Jackie Kong: The Queen of Camp

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Seeing as how we are counting down the last few days of February, I’m going to take this opportunity to celebrate one more woman who has recently popped back into the zeitgeist, cult film extraordinaire, Jackie Kong. At this point the difficulties women face in Hollywood have been more than expressed, but as an Asian American woman making sleazy horror comedies in the 1980’s, writer/director Jackie Kong sure as hell had her work cut out for her. Despite her relatively few directorial ventures, she quickly established a signature style all of her own.

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Top Five Short Films Directed By Women

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What’s better than a scary movie? A much shorter scary movie! Well okay, maybe not, but it will impinge on your highly coveted spare time much less. So, in honor of the weekly releases of short films on the Screamfest Youtube page, and of course Women in Horror month, here are five spine-tingling short films directed by women:

1. The Stylist Directed by Jill Gevargizian

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Ode to Debra Hill

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Growing up with the admittedly ambitious dream of becoming a horror filmmaker, I accepted pretty early on that female role models were few and far between. Not that I was particularly seeking them out, I idolized all the great male directors just the same, however I would still find myself subconsciously scouring the credits of scary movies for potentially female names because, for me, that made my goal that much more attainable.

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Happy Women In Horror Month!

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It’s that time again! It is time for the Twisted Twins’ annual Blood Drive PSA. For those who are unfamiliar, The Massive Blood Drive PSA is the brainchild of filmmaking duo, Jen and Sylvia Soska. Each year the twins and a handful of other talented up and coming filmmakers, release a series of blood-centric, NSFW shorts throughout February in honor of Women in Horror Month.

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Thank you January for bringing us these Horror Icons!

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Although January may not be a month most people associate with horror, it can be credited with ushering in some very special people onto our plane of existence. So as the month comes to a close, I would like to extend a very heartfelt Happy Birthday to five people who have contributed largely to the genre and filmmaking as a whole.

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