There have always been women in horror. John Carpenter may have given the world Michael Myers, but it was Debra Hill who put a shape to our fear. James Cameron changed sci-fi forever with The Terminator, but Gale Ann Hurd is the producer that put Skyknet online. Whether you know it or not, women have been the backbone of our genre from the very beginning. We are much better at celebrating and encouraging the diversity of our creators now, but as we will show you this February, women have always played a large role in crafting cinema’s most chilling moments.
“Final Girl” may be the first words that pop into your mind when you think of Women in Horror. Their screams have been the calling card of the genre for decades but time has brought more nuanced voices. Horror is at its scariest when it’s cold, bony finger reaches for something personal inside us. We have never lost anything by opening up the genre up, we’ve only given the darkness more to reach for. Join us this month at Nightmare on Film Street as we celebrate the women in front of the camera and behind the scenes of our favourite scary movies.
One of the most interesting ripples in modern horror is how women have re-claimed the rape-revenge story. Every year there is a new film that reinvents one of the most challenging subgenres and Coralie Fargeat’s Revenge is no exception! But if you’ve ever wondered about the scientific accuracy of Jen’s tree branch impalement and soda can cauterization you won’t want to miss Nina Nesseth’s upcoming edition of Science of The Scare. Maybe a slice of pizza and a slumber party massacre is more your speed though. If that’s the case, I think you know exactly what horror movie you’ll want to revisit before tuning in to the Nightmare on Film Street Podcast 😉
In January we debuted Melissa Cox’s Scene of the Scream column, examining into the set design and decoration of Halloween (2018). This February she’s slicking her back, making a reservation at Dorsia, and diving deep into yuppie world of Mary Harron’s American Psycho (2000). And that’s just the first sip out of our XX whiskey jug and we’ve got a fully stocked bar for you this month. Carrie Hartzell will be serving you up a Love Witch inspired recipe perfect for your Valentine’s Day plans. Mike Harris invites you to attend his drive-in double-feature of Barbara Peeters’ Humanoids From The Deep & Stephanie Rothman’s The Velvet Vampire, and Colin Paradine is opening the Video Vault once again to resurrect Rachel Talalay’s Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare. Join usss…
Pssst! Don’t forget that Rose Glass’ Saint Maud is coming out this month too! Be sure to check out KimmiKillZombie’s review of the eerie psychological thriller HERE and let us know what you thought of the film on social media. While you’re at it, let us know all about your favorite women in horror over on Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, and in the official Nightmare on Film Street Discord. Not a social media fan? Get more horror delivered straight to your inbox by joining the Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter