Notwithstanding its scream queens and final girls, horror was once considered the preserve of the male director and writer, its trailblazing female creators pushed to the margins. But in recent years the number of women making horror has boomed. A new generation of exciting female directors have broken through, and are bending rules and blurring lines. Alongside them have come a new generation of female writers, programmers and academics, who have helped broaden our understanding of the scope of horror cinema. But then, horror’s hidden power has always been its allegorical and political nature, so what better genre to explore the female experience? Anna Bogutskaya, co-founder of horror film collective The Final Girls, leads a conversation exploring the female horror renaissance with some of the most exciting new figures working in horror today.