Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Women In Horror Month 2018 - Week Three

Women In Horror Month (WiHM) is meant to promote equality and celebrate the great artists both working today and the trail blazers who've come before.

As part of WiHM, each year The Twisted Twins, Jen & Sylvia Soska, search out filmmakers from across the globe to make their own Public Service Announcements for Blood Services and Red Cross. Each year has a different theme and the theme for this year is "BE A HERO", this year is set to be the biggest year yet with a new P.S.A. being released every day. 

To help celebrate and promote this cause each week I will be sharing these videos including the film-makers profiles and statements. Now, on with the show!

DISCLAIMER FROM THE TWINS: This IS Horror, boys and grrls, so SOME of these do have VERY naughty content. Blood. Gore. EXTREME gore. Disturbing situations. Nudity. Sexual situations. Violence. Language.

If you are SENSITIVE to this kind of content, be a mature human being and just don't watch. No need to spoil the fun for us fellow weirdos. We're not hurting anyone. It just REALLY looks like we are ;)

"TWINPOOL" by Lauro Chartrand and The Soska Sisters


Lauro Chartrand

Lauro has close to three decades of experience in the film industry. Starting his career as a stunt performer and coordinator and then 2nd unit Directing. He has worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest action stars, including Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson, Jackie Chan, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and Chuck Norris. Influenced by directors such as Tony Scott, Guy Ritchie, and Luc Besson. Capitalizing on this strong foundation in the action genre, Lauro steadily moved his way up to directing TV and feature films. Most recently he completed his 4th film as director, the dramatic MOW thriller for Lifetime, “One Small Indiscretion”. Currently, Lauro is immersed in his next film venture, which he wrote, is producing and directing – the Western Thriller entitled “Crimson Creek”. 
The Genre in which I wish to work in: Action/Adventure/Horror - Features & TV 
My Last 3 credits: One Small Indiscretion, Blackburn Asylum, and Born To Raise Hell.
TV - 3 episodes of True Justice

The Soska Sisters

The Soska Sisters are Canadian twin badasses who didn't like what they saw in the entertainment industry and took it upon themselves to fix it. After initially setting out to be actresses and finding themselves auditioning for too many stereotypical roles, they decided to create their own film with empowered female characters, a film that would change the indie scene forever, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK. Content with being outsiders, they followed up their grindhouse hit with the stylized, body modification tale, AMERICAN MARY, which cemented their place as a pair to be watched. Always ones to break new ground and keep audiences guessing, they went on to become the first female directors hired by the WWE and resurrected the SEE NO EVIL 2 franchise with WWE Superstar Kane and followed it up with VENDETTA which turned heart throb Dean Cain into a vengeful cop turned convict hellbent on bringing down WWE's The Big Show. Huge personalities on and off camera, this dynamic duo captured the attention of Blumhouse and followed in the hostessing footsteps of their heroine Elvira to host their survival horror game show, Hellevator. And while the two seek to create better and more diversified roles for women in entertainment, their strong and vocal support for causes of gender equality and LGBTQ rights is just one facet of their filmmaking careers.


For the love of God go donate some fucking blood, please and thank you. People are dying without it and you'll probably need some some day or someone you love will so go be a hero. Save some lives. Do good. After all, it's in you to give.

"Inner Turmoil" by Vicky Tori Ella & Jasmine Martinez


Vicky has been a writer since the age of 5, she watched her first horror movie at 6 and fell in love with Freddy Krueger. She had her mid-life crisis at 18, she doesn't have any children and she's not married. She believes that deep down we are all writers, as we are all
storytellers. We're all currently writing our own stories, adding to those blank pages.

Together with her film partner, Jasmine Martinez, she runs the production company Rare Deviant Productions.

Jasmine is a crazy Puerto Rican Swedish girl straight out of New Jersey who loves all things horror. She has a soft spot for Splatter and occult movies. She is the co-host of Bitches of Horror and also the proof reader for the independent underground gore magazine, "Goregasmic". Also a huge fan of games, music and movies in general.


Vicky's statement: Helping others has always been a priority of mine, even if that forces me to go out of my comfort zone. For example, I'm terrified of needles, but when you know you could help save a life by donating your blood, the outcome is so much greater than your fears. 

Here's the thing, you get what you put out, therefore it's important to just be a decent fucking human being, which sounds easy enough, yet the world lacks kindness. It lacks people who put out good energy. And by doing good to others, you automatically bring out the best in
yourself. Never unscrew other people's lightbulbs in order for you to shine. Always pay it forward. You may not be thanked with words, but regardless, you will feel it in your heart. However you decide to make a change in this world, whatever your passion may be and wherever on our planet you leave your footprints, do so with kindness and pride and your head held high.

Jasmine's statement: I've been terrible at donating blood because of my phobia for needles. But when I was pregnant I learned not only that my blood-type was super important to people but I learned how to stand up to my fear and take those goddamn needles anyways. Now is the time that I and everyone else who's had some sort of bad excuse stand up and go Donate blood.

"Blood Hero" by Gata Muerta, Jena Jaworski, and Stitch Mays


Twinnablezilla Productions BIO:

After having met through the Soska sister’s fandom and
inseparable ever since, Stitch Mays and Jena Jaworski joined together to form Twinnablezilla Productions. Later they welcomed Gata Muerta to their team. With a mutual love and appreciation for the genre, Twinnablezilla Productions aims to make a scream and create horror to bring people together.

At the heart of Twinnablezilla Productions is Stitch, born May 20th, 2000 and a resident of Greenville, Texas and Jena, born August 30th, 1988 and a resident of Buffalo, NY. Inspired to break the molds and explore horror in his own way, Stitch tributes his inspiration to be a filmmaker to the Soska sisters and their films.

After a childhood of being bullied, Jena found writing as a safe way to express herself. Her passion for it has grown into her adulthood, transforming with a desire to create films that touch others as deeply as they have touched her.

The first recruit Stitch and Jena brought to Twinnablezilla
Productions was Gata, born August 13, 1967, and a resident of California. Gata has a long-lived history of writing and playing music,started when she was fifteen years old.

From Nowich,Connecticut Lauren Pearce was born march 16
1999. Its a mixture between cinematography and Paranormal investigations she is trying to make a career out of.

"Saviour" by Paddy Murphy


Paddy Murphy is an Irish film-maker known for his short films Cuppa, Retribution and The Sad Ones as well as the feature film, The Three Don’ts. Paddy comes to film with a background in video game development having spent years as the CEO of Ireland’s largest independent indigenous development company, Open Emotion Studios. Paddy is currently developing shorts for a variety of anthology feature films including Hex Media’s For We Are Many anthology, as well as starting work on his second feature film. Paddy co founded Celtic Badger Media with Barry Fahy, Aaron Walsh and Brian Clancy in 2016 and has been developing projects there ever since.


When I required surgery in 2010 for the removal of an anomaly in my body, one of my biggest concerns was that my blood type was rare... AB Positive to be precise. So if anything happened to me, there may not be sufficient blood available. Due to this, I made a commitment to give blood whenever I could, to ensure that others with my blood type would never be stuck for a bit of plasma. Whether your blood type is rare or normal, please donate regularly to ensure that people will always have a fighting chance of surviving the worst. Thank you. And massive thanks to the Soska Sisters for this fantastic movement, which encourages the bloodletting in a fun, artistic way!

The other reason this event is so important is that it supports and empowers women in horror. This movement is super important, especially in the wake of the numerous assaults against women in the industry continue to come to light. Highlighting powerful female directors, actors and crew is essential in making the environment more tolerant and less toxic and is the only way this industry can progress forward.

"The Red Death" by Mary Rangel


Mary Rangel is a young filmmaker from Southern California whose passion for the Horror genre spans throughout her work in the Haunt and Film industries. Alongside her team of amazing friends and boyfriend who share the same passion for the genre and to bring scary stories to life, she has written and directed a total of five short Horror films, including the latest, The Red Death, for WIHM Blood Drive PSA’s 2018. She is involved in many Horror/Sci-Fi projects in many roles including Hellevator Seasons 1 & 2, John Carpenter’s Utopian Façade Music Video, Into The Black short film, Mystic Cosmic Patrol, amongst many others.

The Red Death is a short horror film inspired by The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe. This is Mary’s favorite Poe tale and The Red Death is one of her favorite symbols in the genre. With that, it seems a perfect match to UNLEASH a tale of The Red Death imbued with witchcraft, cults, an Elizabeth Bathory inspired villain named Theda played by Sara Raftery and Rachael Tucker, terror, Love for the Horror genre and with the message to encourage people to donate blood. It is truly a wonderfully Sanguine Nightmare. The main team of production for the project consists of Mary Rangel (Writer/Director), Timothy Dennison (Producer), Natalie Molina (Script Supervisor/1st AD), Jenn Langley (Key Makeup/SPFX Artist), and Christopher Blake Hannan (Melodies of the Macabre Composer).

With an amazing cast including but not limited to Olivia Grace Morales as the lead/protagonist Pamela and Daisy Hydar as The Red Death, together they conquer the evil that is Theda. Hope you enjoy the story this team created together with the passion for the genre, have a wonderfully spooky time. Thank you and be sure to donate blood this month and save lives.

“There’s a certain magic that binds us Horror Fans together. Women in Horror Month is not only the time to appreciate the Scream Queens, Monster Makers, Haunters, and Filmmakers who contribute so much to our favorite Films, TV shows, Haunts, and much more within our favorite Genre. They do it with Passion, Skill, and Love for Horror and for the Things that Go Bump in the Night. Also, during Women In Horror Month, is the time we band together to bring light in our dark world the way we know best... by creating art within the Horror genre.

That is why my team and I am proud, excited and beyond grateful to be apart of The Twisted Twins Women in Horror Month Blood Drive PSAs as a Director for 2018. Blood is NECESSARY for us to live. Hospitals are always in need for blood, ESPECIALLY, during time of crisis. I was taught growing up, that donating blood is an important to help others in need and save lives. With that, I have always loved the Saw Franchise’s campaign for blood donations in the past; Horror is such a perfect platform to encourage people to donate. There are SO MANY creative ways to do so. The Soskas have their amazing annual Blood Drive PSAs, bringing the Horror Community together, inspiring people to save lives by donating blood. Every year, they are always wonderfully sanguine and spooky.

This year we join the Soskas for the WIHM Blood Drive PSAs by creating The Red Death, which is inspired by “The Masque of the Red Death” by Edgar Allan Poe, the film by Roger Corman, and Lon Chaney’s portrayal of Erik as The Red Death in “Phantom of the Opera.” We give the tale a sanguine and wicked twist by bringing The Red Death plague to our time period and the story revolves around how people react and the choices they make with the pressure of death looming all around them. With the theme of, “Be a Hero,” for this year’s PSAs, even though there is ‘darkness and decay’ surrounding the characters... one can still rise above the evil that is festering out of desperation. I am beyond happy for you to watch our interpretation of the story and having The Red Death to be apart of the message to encourage Horror fans and viewers to donate blood. To have the amazing opportunity to create this PSA with friends who share the love and passion for the genre made the experience even better. It would not exist without the hard work and talent of the amazing people of the cast and crew. Be sure to Donate Blood TODAY, because Sara Raftery as Theda informs us in the PSA, ‘blood will save us all.’ Thank you for reading and watching. And have a wonderfully spooky day.”

"Blood Bride" by Michelle Romano


Originally from Boston Massachusetts, Michelle Romano is an award winning Actress and Producer. Making her Directorial debut with this year's Massive Blood Drive Campaign, "BLOOD BRIDE" stars Jennifer Jostyn ("House of 1000 Corpses"), Robert Catrini ("Jack Reacher: Never Go Back"), Heather Grace Hancock ("Wicked City"), Sarah French ("The Night Watchmen"), Renee Dorian ("The Funhouse Massacre"), Alice Ko ("Exposed"), and Corey Tourigny ("My Uncle John is a Zombie"). In the past, Romano joined forces with Patricia Chica in producing two of her PSA blood drive segments. She is thrilled to have this opportunity to direct her own this year!

Romano and Tourigny (writer of "BLOOD BRIDE") produced this film in Los Angeles. "I am beyond humbled and thankful to all of the people who donated their time to this project, and to everyone who trusted me to direct them in this film. This whole process has been a dream come true for me, and I hope that there will be many more to come!"

Romano serves as an honorary board member for several Women Empowerment campaigns and strives to motivate and empower women in any way that she can. Her annual Roman Media Hollywood event (February), champions Women in Film and Diversity in Entertainment.

Romano is currently in pre-production on several feature film projects with her company, Roman Media. 


"It is an absolute honor to be a part of the Women in Horror Massive Blood Drive Campaign. We are raising awareness for such an important cause, and what better way to spread this message, than by doing it while making horror movies!?" In the words of Jen and Sylvia Soska, "If we can inspire even a few people to start donating, what a difference that would make in the World." 

"Just A Prick" by Tonjia Atomic & Mi Chelle Nessk

Tonjia's statement & bio:

It means a lot to me to be a part of the Women in Horror Month blood drive PSAs. As an anemic I am unable to give blood. Participating in the PSAs is a way for me to be able to contribute something by encouraging others to donate blood. I’m proud to be a part of this group of talented filmmakers. What better way than horror to remind us that we all bleed? After all, it’s in you to give.

Tonjia Atomic is an award-winning filmmaker, actress, musician, and writer. Her films include Plain Devil and Walking to Linas. Her writing has been featured in several online and print magazines. She's in the bands Duet To-It, Huh-Uh, and Filthy Issue. Her most recent film, Manos Returns, is the sequel to the 1965 cult film Manos the Hands of Fate.

Michelle Nessk's statement & bio:
I'm so grateful to have gotten to participate in the 2018 Women in Horror Massive Blood Drive PSA. I don't give blood, I take it. Because I'm severely anemic, I depend upon the generosity of others to give in order to survive. This project has not only given me the opportunity to work with the incredible Tonjia Atomic (who also happens to be anemic), but to truly show my gratitude to all the heroes who open their veins to save lives. Thank you so much for letting us be part of this.
🖤 Michelle Nessk

Michelle Nessk is an award-winning indie horror filmmaker, dancer, musician, and artist out of the Pacific Northwest. Best known for their well-regarded & controversial first full feature film: O. Unilateralis, as well as the annual showcase series Horrors of the PNW. The showcase has premiered at Crypticon Seattle every year for the last five years, where Michelle plays horror host Zee Monsta. Much of Michelle's work is laced with social commentary regarding rape culture and is often connected to charities and non-profits that focus on domestic abuse survivor advocacy. Their band ANU performs at various horror and sci-fi festivals in the Pacific Northwest. Michelle is the owner of production company Gloomy Sunday Productions and the horror publication The Blood Shed.

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