The anthology film seems to have made a comeback in recent years, especially in the horror world. Aside from Michael Dougherty’s excellent Trick ‘r Treat (which just got a sequel order), we’ve had films like VHS, its sequel, and The ABCs of Death provide a platform for talented filmmakers to work their magic in short segments. But in a fresh twist on the concept, The Wrap brings word that a new horror anthology called XX is in the pipeline and all of its segments will be directed by women and star female leads.
The directors already attached include some big names in the genre, like Jennifer Lynch (Boxing Helena), Mary Harron (American Psycho), Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body), sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska (Dead Hooker in a Trunk) and Jovanka Vuckovic (The Captured Bird). MPI/Dark Sky Films and XYZ Films are behind the new project, which will give each director freedom to craft her own story and will connect them through a series of stop-motion animations created by Sofia Carrillo, who will also design the title sequence.
Quotes from the people spearheading this effort prove that they understand that women aren’t being utilized enough in the genre:
“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,” said Greg Newman, EVP of MPI Media Group. Todd Brown (who also produced The Raid and its sequel for XYZ Films), added: “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.”
Brown makes a great point. How many times have you seen the clueless blonde bimbo character used for nothing more than titillation in horror movies? Granted, movies like You’re Next and the female-directed remake of Carrie are making strides to change the status quo, but there’s still a lot of ground to make up when it comes to equality in film, and even more so when it comes to horror. I’m not even a horror buff, and this project sounds pretty great to me. No actresses have been cast yet, but these are some seriously talented ladies and I can’t wait to see what kind of twisted stories they can put together.
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