Friday, February 1, 2013

Women in Horror Recognition Month

It's that time of year again! Women in Horror Recognition Month! Yay! Women are often ignored or marginalized in horror in general. They are frequently objectified and made into two dimensional characters only to be gruesomely murdered a few scenes later for the amusement of the audience. They play the helpless victims and make really dumb decisions, like running upstairs instead of out the front door when running from a masked murderer. The blatant double standard for female actresses and directors is appalling. On the other hand, there are also a growing number of horror films to refute these types of films where female characters have dynamic personalities and examine aspects of our society through the lens of horror. This month, I will be reviewing films and books on both sides of this spectrum, focusing on how women are treated within the work and what it says about society. There are also a growing number of female driven, directed, and produced films, mostly in the indie scene. I'll also post whatever else strikes my fancy in regards to women and horror. As a female horror fan, I really enjoy this month to spotlight achievements of women and look at their changing role in the horror industry.

This year, I am an official Women in Horror Month ambassador, which is awesome! Here is some more information on the reasons and organization behind this event.

You can also find more information on the official website. I hope you stay tuned this month for lots of women in horror!

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