Throughout October, Women and Hollywood has been examining women in horror–coming of age, lady killers, demon girls, witches, haunted women–in television and film. We’ve also had the chance to interview awesome women writing and directing some of our favorite feminist horror classics and new talent aspiring to work in the genre.
When I first conceptualized this series, I wanted to, rather selfishly, explore my own love of horror films and examine the tension that can lay within the genre’s depictions of women. With a truly awesome and talented bunch of guest writers, I believe we examined just that but also showed how horror can be a genre that has tons of subversive potential for creating nuanced and complex female characters and the growing opportunity for women filmmakers and writers to tell those stories.
Many thanks go out to all the talented writers who contributed to the series, Women and Hollywood columnists Alyssa Rosenberg and Susan Wloszcyna who wrote related content and Kimberly Peirce, Emily DiPrimio and Karen Walton for agreeing to talk with us about horror and their work in the genre.
Above all else, thanks to the scream queens (and their creators)–Sidney, Laurie, Nancy, Carrie–who truly inspired everything. To all the bad-ass final girls out there, this one’s for you.