These ladies rock!
January is usually not the greatest time for enthusiastic horror fans out there to find any new releases worth watching. This is the time when most of the real horror freaks concentrate on creating massive watch-lists on IMDB and prepare for the flood of all the good films to come which we all must watch.
So if you are one of the many looking for new, upcoming films to see, here are some tips for you in the form of true girl power. Remember these names because these ladies will blow your mind with their upcoming films in 2015.
5. Stewart Thorndike
Stewart Thorndike's debut film Lyle was released online in 2014, as a completely free to view release. The microbudget film was filmed in just eight days. The “lesbian Rosemary’s Baby” was an intimate, twisted little story - and a promising one as heck. If you haven't seen it yet, you really should check it out.
Lyle was the first film of a trilogy of female-focused horror films which will be all directed by Thorndike between 2014 and 2016. Thorndike's next film is a crowd funded horror flick Putney. It is a film about four estranged women who look to reconnect in a long-closed hotel. If Putney has even a tiny bit of the tension, style and atmosphere we saw in Lyle we are all in for a treat.
4. Karyn Kusama
Karyn Kusama returns after a (way too) long pause. The Jennifer's Body director makes her way back to the silver screen with The Invitation. It is the first film of the upcoming female-directed horror anthology XX (other directors are Mary Harron, Jennifer Lynch and Jovanka Vuckovic). We are definitely looking forward to seeing The Invitation which boasts an intriguing premise.
3. Tii Ricks
American-Finnish, New York based director Tii Ricks makes her horror debut in 2015 with her own version of the "abandoned houses and young people in summer cottages" genre. But there is an interesting twist: It all happens during the Summer Solstice and the pagan festival: Midsummer's Eve when the sun never sets in the Arctic Circle. We can not even imagine how creepy it must be when days and nights mix together and the sun just keeps on shining 24/7. Ricks has previously won several awards during her years working in Finland including "The Best Music Video of the Year." The Director of Photography for Rage is American as well: Mr. Lawrence Dolkart, who has previously shot music videos for Stone Temple Pilots, Jet, and New Radicals, just to name a few so we better prepare ourselves for some seriously fast paced editing and that visually entertaining, music video style camera work.
2. Jovanka Vuckovic
Canadian Jovanka Vuckovic worked for seven years as an Editor in Chief for the legendary 'Rue Morgue' horror magazine. Of course, after talking so many years about how films should be made, it was only a matter of time before she would jump in and start doing something herself. Vuckovic's first step into serious film making was a short film called The Capture Bird which was released last year. The film owes a lot to Pan's Labyrinth and it doesn't come as a surprise that Guillermo del Toro was actually helping Vuckovic to make her film come true. We are looking forward to seeing what kind of footprint working with Del Toro has left in Vuckovic's work when she directs one of the films for the XX anthology (see number 4. Karyn Kusama) later this year.
1. Jennifer Kent
Could there be anyone else really? The Babadook was not just the best horror film directed by a woman in 2015, it was THE BEST horror film of 2014. Period. There is no doubt about it. The simplest, scariest, darkest and twisted film we have seen in a long time left us drooling for more. No pressure Ms. Kent, but we just can not wait to see what is coming up next.
Photo: Courtesy of La Brea Pictures LLC, 2015.