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Zombies create a wonderful commentary on society, survival, and our mortality because they appeal to our fears of widespread viruses, and how much potential we have as individuals in a society to combat a widespread infection (cough Ebola cough). All of the following movies mentioned fall mostly into the typical Hollywood zombie movie premise, meaning it involves a virus. This list of zombie movie queens contain strong, independent, in control… oh, and deadly (and sometimes undead) ladies. Enjoy. Read More
For women, there is a science and an art to surviving horror films (Carol J. Clover’s 1992 Men, Women, and Chainsaws can be your textbook). One must be curious and observant -- you heed the subtle whiff of danger when others don’t notice the stench. One must also be intelligent, resourceful, and scrappy regardless of stature. It definitely helps to be sexually reserved and to have a gender-neutral name. If you can successfully embody all of these qualities, you might stand a chance at facing the chainsaw and becoming the Final Girl. Read More
Here is a scary statistic: Only 5% of studio films, released in the past five years, have had a female director. Read More
GWAR, the horrific metal band infamous for its blood and guts-stained performances, may have just made metal history. It now has a female frontwoman leading the band: Vulvatron!  If you've ever seen the band live you have probably been sprayed with fake blood, and if you're the squeamish type I wouldn't recommend Googling GWAR. But ever since the beloved leader of the band, Dave Brockie (aka Oderus Ungus) died of an accidental heroin overdose earlier this year, the band has been looking for a new leader to take hold. Read More
On this creepy, crawly, full-mooned, Friday the 13th, a photo of American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson's new character for highly anticipated season 4 was leaked. In the upcoming season, entitled Freak Show, Paulson will be playing two-headed conjoined twins, Bette and Dot alongside a cast of other actors returning from the previous seasons.  When I first heard about American Horror Story, I was dubious about its representations of sexism, racism, and disability. Read More
I loved the summer horror flick The Conjuring, a creative, visually arresting retelling of a supposedly true exorcism story. The haunted house represented in the film was (as legend has it) haunted by the ghost of a woman who killed her child decades prior. As the final credits rolled on screen, visions of Vera Farmiga as the brave and compassionate medium Lorraine Warren clouded my thoughts; she was nothing short of magical. Then I caught my fiancé’s eye, and we both recognized a clear sexist message in a film we had both otherwise enjoyed. Read More
Halloween is getting closer and closer, and what better way to celebrate than watching a horror film – or making one. From now through February 28, 2013, female horror filmmakers can submit their work to Viscera Film Festival. Bonus: unlike most festivals, Viscera does not charge submission fees.  In summer 2013, Viscera will showcase the winning films at the Bloody Carpet Ceremony in Los Angeles, CA. There will be special guest speakers, award presentations, and celebrity guests. Read More
Thought you were over things that go bump in the night? Think again. Director Nick Murphy’s film, The Awakening, had me clutching my poor, unsuspecting friend’s shoulder and involuntarily (but loudly) exclaiming obscenities in the movie theatre. Set in 1921 England after the loss and grief of WWI, the film follows ghost hunter and skeptic Florence Cathcart (Rebecca Hall) as she takes on her most difficult case yet. Read More
And it's back. The fourth but fortunately not final (or unfortunately, depending on your point of view) installment of The Twilight Saga hits theaters today, and wow, is it something. Read More
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