Saturday, February 4, 2012

THE ABC's OF WOMEN IN HORROR: B IS FOR...

To celebrate Women In Horror Recognition month, Day of the Woman is celebrating by compiling the ABC's of women in horror.  
TODAY'S PROGRAM IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE LETTER: B


Before Joss Whedon and Sarah Michelle Gellar joined forces to create one of the longest running cult classics, Buffy Summers was just a character in an off beat horror comedy directed by a woman named Fran Rubel Kuzui.  While she has been criticized for creating a film with a drastically different vision than what Whedon's original screenplay, Fran was the first person to introduce Buffy Summers to the world.  She owns a portion of the rights to the character and was given an executive producer position to the series as well as the spin-off, Angel. Fran announced in 2009 that she intended to create another installment of HER Buffy story without any involvement from Whedon.

Before "Bigelow" became the first female director to win an Academy Award for Best Director, she was the woman behind the camera for beloved horror favorite, Near Dark.  Combining both the horror and western genres, Kathryn Bigelow not only directed, but co-penned one of the most adored vampire love stores (with actual vampires).  Known for her radical experiments with genres, most of Bigelow's earliest works combined different genres, allowing her to stretch the realm of possibility within film storylines.  Her characters were often extreme, which is a wonderful pairing to her adventurous camera craftsmanship.  While Near Dark was only her second film, the cult fanbase that shortly followed was what helped skyrocket her into the minds of big budget studios and allowed her to create more mainstream works.  More memorable perhaps, was her ability to give Bill Paxton arguably his greatest portrayal in his career.  I'm sorry, but Severen is such a well written character, anything he's played after has just failed in comparison.  Kathryn Bigelow is proof positive that women can direct just as well as men can, and in her case...better.

She had the scream heard round the lone star and made a place for herself as a bonafide Scream Queen.  Marilyn Burns is better known as Sally Hardesty or, the girl who Leatherface chased around with his chainsaw.  Her performance in Texas Chainsaw Massacre pushed her into B-movie stardom and made her a household name in the world of slasher films.  The film went on to be one of the most successful independent horror films of all time.  Director Tobe hooper loved her so much, he immediately cast her in his next film, Eaten Alive where she starred alongside horror megastar, Robert Englund.  She later starred in the Emmy nominated mini-series Helter Skelter following the story of the Manson family.  She currently directs community theatre in Texas, but is said to have a cameo role in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D film set to be released in 2012.   

2 comment(s):

Living Dead Girl Nicole said...

I LOVE LOVE the original version of Buffy. And great "B" feature. I am loving these ABC posts!

Christine Hadden said...

I love these posts so far! Great job. I think we're in for a fun ride! xo

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