Whether you’re a full-on thrill seeker or a weary novice, you’ll know the spine-tingling, gut-wrenching feeling of a good horror movie. It’s human nature to be terrified by the unknown, and many of us just love a good scare. But sometimes, watching men take all of the monster-slaying glory gets exhausting. To fix this, we’ve compiled some of the best female-led horror films on Netflix.
For your horror movie-loving heart, and your viewing terror.
1Would You Rather?
This 2012 horror film stars Brittany Snow as a young woman dealing with an immense financial burden. When someone offers to take the debt off of her hands, she hesitantly accepts. But, of course, all that glitters is not gold.
For fans of: classic horror gore, psychological thrills.
It Follows is a campy, 2015 thriller about sexually-transmitted evil. You read that right. The film takes suburban horror to a whole new level. And the cinematography is to die for (hehe).
For fans of: paranormal activities, suburban horror.
Kate Siegel plays a deaf writer who fights for her life when a serial killer appears at her window. The film is stressful AF, but amazing.
For fans of: slasher flicks, houses in the middle-of-nowhere.
Babadook jokes aside, this movie is an amazing “monster under the bed” tale. Not only does it feature a female lead, it was written and directed by a badass woman, Jennifer Kent. The story is about a mother who discovers that a monster has entered her home through a children’s book.
For fans of: boogeymen, haunted houses.
This Wes Craven horror staple stars Neve Campbell, Courtenay Cox, and Drew Barrymore. It’s an awesome slasher flick, and you really can’t beat the iconic ’90s outfits.
For fans of: slasher flicks, teen horror.
6The Exorcism of Molly Hartley
This film is the sequel to The Haunting of Molly Hartley and follows the film’s namesake just after her high school graduation. It’s your classic exorcism film, and it’s full of terrifying jump scares.
For fans of: paranormal activities.
7The Queen of the Damned
This adaptation of Anne Rice’s third Vampire Chronicles book stars the iconic genius Aaliyah as the vampire queen Akasha. When the legendary vampire Lestat becomes a rock star, his music awakens the Queen of the Vampires, Akasha. Campy, but awesome.
For fans of: monsters, vampires.
Nicole Kidman takes the lead in this bio-thriller about a virus that turns people into drones. After she discovers how to stop the virus, she embarks on a search for her son.
For fans of: aliens, biological warfare.
XX is a collection of four horror films directed by women. Directors Karyn Kusama (The Invitation, Jennifer’s Body), Jovanka Vukovic (The Captured Bird, Zombiemania), American musician Annie Clark (you may know her as St. Vincent), and Roxanne Benjamin (V/H/S) join forces to tell four horrific stories.
For fans of: all-around good scares.