Hello, horror fans! This is Jacinda and Jenni here. We’ll be the writers of Flip Screen’s new column “Women in Horror” released every week on Wednesday starting today. We’ll be covering horror films new and old with a special focus on films written by, directed by, and/or starring women. To help you get to know us a little better, we thought we’d each share how we came to love horror:
Jacinda: When you’re a kid, you think the universe revolves around you. You think that you’ll always be protected and cared for. Then, one day, you realize that’s not true. Because when you’re alone as a kid, the monster sees you as weaker. You don’t even know they’re getting closer, till it’s too late.” This is a quote from the 2017 film It, which is also one of my favorite horror films of the decade. Watching it took me back to a time when I was just 10 years old, and I watched the 1990 version of the film in my small living room. I think that’s when my love, or more fascination, for horror movies began. I didn’t get enjoyment out of being scared, but there was a fascination with the feeling I got from being frightened by made up creatures on my tv screen. The feeling was just as strong as watching a gut-busting comedy film, and I wanted to keep going to that feeling forever. I guess you can say that’s why comedy-horror is my favorite subgenre of horror. Since those days re-watching It in my living room, I have grown to love and cherish all forms of horror, from campy to gory to spiritual, and I can’t wait to continue to expand and write on that love, especially for the women in horror.
Jenni: I’ve been absolutely obsessed with horror since I was 13. It started as a horrible fear of mine. At my neighbor’s house, we watched an episode of the Discovery Channel show A Haunting (2005-2019). The re-enactments of ghosts scared me so badly, I slept on my parent’s bedroom floor for a week. Even though it terrified me, I wanted more. There was a quality that made me unable to look away, something tugging me toward shows and movies that made my skin crawl. I got a hold of a DVD copy of The Shining and my love for horror films started. I have since developed a passion for all things horror, but my niche is horror built on dread, women who kill, and anything having to do with cannibalism. Some of my favorites are Eyes Without a Face, Raw, and It Follows, all films that will eventually be covered through these columns. I’m looking forward to write more about these films and all the new ones to come!
Look forward to Jenni’s first column next week covering Black Christmas (1974 and 2019).
Until next time,
Jacinda and Jenni