Hey, pals! Halloween is in just a few days, and I don’t know about you, but I’m totally in the spirit. Have you heard about how vampires might’ve been based on real beliefs?
If you’re also looking for some thrills, Variety is reporting there is quite a gender gap in Hollywood with figures like women directing only 7% of the top 250 films. So whether you’ll be dressing up as a fanged fiend or not, support the increasing of these numbers and seek out a new favorite this weekend.
1. The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
The only film noir directed by a woman, Hitch-Hiker is based on true events. Director Ida Lupino was not only previously an actress but also a singer and producer and co-wrote some of her films.
2. Jennifer’s Body (2009)
Written by Juno‘s Diablo Cody, Body was directed by Karyn Kusama. Megan Fox plays a high school cheerleader who becomes possessed by a flesh-eating demon. Jennifer’s best friend, played by Amanda Seyfried, tells her story of trying to stop her.
3. Carrie (2013)
The third film adaptation of Stephen King’s book, this latest movie is directed by Kimberly Peirce and stars Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore. Did you know the book is one of the most frequently banned in schools?
4. American Psycho (2000)
This Mary Harron movie turned 15 this year and even when it was released that many years ago, it was already being called a classic. Perhaps in a Fight Club vein, it takes a stab at 1980s materialism and narcissism.
5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
Before portrayed on TV by Sarah Michelle Gellar, Buffy slayed the silver screen. Directed by Fran Rubel Kuzui, the film stars Kristy Swanson as the chosen cheerleader. Did you know it also features familiar names such as Donald Sutherland and Hilary Swank?
6. In My Skin (2002)
A French film, Marina de Van wrote, directed and stars in it. Get it, girl! Natashi says the movie deals with the “alienation” we feel with our own bodies. Haven’t seen it yet, but I’m very excited.
7. Pet Semetary (1989)
Another King adaptation, Semetary is about a family who moves to Maine to find a mysterious pet burial ground behind their house. It’s directed by Mary Lambert who has directed other horror films as well as music videos for Janet Jackson, Mick Jagger, and Madonna.
8. Honeymoon (2014)
A couple, played by Game of Thrones‘s Rose Leslie and Penny Dreadful‘s Harry Treadaway, experiences some eerie stuff after their wedding. It’s the directorial debut of Leigh Janiak.
9.The Babadook (2014)
Last year, The Exorcist director William Friedkin likened The Babadook to classics like Psycho and Alien. It deals with a widow’s loss of her husband and taking care of their child. It’s the directorial debut of Jennifer Kent who also wrote it.
10. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
Shot in black and white, Girl, directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, has been called “the first Iranian vampire Western.” I would recommend if you want to get spooky but not splatter-y. And if you want rad soundtracks!
This list is by no means exhaustive and pretty American. Let me know you’re watching, and maybe I’ll livetweet it!