Grimm Wizard Giveaway

Posted on Saturday, February 28, 2015 by


Hey friends! If you've been reading Girl Terror for a few months, you're already familiar with Grimm Wizard. Grimm Wizard is art created by our very own writer, Gabriela Levitt. I'm so happy to announce that we're giving a super rad art pack, including a Necronomicon print, a SWEATING IT comic pack, and a Grimm Wizard sticker pack. There are a handful of ways you can enter, all using the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway starts RIGHT NOW and ends at 11:59pm CST 03/09/2015.

We are running a separate Instagram giveaway with the same items. You can find more details about that at @tiffanyvillalpando and @grimmwizard on Instagram.


Women in Horror Month: Rising Female Filmmakers

Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 by


Women in Horror Month opens a dialogue about the inequality in the horror genre. Understanding the gender gap behind the scenes of our favorite films is important. A 2014 study found that among the top grossing films, only 7% were directed by women.

That means only 1 in 14.28 films is directed by a woman. Although women are better represented as producers at 23%, writers fell in at 11%, and cinematographers at 5%. The divide is huge. However, the horror genre is lucky enough to have many brilliant women actively making films and pushing to close the gender gap. Here is an extensive list of women filmmakers in horror to keep an eye out for in 2015. Read more at Dread Central.

Short Film Sunday: Izzy Lee's Postpartum

Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2015 by

Okay, I have a confession. I love Izzy Lee. She is, without a doubt, a woman in horror we need to keep our eyes on in the near future. In the last three years, she's directed five short films with her production company, Nihil Noctem Films. Although Lee is new to filmmaking, she's no rookie to the horror genre with her background as a contributor to multiple horror publications, like Diabolique, Rue Morgue, and Fangoria.

"Good intentions lead to disastrous
results when a woman visits a new
mom."
Izzy Lee co-wrote, produced, and directed her newest award-winning short film, Postpartum, starring Kasey Lansdale and Diana Porter. Diana (Porter) comes to check in on new mom, Holly (Lansdale), after being unable to contact her. Diana finds Holly covered in blood, hearing screams no one else can, with an apartment in shambles, and an eviction notice on her door. Diana refuses Holly's orders to leave, and when searching for the baby, she finds something grisly and unexpected.

Although the general premise of Postpartum has been done before, I definitely didn't compare it to others in the genre when viewing. I think the choice to leave the plot open was an intentional one, however I found myself asking "how did Holly get pregnant?" "what is that thing?" and "why does this twenty-something have an industrial size roll of Saran wrap?"

The cinematography in Postpartum is beautiful, and I was particularly thrilled with the score. Lullabies are typically pretty creepy, but composer Shayne Gryn's score is nearly reminiscent of jack-in-the-box music. (Talk about things nightmares are made of.) The only thing that really fell short for me was the acting. Porter doesn't have much time to shine, which is okay, but Lansdale was a little hard to believe at times. The subject of postpartum depression is very serious and I would have liked to see her take it on with more gravity. Nonetheless, she really owns her performance at the end of the film.

With all of that being said, I fully recommend Postpartum. It effectively delivers some spooky moments with an original twist. Postpartum premieres this week at the Nacogdoches Film Festival. Watch the teaser below and follow Nihil Noctem Films on Facebook!

Why the World Needs Alien Tampon (and can we just start talking about periods already?)

Posted on Saturday, February 21, 2015 by



The trailer for Alien Tampon has been taking the horror community by storm. Men all over the internet are grossed out and angry, hailing many "WTF"s and comments like "proof that filmmakers have officially run out of ideas," "looks like porn without the good part," (what?) and "is this real? Seriously?" Not to mention, nearly every horror news site that's promoted it has made some kind of PMS joke.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, the three minute trailer for German horror film, Alien Tampon, is the actual film. It's a faux trailer for a film that hopes to receive funding from promotion of the short to become a feature length. The short was directed by first time filmmaker Jan Zenker, and written by Hanno von Contzen. According to the official website:
A UFO breaks through the earth's atmosphere and falls to the ground. A huge number of police officers and military units are actuated for eliminating the alien threat. A fierce battle against a superior power starts, through forests and cities. Aliens are shot, blood flows, people die.  

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Away from this global problem Jessica, Nicole, Marie and Denise together with Carmen attend college. The girls have been arguing repeatedly, which culminates in a broil. Carmen drops her handbag in the turmoil, the contents of which are scattered over the stained asphalt. A tampon lands in a puddle of alien blood. 
Carmen, humiliated once again, starts crying heavily and inserts the tampon, not noticing the green shimmer. The alien blood is contagious: she mutates and becomes a monster immediately, developing a vicious hunger for rioting, throwing plasma lightning and killing. Among the numerous victims is also Denise. 
A cop duo, Wolf and Becker, is sent to investigate into the mysterious murders. Meanwhile, a dodgy scientist, Professor Jackson, learns of Carmen's power and plans to use her for his own purposes while the homeless Bernd begins fighting his own battle against Carmen. 
Carmen's strength grows. She "recruits" a fellowship - by a tentacle that shoots out of her mouth and thus infects others with the alien virus. Amongst her army is also the extroverted nurse Rita. Marie, Nicole and Jessica, with the support of their friends Tom, Chris and Boris, and Jessica's grandfather, declare war on Carmen, Rita and their alien allegiance. The clique sets off and battle with a vengeance against the superior power – with the goal to kill Carmen. Here, the paths of her different hunters cross: Bernd joins Chris and Tom while Jackson competes with Wolf and Becker. And at the heart of the chaos - a bloodstained, fluorescent tampon. An alientampon.

There are obviously some flaws here. I feel like I should have known this was directed by men, with the ongoing period jokes, like "there's something in the bush," and "let's pull that string." As a woman, I have some serious questions, like who has loose tampons rolling around in their purse for future use? Who doesn't notice their tampon is full of green alien ooze before insertion? (That was probably wet, right?)

All "plug it up" jokes aside, there's something really important happening with Alien Tampon. Periods make people really uncomfortable. Women are constantly told not to talk about their periods. Female comedians are told that joking about their bodies is awkward and should be avoided. Many women are still embarrassed to buy tampons (which are still not free, by the way) or talk to their partners about their uterine lining (yeah, I went there.) Periods are taboo, and that's not okay. All in all, Alien Tampon isn't perfect, but it's a fun watch and opens a dialogue about periods. Although I wish it were coming from women, Zenker and von Contzen are the first I've seen to bring up menstruation in a horror film since Brian de Palma's 1976 adaptation of Carrie.

What do you think about Alien Tampon? Would you watch the feature length?

Short Film Sunday: Jovanka Vuckovic's The Captured Bird

Posted on Sunday, February 15, 2015 by

If you haven't heard of Jovanka Vuckovic, you haven't been paying attention. Vuckovic has a strong horror background. After six years as Editor-in-Chief for Rue Morgue, she was named one of the most important women in horror history.

In addition to being an award winning director, Vuckovic is an artist and author with two published books, and has been showcased in multiple documentaries as a genre expert. Vuckovic is involed with the much anticipated all female horror anthology, XX, with Mary Harron (American Psycho,) Jennifer Lynch (Boxing Helena,) The Soska Sisters (American Mary,) and Karyn Kusama (Jennifer's Body). She also wrote, produced, and directed Jacqueline Ess, a full length Clive Barker adaptation.


Vuckovic's multi-award winning horror-fantasy short film, The Captured Bird, is absolutely stunning. She truly had an all star team working on this film, specifically with Guillermo Del Toro as executive producer. The Captured Bird shows a young girl follow a trail of mysterious black liquid to a large mansion, where she sees many haunting things: maggots seeping from the building, walls that bleed black, strange tenticles, and five entities that trap her in their strange world.

Vuckovic made many interesting choices in this film. First, her casting with Skyler Wexler as the young girl was perfect. This precious little girl is a scream queen in the making. When del Toro is involved with a film, I feel like they always scream "Guillermo del Toro" when viewing. His work is very distinct. With that being said, The Captured Bird's visual effects are stellar and unique from other recent fantasy films. (Although I did think the monsters looked a little like The Heartless from Kingdom Hearts.) I was also impressed with the film's score, composed by Redeemer. It's no secret that I'm a sucker for soundtracks, but I really thought the score perfectly illuminated the terror of The Captured Bird.

Watch The Captured Bird below, and head over to the official Captured Bird website to learn more about the film.


Review: Digging Up The Marrow (2015)

Posted on Friday, February 13, 2015 by


In this fictional documentary style film, the film’s actual director, Adam Green, receives fan mail from a man named William Dekker (Ray Wise) that claims he has found the existence of monsters and the entrance to their world. Adam and his filmmaking partner, Will Barratt set out to make a documentary about this man’s findings.

It is best to keep this movie’s synopsis vague (which is also advised by Adam Green himself.) I saw Digging Up the Marrow on its third ever showing in a small screening theater at USC. Adam Green and Will Barratt stood in front of the small audience and wished us all a happy viewing and pleaded for us all to “not ruin the ending for anyone” since it hadn’t been discussed on the internet yet, and I won’t be the one to spoil it. 


What you don’t know about me yet is that I’m a harsh critic, not easy to please, and I feel I have very weird taste in movies. With all that being said, I think I actually liked this movie. What attracted me to Digging Up the Marrow (besides it being a horror movie) was that it advertises Alex Pardee, a popular illustrator, as it’s concept artist. Being an illustrator and a horror fan, I felt an obligation. 

There are a few really great things working for this movie and I’ll break it all down. First of all, I am a member the anti jump scare club, but this movie uses them in a way that is actually fun, kind of campy, and dare I say, kind of scary. What also helps to make them unique jump scares is the pacing of the movie itself. A horror movie doesn’t need non-stop blood, guts, and monsters to be interesting. In fact, sometimes in this genre, less is more. 


The next best assets of Digging Up the Marrow are easily the concept and the art. Besides Ridley Scott with HR Giger, I’ve never seen a director work with an artist in a horror movie this way. Alex Pardee came to Adam Green with his art and the concept for this movie and Adam expanded from the core concept. Even though the story of someone searching for a gateway to an underground world where monsters live isn’t totally original, (uhm, Nightbreed? The characters even share the Decker/Dekker surname,) Alex Pardee’s illustrations and the filming style make it something new and special. 

Now, after all that lovely praise, it isn’t a perfect film. I am a chronic over analyzer and it doesn’t take much to poke holes in this plot. (I would go into detail, but I would have to give too much away.) I’m still unsure how I feel about Ray Wise being cast as William Dekker, even though I’m a huge fan. He was excellent, as usual, but I can’t deny that his famous face took me out of the “reality” they present in this film. I typically enjoy fan service, cameos, and call backs but the cameos in certain scenarios in this movie felt a little out of place and the intentions were slightly obvious. There was only one female “character” in this movie, that I can recall, and it was Adam Green’s wife (at the time) who only shows up maybe three times, two of those times in her underwear, which was obviously annoying. I heard someone in the audience whisper “seriously?” during a close up of her butt.


Digging Up the Marrow is a fun, strange, and worth-while movie to watch. It’s exciting when filmmakers make the bold decision in this genre to make something new and unique. This film comes off very genuine and that really resonated with me. I hope I’ll enjoy it this much on my second viewing when it comes out on VOD February 20th, the same day it will be theatrically released at the Laemmle North Hollywood Cinema. Digging Up the Marrow will then be playing in more cities March 2nd. It is also currently touring the US, so go to the arieScope website to check out cities and dates.

Girl Terror Welcomes Gabriela Levitt!

Posted on Thursday, February 12, 2015 by


Girl Terror is expanding! I am SO excited to announce Girl Terror's newest contributing writer, Gabriela Levitt. Gabi is an LA based illustrator and designer with a passion for horror and girl power. She is a natural fit for the Girl Terror team and I'm so happy to have her on board! Keep an eye out for her first post on Friday, February 13th!


Welcome Gabi!

Women in Horror Month: An Interview with Jessica Cameron


Actress-producer-director Jessica Cameron is actively breaking gender stereotypes in the horror genre. Her multi-award-winning directorial debut, Truth or Dare, is set for distribution this year, and her new film, Mania, is in its final editing stages. She has too many films to count in various stages of production, all while traveling to film festivals and actively connecting with her fans through social media.
Jessica took some time out of her busy schedule to talk with us about her experience as a woman in horror and some of the projects she’s looking forward to this year. Read more at Dread Central.

Women in Horror Month: Spotlight on Some Recent Female-Directed Horror Films

Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 by


Today on Dread Central, we're talking some of the more recent notable lady filmmakers, including Amy Holden Jones, Mary Lambert, Kathryn Bigelow, Jennifer Chambers Lynch, Mary Harron and Antonia Bird.

"This Women in Horror Month on Dread Central, we’re looking at the history of women who have influenced the horror genre. Over the past few decades, the women profiled here have created films that have broken the walls for women filmmakers in horror and shaped the genre today, both by making exceptional horror films and discussing feminist ideas." Read more at Dread Central.

Short Film Sunday: Patricia Chica's Ceramic Tango

Posted on Sunday, February 8, 2015 by

I love short films. I truly think it is tougher to produce an effective short film than it is to produce an effective feature length film. A filmmaker must tell a story and deliver a message in just minutes and I think that's something really special.

I had the pleasure of connecting with director Patricia Chica this week. She has 21 directing credits (and counting) and specializes in psychological dramas, thrillers, horror and documentaries. She was also involved with the Women in Horror Month Massive Blood Drive PSA. With February being Women in Horror Month, there was no better filmmaker to begin this feature with.

Patricia Chica's award-winning 2013 short film, Ceramic Tango, was so powerful and absolutely blew me away. This film shows a young man, Riley, fall into a haunting depression after receiving threatening news. I was really impressed with Chica's direction. Ceramic Tango was shot beautifully. The set is relatable and paints a portrait of what it's like to feel trapped in your own space. I felt all of the vulnerability and terror in Holy Scar's performance and Richard Cardinal as Henry was so horrifying. I need to see more work from him as a film actor. Absolutely beautiful.

Take a peek at the film below, then watch the documentary about Patricia's directing experience.



Thanks for reading! XO

Women in Horror Month: Dread Central Salutes The Pioneers

Posted on Thursday, February 5, 2015 by

This is my very first contribution to Dread Central! I am so excited to jump in right at the beginning of Women in Horror Month and dip my feet into the topic.  Keep an eye out all month long to see a history of women in horror, along with the projects I'm most excited about from women in horror for 2015!


"This February, as we begin to discuss gender inequality in the horror genre and celebrate the successes of women filmmakers, artists, authors, and leading ladies, let's take a look at the women who paved the way for women in horror." Read more at Dread Central.

BIG NEWS!

Some of you have probably been keeping up to date with Girl Terror news on social networks, but I couldn't make an update without a good old fashioned blog post. I am SO excited to announce that I will now be regularly contributing to Dread Central! This is a dream opportunity and I can't wait to talk about the things that inspire me on a bigger platform.

This will not change the future of Girl Terror. Not negatively, at least. What you can expect is the same regular postings (Box of Dread unboxings, lists, reviews) with Dread Central cross postings. Additionally, keep your eyes peeled for some brand new, totally different Girl Terror content coming your way soon. More news on that later.

I can't wait to share everything I'm writing for Dread Central with you! Thanks for all of your ongoing support! XOXO

What I'm Loving: February 2015

Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 by

Is it usually THIS cold in Illinois in February? Another few inches of snow are falling my way and I'm dreaming of warmer days. In the meantime, here are a few of the things I'm excited about right now!


1. I love Horror Decor's selection of printed pillows! The deadline to order this Valentine Bluffs pillow before Valentine's Day has passed, but for only $16, I think it'd make a great late present for your sweetheart (or yourself!)

2. Robert Englund has a huge selection of things he'll sign and dedicate, but this Valentine's Day card is perfect for the horror fan in your life! Only $15, order by February 10th to ensure it arrives by Valentine's Day!

3. Gabi from Grimmwizard graciously donated a few of these prints during the Google Hangout, and it's taking everything in me to not keep them all for myself! She has lots of other rad art on her Cargo Collective page, and can be contacted to order prints at glevitt@inside.artcenter.edu!

4. Sacred Bones just released John Carpenter's Lost Themes and it's beautiful. Pick it up on iTunes for $11.99, or your local record store for $18. You won't be disappointed.

5. You'll hear me hyping up Jessica Cameron's directorial debut, Truth or Dare, for the remainder of the year (and probably beyond.) Jessica was kind enough to share the film with me before it's set for distribution and I can't wait for you all to see it. It is absolutely brutal and has some seriously excellent practical effects. Preorder it now at truthordarethemovie.com!

6. Can we just talk about Sleater-Kinney's new album!? Ten years after their last album, Sleater-Kinney is reunited, fresh and new, but with all of the riot grrrl. Get it on iTunes for $8.99.

7. Vampire super-heroine, Vampirella, is coming to this month's Box of Dread! All Vampirella items in this box are EXCLUSIVE to Box of Dread and you have until February 9th to sign up for only $20 a month! Hurry!

What are you loving this month?

Thanks for reading! XO

Happy Women in Horror Month!

Hannah Neurotica created Women in Horror Month six years ago. February is cause to celebrate the women who write, direct, produce, act, make art, or are any way related to the horror genre and assist them in gaining equal opportunity and exposure in the horror community. WiHM also works towards breaking down gender constructs, and educating the public about inequality in the horror genre.

From the WiHM mission statement:
“Women in Horror Recognition Month (WiHM) assists female genre artists in gaining opportunities, exposure, and education through altruistic events, printed material, articles, interviews, and online support. The vision is a world wherein all individuals are equally given the opportunity to create, share, and exploit their concept of life, pain, and freedom of expression. 
WiHDiscrimination runs rampant in Hollywood and it is very difficult for females (even well-known actresses) to get their films funded by major studios. Statistics prove that women are still not offered the same opportunities as men due to a variety of reasons from discrimination to female professionals accepting less than they are worth in order to receive the same opportunities as their male colleagues. 
WiHM focuses on supporting the achievements of women who utilize the most extreme mirror available in storytelling: horror. We encourage women to explore and represent these horrors constructively, in positive environments. 
WiHM was created with no exclusion. Men play a vital part in the female gender reaching equality. There are many male WiHM supporters and artists who choose to assist and work with professional and talented underrepresented females. Be a guiding example of a male who respects both genders equally. We all must take personal responsibility in our beliefs, values, and actions. Participating in positive, constructive environments that encourage and provide a safe platform for women to share and explore is vital. 
Every February, WiHM supporters host events (blood drives, film screenings, art shows), write blogs and articles, conduct interviews, and create videos and podcasts for mass consumption. 
Women in Horror Month is all about expanding opportunities for contemporary female genre filmmakersand artists by raising awareness about the changing roles for women in the film industry.”

Every year, Hannah Neurotica and The Soska Sisters create a PSA to encourage the community to give back in a way that honors women in horror: giving blood. This year’s Massive Blood Drive anthology includes work from women directors from all over the world, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Hannah Neurotica, Maude Michaud, Tamae Garateguy, Jimena Monteoliva, Jessica Cameron, Patricia Chica, Jill Sixx, Chelsey Burdon, and the Soska Sisters.


How are you celebrating Women in Horror Month? 

Thanks for reading! XOXO

ICYMI: Recorded Horror Hangout with Johnny Tellez, Tony Rapino, Jon Condit of Dread Central, and Actress/Director, Jessica Cameron!

Last month I had the pleasure of joining my best Youtube pals, Johnny Tellez the Hyper Geek, Tony Rapino of Candy Corn Apocalypse, Jon Condit, co-founder of Dread Central and Box of Dread, and scream queen/filmmaker, Jessica Cameron

We had a wonderful time talking our horror favorites, women in horror, and Box of Dread. We have away tons of stuff, including a Box of Dread, mystery horror boxes, prints from Dark Matter Artwork, and tons of art from Gabi of Grimmwizard

Here is the Google Hangout it its entirety! Enjoy. XOXO