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The Future of Horror is Female, FRIDAY THE 13th, BLACULA, And More

June 23, 2021

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HORROR HISTORY

The Future Of Horror Is Female

By Heidi Honeycutt

From 2010 to 2015, it was pretty common to hear people talk about women horror directors as if they were an anomaly; that they weren’t good enough, didn’t want the jobs, or didn’t network properly with the right people. I knew firsthand from watching thousands of short films every year that this simply wasn’t true.

When I began the Etheria Film Festival with my partner Stacy Hammon in 2014, it was out of the ashes of a previous horror film festival for women called Viscera. We knew what direction we wanted to take things in and we knew what we wanted to do: show people where the good women directors are.

Back in 2010, Gigi Saul Guerrero submitted her first short horror film, Dead Crossing, to Viscera. In 2014 we chose her horror short Dia de los Muertos as one of our main Etheria selections and, in 2015, we selected her acclaimed short film El Gigante. In 2019, we screened the Los Angeles premiere of Blumhouse’s Into the Dark: Culture Shock, which Saul Guerrero directed, as our feature film. With numerous TV and film projects coming up, we’re ecstatic to have watched Gigi grow so much as a filmmaker over the past decade.

In 2018, Natalie Erika James submitted her short film Creswick which was chosen for our final lineup. In it, a daughter senses something eerie and disturbing about her aging father’s isolation and loneliness. This dramatic and shocking film translated all that and so much more into the feature film Relic from 2020, showing the world exactly what James could bring to the table.

Axelle Carolyn’s first feature, Soulmate, was our opening 2014 Etheria feature. Now, she’s directed episodes of The Haunting of Bly Manor and the upcoming The Manor for Blumhouse.

Chloe Okuno’s 2015 short SLUT blew us away, so it comes as no surprise that she’s one of the directors in the new V/H/S/94.

Jill Gevargizian’s short The Stylist (2016 Audience and Jury Award Winner) and Prano Bailey-Bond’s Nasty screened alongside one another in our 2016 Lineup. They both have feature length horror films out this year.

In 2021, Roseanne Liang’s action horror Shadow in the Cloud showcased her incredible physical directing skills, which shone in the 2018 Etheria selection Do No Harm. And we can’t wait for Danis Goulet’s (Etheria 2014) upcoming apocalyptic sci-fi film Night Raiders, which is being produced by Taika Waititi.

The filmmakers are the ones who made our festival. Without them, we’re nothing. Some of them are now becoming household names for the genre, proving us right about women having the talent to make proper horror films.

Every year, the films we screen get better, making each installment of Etheria the best yet. There are filmmakers whose incredible feature work is still coming, and we’re waiting patiently.

If you want to know who they are, Etheria is right around the corner.

Tune in to see the future of horror.


Heidi Honeycutt is a film programmer and film journalist and the co-founder of Etheria Film Festival.

IMAGE OF THE WEEK

Richings And James, At Your Service

We love this behind-the-scenes picture from Anything For Jackson featuring stars Julian Richings and “Twisty” Troy James. Check out more pictures from the set on Fangoria.


TINY BITES

FRIDAY THE 13TH, BLACULA, AND MORE

Kevin Bacon is playing the villain in the upcoming Toxic Avenger reboot and we’re absolutely here for it.

Buy a house? In this market?! Let’s just rebuild the house from Friday the 13th Part III.

Horror has plenty of rules and Censor director Prano Bailey Bond is ready to break them to scare audiences.

The New York Times profiles three new horror directors you should know.

Looking for some of the best horror films that 2021 has offered? Harper’s Bazaar has a few suggestions.

At Fangoria, Owen Egerton offers a deep dive into the connections between Greek tragedies and horror films.

Ever asked yourself which character from a horror movie would have your back? The Mary Sue rounded up some great responses to one such Twitter prompt.

Blacula is getting another entry and we are so ready to hang out with “Dracula’s soul brother” once again.

Horror makes us feel good and that’s science talking.

i-D shares a solid list of 10 lesser-known horror movies from the ’90s that you should seek out.


THINGS WE LOVE

Using Horror To Let Go

We’re big fans of artist Andy Sciazko’s work which looks like it was taken straight from the pages of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. His latest project is The Calibration of Old Wounds, which he calls an “ode to letting go”. Order your deluxe copy with all sorts of extras right here.


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Shudder Presses Play on V/H/S/94


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