February is known for a great many things including Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, and Black History Month. For horror fans though, you will surely know it as Women in Horror Month, an occasion to remember the ladies that make the scares that frighten us so well. Enter “Twisted Twins” Jen and Sylvia Soska, who are not only using the occasion to promote their fellow female horror filmmakers, but also to do a little good for the masses. Watch out! The Soska Sisters are kicking off another year of blood letting, er, donating.
Earlier this week, the Soska Sisters launched their Blood Drive in junction with the 9th annual Women in Horror Month. If you’re unaware, WiHM is “an international, grassroots initiative, which encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries,” according to the WiHM website. “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.”
Our Twisted Twins will be doing their part by promoting women in horror (like themselves) and promoting the always pressing need for blood donations. Using their YouTube Channel, the Soskas will release a new PSA everyday as a kind of anthology series that will highlight the good work of Women in Horror, past and present, while encouraging fans from all sexes to get out there and give blood.
Here’s the official letter from the Soska Sisters (via Bloody Disgusting):
“It’s that magical time of year again where we Sisters Soska don’t just want to spill blood on the screen, but want YOU to bleed for us. Don’t worry, it’s for an incredibly good cause…
Now in its 9th epic year, February marks the start of another “Women In Horror Month” meant to promote equality and celebrate the great artists both working today and the trailblazers who’ve come before.
As we all know women are quite capable and we’re not asking for a handout. Just some support. We’ve even taken it upon ourselves to be the ones giving back. You can’t think horror without thinking blood and we’ve long wondered why the horror genre hasn’t already thrown its weight behind the blood donation cause. So we did it.
As part of WiHM, each year we search out filmmakers from across the globe to make their own Public Service Announcements for Blood Services and Red Cross. The only requirements are that you have to be passionate about the cause and you must be a feminist. I’m proud to say that this year we have a record-setting 30 TEAMS that have participated. Magnificently each PSA was made with the filmmakers using their own money and resources along with generous donations and numerous volunteers.
We have a different theme each year and this year is BE A HERO.
In previous years, we’ve combined them all into one mega-anthology, but this year we’re making it our BIGGEST year yet. EVERY day in February (starting January 31st and ending March 1st) we will be releasing a NEW PSA via our Twisted Twins’ YouTube Channel. Please subscribe.
We are very proud to announce our outstanding list of contributors for our 2018 WiHM Massive Blood Drive:
Hannah Neurotica (WiHM Founder), Lex Lybrand, Paddy Murphy, Tonja Atmoic & Mi Chelle Nessk, Mary Rangel, Atropa Films, Maude Michaud, Tommy Pistol, Ama Lea, Damon Rickard, Adam Marcus, Stitch Mays, Marilyn Thomas, Joe Magna, Jamie DeWolf, Vanessa Wright, Nicholas Burman-Vince, Christian Francis & Mark Miller,Izzy Lee, Aleah Anseth, Sam Hawkins & Kim Pipkin, Andrew Hass, Dayna Noffke, Vicky Tori Ella, Aishlinn Clarke, Stephanie Michelle, Brandon Slagle, Michelle Romano, Angela Nolan, and us, the Soska Sisters.
Each day we’ll release profiles on the filmmakers along with their shorts and sometimes even poster art and BTS stills. As a special added surprise, you won’t know which one is being released when, so keep your eyes on the prize!
Thank you so much for watching, but PLEASE be sure to make an appointment to donate. We need you. After all, it’s in you to give.
Jen and Sylv”