Horror has always been the bedrock for subversion and subtext in film. Contrary to typical thinking, bubbling beneath even the lowliest slasher is bound to be a statement on sexuality or related ideas. Many think the objectification and marring of women onscreen is some sort of sick pleasure – granted it may be to some – instead of a reflection of the apprehensions of a male-dominated society.
Desire and disgust become mingled in the many refractions of horror, from C-movie sequels to art house, from Nosferatu to A Quiet Place. Horror is a house for many concepts but chief among these is femininity. Here is the list of top feminist horror films that have tapped into the theme most profoundly this decade.
10. Crimson Peak
Guillermo del Toro’s return to gothic horror was a welcome one, especially after the superheroes and Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots. With Crimson Peak his exercises in visual panache outweighed the potency of his storytelling, but that hardly stopped him from touching on topics of sexuality, not unlike his Oscar ticket The Shape of Water. Crimson Peak’s tale of a bride to be caught between her fiancée and future sister-in-law follows the path of traditional ghost stories, but the anxieties of familial drama and a dash of incest make it an unexpected cautionary tale on marriage.
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9. You’re Next