If you’ve been keeping up with the world of horror, you might remember last October when Blumhouse CEO and Producer, Jason Blum insulted nearly every female horror fan. Blum was asked about the lack of female directors in his roster of films, and his response left people wanting when he said he just didn’t know any. After a wave of backlash about the improbability of a man who is VERY well connected in the horror world and whose JOB it is to know as many filmmakers as possible, to not know any female filmmakers, including the woman who was his personal assistant for several years.
Regardless, there was a very quick turn around and Blumhouse now has TWO whole movies, directed by women, coming out in the near future. The first being Sophia Takal’s remake of Black Christmas, the next being Chelsea Stardust’s Satanic Panic. Below is the first look at Takal’s movie, BEWARE: the trailer gives ALOT away.
In 1999, Satoshi Kon released his first feature, Perfect Blue, into U.S. theaters. The film would mark the beginning of an illustrious yet tragically short career of animated films that tapped into societal obsession and isolation, themes that still resonate today. Kon’s work, especially Perfect Blue, dove into what it means to have two personalities: one presented to the public and the “real” self.
At a moment when so much seems beyond control — when even the politically disengaged have spoken of the Trump era as a scary, dystopian time — clever uses of horror can actually be therapeutic. They’re like tiny valves that allow steam to escape on screen while a variety of pressures simmer in the real world.
“Ready or Not,” Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett’s new horror-comedy, joins a growing bloc in that horror-with-political-messaging genre — specifically about greed and parasitic 1 percenters.