Friday, February 27, 2015

Tricia Lee Celebrates Women In Horror Month by Announcing Next Film

From the press release:

February is Women in Horror Month, and few women are working harder in the genre than Tricia Lee.  The director of the award winning films Silent Retreat and Clean Break has been pounding the pavement to secure financing for her next film One Drop.

One Drop tells the story of Ellie, a drug addict who overdoses and wakes up in the basement of a medical facility.  Everyone around her is dead, and she is suddenly nine months pregnant. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Black History & Women in Horror Month: Get To Know Marsha A. Hunt

You may have seen this photo before with no immediate idea of who the model is. This photo was taken in 1968 by photographer Patrick Lichfield after the model, Marsha Hunt's opening night performance in the musical Hair on a London stage. The photo appeared on the cover of British Vogue in January of 1969.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Girls Will Be Ghouls: A New Horror Podcast!

Sometimes you just wanna talk about horror movies. For hours. With a friend, friendly acquaintance, stranger or all three. And sometimes, you just happen to serendipitously verbalize golden considerations of those horror movies and egotistically think to yourself, 'Others need to hear this.' These were just a few ideas going through my head when Zena Sade Dixon (The Real Queen Of Horror) proposed the ideas of two (Black women) serenading your ear holes with slightly different but universally sane perspectives on horror with a format and design that promises humor, introspection, and a breakdown from the best to the unwatchable that the genre has to offer!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Black History & Women in Horror Month: Sisters in 1950s-60s Horror

I'm far from a war historian, but I imagine World War II had an impact on American foreign policy and its relationships amongst the key thirty countries entangled between 1939 and 1945. With stories of spys, secrets and millions of deaths including mass genocide, the war's residue in media was nuclear destruction fear bait. Technology saw a vast upswing, and every developed country wanted the upper hand. A symbol of pious boasting and virtually "untouched" by the aesthetic bleakness of the war's aftermath, America was not a celebrated land in many parts of Europe.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Why It's Important We Support Black Horror Filmmakers

Filmmaker Tiffany D. Jackson
My friend, former magazine editor, published author, and fellow avid horror fan Christine Makepeace brought to my attention an essay on Monday that covers one of the biggest gaps I find in this project: why there aren't many Black horror filmmakers. It is extremely difficult to even begin a breakdown of why. How or can that question even be answered without a faulty explanation? Matt Barone's essay for The Dissolve titled, "Horror's scariest trend is the nonexistent black filmmaker" at least takes to task the historical trajectory of Black horror films, noticing the significant gaps and talking to industry insiders such as genre filmmaker Ernest Dickerson.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Black History & Women in Horror Month: Black Scream Queen Monique 'Gata' Dupree

Mother of ten and horror's first Black scream queen, I have admired Monique Dupree (@Thaoriginalgata) from afar for quite some time. Dynamic women are awe inspiring to me. So much so, I tend to get really, really shy around them. Monique is a testament to hard work, resilience, and discipline. Her honesty and presence is something to aspire to.

In addition to her work in genre film, Monique is an alternative/fetish model, a front woman in a band, Negro Childe, entrepreneur with an online clothing store Liz Boutique, a very active professional wrestling enthusiast, has collaborated on a comic book Cat O' Nine Tails, and participates in charity and social outreach.