Friday, February 17, 2012


To celebrate Women In Horror Recognition month, Day of the Woman is celebrating by compiling the ABC's of women in horror.  

Writer-director-acting coach, Katt Shea is the woman every horror fan wishes to encompass.  Honored by retrospectives of five of her critically acclaimed films at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, The British Film Institute in London and various festivals throughout Europe, Katt Shea consistently produces solid work. In 2011 she won the Trailblazing Award at Bleedfest for "inspiring a generation of young filmmakers".  She currently working with Mary Lambert and Nancy Kirhoffer on an anthology series called Hystere, Imps of Perversity, a twisted, modern and controversial interpretation of Poe also written and directed by six other maverick women of horror whom Katt and Mary have chosen.  Katt is truly an inspiration to women film makers everywhere as she puts her all into everything that she creates. *From Her Website* 

A household name in the world of horror, Karen Black's horror career spans nearly four decades.  Notably, she starred in one of the most popular TV horror movies of all time, Trilogy of Terror. In it, she played three roles in an anthology including Amelia, in the third story. Any kid who grew up in the 70s and saw this one would never forget it. It was nightmare inducing...and Black gives a tour de force as a woman whose Zuni fetish doll comes to life and tries to kill her. Although an Academy Award nominee, she found it difficult to nab roles so she began to drift back into the horror genre including 1977's Burnt Offerings.  Most recently, Karen Black was Mother Firefly in Rob Zombie's House of 1000 Corpses. Sadly, she did not revive the role for The Devil's Rejects. Karen Black has inspired many and there's a New York punk band respectfully called "The Voluptious Horror of Karen Black". She even occasionally performs with them, proving that Karen Black is not only a well rounded performer, but one who truly loves those that love her work just as much as they love her.

Best known for playing the titular character of Ginger Fitzgerald in the Canadian werewolf film, Ginger Snaps, Katharine Isabelle is a fan favorite within the horror genre.  She was one of the troubled teens murdered in a cornfield in Freddy vs. Jason and an irritating teenage girl in the made for TV movie version of Carrie.  Katharine Isabelle was recently revealed to play the titular role in the new Soska Sisters horror film, American Mary.  Reprising her role as Ginger in the rest of the installments, Katharine Isabelle displays a grasp of bitter and dark emotional complexities when it comes to her portrayal as everyone's favorite werewolf.  She's stunning, interesting to watch, and a powerful figure for actresses everywhere.  

Kristy Jett may very well in fact be the horror genre's biggest cheerleader.  She is the true and undisputed queen of the horror webosphere and one of the leading female voices within the horror fan community.  The extremely talented and passionate redhead from Rochester has truly raised the bar when it comes to social horror networking, and as a former contributor to Bloody-DisgustingDread Central, and even Fangoria.  She currently wries for TheDreaminDemon, Freddy In Space, It Goes to 11, and contributes to Horror Hound...IN PRINT.  Most notably, she is the feisty woman working for Fright-Rags.  As a powerhouse at promotions and shirt selling, Kristy has been flooding the facebook waves with horror news and Fright-Rags goodies for months now, and helped inspire some of their most favorite designs.  She's the woman who saved Popcorn and a true bleeding heart for all things horror.  To put it simply, Kristy is who I want to be when I grow up. 

Obviously, there are PLENTY of women and films that have yet to be uncovered, but who knows...maybe they'll make an appearance under another letter.  Stay tuned to Day of the Woman for a continuation of this series and
for plenty of Women in Horror Recognition Month updates. 

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