Five Australian Women Directors, One Horror Anthology

So delighted that, following on the heels of XX, there's a new all-female-horror anthology in the works from the gals down-under in OZ. The anthology will be set in a small Tasmanian town and will be produced by Lizzette Atkins under Unicorn Films’ ‘Horror from Down Under’ brand.

Isabel Peppard (BUTTERFLIES),  Donna McRae (JOHNNY GHOST),  Ursula Dabrowsky (the DEMON Trilogy), Briony Kidd (THE ROOM AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS) and Rebecca Thomson (ZOMBIE LESBIAN MUSICAL) are the five Australian women directors, and this is the film's synopsis:

Australia`s hottest female directors grab horror by the balls and deliver tales of terror and mayhem. Apocalyptic visions, bloodthirsty curses, creatures gone mad, a voodoo granny, a rape revenge reversal and a sadomasochistic sugar daddy make up one gory and gruesome horror flick that will change the cinematic landscape forever. In a small Tasmanian town, haunted by its past and terrified by its future, five stories play out…

In a recent interview in ScreenHub, project helmer Briony Kidd said,

“First of all we have to have another ‘horror camp’ – like we did earlier this year – where we get together and have a road trip and look at spooky locations and discuss and develop our ideas. We all have pretty solid stories, but what we’re working on now is how to twine them all together in the most interesting way. Standard anthologies can often seem a bit slapped together, but we are very concerned that they fit together and have an overall story arc. We have very different styles but we have a lot in common, and we can each play to our strengths. The idea is to create quite a sophisticated story world that’s quite realistic, but within that realist world outrageous stuff starts occurring – as you’d guess from the project description!”

You can read the entire Screen Hub article by Rochelle Siemienowicz right here.

 

 

 

Where Are All The Female ABC'S OF DEATH 2 Directors?

Meredith Borders, managing editor of BadassDigest, a genre news film site run by the people at Drafthouse Films, just posted a short article wondering where are all the female entrants to the second ABC'S OF DEATH contest.

You see, the first film was essentially a sausage fest except for two segments out of the 26: one directed by Angela Bettis (ROMAN) and the other co-directed by Helene Cattet (AMER). This year, the ratio is slightly better: three women directors, Jen and Sylvia Soska (co-directing one segment) and Kristina Buozyte with a potential fourth female director if one happens to win the current contest in which filmmakers are asked to submit a short film and viewers vote to pick the new director.  The comments on the article range from people lamenting how they can't name more than five women horror director to people suggesting that Karen Lam, Jovanka Vuckovic, and Maude Michaud are good possibilities to people saying that the reason women don't direct horror is because women characters are marginalized in horror and in our culture et cetera.

Borders states she is a feminist and I am really happy that someone with so much power at Drafthouse is willing to come out and say that she really wishes there were more women included in this thing. However, Borders doesn't ask the question that I think is really obvious: why were only three women asked to participate in THE ABC'S OF DEATH 2 from the get-go?

"Because there aren't any women horror directors to ask," you suggest? There are actually like dozens. I can name dozens. Right now. Danielle Harris, Karen Lam, Barbara Stepansky, Jovanka Vuckovic, Brea Grant, Axelle Carolyn, Marina de Van, Caroline Dupotet, Rie Rasmussen, Kristina Klebe, Devi Snively, Sofia Carrillo, Faye Jackson, Rania Ajami, Emily Hagins (she seems like a no-brainer for Drafthouse, which has been one of her biggest supporters in Austin, Texas), Amber Benson, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Maude Michaud, Izabel Grondin, Danishka Esterhazy, Elza Kephart, Gigi Romero, Asia Argento, Debbie Rochon, Mae Catt, Rebekah McKendry, Marichelle Daywalt, Anouk Whissell, Julia Ostertag, Tii Riks, Jen Moss, Jessi Gotta, Lindsay Denniberg, Juliet Landau, Isabelle Gaumont, Jenn Wexler, Mattie Do, Amy Hesketh, Jen Thym, Ursula Dabrowsky… and this is just off the top of my head. Any of these directors would be completely qualified to stand next to The Soskas and any of the male directors already currently hired for the ABC'S OF DEATH 2. Not to mention that there are women directors with long careers in horror and even cult followings that may be available for something like this including Amy Holden Jones, Jennifer Lynch, Mary Harron, Mary Lambert, Katt Shea, Jackie Kong, Barbara Peeters, Tammi Sutton, and Deryn Warren. And, I can think of some actresses and writers that have been interested in directing for a long time who would be not only great at cutting their teeth on an ABC'S OF DEATH 2 segment but would also bring a lot of fan love  to the entire project like Tiffany Shepis, Diablo Cody, Heather Langenkamp, Juliet Snowden, and Brinke Stevens.

I think, if maybe more women directors were represented as actual hires from the beginning, more women would be encouraged to actually enter the contest. I'm not surprised some women may not feel encouraged or excited about entering if they feel that there's already a barrier between them and the project. I'm curious why more women were not initially hired, especially when there are people at Drafthouse, like Borders, who are clearly aware of women directors and want more of them in the project. If the producers are interested in what women are doing, they're more than welcome to read my blog. And I'd be happy to make any suggestions or connections they might need for an ABC'S OF DEATH 3 that is more gender-balanced. The real tragedy here, of course, is that they haven't read my blog. I mean, that's the main, larger, much more important issue: me and my stuff and my ego. Me. Me. Me.

EDIT: director Marcy Boyle (NOBODY CAN COOL) reminded me of an article I wrote in 2011 about this same issue, to which producer Ant Timpson responded.  You can read the article here, and this was Ant's response to the original article:

Just wanted to say that I actually went all out not to make this a sausage fest and even though I didn't invite Marina (agggrhh one of my favourite films ever is IN MY SKIN) as I had a brainfart and totally forgot about her. Not sure she would have done it but I love her work.

I made an effort to try and get quite a few women involved. I wanted Katt Shea and even approached her via Facebook. You have to understand that this was a low-fi project at the start, Magnet weren't involved it was just myself and Tim trying to put it together. I don't want to mention other names. The issue was that some higher profile women directors simply did not respond or had agents protecting them from projects like this. So what happens is that we fall back onto who we know (and into that bloody boys club) which is directors we have personal contact with and who can make a call about participation immediately. This whole thing was being rushed for Cannes like you wouldn't believe.

I have no issue with the anger in your tone as I believe its totally warranted. It is a sausage fest in horror. I see all these gatherings of horror directors and its always dudes with one token woman in the photos. I don't think there's a conscious decision to exclude but there's also a huge fucking lack of getting them recognition.

Anyway, just wanted to say that there was consideration and I did try. We just had time and some other pressures working against us.

Keep up the good fight.

Ant

 

But my ego aside, here are the current entries in the ABC'S OF DEATH 2 search for the 26th director:

M IS FOR MAKE BELIEVE written and directed by Summer Johnson:

M IS FOR MEMORY co-directed by Melanie Coleman:

M IS FOR MONEY co-directed by Shelly Doss:

M IS FOR MASK directed by Arianne Goddard:

M IS FOR MISERYEATER directed by Alicia R Norman:

M IS FOR MATERNITY WARD directed by Val O. Morris (I know her! Hey Val!):

M IS FOR MOLESTER co-directed by Sebrina Bedard:

M IS FOR MUCUS also co-directed by Sebrina Bedard:

I happen to know that there are a few more women who are going to submit before the deadline, like Ama Lea and Emma Julia Jacobs, and the contest doesn't end submissions until October 31st, 2013 so who knows how many they may get between now and then. Voting goes on until November 30th, 2013 and the winner will be announced on December 15th. I really do hope it's a woman who wins (and because she deserves it, not as a hand-out because of her vagina) just because – honestly – out of 26 segments the producers only invited three women? That's a bit silly.

I'll keep you posted on this!

News: Jennifer Lynch, 'Butterflies', 'The Silent Thief', Blair Richardson, 'Inner Demon' and Shannon Lark

The Rue Morgue Podcast interviewed Jennifer Lynch about her new horror film, Chained! Listen to the recording here.
Cadaverous Jake wrote a review of Isabel Peppard's short animated horror film "Butterflies" saying,
Everything including the visuals the monologues and the orchestral score come together and the film unfolds like some sort of Gothic fairytale with horror elements which manifest themselves in both the decaying butterflies of the film's title and also upon Claire's co-workers as she begins to understand what their loss of creativity has done to them and threatens to do to her. BUTTERFLIES is easily one of the more unique and satisfying films I have seen in quite some time.
 Jennifer Clary's feature thriller "The Silent Thief" was reviewed on We Are Movie Geeks, which said,
Director Jennifer Clary keeps things moving nicely along, stopping only to ratchet up the creepiness factor.  As Brennan starts feeding off the emotional vulnerabilities of the family—mom’s natural protectiveness, Elise’s attraction, Mike’s secrets—his actions become more and more odd and threatening.  Scenes of Brennan mimicking a video of Mike are downright disturbing.  A running gag involving the placement of toy cars in Mike’s bedroom starts off as amusing, then becomes a symbol of how unhinged Brennan actually is.
Blair Richardson was interviewed on Jacksonville.com about her new horror film "Kitty Kitty":
“I haven’t been to college to study film,” she said. “This is a chance at telling a story with lighting and working with actors.”
Kelly Stewart, director of the upcoming  Blood in the Snow Toronto Horror Film Festival, was interviewed by The Jay Stoyan Show. Listen to Kelly talk about the amazing lineup, which includes some Viscera Film Festival horror films directed by women!
You can also listen to director Ursula Dabrowsky talking about crowd funding her new feature horror film "Inner Demon" and other things on Aussie podcast Sci-Fi & Squeam.
And Shannon Lark, my co-director of the Viscera Organization, which puts on the Viscera Film Festival, and director and filmmaker in her own right, was interviewed by Diabolique Magazine writer Michele Galgana (also Viscera's new marketing director) about the festival, horror films, and everything else!  She says,
Before, it’d be, “You’re not a man, so you’re probably not going to be able to handle it. You don’t look like a director.” All of these different excuses. Women didn’t really get access to film, because film was so expensive. But with digital equipment, everything is changing. I think that’s one of the reasons why Viscera is so successful.

First Teaser for Ursula Dabroswky's 'Inner Demon'

The highly, highly anticipated new trailer for Ursual Dabroswky's Aussie terror "Inner Demon" is finally here!

Teenager Sam Durelle and her younger sister, Maddy are home alone when a knock at the door leads Sam down the road to terror. Abducted by a serial killer couple, Sam manages to escape and find refuge in an isolated farmhouse only to discover it is home to greater horrors and a malevolent spirit. Trapped in the house, Sam is propelled into a struggle for survival, one that will push her to the limits not only physically and emotionally, but spiritually.

The film has a fundraising page on Pozible (that's an Aussie Indiegogo) that details the struggle to make the film (now completely shot). I like the "pitch" video because you can hear Dabroswky and her lead actress talk about the film itself:

 

 

In The News: Aussie Mags, American Maries, and Terror Scribes

Arguably, I have been slacking on posting "the news" – do you have any idea how many reviews of "American Mary" there are out there? I'd kill myself trying to post them all here. So, instead of dying, I'm going to take a minute to let you know about  new effing cool things you can read for free right now:

Director Lori Bowen ("Stella Buio") wrote a piece called, "What do horror fans want?" for TerrorScribe, in which she says things like,

 Let’s be honest, did you see Night of the Living Dead in a theater in 1968? Halloween in 1978? Elm Street in 1984? Chances are that when you saw the classics, they were on video and while you won’t get the same pleasure of sneaking some forbidden horror behind your parents’ backs by following this suggestion, you will help a struggling filmmaker and you will support the market for indie horror: check out something you’ve never heard of on Netflix or blind buy something from a filmmaker who is self-distributing or even a direct-to-DVD title that catches your fancy. iTunes/xBox/PS3 have indie horror. How is regretting that purchase different from regretting a shitty mainstream movie that you paid for?

Aussie Online Mag ArtsHub interviewed Briony Kidd ("The Room at the Top of the Stairs"), Ursula Dabrowsky ("Inner Demons"), Heidi Lee Douglas ("Little Lamb") and Isabel Peppard ("Butterflies") (alongside Cassandra Peterson) about being women creating horror. They say stuff like,

 ‘As I have been wrapping up the edit on Little Lamb, misogyny has become a mainstream issue again since Julia Gillard’s dynamite speech on the subject. It is a relief to me that we are talking about these subjects openly as a society… Women making horror films about strong female characters is a way we can challenge these problems in a way that both genders can enjoy because horror films can be sexy, playful, entertaining and profound,’ says Douglas.

Not to be outdone, the managing editor of my other site, Planey Fury, Theron Neel, interviewed Jen and Sylvia Soska (alongside their cast) about "American Mary" and observations such as this are made:

Katie continues. "That's the thing, to see a woman in a film— it's usually 'the bitch, 'the slut' or 'the girl next door.' And there is no room for these complicated, dark women." Motioning to the Soskas and Tristan, she says, "All of us, we're a little bit dark. You know? We're smart or we're dark, we're funny, we're eccentric, we're weird. And we don't see that reflected back to us all that often in films."

Also on my site, and also by Neel, is an interview with Maude Michaud ("Red") about Halloween memories:

 One year, I decided to dress up as the Bride of Frankenstein. So, as usual, my grandma made the costume ahead of time, and it fit perfectly. Then, two weeks before Halloween, my parents' house got robbed and I'm guessing the robbers were looking for something to carry the VCR, radio, etc., because they ended up grabbing this thing that looked like a folded white bed sheet to wrap what they stole — this was my costume! However, we didn't find out about it until the night of October 30th when I got home from school and started looking for my costume to try it on for the next day.

Enjoy!!!

What Everyone Else Is Saying About Women Genre Film Directors – This Month

It's time for a giant news by other people update.

Horror Society posted some nice news about The 2012 Viscera Film festival! So did The Coventry Telegraph, Hellnotes, Curio Media, Entertainment Maven, Toronto Film Scene, Into The Dark, Horror-Movies.ca,  Blog Toronto, and The Irish Times did a nice mention of the Viscera Irish Event Tour in May. Thank you!

A website called SHU-IZMZ reviewed Jennifer Campbell's short horror film "Hike" and did a very thorough job, including a nice posting of the trailer. So did Scott Geiter – a reviewer – except he didn't really review the film. Oh well! A nice mention is always pleasant.

Check out this sweet  review of Jen Thym's "Bloodtraffick" by  Archana Iyer in some magazine. Not sure what this is from, but it's a well-written little review:



Jovanka Vuckovic's short fantasy horror "The Captured Bird" was reviewed at Twitchfilm quite favorably, and Vuckovic and "Captured Bird" crew member Jason Lapeyre were interviewed for Toronto Film Scene. The short was ALSO the subject of a Toronto Star article:

Julia Marchese's Grindhouse documentary about the New Beverly Theater was the subject of an LA Weekly article (it's the LA version of The Village Voice. Every since The Village Voice bought it) on April 12th, 2012. She was then interviewed by The Daily Grindhouse, and you can read that interview right here.

Mail Order Zombie reviewed "The Collective Volume III", the all-women-directed-horror anthology on their podcast. It's free! Listen. It was also reviewed by A Southern Life in Sacandalous Times.

Ashleigh Nichols' short zombie comedy "Summer of the Zombies" was the review subject of both an Italian site Cortometraggio and the Canadian horror site Horror-Movies.ca.

Troma vet Leesa Rowland talked about her new role in Tara Robinson's horror feature "Afterbirth" with blogger Jerry Saravia.

Brutal As Hell was kind enough to post a Cannes Marche preview of Jen and Sylvia Soska's horror feature "American Mary" and Dread Central did a full-blown interview with the sisters about the film.

The Rue-Morgue Podcast loves Penny Vozniak as much as I do, apparently, because she was the guest of the show on May 11th, discussing her documentary about Jennifer Lynch, "Despite The Gods." Listen here.

 Tonjia Atomic is ready to make her first feature, and Justim Hamelin and Dolls of Despair jumped on the chance to talk about "Claudia Qui."

Hamelin also just interviewed Ursula Dabrowsky, director of "Inner Demon," too!

Recent News You Missed: 'Best Friends Forever', 'Martini Mom', 'Among Friends', 'Vamps', 'Brave' and More

This has been a huge month for news articles about women directors of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and even action. I'm not kidding!

And I'll bet you missed it all.

Well, I'm here to update and link you to everything you missed so you can't pull that "But there ARE no women directing horror" bullshit I hear all the time.

Brea Grant, who is raising money for her feature film debut as director, "Best Friends Forever", was interviewed by Fearnet, and she says really insightful things like,
I think horror has also been really vilified. People always think that [horror people] hate women, they just want to rip women's bodies apart. I don't think that comes from within the horror community; I think that comes from outside the horror community. I think people are hearing that and responding to that. It's like, we've made the movie with girl's arms being ripped off; there is no reason to make that movie again. I'm hoping that things are changing a lot. It's exciting because we are kind of in the middle of all this. You have a genre in which, historically, women have played a very large role. One of the very few genres in which women are constantly leads and interesting leads at that. I think that is just going to grow more and more.
Vera Maio, the writer and star of "Best Friends Forever", wrote a guest post on The Huffington Post about women directors and discusses "Best Friends Forever".

Devi Snively debuted her new webseres "Martini Mom and Devil Spawn" and I just 'happen' to have a review of it on my other website, PlanetFury.com. AnythingHorror also posted their review.

Watch episode one, "The Motherlode":

In case I forgot to tell you, but I didn't, Tuesday, April 17th 2012 was the cast/crew screening and premiere of Danielle Harris's horror film (as director) "Among Friends", co-presented by the Viscera Film Festival. We had an awesome time, and Fangoria did a nice little piece on the event. Dread Central also posted a bunch of pictures.

Nadine L'Esperance's short horror film "Maya's Journal" got a video review from The Doomgoryum Report:

Laura Whyte's animated horror story "Nursery Crimes" was reviewed by Strange Kids Club:
Overall, it’s a morbidly delightful tale in the vein of Tim Burton’s Vincent or Edgar A. Poe’s Tell-Tale Heart that requires a certain sense of macabre humor to be fully enjoyed.

 Lori Bowen was interviewed during the Sarasota Film Festival in her native Florida, USA by SRQ Magazine, and she talks about her short horror film "JustUs" which is making film festival rounds as we speak:
Bowen says you won’t actually see what the woman does to her sister’s murderer on screen because the film is more about what her revenge does to her. “Everybody loves a good revenge story,” says Bowen, “but nobody really thinks about what happens after, what happens to your soul and your morals.”

Meg Pinsonneault's short fantasy thriller "Feast of the Foolish" recently premiered at the First Glance Film Festival. The film was reviewed by British rag FameOnline.

Rebecca Daly was interviewed by Irish radio's Gary Kelly about the Ireland premiere of her thriller "The Other Side of Sleep". You can listen to the whole show as an mp3 right here.

Melissa Silverstein over at Women and Hollywood at Indiewire interviewed Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Kelcey Edwards about their documentary "Wonder Woman: The Untold Story of America's Heroines" in which the filmmakers discuss the character of Wonder Woman as a superhero in American culture:
She's not a sidekick she is really at the center of her story so she is hard to get rid of.  She is not a daughter or a romantic partner or somebody you kill off.   She's been around for a long time and for most of that time she was one of the few strong images of women out there.  There hasn't been others to compete with her so she stayed because of her singularity.  I think the story is a compelling story and her whole mythology is strong and compelling as Superman's or Batman's.

Silverstein also interviewed Amy Heckerling about her new horror comedy "Vamps" starring Alicia Silverstone and discussed this really great quote from Brenda Chapman, the original director of the animated Pixar fantasy "Brave":
I wrote and directed BRAVE that is coming out this summer. It was absolutely my intention to subvert the princess role. There is no prince in my movie. And my princess is a true teenager in that her real "problem" (or so she thinks) is her own mother. A working mom and her daughter love story/action-adventure/fairytale. I wanted to turn the pink princesses on their heads – no pink and prince – and I'm not talkin' the songbirds. Hope it lives up to expectation.

All the way from Down Under where terlets flush the wrong way 'round, The Aussie Courier did a set visit story on "Inner Demon", Ursula Dabrowsky's new feature horror film. Unfortunately, you have to be a subscriber to read the whole thing, but I'm sure it is enough for you just to know that she was written about. Right?

My partner in crime Shannon Lark was interviewed by Ireland's Oxygen, and she gives some very blunt, but practical, advice on filmmaking:
Start small and think quality over quantity. Make a 30 second film, figure out your mistakes, then try again. Spend as little money as possible, because the entire distribution model has changed for film in the past 10 years. It’s difficult to make any money from your movies, even if it’s brilliant and selling out seats at festivals. If you just want to be an actor, make a film. It will make you a better actor, I promise. 

Canadian horror site Horror-Movies gave a shout-out to Viscera staffer Jade Olsen's directorial horror debut short "Daisy". What nice Canadians!!!

Smut Elves Paula Duerkson and Cory J. Udler interviewed "Manson Girls" director Susanna Lo on their Fearcast radio show. You can go to the site or just download the mp3 file directly to hear Lo talk shop. They also interviewed director Tonjia Atomic, so download to your iPod, or whatever it is you kids play with.

Last, but how could it be least?, Liz Adams' action/thriller "Air Collision" got reviewed over at Media Mike's, who had this to say:
"It seems like Asylum might be trying to recruit the cast of TV’s “Family Matters” since they got Jaleel White to do the fantastic “Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus” last year."

Ursula Dabrowsky's 'Family Demons' Gets Long-Awaited US Release

In June 2012, Ursula Dabrowsky’s horror film "Family Demons" will be released on DVD in The United States through MTI. The Aussie film originally was finished in 2009.

"Inner Demon", the sequel and second installment of what Dabrowsky calls the "Demon Trilogy", is currently in post-production and is supposed to be out and about in early 2013.

9 Million New Pieces of News About Women Genre Film Directors You've Missed

Well, 9 Million is a (slight) exaggeration. But here's the thing: So many things happened over the past two weeks, and because of my two-week vacation in Barcelona (no that didn't happen) I didn't get to tell you about any of it. Here it is, en masse (French for ALL OF IT):

Tasmanian director Briony Kidd ("The Room at the Top of the Stairs") did a radio show appearance on Joy 94.9 on the show Sci-Fi and Squeam on February 11th to promote her fantastical film festival Stranger With My Face (happened tonight. Tomorrow? I don't really understand how time works in Australier). Listen to it Here.

Australian ABC (who knew?) did a video newspiece on Kidd's festival Stranger With My Face called "Female Psyche Explored In Horror." You can watch Kidd speak and see some clips of amazing shorts by women. Watch it here.

Killer Aphrodite made sure to talk about Kidd's festival and the films screening there, as well. I guess the Aussies know how to support their own! It's true! Because Australian rag FilmInk mentioned Ursula Dabrowsky and her new horror film, in production, called "Inner Demonin this article.

Ashleigh Nichols' short horror "Summer of the Zombies" gets a very great 8/10 review from ILikeHorrorMovies. ILikeHorrorMovies also did a short review of Laura Whyte's "Nursery Crimes."

Nichols ALSO got an interview on the blog run by Justin Hamelin, who is Women in Horror Month by interviewing several female horror film directors including Barbara Stepansky ("Fugue"), Cindy Baer ("Odd Brodsky"),  Marichelle Daywalt ("The Many Doors of Albert Whale") and of course, Nichols.

On February 9th,  Lucy Cruell ("31") was on the radio show Smut Elves (Cory J. Udler and Paula Duerkson). Listen.

Speaking of Podcasts, listen to Shannon Lark talk Women and Horror Month and The Viscera Film Festival with TwistedGeeks here.

Speaking speaking of podcasts, a new horror podcast called "Dolls of Despair" featured an interview with director Claire "Fluff" Llewellyn ("Conscience") as their very first piece. Listen to it here: 

Susanna Lo was interviewed by Chad Cherry about her new thriller/horror "Manson Girls" on LipService.com. The article, called "The Devil Inside," is right here.

Scottish Women in Horror Month horror film festival Jennifer's Bodies creator Jennifer Cooper interviewed several of the women whose films are playing in her fest, including Tara Nicole Azarian, Jennifer Campbell, Maude Michaud, and Axelle Carolyn.

Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and Kelcey Edwards' documentary about superheroines and comic book females "Wonder Women!: The Untold Story of America's Superheroines" got a pretty sweet write-up in The Huffington Post in which they're interviewed extensively and in which they say intelligent arty things like, "I love the idea of looking at something really populist like comic books and action movies to see what they saw about our society and values."

Teal Sherer's web series "My Gimpy Life" finally got funded, and Shearer was interviewed on TubeFilter – oh, fuck it. Just watch this:

Director Julie Ufema ("Caveat") actually went ahead and did what I want to do, every day, which is write an article about herself (in my case that would be "myself") and tells quite a poignant story about how she got herself into a feel-good state of genre filmmaking at the ripe age of 37 (that's young for me) after numerous self-decprecations. Read it here.

Alexia Anastasio ("Adventures in Plymptoons") was interviewed on MediaMikes about her new documentary on cartoonist Bill Plympton in which she says uplifting things like, "I am very proud of the film and I hope that it inspires as many people as possible to make their art no matter what."

The Viscera/Curio mashup in January was covered by the Cinema Dame on her site, er, CinemaDame.com. She provides a great review of and embeds trailers for all of the films, and she says,

I really loved some of the films at Viscera, and I also kind of hated some of the films at Viscera. But one thing I can say about all of the films is that they were, just as [Rachel] Talalay said, interesting — and for me, “interesting” is probably the best thing a film can be. Even if it makes you want to knock yourself unconscious using the head of the person sitting next to you.

I couldn't have said it better myself.

Buried in a Book Crypt wrote a detailed article about Devi Snively ("Trippin'") for Women in Horror Month. She (the writer, Ashlee) also does a great piece on the Shannon Lark/Stacie Ponder collaboration "Lip Stick."

Speaking of Devi Snively and "Trippin'", here are two reviews of the upcoming release: one from LiberalDead and one from About Heroes.

Grace Huang talks about her role in Jen Thym's fantasy/horror/action "Bloodtraffick" to Eastern Film Fans (you know, because she's all Eastern, and shit). She admits that a feature-length version of the script is in the works…!

The Examiner.com wrote about five female horror film directors in honor of Women in Horror Month: Talalay, Bird, Lambert, Bigelow, and Harron (otherwise known as "the big five." No not really, but why not?)

So, the next time someone asks you, "Why don't you know of any female horror film directors?" or something like that, and you say, "Well, I just never hear about them, I guess there aren't that many" just go fuck yourself.

First Stills From Ursula Dabrowsky's "Inner Demon"

We've got these new still images from Ursula Dabrowsky's Australian horror feature "Inner Demon," the follow-up to "Family Demons," about a teenage girl and her younger sister who are tormented by a malevolent spirit in an isolated farmhouse.

That's Scarlett Hocking as the little girl and Sarah Jeavons as "Sam," the lead character. Looks great!

Ursula Dabrowsky's "Inner Demon" First Teaser Clip

Ursula Dabrowsky, along with her other half Sue Brown, is an Australian film director and the creator of an amazing 2009 independent horror film called "Family Demons." The film, which I called "one hell of a mindfuck," struck a chord with me for several reasons; 1) it focused on a female lead character, 2) it was about the relationship between mothers and daughters, and 3) was really fucking gruesome and original. Now the director, Dabrowsky, is finally working on the next film in the installment, "Inner Demon," and plans to make a later third film to round out what she calls the "demon trilogy."

Doesn't it sound like something some cutting-edge Asian filmmaker would be doing? I know, right?

"Inner Demon" is influenced by recent extreme French horror and bears the tagline, "You don't have to die to go to Hell." Certainly not. You can find out you need a root canal and that you live in the United States, so even though you pay an outrageous amount of money for health insurance every month you have to find a way to scrape together 750 dollars, or only 500 if you're okay with having an entire tooth made of cheap metal. This is the way it is because doctors here don't have access to free education, so they need to make one million dollars a year just to pay off the interest from their 8-10 years of university which has put them in about 750,000 dollars of debt. Also, they pay high malpractice insurance premiums because the United States government is run by corporations. Welcome to Hell.

"Inner Demon" is about a teenager named Sam Durelle (played by Sarah Jeavons) and her younger sister; they're home alone when a knock at the door leads Sam to be abbducted by a serial-killing couple. Sam manages to escape and find refuge in a desolate farmhouse, only to THEN discover it is home to a malevolent spirit. She can't get a break, this kid.  Trapped in the house, Sam is propelled into a struggle for survival, one that will push her to the limits not only physically and emotionally, but spiritually.

The film also stars Andreas Sobik and Kerry Reid ("Family Demons") and newcomer . Sue Brown and Julie Byrne are producing, and the film's funding is from the South Australian government’s Filmlab Initiative. What's that? The Government GIVING you money instead of stealing it? Instead of helping corporations steal it? Not in America! Filming starts on January 30th, 2012 and we'll be watching this one closely. Watch the teaser clip:


 

Teaser for Ursula Dabrowsky's "Inner Demons" Is Here

Dabrowsky's long-awaited follow-up to the horror film "Family Demons," "Inner Demons," has a teaser clip which involves a test shoot for the lead actress! Australian producer Sue Brown says that actress 16-year-old Sarah Jeavons has been cast in the lead as "Sam Durelle" and that production will take place over 4 weeks between January and February of 2012. Brown is producing along with Julie Byrne through the SAFC’s Filmlab initiative.

The Aussie horror's official synopsis reads: Teenager Sam Durelle and her younger sister are home alone when a knock at the door leads Sam down the road to terror. Abducted by a serial killer couple, Sam manages to escape and find refuge in a desolate farmhouse, only to discover it is home not only to her assailants, but a malevolent spirit. Trapped in the house, Sam is propelled into a struggle for survival, one that will push her to the limits not only physically and emotionally, but spiritually.

Inner Demon is a horror film that starts off as an abduction thriller, and then finishes up as a supernatural revenge film. Influenced by horror films dubbed the "New French Extremity", director Ursula Dabrowsky ("Family Demons") aims to once again make a horror film that will seriously creep you out and get under your skin.

Starring Andreas Sobik ("Look Both Ways", "Ten Empty"), Kerry Reid ("Family Demons", "Rain Shadow"), and newcomer Sarah Jeavons, "Inner Demons" is the second in a planned trilogy directed by Dabrowsky and produced by Brown. Check out this first look!