“Watching horror movies showed me lots of women kicking ass in starring roles. There’s even a name for the trope – the “final girl”, the last character left standing to fend for herself against the forces of evil. There is no other film genre where the leading role reliably goes to an unknown actress. Many of these women go on to successful acting careers (Hello Jamie Lee Curtis! Hi Jennifer Aniston!)
As I entered adulthood, I began to connect with these scream queens more and more. I still adored the monsters, but these female characters became increasingly compelling to me. On the way home one night, I realized why. Making my way down dark city streets to my apartment in Brooklyn, I was alert and on edge. I was looking for suspicious figures, men that could be rapists, muggers, or killers. I felt like Laurie Strode in Halloween.
… Horror is a place to explore these fears and to discover what it would be like to conquer them. It is a genre uniquely suited for the task. Horror has suffered the most critical disdain, but it also enjoys the most freedom. Its strength is its vivacity – storylines and scenes that would be too over-the-top for the mainstream. It is the genre that is easiest for unknowns and people unwelcome in major Hollywood studios to start in and find success, both in front of and behind the camera.”
Read the rest of her post on how horror is the most welcoming genre, to a look at all the amazingly talented women making a name for themselves via horror movies and how much further the filmmaking community needs to go in order to be a diverse and open industry.
Mallory O’Meara on Monster Girls and Slasher Women
The Dark Dunes team is very proud to announce that Kids vs Monsters has been picked up by Marvista Entertainment for worldwide distribution! Details of the release will be coming soon, and in the meantime, check out the new poster and trailer for the film. We are so thrilled to be able to finally bring monster madness to the world!
The Dark Dunes team is thrilled to announce that Yamasong: March of the Hollows has begun shooting and is developing into quite an incredible project! The first week of puppet shooting is wrapped, and we are almost entirely cast. Yamasong will be brought to life by Malcolm McDowell, Bruce Davison, George Takei, Nathan Fillion, Ed Asner, Peter Weller, and Abigail Breslin, with two more female supporting characters not yet ready to be announced. We are extremely proud and excited to bring this incredible group of talent together on such a unique project.
Abigail Breslin, director Sam Koji Hale and producer Sultan Saeed al Darmaki with Nani, the Patchwork Girl.
2014 was a productive and exciting year for Dark Dunes Productions! Both films Kids vs Monsters and Harbinger Down were shot, and pre-production began on Yamasong: March of the Hollows. We are extremely proud and pleased of all that we accomplished in 2014 and are looking forward to even more excitement in 2015, including new projects, releasing Kids vs Monsters and bringing our monsters to as many new audiences as we can.
The team is thrilled to start out the year by announcing a distribution deal for Harbinger Down. There will be a limited theatrical release in at least 10 cities, after which it will go to the VOD market. Further details of the release are forthcoming.
From all of us at Dark Dunes, we wish you a happy new year!