Ghouls Night In; 10 Female-Friendly Horror Flicks

What better way to celebrate a GHOULS NIGHT IN than gathering your gaggle of friends into a darkly lit living-room and popping in a DVD of a spine-tingling, chill-inducing Horror flick?

The answer: there isn’t. 


But, it’s inevitable that not every gal in your group is going to be into horror flicks. That’s why you’re going to need to pick something with a little more substance than your typical slasher.. something with well-developed characters, dynamic relationships, struggles, an empathetic protagonist.

Here’s our list of 10 FEMALE FRIENDLY HORROR FLICKS (in no particular order). These flicks are great for anytime, but they all share something in common – they feature kick-ass, smart, savvy females and dynamic, compelling storytelling. These flicks will be sure to get your ghoul-gang talking… but hopefully not until the film is over.


1- THE DESCENT (2005)

A year after a severe emotional trauma, Sarah (Shauna Macdonald) goes to North Carolina to spend some time exploring caves with her friends; after descending underground, the women find strange cave paintings and evidence of an earlier expedition, then learn they are not alone: Underground predators inhabit the crevasses, and they have a taste for human flesh. 

Cheat Sheet: Supernatural, Gory, Action/Adventure, Savvy Female Leads


2- YOU’RE NEXT (2011)

The Davisons, an upper-class family, are extremely wealthy — but also estranged. In an attempt to mend their broken family ties, Aubrey Davison (Barbara Crampton) and Paul Davison (Rob Moran) decide to celebrate their wedding anniversary by inviting their four children and their children’s significant others to their weekend estate. The celebration gets off to a rocky start, but when crossbow-wielding assailants in animal masks suddenly attack, the Davisons must pull together or die.

Cheat Sheet: Home Invasion, Action/Adventure, Savvy Female Lead


3- IT FOLLOWS (2015)

After carefree teenager Jay (Maika Monroe) sleeps with her new boyfriend, Hugh (Jake Weary), for the first time, she learns that she is the latest recipient of a fatal curse that is passed from victim to victim via sexual intercourse. Death, Jay learns, will creep inexorably toward her as either a friend or a stranger. Jay’s friends don’t believe her seemingly paranoid ravings, until they too begin to see the phantom assassins and band together to help her flee or defend herself.

Cheat Sheet: Supernatural, Slow Burn, Mystery/Suspense, Savvy Female Lead



When a demon takes possession of her, high-school hottie Jennifer (Megan Fox) turns a hungry eye on guys who never stood a chance with her before. While evil Jennifer satisfies her appetite for human flesh with the school’s male population, her nerdy friend, Needy (Amanda Seyfried), learns what’s happening and vows to put an end to the carnage.

Cheat Sheet: Supernatural, Comedy, Teen Scream, Quirky Female Leads



For Buffy Summers (Kristy Swanson), nothing is the same after she meets Merrick Jamison-Smythe (Donald Sutherland). Merrick tells the teen that he’s been sent to train her to fight vampires, and he proves himself by displaying his supernatural powers. Buffy is a quick study, and soon takes fellow student Oliver Pike (Luke Perry) under her wing, repeatedly saving him from fierce bloodsuckers. But, when a very dangerous vampire (Rutger Hauer) gets rambunctious, she must go to war again.

Cheat Sheet: Supernatural, Comedy, Teen Scream, Quirky Female Leads


6- CARRIE (1976)

In this chilling adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel, withdrawn and sensitive teen Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) faces taunting from classmates at school and abuse from her fanatically pious mother (Piper Laurie) at home. When strange occurrences start happening around Carrie, she begins to suspect that she has supernatural powers. Invited to the prom by the empathetic Tommy Ross (William Katt), Carrie tries to let her guard down, but things eventually take a dark and violent turn.

Cheat Sheet: Supernatural, Classic, Slow Burn, Mystery/Suspense, Compelling Female Lead


7- THE CRAFT (1996)

After transferring to a Los Angeles high school, Sarah (Robin Tunney) finds that her telekinetic gift appeals to a group of three wannabe witches, who happen to be seeking a fourth member for their rituals. Bonnie (Neve Campbell), Rochelle (Rachel True) and Nancy (Fairuza Balk), like Sarah herself, all have troubled backgrounds, which combined with their nascent powers lead to dangerous consequences. When a minor spell causes a fellow student to lose her hair, the girls grow power-mad.

Cheat Sheet: Supernatural, Teen Scream, Quirky Female Leads, Savvy Female Lead


8- FINAL GIRLS (2015)

Max (Taissa Farmiga), recently orphaned, goes to see a screening of a B-horror movie that her mother made 20 years earlier. When Max and her friends find themselves in the world of the film itself, they must apply their knowledge of horror tropes to survive.

Cheat Sheet: Slasher, Comedy, Teen Scream, Quirky Female Leads, Savvy Female Lead


9- GINGER SNAPS (2000)

The story of two outcast sisters, Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and Brigitte (Emily Perkins), in the mindless suburban town of Bailey Downs. On the night of Ginger’s first period, she is savagely attacked by a wild creature. Ginger’s wounds miraculously heal but something is not quite right. Now Brigitte must save her sister and save herself.

Cheat Sheet: Supernatural, Teen Scream, Mystery/Suspense, Savvy Female Lead


10- SCREAM (1996)

A year after the murder of her mother, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is terrorized by a new killer, who targets her and her high school friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

Cheat Sheet: Slasher, Teen Scream, Mystery/Suspense, Quirky Female Leads, Savvy Female Lead


Well Fiends, those are our 10 picks for your next Ghoul’s Night In, but what are yours? Comment Below!

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Kimberley is Co-Host and Co-Creator of Nightmare on Film Street. She’s a hair dye addicted, vegetable eating, pin collecting, board game nerd. Her favorite horror films are Creepshow 2, Poltergeist, & From Dusk ‘Till Dawn.