Saturday, February 1, 2014

Women in Horror Month 2014

It's the fifth annual Women in Horror Month! 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.

Check out their website here. You can support in any number of ways: spreading the word, making a donation, buying their calender, checking out the various events scheduled this month, or just watching awesome horror movies.

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