What do you get when you merge the ever-popular Women in Horror month with the recent resurgence in the popularity of genre anthology films? You get XX – an all new anthology film featuring stories helmed by women directors with female lead characters.
MPI/Dark Sky Films is overseeing the project, which will feature work from some of the biggest and brightest names in the genre – including Jennifer Lynch, Mary Harron, Karyn Kusama, the Soska sisters and Jovanka Vuckovic. Having previously helmed films like American Psycho, Jennifer’s Body and American Mary, it seems safe to say that this anthology is in very capable hands.
Horror, like so much of cinema, has remained something of a boy’s club when it comes to directing. Dark Sky Executive Vice President Greg Newman hopes that will change with the release of this new project.
“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.”
Producer Todd Brown goes on to add:
“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 idea of female genre filmmakers getting their own stage is an intriguing one – I just hope the fact that it’s a female-driven anthology film doesn’t become a gimmick. These women have all demonstrated they’re capable of making serious horror films – let’s hope that XX uses that as its calling card and doesn’t simply rely on novelty to attract an audience. If things work out, maybe we’ll see more women grabbing a camera and bringing their horrific visions to the screen.
[via The Wrap]
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