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 Sarah Schultz aka Jessica Stabbit. Lets see what she said about being a “Woman in Horror”…
-PH: When did you first become a horror fan?
-Sarah: I was born with horror running through my veins, I just wasn’t able to express it. I grew up in a strict household and couldn’t explore my interest for the genre. The closest I got was watching “Jaws” at a very young age, and then slowly progressing as i could make my own choices “The Exorcist” was next. It became a tradition that I watch, whether alone or with the few friends I liked to have around, TCM Horror marathon for Halloween.
-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?
-Sarah: There was not a specific moment that I thought about evolving from horror fan to a woman who contributes to the genre. It happened naturally as my love for horror grew and I got more into the scene. I started out getting my name out there as “Jessica Stabbit”, winning the Miss Scarizona pageant 2017 at the amazing horror con “Mad Monster”. My husband is my photographer and motivator.
-PH: What does having a “Women in Horror” month mean to you?
-Sarah: Having a “Women in Horror” month means we are being recognized for our ability as women to truly show how strong we really are. Society puts an image out there that we still need to be cooking, cleaning and having children, like that’s all we are good for. It’s 2018 people. Women are fucking amazing creatures. Not only do we…cook, clean, raise our children if any, make sure the next day is figured out, get to work on time, go to school, etc, we are also writing our next script, sending in audition tapes for that new role we saw online, walking in the door after a long day, and throwing on some devil horns and latex, and hopping in a bloody tub for a photo shoot. Dedicating a month to recognize the talent and drive we have as women who want to fulfill our dreams, is an honor and Totally well deserved.
-PH: Is there a woman in horror who you consider a role model?
-Sarah: I love Scout Taylor Compton. I have respect for PJ Soles, Felissa Rose Esposito, Destinie Orndoff, and the Soska sisters (whom I believed paved the way for women to show their talents)
-PH: How do you think the role of women in horror has changed over the years?
-Sarah: The role of women in horror has changed in the sense that women always come out on top. Like i previously discussed on “The Calling Hours” for Morbidly Beautiful, there is ALWAYS a woman hero. Always. Women are given the biggest obstacles and can overtake those with drive and determination.
-PH: What do you think the future holds for women in horror?
-Sarah: The women in horror are the future lol. We already claimed our territory.
-Being that this is PromoteHorror.com, please feel free to plug your current/next horror project.
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I have a role in Michael Wurzers horror psychological horror thriller “Aidens Easel” coming late this year. I do have a shoot with Scout Taylor Compton in the next few months we will brainstorm soon on, horror related no doubt. I will play “Susan” in “Nanosharks” filming late summer. I did audition for “Deranged Minds Entertainment” (Tristan Clay and Destinie Orndoff’s film company) newest cult horror film “Inverted”. In July I will be at the Mad Monster horror con to crown the gore-geous new Miss Scarizona 2018. Super stoked about this year! 🎬
We would like to thank Sarah Schultz aka Jessica Stabbit for taking the time to answer our questions, but more importantly for her contribution to horror!