The Best Movies on Netflix Made by Women – WiHM9
In honor of Women in Horror Month (WiHM9), we decided to put a list together of the best movies on Netflix made by women. There are plenty of incredibly talented women out there who are making some serious strides in the film industry! Let us know what you think of our list in the comments below.
Director: Leigh Janiak
Honeymoon is the directorial debut from Ohio-born director and screenwriter Leigh Janiak. The film stars Rose Leslie from Game of Thrones and Harry Treadaway from one of our favorite movies Brothers of The Head.
Honeymoon was released in 2014 and is an eerie tale of newlywed couple Paul and Bea who decide to spend their honeymoon in a remote lake country. Things get creepy shortly after arriving when Bea starts to exhibit signs of a behavioural shift. As the film progresses, Paul begins to question if the person he is on the honeymoon with is even his wife at all.
A bit of a slow-burn, Honeymoon is a film that is perfect for those who enjoy supernatural horror, the occult and possession films. The film drips with tension, the pacing is near perfection and the dialogue is on point. Not too lengthy of a watch, Honeymoon ’92s run-time is just under an hour and a half, but its content will stick with you well after the credits roll. A must watch for any horror fan.
The Babadook (2014)
Director: Jennifer Kent
Born in Queensland, Australia, Jennifer Kent is a woman who does it all. Shes a writer, a director, a producer and an actor. In 2002 she began her foray into directing when she assisted Lars Von Trier as part of a directing attachment on the set of his film Dogville, starring Nicole Kidman.
One of her first directorial efforts came in the way of the short film Monster which was screened at over 50 festivals worldwide. This film was actually the blueprints that would later be adapted into the feature length, The Babadook.
The Babadook is the tale of a widowed mother who’s son believes that there is a monster that hides in the dark areas of their house. While trying to dispel any irrational fears in her child, she soon discovers that there is indeed a sinister presence encircling her.
This film works on a lot of levels, as a nightmarish creature feature and also as an allegorical drama dealing with pent up aggressions and emotions.
This film has managed to become a cult-status film in just four years since its debut at Sundance where it was received as a phenomenal success.
Jennifer Kent is currently working on her follow-up feature entitled, The Nightingale, which is set to be released later this year.
The Invitation (2015)
Director: Karyn Kusama
Karyn Kusama is no stranger to horror filmmaking. The American independent film director previously directed the Diablo Cody written Jennifers Body starring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried.
With The Invitation, Karyn Kusama truly outdid herself with what might have been one of the most tense films of 2016. The film stars Logan Marshall-Green, who you might remember from Prometheus and focuses on a man who is invited to a dinner party where he believes that his ex-wife along with her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests.
The film is cleverly crafted and keeps the viewer guessing as the story moves along. It’s a great thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat with a very engaging story and superb acting.
Director: Karyn Kusama, Roxanne Benjamin, Annie Clark, Jovana Vuckovic
Karyn Kusama returns with a short film in the female helmed horror anthology XX along with directors, Roxanne Benjamin, Annie Clark and Jovana Vuckovic.
As the title would suggest.. XX rather than XY is a horror anthology with a gender twist. The directors were given free creative rein within the budget and time constraints but all are within the horror genre.
Our particular favourite segment is Annie Clark The Birthday Party. This combines horror and deadpan comedy and stars Melanie Lynskey from Peter Jackson classic film, Heavenly Creatures. It centres around Lynskey’s character Lucy as she tries to prepare a birthday party for her daughter whilst in the midst of discovering that her husband has died. Trying to shield her daughter from the bad news of her fathers death, Lucy attempts to hide the dead body and eventually settles on stuffing him in a panda suit which sits at the table with the children as the birthday party goes on.
This short film marks the directorial debut of Annie Clark who is also known worldwide for her music as St. Vincent.
Director: Jennifer Lynch
Jennifer Lynch began her career at an early age, making a brief appearances in her fathers debut film Eraserhead. Although the footage never made it to final cut, Jennifer Lynch subsequently worked as a production assistant on Blue Velvet in 1986.
Jennifer Lynch’s first film Boxing Helena came out in 1993 and garnered praise from Sundance, while receiving mixed reviews from independent critics. She later went on to direct the film Surveillance starring Bill Pullman.
In 2010 Jennifer Lynch released the film Hiss with three S’s. This film has been in the crosshairs of much ridicule and criticism since it’s conception.
The films plot focuses on the mythological shape shifting snake woman Nagin, which actually comes from Indian mythology. The film was originally designed to be a story of feminism through the sexual empowerment of the Nagin, but as production became wrought with calamity, the message began to wain.
In the end we were left with a half hollywood, half bollywood hybrid that definitely puts more emphasis on the horror elements rather than the love story that Lynch originally envisioned.
Its still a fun watch though, and works on multiple levels. Fans of B-movies will get a kick out of the cheesier elements of the film, namely its CGI snake effects. Fans of practical effects will love what Robert Kurtzman and co. did with the transformation scenes. And fans of bollywood cinema will be pleased to see Indian actor Mallika Sherawat bare it all in the role that solidified her status as a sex symbol in India.