Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Black Women Horror Filmmakers: Sloan Turner


Family is known idealistically as the very foundation of cognitive growth, love, and trust of those who live in your home. It's supposed to be on of the safest places you can be. But family on screen, and in horror, is an evergreen site for flipping any of these positive connotations right on their head. All families have their trials, and what if monsters are waiting to feed on the conflict? Ready to consume?

Sprinkles of inspiration from James Wan and Guillermo del Toro are present in SoCal native Sloan Turner's directorial debut, Consumed. About a girl encountering a supernatural presence around the time her mother arrives home from the hospital to recover from an ailment. Consumed is a very personal story that is strengthened by the girl, Sasha's (Ali Fisher) easy innocence and other-worldly intelligence. Turner was exposed to the horror films her Dad had no qualms about her watching at an early age. Dealing with her mother's multiple surgeries, she acquired a healthy attitude towards the fear of death and the darkness: by confronting it.

Ali Fisher as Sasha
Her smart homage to Stranger Things as a marketing tool for her work demonstrates an appealing approach at engaging audiences and supporters, as well as showing off her loving fangirl side. The fresh graduate looks to returning to her home region to "pursue a career writing/directing in the horror genre". As Consumed stands, I'm looking forward to seeing many more diverse, biracial/mixed-race family horror dramas with plenty a monsters to face, battle, and gain victory over.

Sloan is a graduate of the University of Mary in North Dakota with a B.S. in Mass Communications and recently acquired a Masters in Film and Media Art from Boston's Emerson College.


Peep Sloan:
On IMDb / @Gsloanie on Twitter / Vimeo

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