Women in horror go hand in hand, and genre fans always appreciate a piece of eye candy in amongst their blood, cuts and scares. However, while the ladies can offer plenty of sex appeal, they can often play the hero, and the bitch that gets the boogeyman. Even better still, when women get behind the camera and direct horror, the results are more often than not very strong, and the ladies certainly know a trick or two to please the horror genre.
Some great news is coming out of AFM as an entirely female lead horror anthology is on the way from MPI/Dark Sky and XYZ Films, and this sounds very, very promising indeed. A press release has all the juicy goods for you!
The Press Release:
MPI/Dark Sky Films and XYZ Films today announced a momentous project, XX, a landmark all-female horror anthology, with each segment featuring both a female director and female lead.
The directors on board include Jennifer Lynch (Boxing Helena, Chained), Mary Harron (American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol, The Moth Diaries), Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer’s Body), The Soska Sisters – Jen and Sylvia Soska (Dead Hooker in a Trunk, American Mary, ABCs of Death 2), and Jovanka Vuckovic (The Captured Bird, The Guest). The filmmakers will develop their own stories, and each will have a female lead character. The various segments will be linked by work by Guadalajara-based stop-motion animator Sofia Carrillo, who will also create the film’s title sequence.
Greg Newman, EVP of Dark Sky Films’ parent company, MPI Media Group, says, “We know that women make up about half of the audience for horror films, and yet, the female creative voice has been nearly silent in the horror genre. So we are thrilled about the new and distinct approach that these talented directors will bring to the project.”
Perhaps no film genre has lent itself more to the anthology format than horror, and in recent years the trend has returned with the successes of films such as V/H/S and The ABCs of Death. But whether it’s anthologies or full-length features, female directors – and horror from a female viewpoint in general – have been notably absent. The Dark Sky/XYZ project aims to change that.
In January 2013, a study was released in conjunction with the Sundance Film Festival that posted some disheartening numbers. One, women only made up 4.4% of directors found within the top 100 box-office movies each year from 2002 through 2012, and two, only 29.8% of the films screened at Sundance during those 10 years were made by women (including directors, writers, editors, producers, and cinematographers). And the numbers for women making horror films are even more dismal.
Producer Todd Brown at XYZ said, “One of the givens of so many horror films has been the objectification of young women, and we thought it was time for a different approach to scaring audiences and letting the female voice be heard.”
Todd Brown will produce for XYZ. Greg Newman will serve as executive producer for MPI/Dark Sky, while Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer and Aram Tertzakian will serve as executive producers for XYZ. Jovanka Vukovic will act as associate producer. Malik Ali, Badie Ali, and Hamza Ali will also serve as executive producers on behalf of MPI/Dark Sky.