Everyone in Justine’s family is a vet. And a vegetarian. At sixteen she’s a brilliant student starting out at veterinary school where she experiences a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world. Desperate to fit in, she strays from her family principles and eats raw meat for the first time. Justine will soon face the terrible and unexpected consequences as her true self begins to emerge.
Shudder Killed it This February!
Women in Horror Month is so grateful for the incredible and genuine support we have received from the horror streaming service, SHUDDER. They have not only given our supporters a FREE month (which you can still claim until midnight!) but they curated a wonderful collection of horror films made by women titled "A Woman's Touch."
In addition, the folks at SHUDDER created original exclusive content with hard working women in the horror film industry.
If you missed it we have have put them together in a handy video roundup!
Thank you Shudder for helping bring the work of women to a larger audience.
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Happy day 9 of Women in Horror Month!
Every year, we try to bring something new to the mix that can help women in the industry connect with each other, showcase their work, and generally assist everyone working hard to create provoking, entertaining, and important happenings around the world. WiHM wouldn’t exist without each one of your contributions and actions. It’s truly inspiring!
This year we are so excited to launch an official community forum on our website. You might wonder why in the age of social media we would do such a thing but hear us out for a second okay? Cool.
There is a lot of extra noise on Facebook/Twitter, and we want to make it easier for you to connect with each other. For example, we often hear from bloggers seeking filmmakers, writers, and other artists to interview. While at the same time we are getting emails from these very creators looking for websites to cover their work. By creating a message board, we hope to make it easier for you to connect with each other directly.
Plus, some people are trying to spend less time on social media for mental health reasons. For artists, it can feel like a tug-of-war between the critical need to promote yourself/art/business while at the same time not wanting to get sucked into the baggage that can result from signing into the never-ending Facebook news feed. This isn’t an replacement, just another avenue for networking.
This forum was created to provide assistance with productions/crew needs, film festival submission listings, blog submissions, career advice, crowdfunding, and general networking etc. After all, women need to create employment opportunities for each other whenever possible. We will not rise in the ranks in any significant capacity otherwise.
We hope you will check out the community forum and sign up. Help us turn this space into a useful communication and networking tool. If it doesn’t work out, then so be it. But we have to try, right? Right.
Happy Women in Horror Month!
P.S. Don’t forget to claim your FREE MONTH of Shudder before Feb 28th!
SHUDDER gets "A Woman's Touch" This February
Women in Horror Month sponsor, SHUDDER, has put together a fantastic curated collection of both feature and short films directed by women titled “A Woman’s Touch.” They describe the line-up as follows:
We know there's no such thing as “a woman’s perspective on horror”, because the twisted and unique views included in this collection are as diverse as the women who offer them. From vampires both real and imaginary, to doppelgängers and collisions with the afterlife, this collection has it all. Identity crises, demonic domestic issues, phantasmagoric romance, the horrors of motherhood and feminist interpretations on the giallo all make an appearance. These films don’t shy away from tough and personal themes. More importantly, these blood-splattered gems are sure to satisfy your cravings for powerful voices and thought-provoking horror.
We are so honored to have the ability to team up with Shudder and gift you a FREE MONTH of streaming horror so you can enjoy these films, and explore all that their library has to offer.
To claim your free month, click the button below and sign up with the code: WIH (in ALL CAPS). This code is only valid until February 28, 2017. If you have any questions or technical issues don't hesitate to contact us for assistance.
What's in the collection? We're glad you asked.
The Moth Diaries (2011)
Directed and Adapted for the Screen by Mary Harron
Rebecca is suspicious of Ernessa, the new arrival at her boarding school. But is Rebecca just jealous of Ernessa's bond with Lucie, or does the new girl truly possess a dark secret?
Blood Punch (2014)
Directed by Madellaine Paxson
A young man is lured into a dangerous love triangle that begins to take a series of shocking and grisly supernatural turns.
Written & Directed by Ann Turner
An imaginative and somewhat disturbed young girl fantasizes about evil creatures and other oddities to mask her insecurities while growing up in rural Australia.
Written & Directed by Catherine Fordham
After a fight with her boyfriend, a woman simmers with anger as she walks through Brooklyn's threatening streets. She is attacked, and discovers her fiercest self. The following morning, bruised but transformed, she purges and cleans. -
She Wolf (2013)
Directed and Co-Written by Tamae Garateguy
She Wolf is a serial killer who traps her men in the subway in Buenos Aires. She seduces, has sex with them and kills them. But one of those men is a police officer who is investigating her crimes. Running away from him she meets a dealer with whom she stars a relationship. This romance unravels a war between her three personalities: the monster woman, the sensual woman and the human woman who can still love.
Written & Directed by Izzy Lee
Detective Diana Olmstead arrives on the scene of a body with a mysterious egg sac. A clue leads her to Innsmouth, where she meets a seductive and horrific fate in the form of Alice Marsh.
Dead Hooker in a Trunk (2009)
Set in beautiful Vancouver, four friends set out on an everyday errand and end up in a fight for their lives when they discover the body of a dead hooker left in their trunk. Lead by a sexy, impulsive Badass, her distant Geek twin sister, their bible thumping, Jesus loving Goody Two Shoes friend, and a chaotic, rock star Junkie pal, the group has to put aside their differences to dispose of the body before they're next.
Don’t Look Back (2009)
Written & Directed by Marina de Van
A psychodrama about a photographer whose pictures tell a different story to that of her perception.
In Their Sleep (2010)
Co-Written & Directed by Caroline du Potet
Sarah and her husband have moved to a house in the country; their son, Loic, a college student, chaffs at the isolation and a tragedy occurs. A year later, Sarah lives alone in the house; distracted by grief, she's sent home from her hospital job at 2 AM. Police on the road warn her of burglaries in the area, then a young man, much like her son, flags her down: he surprised a burglar at his house, and he's being chased. He is Arthur. Sarah gives him a lift, and soon a car is in pursuit. A long night ensues with flashbacks to crimes and chases; can Sarah protect Arthur as she would her own son?
Trouble Every Day (2001)
Written & Directed by Claire Denis
Shane and June Brown are an American couple honeymooning in Paris in an effort to nurture their new life together, a life complicated by Shane's mysterious and frequent visits to a medical clinic where cutting edge studies of the human libido are undertaken. When Shane seeks out a self-exiled expert in the field, he happens upon the doctor's wife, another victim of the same malady. She has become so dangerous and emotionally paralyzed by the condition that her husband imprisons her by day in their home. It is Shane's chance encounter with this woman that triggers an event so cataclysmic and shocking it might just lead him to rediscover the tranquility he seeks to restore for himself and his new bride.
Directed and Co-Written by Marina Sargenti
A teenage girl begins receiving black magic power through an antique mirror that drips blood, not realizing the mirror is controlled by demonic forces.
My Sucky Teen Romance (2011)
Written & Directed by Emily Hagins
In this witty comedy from teen director Emily Hagins, young Kate visits a local comic convention and falls for good-hearted vampire Paul, but her friends are worried when she suddenly starts displaying eerie, undead qualities of her own.
Written & Directed by Axelle Carolyn
Widowed Audrey retreats to an isolated Welsh cabin after a failed suicide attempt, to recuperate. Still haunted by the tragic death of her husband and struggling with her psychosis, she begins to hear strange noises.
The Countess (2009)
Written & Directed by Julie Delpy
A 17th century Hungarian countess embarks on a murderous undertaking, with the belief that bathing in the blood of virgins will preserve her beauty.
The Midnight Swim (2014)
Written & Directed by Sarah Adina Smith
Spirit Lake is unusually deep. No diver has ever managed to find the bottom, though many have tried. When Dr. Amelia Brooks disappears during a deep-water dive, her three daughters travel home to settle her affairs. They find themselves unable to let go of their mother and become drawn into the mysteries of the lake.
The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears (2013)
Co-Written & Co-Directed by Helene Cattet
Following the disappearance of his wife, a man finds himself on a dark and twisted trail of discovery through the labyrinthine halls of his apartment building. Led on a wild goose chase by cryptic messages from his mysterious neighbours, he becomes entangled in a hellish nightmare as he unlocks their strange fantasies of sensuality and bloodshed. The Strange Colour Of Your Body's Tears is a visually dazzling experience from the creators of Amer that takes you on a journey into mystery and blood soaked terror that you will never forget.
The Stylist (2016)
Written & Directed by Jill Gevargizian
Claire is a lonely hairstylist with an unnerving desire to escape her disappointing reality. When her final client of the evening arrives with the request to look perfect, Claire has plans of her own.
The Velvet Vampire (1971)
Directed & Co-Written by Stephanie Rothman
Sleepy-eyed nice guy Lee Ritter and his vapid, but pretty wife, Susan accept the invitation of mysterious vixen Diane LeFanu to visit her in her secluded desert estate. Tensions arise when the couple, unaware at first that Diane is in reality a centuries-old vampire, realize that they are both objects of the pale temptress' seductions.
Dearest Sister (2016)
Written & Directed by Mattie Do
A village girl travels to the Lao capital, Vientiane, to care for her rich cousin who has lost her sight and gained the ability to communicate with the dead.
We Need To Talk About Kevin (2011)
Co-Written & Directed by Lynne Ramsay
Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.
SHUDDER supports women in the horror industry and WiHM, so sign up today to see all of the above films and more!
HAPPY WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH!!
We are thrilled to ring in the 8th annual WiHM with a brand new Twisted Twins Productions Massive Blood Drive Public Service Announcement (PSA).
Since 2010, these gorey PSA's aim to inspire and remind us all just how critical and impactful giving up some of your red stuff can be.
According to the American Red Cross, “an estimated 38 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood at any given time [but] less than 10 percent of that eligible population actually do each year.”
While loads of corn syrup and food coloring work in our favorite films, the reality is, blood cannot be manufactured. It can only come from brave blood donors. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, and we hope you will schedule an appointment to share some of yours (if possible) no matter in which country you reside.
Due to health and politics it is not always possible to donate. Consider having someone do so on your behalf.
Now, watch the PSA & meet the artists whose work make up this collage-style Blood Anthem.
Aleah Anseth was born and raised in Saskatchewan, Canada. She moved to Vancouver, British Columbia to pursue her passion of storytelling through digital film. While in Vancouver, Aleah has collaborated with many talented filmmakers and was able to develop her skills as a director. She has directed multiple shorts such as “Sliced,” “Being Little Miss Risk“, and “Porcelain.” Currently, Aleah is in the beginning stages of writing her first feature film.
Aramis Sartorio a.ka. Tommy Pistol is an actor, comedian, writer, and director. Some of his works include Everything That Rises Must Converge(2014), The Gruesome Death of Tommy Pistol (2010) and Frankie in Blunderland (2011). Sartorio was also the first male host of AVN Awards in 2015.
Brent Ray Fraser is a phantasmagoric force for the seductive power of creativity.
A graduate of Emily Carr University, Fraser is deeply committed to the idea of art as conceptual theater.
This provocateur creates art that is sly, humorous, and bold – playing with commercial culture, mass media and public sexuality that is reshaping the new millennium. For an artist who grew up insecure and introverted, Brent Ray Fraser is blazing a trail through the art world with his bold, revolutionary, fearless works honoring life in all its glorious forms.
Hannah Neurotica is the founder of Women in Horror Month, Ax Wound ‘Zine (the world’s first known feminist horror publication), the Ax Wound Film Festival, and Horror at the Hooker monthly film series. She is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, and mixed media artist based in Vermont.
Jill “Sixx” Gevargizian is a director and producer from Kansas City, Missouri. Much like the protagonist in her film The Stylist (2016), she has been a hairstylist for over 10 years. As a child, Jill picked up her dad’s camcorder, and the rest is history! After attending several conventions, Jill decided to bring independent horror films to her hometown by creating a monthly showcase called Slaughter Movie House in 2012 – that she still programs today. She has worked on many films outside of her own. Jill was the second-unit director for Jen & Sylvia Soska’s ABCs of Death 2 (2015) segment, and recently assistant director on James
Bickert’s 35MM feature Frankenstein Created Bikers (2016). Her directorial debut, a short entitled Call Girl (2014), starring Laurence Harvey (The Human Centipede II & III) and Tristan Risk (The Editor, American Mary), has screened at film festivals across the globe, and her short Grammy (2015) was distributed by Eli Roth’s CryptTV. The Stylist, starring Najarra Townsend (Contracted), sliced through the competition, won 17 awards on it’s worldwide festival run, and left audiences in a state of shock.
Maude has been a fan of all things horrific and macabre since she was a kid, which resulted in a profound love of horror films and influenced her body of work. She pursued undergraduate and graduate studies in the department of Communication and Media Studies at Concordia University in Montreal where she specialized in Film Production.
When she turned 16, she produced, wrote, directed and acted in her first short film, Finding Hope, which was screened as part of the official selection of the International Teen Movie Festival in Toronto. The following year, she directed her first horror short, Spirits, which screened at the same festival.
Inspired by this successful foray into film making, she founded her banner, Quirk Films, under which she independently wrote, directed and produced over 15 short films and video projects, both personal projects and commissioned works. Her films have toured the globe on the festival circuit and have gathered some critical acclaim.
Even though she is a huge horror fan, she explored a variety of genres in the films she directed, which resulted in an eclectic body of work including: horror dramas, slightly surreal quirky tales, and explorations of unconventional relationships. Her debut feature film, DYS took home the audience award at the 2014 Cellar Door Film Festival.
Nicholas Vince played The Chatterer Cenobite in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser & Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Kinski in Barker’s Nightbreed. In 2016 he was awarded the London Horror Society Award for Outstanding Contribution to UK Independent Horror and was Patron of the London Horror Festival.
Recently, he starred in the independent feature film, Hollower (dir. MJ Dixon), and numerous short films including the award winning Mindless (dir. Katie Bonham). He wrote and directed the short film, The Night Whispered, which screened in the UK, USA and France and he is in pre-production on two short films.
His two collections of short stories, What Monsters Do (rated 5*) and Other People’s Darkness are both available on amazon sites. In the 1990’s he wrote comics for Marvel, some of which are included in the Marvel Frontier Collection.
On his popular YouTube show, Chattering With Nicholas Vince, he interviews independent film makers, writers and artists.
Born in El Salvador, raised in Montreal, Canada, with long stays in Toronto, Paris, New York and Los Angeles, Patricia Chica is a Canadian multiple award-winning director. She specializes in high-quality author driven films that have great international and commercial appeal. Patricia has also directed and produced world-class primetime broadcast content for networks such as National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Showcase, Oxygen, Animal Planet, Bravo Canada, Canal D, ARTV, CBC and Travel Channel, UniMás, and El Rey Network just to name a few. Patricia has a genuine interest in exploring thought-provoking stories that deal with complex behavior, the search for meaning, and the darker side of the human experience. Strongly inspired by real-life psycho-social issues that shape our choices, she strives to present an authentic and realistic portrayal of the emotional human landscape. Her visual style has been described as provocative and poetic.
After co-directing Upa! An Argentine Film and winning Best Argentinean Picture at Bafici, Argentina of 2007, Tamae Garateguy discovered her taste for blood and sex. Pompeii, her violent solo debut, won Best Argentinean Film at the International Festival of Mar del Plata, Argentina of 2010 and the Free Spirit Award at the Warsaw International Film Festival of 2011. Pompeii also participated in festivals such as Toronto, Canada 2011, PiFan , South Korea 2012 and SXSW Austin Texas USA 2012. Her latest project exploring sex and death, Shewolf, has been in the International Competition (Vanguard and Genre) in Bafici, in Morbid Film Festival, Mexico 2013, International Festival of New Latin American Cinema of La Habana 2013 and Fantastic Fest Austin Texas, USA of 2013. This year will be at Fantaspoa, Porto Alegre, Brazil 2014 and again in PIFan, Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, South Korea 2014.
Identical twin filmmakers, Jen and Sylvia Soska entered the film industry as actors. Unsatisfied with the stereotypical roles commonly offered to identical twins, they decided to take a different route and trained in martial arts. With the hopes of picking up stunt roles, they briefly attended a film school with an intensive stunt program.
For one of the final projects, their prepared short had it’s funding misappropriated and their film pulled from the program. Undeterred, they decided to move forward, getting a new cast and crew and paying for it out of their own pockets. The title of that project was Dead Hooker In A Trunk.
Jen and Sylvia Soska’s Dead Hooker In A Trunk went on to become a successful debut feature film written, directed, produced, and starring the ladies themselves (stunt work included). Inspired by the lessons in Rebel Without A Crew by Robert Rodriguez the twins’ reached out to the original El Mariachi (Carlos Gallardo) who not only gave them advice but appeared in the film – as God.
Embraced by horror fans, film festivals, and critics alike, Dead Hooker was picked up by IFC Midnight and helped build a massive fan base anxiously awaiting their second feature, American Mary (a personal film inspired by the twins struggles in the film industry. American Mary went on to screen and take home numerous praise and prestigious awards. Lead character Mary Mason (Katharine Isabelle) has even become a favorite in the horror Cosplay scene.
In 2014 the Soska Sisters were brought on to direct See No Evil 2. Resurrecting the WWE Studios franchise with WWE Superstar Glenn “Kane” Jacobs (reprising his role as Jacob Goodnight). They also brought together scream queens Danielle Harris and Katharine Isabelle for the first time. In case that wasn’t enough for one year, Jen and Sylvia were part of the anthology ABC’s of Death 2 filmmaker lineup. Writing and directing a controversial segment, T is for Torture Porn, that would subsequently be banned in Germany.
In 2015 the twins jumped genre’s, teaming up again with Lionsgate and WWE Studios with the action revenge thriller Vendetta starring Dean Cain, Paul ‘Big Show’ Wight, and Michael Eklund. The high action, ultra gory nature of the film proved (as if we didn’t already know) that the sisters are not one trick ponies, expanding their sensibilities to this Justin Shady written, men’s prison revenge flick.
As long time avid comic book fans Jen and Sylvia Soska teamed up with Daniel Way (Deadpool, Daken) to create their own very graphic novel entitled Kill-Crazy Nymphos Attack! with artist Rob Dumo & cover artist Dave Johnson. The comic is a pitch black satire about women’s roles in a patriarchal society. The graphic novel is set with a 2017 release date.
The mediums that the twins take on are ever expanding. Currently they are the hosts of the survival horror game-show Hellevator that premiered GSN in 2015. The show just enjoyed it’s second season and received even more positive attention when it was made available on VOD through Netflix and Hulu, proving that evil twins continue to have a rich history with elevators and scaring people.
Also coming down the line is the Soska directed remake of David Cronenberg’s 1977 zombie thriller, Rabid.
As of today the Twisted Twins have released 4 feature films, 2 graphic novels, a series of blood donation PSAs, a television show, and have so much more to come. Not too shabby for a pair of twins from Canada who set their sites on shaking up the entertainment industry, playing by their own rules, and leaving a hefty cinematic body count in their wake.
Now, go out and bleed for us!
Women in Horror Month (WiHM) is an international, grassroots initiative, which encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries. Whether they are on the screen, behind the scenes, or contributing in their other various artistic ways, it is clear that women love, appreciate, and contribute to the horror genre.
WiHM celebrates these contributions to horror throughout the year via the official WiHM blog, Ax Wound, The Ax Wound Film Festival, and with the official WiHM event/project database in February. This database—in conjunction with the WiHM social media fan base—actively promotes do-it-yourself annual film screenings, blogs/articles, podcasts, and any other form of creative media with the ultimate goal of helping works by and featuring women reach a wider audience.
This inclusive and positive movement is open to everyone, just as we believe the horror genre should be.
How will you celebrate and raise awareness in February 2016? Looking for some inspiration? We have you covered with this list of 10 ways to celebrate. Once you have your awesome idea in place be sure to submit it on the WiHM website so we can help you promote it all over the web.
Still need some ideas? Visit our ever-growing Event database and check out what other people around the world did in 2015.
Women in Horror Month only exists because of you.
Happy Women in Horror Month Day One!
Gasp! It’s February 1st and parts of our website are still under construction. We are hard at work getting it set and will be up and running completely before Midnight (Okay maybe 2am) on February 1, 2014. We have a lot of content and are a very small group of volunteers so we thank you for understanding.
& sign up for our new newsletter. The first one will be sent out on February 7th. Each one will be filled with special content, goodies, & opportunities you won’t want to miss out on.
Thank you all for your generosity, patience, and kindness as Women in Horror Month continues to grow each year. This website will soon be populated with original content we can’t wait to share with everyone.