Best Horror Movies By Women To Watch For Halloween 2021

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This year feels like a new dawn for women in horror. In 2021, for the first time in the 75-year history of the Cannes Film Festival, the prestigious Palme d'Or prize not only went to a horror film – the first ever to win the award – but also marked the only second ever female director to be honoured, the last being 28 years ago.

And Julia Ducournau’s electrifying and twisted Titane is an utterly unhinged celebration of everything that the genre can be: a head-splitting nightmare of serial killers, nauseating gore, and sex with motorised vehicles.

Back in 2018, Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions (Halloween, The Purge, Paranormal Activity) drew criticism for claiming: “There are not a lot of female directors period, and even less who are inclined to do horror.” But since then, there have been a wave of new female voices worldwide, bending the genre's hackneyed clichés to expand and redefine what a horror film can be, often offering previously unseen vantages into the female experience.

From #MeToo ghost stories, nightmare alternate universes, and murderous mind-controlling waitresses, here are the best horror movies from 2021 directed by women, ideal for your Halloween fright night…

<strong><h2><em>Mona Lisa And The Blood Moon</em></h2></strong>Iranian-American director Ana Lily Amirpour’s received acclaim back in 2014 for her horror-noir <em><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YGmTdo3vuY" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night</a></em>, which told the story of a skateboarding female vampire preying on predatory men. In the same vein, her follow-up feature once again observes a woman alone at night, but this time it’s Korean-American Mona Lee (Jeon Jong-seo), a waitress who escapes from a psychiatric unit and unleashes her terrifying mind control powers and brutal violence on the night folk of New Orleans, including pole dancer Kate Hudson.

Mona Lisa And The Blood Moon

Iranian-American director Ana Lily Amirpour’s received acclaim back in 2014 for her horror-noir A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, which told the story of a skateboarding female vampire preying on predatory men. In the same vein, her follow-up feature once again observes a woman alone at night, but this time it’s Korean-American Mona Lee (Jeon Jong-seo), a waitress who escapes from a psychiatric unit and unleashes her terrifying mind control powers and brutal violence on the night folk of New Orleans, including pole dancer Kate Hudson.

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