As you may know, February is “Women in Horror” month. To celebrate, PromoteHorror.com asked women from different professions if they would like to answer some questions about being a “Woman in Horror.” One of the women, who was kind enough to answer our questions, was actress Mel Heflin. Lets see what she said about being a “Woman in Horror”…
-PH: When did you first become a horror fan?
-Mel: As far back as I can remember, I was raised on Tales From The Crypt and Goosebumps. Halloween being the first glimpse of horror kids get I always started costume planning in August. I was a strange, very organized horror fan of a kid.
-PH: Was there a specific moment when you realized that you wanted to go from being a fan of horror to a woman who contributes to the genre, or did it just kind of happen naturally?
-Mel: I always knew that I had wanted to, but where do you go about looking to audition for movies? Luckily, for me it all happened so organically. I was working as a model and a fellow model friend invited me to a horror movie audition. I was so excited, I had to have that part. I gave it my all and 60 some films later here I am still; still just as excited and honored to be here.
-PH: What does having a “Women in Horror” month mean to you?
-Mel: For me, Women in Horror Month is like a moment of reflection for all that I and my peers have done. I tend to go out and create a little less to spend a little more time promoting it out there and reminding everyone what my female colleagues and I have contributed recently.
-PH: Is there a woman in horror who you consider a role model?
-Mel: I always do shout love to the female directors I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Libby McDermott and Shiva Rodriguez are both forces to be reckoned with in this industry and I adore both them and their works.
-PH: How do you think the role of women in horror has changed over the years?
-Mel: From just my perspective, since I’ve only been in for 10 years I have seen many, many more female fans, directors and actors coming in. It has been great to see since when I started attending cons and film sets there was almost 95% men, but now there are women everywhere. I’m not sure where the ladies were hiding, but I’m glad they’re not anymore.
-PH: What do you think the future holds for women in horror?
-Mel: I’m hoping there will be more female sponsored events and female run festivals.
-PH: Being that this is PromoteHorror.com, please feel free to plug your current/next horror project.
-Mel: Currently I’m working on wrapping up filming Zomboner 2 and Bottom Creek as leads on both projects. I’m working on a segment of an anthology by Jeff Kirkendall soon, Horror Tales, the segment I have a part in is Horror Hostess. Besides that I’m waiting on bookings for movies that are “in talks.”
For what’s new to where to find my movies visit www.facebook.com/MelHeflin
Photos are from Dead Woman’s Hollow, Jinn, One Night Of Fear, The Prophane Exhibit, Swamp Zombies 2, Zombies Can’t Eat Airheads, Zomboner 2, and Bottom Creek.
We would like to thank Mel Heflin for taking the time to answer our questions, but more importantly for her contribution to horror!