15 Women Horror Directors Jason Blum Can Add to His List

Blumhouse Productions founder Jason Blum stirred up controversy Wednesday when he claimed his studio hasn’t produced a theatrical release by a woman because there weren’t “a lot of female directors period, and even less who are inclined to do horror.” Many people took to Twitter to criticize Blum’s unqualified statement, with one user saying it took just one “quick Google search” to find the plethora of women at the helm of horror films. (Blum did say that he had tried to hire “The Babadook” director Jennifer Kent but she turned him down.)

Later that day, at the premiere for “Halloween,” which he produced, Blum apologized and said “Today was a great day for me because I learned a lot and because there are a lot of women out there that I’m going to meet as a result of today so I’m grateful for it.”

For Blum and anyone else who might not be noticing how many strong female voices are out there, here are 15 directors perfect for the next cannnibal, zombie or slasher movie:

 

Karyn Kusama
Since breaking out with her feature film debut “Girlfight” in 2000, Kusama has proved her versatility with efforts across genres and mediums. Her horror resume is especially impressive, having steered the 2009 horror dark comedy film, “Jennifer’s Body,” which has become a cult hit for its biting dialogue and female-centric perspective, as well as 2015’s “The Invitation” (2015) and the 2017 anthology horror film “XX.”

Julia Ducournau
A lesser filmmaker could have turned the idea of a lifelong vegetarian craving human flesh into a campy, one-note thesis, yet in the deft hands of French writer and director Julia Ducournau, 2016’s “Raw” became a terrifying, beautifully shot, and thoughtful reflection on primal hunger.

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