Film Forum’s “Genre is a Woman” series pays homage to women-helmed horror, action and sci-fi movies.
I never understood peoples' attraction to horror movies but, as a writer-turned-filmmaker who just spent three days totally immersed in the genre (courtesy of Shriekfest Horror Film Festival in Los Angeles), I have a newly-developed appreciation for the films.
End of Watch has the odd-angle, hand-held-camera feel of a documentary. Police cruisers are equipped with camera and even gang members carry video-cameras around to record their exploits. Social media and its record-and-share-it-now aesthetic are apparent.
Horror routinely gets passed over for award nominations, and Stephen King, though decorated and honored, has had to face venomous criticism from crusty academics his whole writing career. We monster kids routinely get looked down upon by the "real" artists.
Bedeviled brings up some prickly questions about whether or not convention should be so easily accepted. How has something as disturbing as rape revenge become a "classic" of genre film?
The situation for women who want to make movies is grim. Despite the fact that film schools graduate as many women as men, just 4% of Hollywood directors are women.