(Welcome to The Best Movies You’ve Never Seen, a series that takes a look at slightly more obscure, under-the-radar, or simply under-appreciated movies. In this edition, we celebrate the 9th Annual Women in Horror month with a look at six horror movies you haven’t seen that were directed by women!)

Every month is the right time to celebrate female filmmakers, but those of you who like labels and official designations will be pleased to know that February is Women in Horror Month, It’s the ninth for those of you keeping track, and it’s a good reminder that while there still aren’t enough women making horror movies, there are plenty of great horror movies made by women. Near Dark, Pet Sematary, The Babadook, The Invitation, Prevenge, RavenousA Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and more all come to mind as known and loved examples.

But as I’m sure you know by now – and as the title of the post suggests – I’m not here to talk about the movies everyone already knows and loves. I’m here to suggest some lesser known titles that you probably haven’t seen despite being well worth your time.

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You might well argue that 3D is nothing more than a gimmick but I would wholeheartedly disagree. You might as well say stereo sound over mono is a gimmick or that zoom lenses are a gimmick. The addition of a “second eye” opens up so many new expressive storytelling devices for filmmakers that this new dawn of digital 3D deserves to be taken as seriously as the advent of three-strip technicolor. It’s a popular claim that having seen a film in 2D you didn’t “miss anything”, but that would be equally true if you saw a film down-mixed to mono sound, on a laptop screen as opposed to in a huge auditorium or a color film when desaturated. These aren’t necessarily things you’d know you are missing out on.

The Venice film festival are taking 3D suitably seriously, it would seem with the announcement of a new prize for the best 3D picture of the year. Variety name nine films as eligible, two of which will be playing at the festival: Up and The Hole, which receives its world premiere in Venice.

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