|Just let us peek under your clothes and see if you're a real girl...|
While I will agree, some films do tend to deal with certain issues of gender (The Woman, Grace, Martyrs, etc), this shouldn't be what determines whether or not a film sucks. In fact, a lot of movies labeled Feminine Horror are amazing. The three I mentioned got great reviews, for instance. I know plenty of films with strong female casts, interesting tales, and great female direction that have nothing to do with female issues, and yet win awards.
And my response to people who say in condescending tones, "This horror movie is a girl's movie." is this:
"AND? It's a good fucking movie. Shut up and watch it!"
I haven't seen a movie dealing with feminine issues that was completely and utterly terrible in the last 5 or so years. If anything, all the films prove is that horror from the female point of view is scary as hell, and will even creep-out men if done right. Ever seen Teeth? It's good. It makes my male friends who watch it curl up into little balls. It deals with both female and male issues in a way that I think is awesome and worth seeing. Vaginas can be scary things to have, folks. The shit women deal with on a regular basis can be quite frightening if looked at through the right lens.
|I'm all man baby!|
|Feeding time for baby.|
|Where do you think I keep my genitals?|
If we didn't have female voices in horror, or feminine issues to discuss in horror, the genre would be pretty bland. New perspectives are essential, and woman can bring a lot to the table, even if it's a male telling our stories. When someone makes it a thing to point out how girly a movie is, that isn't even the point. If you are going to judge something based on its gender, you are spending way too much time thinking about the wrong thing. Feminine horror stories aren't terrible, and need to be told. Whether a woman's issue is told or not, a good story should be judged on how involved you get in it. Even women's stories can be creepy, and that's all that matters in the end.
I don't waste time thinking about my movies with sex organs. That's just...weird.