And finally, a word with Hannah Neurotica

Throughout Women in Horror Recognition Month, sites like ours have spent the last 28 days extolling the virtues of females in various roles within the genre we all share a strong love for. “It’s something that should be all year round” says Hannah Neurotica, the founder of Women in Horror Recognition Month. “My hope over the years is to get everyone to realise that the creative drive of these women is every bit as worthwhile as a man’s and that women should be taken seriously in the film industry in general.”

She’s right. Respecting the creative efforts of a person, regardless of gender or race, should not have to be confined to the shortest month of the year but in the male dominated world of moviemaking, the task of forcing people to look passed their preconceived notions is a long and arduous one. It’s one that starts with a small step.

Hannah Neurotica first took that step in 2009 when she crafted a manifesto in the form of a blog post. This would be the basis of 2010s first official celebration of the underrepresented female working in the horror genre.

“Around the time that Jennifer’s Body came out, I was on a panel with Yuvonka (Vuckovic – Filmmaker and former editor of Rue Morgue) and Aviva Briefel (author of Horror After 9/11) and a few other women. The interviewer was acting like we were a novelty or like we were a small group of weird women who didn’t really represent any kind of population. A lot of focus was on the way we looked.” This is the first time in our discussion that Hannah begins to sound exasperated: “How can people still not know that women love horror films?! As fans, but women also love to make horror films and write scary stories”

It was shortly after that when Hannah decided that something had to be done to address this widespread belittling of women within the culture of horror.

“If people are so shocked by womens’ relationship with horror then there is a lot of education needed, and a lot of women out there who don’t have the support or networks.”

It was incredible how quickly Women in Horror Recognition Month caught on through social networking. It was almost as if an entire generation of web-literate gorehounds were just waiting for the floodgates to open, people were salivating over the idea that for one month at least, they would be celebrated.

In the years since its inception, February has become synonymous with female horror enthusiasts (to the point where I worry that it may be a dumping ground for those who don’t really care about the cause, and just want to ditch all their “chick stuff” in February while living 11 months of guilt free misogyny). Hannah’s plan to unite women passionate about the genre has started to pay dividends. It was through 2010′s Women in Horror month that introduced the movement’s biggest success story, the Soska Twins’ first feature Dead Hooker in a Trunk to a wider audience. You could even suggest that through the championing of these women via the Women in Horror network was just the catalyst the Powers That Be needed to allow the Soskas to apply their own subversive storytelling to altogether more mainstream cinema.

Soska Sisters and Katharine Isabelle at Frightfest 2012 11

Hannah clearly appreciates the big successes, but she appears altogether more galvanised by the smaller victories: “I have been in touch with a woman in Serbia who was basically saying she was really depressed. There was nothing for women in horror, but also for women being supported in the technical art of filmmaking. When she found Women in Horror, it inspired her to start her own community called Girls Do Horror in Serbia and they had their first big event this Febraury.”

“It’s just like a domino effect, the more we help each other then the more it’s going to bleed over into other forms of industry”

You can hear an edited 29 minute version of the interview here:

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