So many horror movies involve misogynistic aspects, with female characters written as morons on the receiving end of horrific abuse. It can be hard for a woman to watch sometimes! Here are 7 horror movies that will make your fella cringe for a change.
1. Teeth (2007)
Teeth is a classic in the "Make Your Boyfriend Extremely Uncomfortable" Department, because it's a horror/black comedy about the mythical vagina dentata. Dawn, a very religious high school student who believes in waiting to have sex until after marriage, meets a nice boy with the same beliefs—or so she thinks. They both find out a little too late that (spoiler alert) Dawn is unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) afflicted with a toothed cooter.
2. The Deer Woman (2005)
Here's another horror-comedy about another mythical beast. This one's not technically a movie; it's an hour-long episode written and directed by John Landis from the Showtime series Masters of Horror series. Police investigating a possible animal attack after a male truck driver is found trampled to death (starting in the groin) soon find another victim, also with hoof marks, who had been seen just before dying with the same beautiful woman as the trucker. Guys, remember—always try to get a look at her legs.
3. Ginger Snaps (2000)
This is the touching story of two sisters (Ginger and Brigitte) in high school, one of whom gets bitten by werewolf and ends up stalking and feasting on her male classmates (the other sister is the same girl who played young Beverley Marsh in the wonderfully terrible 1990 Stephen King mini-series IT).
4. Jennifer's Body (2009)
Jennifer's Body was written by Diablo Cody, and even if you didn't like Juno (I didn't), this one is worth checking out. It addresses the important question: What happens if someone offers a virgin sacrifice to Satan when the person is not actually a virgin? The answer: the sacrificial non-virgin get possessed, turns into a demon, and eats men. Bonus: Adam "Seth Cohen" Brody.
5. Knock Knock (2015)
In this (hilariously terrible) remake of Death Game (1977), Keanu Reeves is a husband/architect/cringe-inducing self-professed DJ who tries desperately to stay faithful to his beautiful artist wife when faced with two nubile young women who are hell bent on seducing him. Super realistic situation.
6. Calvaire (The Ordeal) (2004)
A struggling performer coming from a gig at a nursing home is on his way to another show when his van breaks down in the woods during a storm. He's taken by a weird young man to what he's told is an inn, where the real nightmare starts. This is one of my favorite movies ever.
7. Antichrist (2009)
Lars Von Trier's Antichrist was booed at Cannes but yay-ed by me. A couple whose toddler died after an accidental fall goes to the woods to try to heal their relationship. Let's just say it doesn't go well. As in, it includes a genital mutilation scene so brutal that it earned its own write-up in Vulture.