5 Questions with Horror Fan Cara

Keep an eye on Cara. She'll be launching Big Moon Press and a makeup company that'll provide a variety of services, some even leaning towards incorporating her love for the horror genre. This ambitious, southern-born scary movie lover pulled at our heart strings when she professed that her favorite film is A Nightmare on Elm Street. We're unapologetically, tip-the-scale Freddy fanatics here!

What was the first horror film you saw that made you want to watch more horror movies?

This is a tough question for me since horror’s always been a part of my life. I grew up with it from a very, very young age thanks to my mom, so not watching horror never felt like an option to me. I do know that for a while, I was pretty unenthusiastic about horror on the whole and I didn’t watch as much for a good stretch of time. Then, The Descent came out and I was all about it. It felt fresh and exciting and actually terrifying, so that sort of revived my love.

The other thing that made me go back to horror is the emerging spotlight on Asian horror. When I saw Ju-On and The Eye while I was in college, I knew I had to see a ton more. A Tale of Two Sisters solidified in my head that I had to watch more of these films. Even though I can’t speak the language, the sense of dread and fear is easily conveyed very well. So I suppose, in a way, Japanese and Korean horror made me want to watch more horror again as well.

So your favorite horror movie is A Nightmare On Elm Street. Who is your favorite character in the film and what scene in the film propels them to that status?

It has to be Nancy. She’s just such a fighter! She’s smart and isn’t afraid to push back against the adults who try to shout her down. I appreciated her most in one of the scenes in the last act of the film. She’s devised this entire scheme about how she’ll catch Freddy and pull him out of her dream and into the real world. I thought that was amazingly clever and well thought out, even if it didn’t work quite right through no fault of her own. That cop that just stood there watching makes me so mad!

You have a publishing and makeup company in the works. Will either involve the horror arts in regards to genre writers and special, creature effects?

I would love for any horror writers to throw their work at me! We’re specializing in young adult/new adult works at the moment but are very open to having adult works published under an imprint in the near future. I personally write within the paranormal realm and have such a great time doing it.

With the makeup company, I fully plan on having a few collections devoted to my horror obsession. I’ve already formulated a few eye shadow shades that have to do with A Nightmare on Elm Street, but those won’t quite be ready for prime time at launch. I’ll be making collections inspired by all sorts of horror films and some books as well, like Goosebumps or Fear Street.

Are there any Black women in horror you admire at the moment?

Right at this moment, there’s such a dearth of black women in horror that it’s depressing. There really aren’t that many to look up to or feel really excited about. The only one that comes to mind is Angela Bassett and her amazing performance in American Horror Story. She killed that role, and the fact that she’ll be back in the new season makes me really excited.

How do you feel about yourself as a horror fan and the perception of Black women horror fans in general?

People don’t expect me to be a horror fan when they first meet me, in the same way they don’t expect me to be a fan of rock and all its sub-genres (the two go hand in hand a lot, I think). I personally think I’m a rather good horror fan. I support horror on as many platforms as I can—movies, video games, TV, etc. I don’t see myself any differently than what is seen as the “typical” horror fan. I’m kind of a weirdo, I’m drawn to darker things, I just happen to be both a woman and a black person.

There’s an othering that takes place when people encounter a black woman that likes horror. A lot of the times, they’ll think she’s trying to be something she’s not, or she’s not a “real” fan. It’s absurd. It’s like when people claim someone isn’t a “real” gamer or a “real” nerd based on their looks. People like what they like, and that should be the end of that. There’s no real need to have some kind of hard line about who can and can’t like certain things.

On the positive end, I think more and more people are coming around to the fact that horror fans come in all shapes, sizes and colors. The more people talk about this kind of thing and make it less of an “other” scenario, the better it’ll be years down the line.

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