House of Psychotic Women

by screen_theory | created - 09 May 2017 | updated - 09 May 2017 | Public

A list of female neurosis in horror and exploitation films by Kier-La Janisse, author of the book House of Psychotic Women.

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1. 3 Women (1977)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

71 Metascore

Two roommates/physical therapists, one a vain woman and the other a mysterious teenager, share a bizarre relationship.

Director: Robert Altman | Stars: Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Janice Rule, Robert Fortier

Votes: 13,093

2. Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

67 Metascore

In 1961 suburban New Jersey, a withdrawn adolescent girl is suspected of her younger sister's brutal murder during her First Communion, and a series of subsequent stabbings.

Director: Alfred Sole | Stars: Linda Miller, Mildred Clinton, Paula E. Sheppard, Niles McMaster

Votes: 8,870

3. All the Colors of the Dark (1972)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

A woman recovering from a car accident in which she lost her unborn child finds herself pursued by a coven of devil worshipers.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: George Hilton, Edwige Fenech, Ivan Rassimov, Julián Ugarte

Votes: 2,965

4. Alucarda (1977)

R | 78 min | Horror, Thriller

After the death of her parents, a young girl arrives at a convent and brings a sinister presence with her. Is it her enigmatic imaginary friend, Alucarda, who is to blame? Or is there a satanic force at work?

Director: Juan López Moctezuma | Stars: Claudio Brook, David Silva, Tina Romero, Susana Kamini

Votes: 2,760

5. Anima persa (1977)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Bizarre events keep occurring in an old mansion in Venezia, and it's soon obvious that something mysterious is up in the attic.

Director: Dino Risi | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Catherine Deneuve, Danilo Mattei, Anicée Alvina

Votes: 687

6. Antichrist (2009)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Horror

49 Metascore

A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage, but nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm

Votes: 112,740 | Gross: $0.40M

7. Asylum (I) (1972)

PG | 88 min | Horror

In order to secure a job at a mental institution, a young psychiatrist must interview four patients inside the asylum.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Barbara Parkins, Richard Todd, Sylvia Syms, Peter Cushing

Votes: 5,654

8. The Attic (1980)

PG | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A librarian devotes her life to caring for her wheelchair-bound tyrannical father after being stood up at the altar. She fantasizes about causing deaths of the men who most wronged her and ... See full summary »

Directors: George Edwards, Gary Graver | Stars: Carrie Snodgress, Ray Milland, Ruth Cox, Rosemary Murphy

Votes: 609

9. Audition (1999)

R | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

69 Metascore

A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki, Jun Kunimura

Votes: 69,342

10. Autopsy (1975)

R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A pathology med student and a priest team up to investigate a wave of suicides blamed on sun spots and discover a number of them to be actual murders.

Director: Armando Crispino | Stars: Mimsy Farmer, Barry Primus, Ray Lovelock, Carlo Cataneo

Votes: 1,100

11. The Baby (1973)

PG | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

A social worker, still reeling from the loss of her architect husband, investigates the eccentric, psychedelic Wadsworth Family, consisting of a mother, two daughters, and an adult son with the apparent mental capacity of an infant.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Anjanette Comer, Ruth Roman, Marianna Hill, Susanne Zenor

Votes: 2,738

12. Bad Dreams (1988)

R | 80 min | Horror, Thriller

The lone survivor of a suicide cult wakes from a thirteen-year coma in a psychiatric ward, where other patients suddenly start dying under mysterious and gruesome circumstances.

Director: Andrew Fleming | Stars: Jennifer Rubin, Bruce Abbott, Richard Lynch, Dean Cameron

Votes: 3,253 | Gross: $9.80M

13. Bad Guy (2001)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

49 Metascore

An unfeeling gangster seeks to ruin the life of a young girl who rejected him. He forces her into prostitution and spies on her regularly, then he soon begins to fall for her.

Director: Ki-duk Kim | Stars: Jae-Hyun Cho, Won Seo, Yun-tae Kim, Duk-moon Choi

Votes: 8,815

15. Bedevilled (2010)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A woman subject to mental, physical and sexual abuse on a remote island seeks a way out.

Director: Cheol-soo Jang | Stars: Yeong-hie Seo, Seong-won Ji, Min-ho Hwang, Min Je

Votes: 12,649

16. The Beguiled (1971)

R | 105 min | Drama, Thriller, War

66 Metascore

While imprisoned in a Confederate girls' boarding school, an injured Union soldier cons his way into each of the lonely women's hearts, causing them to turn on each other, and eventually, on him.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman, Jo Ann Harris

Votes: 15,133

17. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)

GP | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

An American expatriate in Rome witnesses an attempted murder. He learns later that it's connected to an ongoing murder spree in the city, and decides to do his own investigation, despite being personally targeted by the killer.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno, Eva Renzi

Votes: 17,065 | Gross: $0.42M

18. Black Narcissus (1947)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama

After opening a convent in the Himalayas, five nuns encounter conflict and tension - both with the natives and also within their own group - as they attempt to adapt to their remote, exotic surroundings.

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger | Stars: Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Flora Robson, Jenny Laird

Votes: 20,592

19. Black Swan (2010)

R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

A committed dancer struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake".

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Winona Ryder

Votes: 679,295 | Gross: $106.95M

20. The Blood Spattered Bride (1972)

R | 82 min | Horror

Newlywed Susan is haunted by visions of Mircalla Karnstein, a centuries-old bride who murdered her husband on their wedding night.

Director: Vicente Aranda | Stars: Simón Andreu, Maribel Martín, Alexandra Bastedo, Dean Selmier

Votes: 1,566

21. Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll (1974)

R | 89 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

An ex-convict, troubled by dreams that he strangles women, is hired as the caretaker on an estate owned by three very strange sisters. Soon after his arrival, a serial killer begins ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Aured | Stars: Paul Naschy, Diana Lorys, Eduardo Calvo, Eva León

Votes: 675

22. Born Innocent (1974 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

Young girl runs away from her abusive family only to end up in a juvenile detention center for girls where she's raped and brutalized by her sadistic peers. Only one honest social worker shows interest in helping her.

Director: Donald Wrye | Stars: Linda Blair, Joanna Miles, Allyn Ann McLerie, Mary Murphy

Votes: 851

23. Boy Meets Girl (1994)

93 min | Drama, Horror

A man meets a woman in a bar, the two go back to her flat and begin watching porno films. The man passes out and wakes to find himself strapped to a dentist chair. The woman, along with her accomplice begin to torture the man.

Director: Ray Brady | Stars: Tim Poole, Danielle Sanderson, Margot Steinberg, Susan Warren

Votes: 654

24. The Brave One (2007)

R | 122 min | Action, Crime, Drama

56 Metascore

Struggling to recover emotionally from a brutal assault that killed her fiancé and left her in a coma, a radio personality begins a quest for vengeance against the perpetrators that leaves a bloody trail across New York City.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Naveen Andrews, Nicky Katt

Votes: 57,261 | Gross: $36.79M

25. The Bride (1973)

PG | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

The neurotic and newlywed Barbara (Robin Strasser) finds her husband (Arthur Roberts) in bed with his old flame Eva (Iva Jean Saraceni). Robin doesn't get mad-she gets even. Using funds ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Marie Pélissié | Stars: Robin Strasser, John Beal, Arthur Roberts, Iva Jean Saraceni

Votes: 250

26. The Brood (1979)

R | 92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

63 Metascore

A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Henry Beckman

Votes: 24,180

27. Burnt Offerings (1976)

PG | 116 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

48 Metascore

A family moves into a large old mansion that seems to have a mysterious and maybe even sinister power over their actions.

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Burgess Meredith, Eileen Heckart

Votes: 9,278

28. Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981)

R | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

An orphaned teenager finds himself being dominated by his aunt who's hell-bent on keeping him with her...at all costs.

Director: William Asher | Stars: Jimmy McNichol, Susan Tyrrell, Bo Svenson, Marcia Lewis

Votes: 2,036

29. Can Go Through Skin (2009)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama

The silent aftermath of a young woman's disaster is broken by her discovery of nature's old rhythms.

Director: Esther Rots | Stars: Rifka Lodeizen, Wim Opbrouck, Chris Borowski, Elisabeth van Nimwegen

Votes: 604

30. It Happened at Nightmare Inn (1973)

PG | 83 min | Horror

Two sisters running a small hotel in Spain kill female tourists whose morals do not meet their strict religious standards.

Director: Eugenio Martín | Stars: Aurora Bautista, Esperanza Roy, Judy Geeson, Víctor Barrera

Votes: 716

31. Carrie (1976)

R | 98 min | Horror

85 Metascore

Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, John Travolta

Votes: 161,659 | Gross: $33.80M

32. The Silent House (2010)

Not Rated | 86 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

A girl becomes trapped inside a house and becomes unable to contact the outside world as supernatural forces haunt it.

Director: Gustavo Hernández | Stars: Florencia Colucci, Abel Tripaldi, Gustavo Alonso, María Salazar

Votes: 7,350

33. Cat People (1942)

Not Rated | 73 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland's fables if they are intimate together.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Simone Simon, Tom Conway, Kent Smith, Jane Randolph

Votes: 18,873 | Gross: $4.00M

34. La Cérémonie (1995)

Not Rated | 112 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A newly hired maid for a rich countryside family befriends a post-office clerk who encourages her to rebel against her employers.

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Bonnaire, Jacqueline Bisset, Jean-Pierre Cassel

Votes: 9,551 | Gross: $0.08M

35. Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1972)

PG | 87 min | Comedy, Horror

Six friends in a theatrical troupe dig up a corpse on an abandoned island to use in a mock Satanic ritual. It backfires with deadly consequences.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Alan Ormsby, Valerie Mamches, Jeff Gillen, Anya Ormsby

Votes: 3,907

36. Christiane F. (1981)

R | 138 min | Biography, Drama

A teen girl in 1970's Berlin becomes addicted to heroin. Everything in her life slowly begins to distort and disappear as she befriends a small crew of junkies and falls in love with a drug-abusing male prostitute.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Natja Brunckhorst, Eberhard Auriga, Peggy Bussieck, Lothar Chamski

Votes: 20,801

37. The Collector (1997)

98 min | Drama, Thriller

Eevi's life isn't going the way she would want it to, so she runs away, leaving destruction in her wake. No one will ever say no to her again.

Director: Auli Mantila | Stars: Leea Klemola, Elina Hurme, Rea Mauranen, Henriikka Salo

Votes: 445

38. The Corruption of Chris Miller (1973)

R | 107 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A serial killer uses a scythe to slash his murder victims--or maybe it's *her* murder victims?

Director: Juan Antonio Bardem | Stars: Jean Seberg, Marisol, Barry Stokes, Perla Cristal

Votes: 393

39. The French Cousins (1970)

X | 81 min | Horror

A disabled young woman is tormented by two female cousins who play sexual games while she's unable to escape from them.

Director: Louis Soulanes | Stars: Nicole Debonne, Danielle Argence, Solange Pradel, Liliane Bert

Votes: 40

40. Criminally Insane (1975)

R | 61 min | Horror, Thriller

An obese woman recently released from an insane asylum kills anyone who attempts to get her to stop eating.

Director: Nick Millard | Stars: Priscilla Alden, Michael Flood, Jane Lambert, Robert Copple

Votes: 766

41. The Curse of the Cat People (1944)

Passed | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The young, friendless daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed befriends her father's dead first wife and an aging, reclusive actress.

Directors: Gunther von Fritsch, Robert Wise | Stars: Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Jane Randolph, Ann Carter

Votes: 5,511

42. Cutting Moments (1997)

29 min | Short, Drama, Horror

With her quaint suburban existence on the slow road to ruin, Sarah mutilates herself in the bathroom mirror while her husband sits downstairs watching TV.

Director: Douglas Buck | Stars: Nica Ray, Gary Betsworth, Jared Barsky

Votes: 1,442

43. Daddy (I) (1973)

90 min | Drama

A fantasy about a woman's attempts to exorcise the influence of her sexually domineering father.

Directors: Niki De Saint Phalle, Peter Whitehead | Stars: Rainer Diez, Mia Martin, Clarice Mary, Niki De Saint Phalle

Votes: 67

44. Dead Creatures (2001 Video)

R | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A group of women afflicted with a horrible disease (which forces them to cannibalism) try to support one another.

Director: Andrew Parkinson | Stars: Beverley Wilson, Antonia Beamish, Brendan Gregory, Anna Swift

Votes: 318