Tuesday, February 21, 2012

THE ABCs OF WOMEN IN HORROR: N 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: N

England born actress Naomi Watts has become one of the go-to women for both mainstream and indie horror films. From 1986-2000, Naomi Watts garnered roles in a multitude of B-Movies including Children of the Corn IV.  In 2001 she busted into the "big time" with a role in David Lynch's psychological thriller, Mulholland Drive.  The film helped her gain a leading role the following year as the protagonist of the smash box office hit American remake of the Japanese horror film, The Ring.  IN 2005 she played the leading lady (made famous by Fay Wray) in Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong.  In 2008 she played the main female role in the hyperthrilling horror film Funny Games, a shot for shot remake of the Austrian original.  Naomi Watts has been called the "Queen of Remakes" and is possibly going to play Melanie Daniels in the rumored remake of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds.  
 

Her first widely released film was for the witch film, The Craft.  Neve Campbell played telekinetic "Bonnie", one of the four members of the coven shown in the film. It was later that year when Neve Campbell would secure her spot in the horror movie hall of fame as Sidney Prescott in SCREAM. Wes Craven saw her performance on the television show Party of Five and is quoted to say "She could best embody a character who was "innocent" but also able to handle herself while dealing with the demanding physicality and emotions of the role".  Playing Sidney would be her first feature starring role, and without a doubt, her most memorable. 



A writer and director with countless credits under her belt, Ashleigh Nichols is emerging as a fresh face behind the camera in the horror genre.  With a bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts, Ashleigh Nichols started out like most theatre graduates...jobless and without luck finding a job. Thankfully, Ashleigh was able to nab work through Eddie Beasley and it sparked her future endeavors.  What started out as just another girl working behind the scenes on films, Ashleigh worked as a set PA until she finally found her place behind the camera.  In 2011, she collaborated with (now husband) Eddie Beasley to direct and produce the zomedy short film Summer of the Zombies.  The hilarious short takes multiple jabs at hipster culture, includes a romantic transgression, and brings an entirely new look and feel of the zombie monster.  I am definitely hoping to see what else Ashleigh has up her sleeve and what the future has in store for her. 



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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