It's almost October, which means it's time for my annual tradition: 31 days of horror. I usually dig through the "best of" lists in search of fun, gory, scary films I haven't seen. This year, a fellow filmmaker suggested I write about Feminist Horror, so I'm devoting my 31 days to the ladies. Before I get into it, I want to clarify my criteria. The films don't have to pass the Bechdel test. All I ask is that, whether hero or villain, the woman or women are complex, compelling, engaging, 3-dimensional, badass and not exist solely to be victimized. That's it.
I will do my best to create a complete list, but I know some gems will be forgotten. Also, I don't always agree with the films that make other lists. In some cases, films are applauded for not being overtly sexist. Does that automatically make them feminist? No, seriously. I'm asking. That's not a rhetorical question.
I will get into feminist critic of horror films in a later post. For the record, as a (recent) horror filmmaker, I'm not sure if my work even qualifies. The audience, if they're out there, will be the judge.
More to come, so stay tuned.
P.S. - I'm open to suggestions.