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During February Shudder is taking part of Women in Horror month with their collection A Woman’s Touch. The collection of feature and short films highlights the contributions of women across the globe that have had a hand in creating horror. Shudder has cast a wide net and come up with some outstanding titles, including a number of underrated gems that you don’t often see on the standard horror lists.
I won’t list every title here but recommend you go to Shudder and check the whole collection out. If you’re not a member, you can try the service free of charge for seven days. Here’s a quick breakdown of a handful of the highlighted titles:
First up there’s a trip of fantastic short movies. Innsmouth from Izzy Lee is an equal parts sexy and disturbing take on the Lovecraftian Mythos. Jill Gevargizian’s The Stylist has cleaned up on awards as it has played various genre festivals and it features a captivating performance from Contracted‘s Najarra Townsend. Briony Kidd’s The Room At The Top Of The Stairs takes a meditative and chilling look at a pair of combative teen girls.
The feature films cover a wide range of terror. Claire Denis’ erotic horror Trouble Every Day flies under the radar when discussions on the best horror that emerged from France in the 2000s. That’sa shame because this cannibal flick, starring Inside’s Beatrice Dalle and Vincent Gallo is stylish and disturbing.
Best known for American Mary and the Hellevator game show, Jen and Sylvia Soska got their start with the low budget exploitation flick Dead Hooker in a Trunk. Filmed with a manic, punk energy and scraped together on a budget of whatever change they could find in between the couch cushions, the Soskas debut effort was at the forefront of the grindhouse revival of the past decade.
Caroline du Potet’s In Their Sleep is a wonderful examination on grief and a home invasion thriller. A woman grieving over the death of her son takes in an injured young man only to find out he’s not what he appears to be.
Mary Harron is best known for American Psycho but her under seen The Moth Diaries is a fantastic and unique take on vampiric mythology, Bloody, sensual and stylish, the film centers on a girls in a boarding school and one girls almost pathological attachment to a new student.
Fans if giallo films will find a lot to love in The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears, co-directed by Helene Cattet. Full disclosure, this film wasn’t my cup of tea, but there’s no denying it strikes a hypnotic chord for its fans with its out there visual style and non linear story arc.
1990’s Mirror/Mirror from director Marina Sargenti is a wonderful black comedy in the vein of Heathers, only instead of mean girls and bad boys you’re presented with a gothic tale of a demon unleashed from a magic mirror, hellbent on destroying the girl who set it free.
On top of the titles listed, there’s a number of other standouts including My Sucky Teen Romance, She Wolf, Don’t Look Back, We Need To Talk About Kevin and Blind Sun. Head to Shudder.com to see all the titles and sign up for your free trial.