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By Emily Booth, Tuesday 17th February 2015
Women and blood go hand in hand. We have learnt through our biology to embrace it. We have learnt through culture, history and the films that surround us, we have to be badass to survive. This spirit, this edge, this determination not only makes us passionate, it makes us emphatic.
That is why Women In Horror Month is such a driving force in the horror calendar that not only promotes women in the horror industry but also promotes good causes and charities around the world that strive to keep horror in the movies, not in real life! Women In Horror Month (WIHM) is a largely American event but has spread its claws across the globe with events ranging from performance art to film festivals to actually giving blood being submitted to the festival from the UK, Japan and Australia.
WIHM was founded by AxWound’s Hannah Neurotica and is now in it’s 6th year. The festival focuses on “supporting the achievements of women who utilize the most extreme mirror available in storytelling: horror.” Every woman in the industry has thus far contributed; A few years back I along with Melanie Light (Director, The Herd) hosted female film fest “Ghouls on Film” in Birmingham for example, but this year I want to highlight the Ghouls Supreme Jen and Sylv Soska AKA Twisted Twins (Directors, Dead Hooker In a Trunk, American Mary) for their amazing contribution to this event Often looking as fantastically freaky as the creepy Shining Twins themselves, these girls are more than a triple threat, they do it all; write, act, produce, direct, promote, perform.
They are a true force of nature and every year for WIHM they do a Massive Blood Drive PSA in the form of an anthology of short films from female top talent across the globe, including of course themselves. You can watch the 12 minute youtube clips reel below and highlights for me included Patricia Chica’s ode to Halloween where a wholesome family carve out... well I won't spoil it for you, as well as the Soska Sisters’ own take on the Gangster Rap pop video featuring a very cool role reversal! With the tagline “If there were other ways to get blood we wouldn’t need you” this collection of shorts is an appeal to everyone out there to donate blood, wherever you may be.
Warning: This video contains disturbing content and is not suitable for those with a sensitive disposition or anyone under 18 years of age.
You can find more information about the WIHM events right here.
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