Mary Harron, Jennifer Lynch and More for All Female-Directed Anthology, “XX’
The resurgence of anthologies has undoubtedly added a great sense of fun to contemporary genre, joining mediums and international filmmakers for all manner of macabre. It’s also highlighted what can be a boys’ club nature of horror, leaving many to find misogynistic tones and asking where the female filmmakers are? Of course, that doesn’t mean there’s a lack of horror-focused women—some of just 2013’s best genre films including VANISHING WAVES, KISS OF THE DAMNED, DARK TOUCH, AMERICAN MARY and fest film SHE WOLF were helmed by such—but the new, Dark Sky and XYZ-produced anthology XX aims to bring a host of of them together. And the lineup they’ve garnered is something to be thrilled about.
SURVEILLANCE’s Jennifer Lynch, AMERICAN PSYCHO’s Mary Harron, Jovanka Vuckovic (THE CAPTURED BIRD), Jen & Sylvia Soska (AMERICAN MARY) and Karyn Kusama (!) of JENNIFER’S BODY will each direct a segment featuring a female lead in XX.
Greg Newman, of MPI and Dark Sky says, “We know that women make up about half of the audience for horror films, and yet the female creative voice has been nearly silent in the horror genre. So we are thrilled about the new and distinct approach that these talented directors will bring to the project.”
Todd Brown, founder of Twitch and producer at XYZ, adds ““One of the givens of so many horror films has been the objectification of young women, and we thought it was time for a different approach to scaring audiences and letting the female voice be heard.”
The notion of highlighting female talent in horror is already a great, great one spurred by projects like this, Women in Horror month and the Viscera Film Festival, but the addition of Kusama to this lineup takes me over the top. JENNIFER’S BODY is entirely undervauled, and Kusama displayed a fantastic eye. I cannot wait to see what she and the other filmmakers on board do here. [THR]