producer, Director, Writer, Actress and Author whose career in the television and film industry spans more than 20 years, initially as an actress in iconic and award winning Australian television series including Home and Away (Channel Seven ...

39. B.J. Colangelo

Director | Deathcember

B.J. Colangelo is a producer and actress, known for Deathcember (2019), Powerbomb and Margaret (2016).

40. Brea Grant

Writer | 12 Hour Shift

Brea Grant was born in Marshall, Texas and attended high school at Marshall Public High School. She earned an MA at the University of Texas in Austin. Her first television acting job was on Friday Night Lights. She went on to play characters on Dexter and Heroes. She now resides in Los Angeles.

41. Brialynn Massie

Actress | Vengeance Girl

Brialynn Massie is a Korean-American actress, born and raised in Seattle, WA. She is based in Los Angeles, CA. She is a Meisner-trained actress. and also an active advocate for homeless and at-risk youth and young adults. In her spare time, she loves training and working with animals, cooking, and ...

42. Brinke Stevens

Actress | Personal Demons

Brinke Stevens was born in San Diego, California, as Charlene Elizabeth Brinkman. She is an actress, model, writer and producer, known for The Summer of Massacre (2012), Teenage Exorcist (1991) Scream Queen Hot Tub Party (1991) and Haunting Fear (1990). She got married to Dave Stevens and 1980, and...

43. Britt Napier

Producer | Em

Britt Napier is a producer and actress, known for Em (2008), Redirect (2005) and Darkroom (2013).

45. Caitlin Koller

Director | Maid of Horror

Caitlin Koller is an award-winning Australia filmmaker. She completed an Honours degree in Film and Television at Swinburne University in 2012, and her graduate film Maid of Horror (2013) has since played around the world. Her latest short film, Blood Sisters (2017), premiered at Stranger With My ...

46. Carmela Hayslett

Actress | Death Follows

Carmela Hayslett grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she had original aspirations of becoming a writer but a chance meeting with some local Philadelphia filmmakers began her great love affair in acting. Hayslett was first known as her bossy but loveable horror hosting personality-- Roxsy ...

47. Carolina Hellsgård

Director | Sunburned

Carolina Hellsgård is a writer-director, born in Sweden and based in Berlin. She studied experimental media design at the Berlin University of Arts and film directing and screenwriting at Cal Arts in Los Angeles.

Her critically acclaimed debut feature film "Wanja" premiered at the Berlinale 2015 and...

48. Carolyn Baker

Actress | TerrorTales: Bizarre Tales From the Macabre

Carolyn Baker is an actress and writer, known for TerrorTales (2017), Curse of the Hag (2018) and Hole in the Wall (2014).

49. Cassandra Sechler

Actress | Belle Nouveau

Cassandra Sechler also known as the "Mistress of the Weird and the Wonderful," is a conceptual artist based in San Francisco, California.

Her background and interest is in fine art photography and psychology, which aids in providing her viewer with expressionistic works that are both personal and ...

50. Cat Davies

Producer | Connie

Cat Davies is known for her work on Connie (2016), Blood Shed (2017) and KEEN-wah (2015).

51. Charlie Phoenix

Producer | Schooled

Charlie Phoenix was born on April 24, 1981 in Los Angeles, California. She began working in entertainment as an assistant stage manager for a small theater in Hollywood. She went on to work for various documentary and reality television programs as a producer and post production supervisor. She now...

53. Chelsea Stardust

Director | Satanic Panic

Chelsea Stardust is known for her work on Satanic Panic (2019), Into the Dark: All That We Destroy (2019) and Marco Polo (2016).

54. Chelsey Burdon

Director | She

Chelsey Burdon is a director and writer, known for She (2014), Dead Bitch! and Women in Horror Month: Massive Blood Drive (2015).

57. Christina Raia

Producer | Summit

Christina Raia is a producer and writer, known for Summit (2014), About a Donkey (2018) and Enough (2017).

58. Claire Denis

Director | High Life

Claire Denis was born on April 21, 1946 in Paris, France. She is a director and writer, known for High Life (2018), Beau travail (1999) and 35 Shots of Rum (2008).

59. Coralie Fargeat

Director | Revenge

Coralie Fargeat is a director and writer, known for Revenge (2017), Le télégramme (2003) and Reality+ (2014).

60. Cristie Whiles

Actress | August Underground's Mordum

Cristie Whiles is an actress and writer, known for August Underground's Mordum (2003), August Underground's Penance (2007) and The Redsin Tower (2006).

61. Daniela Garcia

Actress | Demonica's Reign

Daniela Garcia was born in Karslruhe, West Germany. She always dreamed of becoming an actress, but was persuaded by others it was hopeless. Not wanting to give up on her dream entirely she began working for local television stations in the late 1980's learning and taking in every aspect of what it ...

62. Danielle Harris

Actress | Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead

Danielle Harris was born on June 1, 1977 in Plainview, Long Island, New York, USA as Danielle Andrea Harris. She is an actress, known for Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead (1991), Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) and Halloween II (2009). She has been married to David Gross since ...

63. Danielle Page

Actress | Arte Factum: Legends

Danielle Page was born and raised on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia. She began acting at a local theatre company when she was thirteen. Her first onscreen role was as Mary Jane Watson in a friend's Spider-Man fan film. Danielle immediately fell in love with screen acting. In February of 2015, ...

64. Danin Jacquay

Director | Fatale Collective: Bleed

Danin Jacquay is an actress and director, known for Fatale Collective: Bleed (2019), The Task: Abilities 2 (2019) and Hotel Sex: Explode (2017).

65. Danishka Esterhazy

Director | Level 16

Esterhazy is a director know for her female-driven stories. She began her film studies at the Winnipeg Film Group - the quirky cooperative which also produced filmmakers Guy Maddin and John Paizs. Esterhazy is a graduate of the Director's Lab at the Canadian Film Centre - the renowned film school ...

67. Davi Crimmins

Actress | Dead by Midnight (Y2Kill)

Davi Crimmins was born as Davina Frances Masiarczyk. She is an actress and writer, known for Dead by Midnight (Y2Kill) (2019), Dead by Midnight (11pm Central) (2018) and Captain Crimmins and the Story Boat Band: No Reason to Cry (2019).

69. Debbie Attwell

Producer | Shortcuts to Hell: Volume 1

Debbie Attwell is known for her work on Shortcuts to Hell: Volume 1 (2013), Sweet 6Teen (2015) and TrashHouse (2005).

70. Debbie Rochon

Producer | Model Hunger

Debbie Rochon grew up in British Columbia, Canada. She was a child of the streets and victim of much abuse until she accidentally ended up in a featured extra role in Paramount's Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982)!

The event changed her life, and she saved enough money to move to New ...

71. Deborah Twiss

Actress | Kick-Ass

Deborah Twiss was born on December 22, 1971 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Kick-Ass (2010), A Cry from Within (2014) and A Beautiful Distraction.

72. Debra Hill

Producer | Escape from L.A.

Debra Hill was born on November 10, 1950 in Haddonfield, New Jersey, USA. She was a producer and writer, known for Escape from L.A. (1996), Escape from New York (1981) and The Fog (1980). She died on March 7, 2005 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

73. Debra Sullivan

Actress | Secret Santa

Debra Sullivan is an actress and writer, known for Secret Santa (2018), Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013) and Momentum (2015). She has been married to Adam Marcus since December 12, 1998.

74. Dena Hysell-Cornejo

Producer | Ascent to Hell

Dena Hysell-Cornejo was born on June 11, 1981. She is a producer and director, known for Ascent to Hell (2014), Algorithm: BLISS and Eat Me (2018). She has been married to Greg Cornejo since September 7, 2018.

75. Destinie Orndoff

Actress | Red Eye

Destinie Orndoff was born March 6, 1997 in Morgantown West Virginia, USA as Destinie Faith Orndoff. She's an American film actress, writer and producer. She's been an avid horror fan and has been deeply into the genre since she was a young girl. She grew up watching and living through horror and ...

76. Devi Snively

Director | Bride of Frankie

Devi's unique approach to the horror genre has been likened to everything from the silent classics of Buster Keaton to EC Comics to Tim Burton and beyond. In 2007, Devi was selected as one of only 8 participants in the American Film Institute's (AFI) prestigious Directing Workshop for Women where ...

77. Dionne Copland

Director | Cold Wind Blowing

Dionne Copland is the Albertan filmmaker responsible for Writing and Directing the short films Inferno, Haxx Deadroom, and Computer Hearts. She was the film programmer for the University of British Columbia Film Society from 2014-2016, and in May 2017 she graduated from the University of British ...

78. Donna McRae

Producer | Johnny Ghost

Donna McRae is a Producer, Writer and Director who is from Melbourne, Australia. She has made shorts, feature films and a documentary. She was also an actor and is married to visual artist Michael Vale and they have a Schipperke called Pancho. She loves the films of Val Lewton and the British ...

79. Doris Wishman

Director | Satan Was a Lady

Doris Wishman was born on June 1, 1912 in New York City, New York, USA. She was a director and producer, known for Satan Was a Lady (2001), Diary of a Nudist (1961) and Nude on the Moon (1961). She was married to Louis Silverman and Jack Abrahms. She died on August 10, 2002 in Miami, Florida, USA.

80. Dorota Swies

Editor | Unearth

Dorota Swies was born on September 19, 1976 in Lublin, Lubelskie, Poland. She is an actress and cinematographer, known for Unearth, There Are No Goodbyes (2013) and Schism (2008).

81. Dylan Greenberg

Actress | Dark Prism

Dylan Greenberg got an early foothold into the art world; by the time she was 15 she was performing in East Village clubs and dive bars, releasing a full length synth pop album as "Disck" and ending up with a photo spread in NY Times Magazine. When she was 17, she directed her first feature film "...

82. Elaine Chu

Director | The Purgation

Elaine Chu is known for her work on The Purgation (2015), Sweep (2019) and The List (2010).

85. Elena Stecca

Director | Brace Face

Elena Stecca is an actress and director, known for Brace Face (2018), Monsterland 2 (2019) and Beloved Beast (2018).

86. Eliza Swenson

Actress | The Witches of Oz

Eliza Swenson is an American film actress born in Quincy, California to parents Terry (a law enforcement officer) and Penelope (an education professor and administrator). She was born on July 28, 1982, the sixth of seven siblings and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Media and Sound ...

87. Elizabeth E. Schuch

Writer | The Book of Birdie

Elizabeth E. Schuch is known for her work on The Book of Birdie (2017), Wonder Woman (2017) and Queen of the Desert (2015).

88. Elle Callahan

Editorial_department | Wonder Woman

Elle Callahan is an American film director and sound designer. She was born and raised in Westborough, Massachusetts as Elizabeth Wilkinson Callahan. Elle attended the University of Southern California where she studied Film & Television Production at the USC School of Cinematic Arts from 2011-2014...

89. Ellie Cornell

Actress | Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

Perky actress and producer Ellie Cornell was born in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, USA. After graduating from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida in 1986, Cornell had a small guest appearance in a 1988 episode of Thirtysomething (1987). The same year, she played an assertive reporter in the...

90. Elske McCain

Actress | All the French Are Whores

A name soon to be synonymous with the great Scream Queens of the past, Elske McCain is quickly carving her name in a genre that she has loved since a child.

Having watched, and been a fan of horror movies since she was very young, Elske began her career as a teenager, participating in such ...

91. Emilie Flory

Writer | Processus 5

Emilie Flory is a writer and director, known for Process 5 (2009), 60 Seconds to Die (2017) and Trauma Dolls (2014).

93. Emily Hagins

Writer | My Sucky Teen Romance

Emily was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her family moved to Austin, Texas in 1993, when Emily was 8 months old. Emily showed an unusual interest in movies at an early age, particularly The Muppet Movie. As she grew she became increasingly fascinated with movies and would often see movies such...

94. Emma Dark

Actress | Salient Minus Ten

Emma Dark is an award-winning filmmaker, actress and model, specialising in the Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres. She started modeling in 2008 and quickly made a name for herself working with highly respected independent boutique designers and creative photographers on the alternative scene in ...

95. Emma Tammi

Director | The Wind

Emma Tammi is a producer and director, known for The Wind (2018), Fair Chase (2014) and Used People (1992).

96. England Simpson

Actress | Prelude: A Love Story

England Simpson was born on January 19, 1984 in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. She is an actress and director, known for Prelude: A Love Story (2017), Fat Henry and Southern Fried Stings (2010).

97. Erica Stockwell-Alpert

Director | Firstborn

Erica Stockwell-Alpert is a director and actress, known for Firstborn (2019) and Weekend Vampire (2016).

98. Erynn Dalton

Producer | The Gravedigger

Erynn Dalton is an American actress, director and producer, known for directing and producing The Gravedigger (2019), starring in and producing Passing Fancy (2005) and appearing in Blowback (2000). Ms. Dalton resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she owns and operates a theater that produces ...

100. Floria Sigismondi

Director | The Runaways

Floria Sigismondi is a photographer and director. Apart from her art exhibitions she is best known for directing music videos. Her trademark dilating, jittery camerawork, noticeable as early as her video for Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People", has been replicated by a great number of directors...



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