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 special effects makeup artist Jacquie Lantern. Lets see what she said about being a “Woman in Horror”…
-PH: When did you first become a horror fan?
-Jacquie: I have been a horror fan since I can remember. My mom introduced me to horror when I was really little. She allowed me to watch horror movies and read Stephen King. I was never scared. I LOVED them! Halloween was always a big deal in my family as well. My mom hand made our costumes every year.
-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?
-Jacquie: It happened naturally. I posted a costume that I made – Regan from the Exorcist. A local haunted attraction saw it and asked me to come apply to be a makeup artist. I did, and I got the job! I have had so many opportunities since. I am extremely grateful. I am hoping to one day make horror my full time career!
-PH: What does having a “Women in Horror” month mean to you?
-Jacquie: I think it’s great! Women are a huge part of the horror genre and seeing all of these talented women getting recognition is pretty awesome!
-PH: Is there a woman in horror who you consider a role model?
-Jacquie: I love the Soska sisters! They are genuinely good people and encourage others. Encouraging others is important to me so seeing them consistently doing that is so great!
-PH: How do you think the role of women in horror has changed over the years?
-Jacquie: Women have taken prominent and lead roles. In the past most films showed them as the victim and naked. LOL! I have no issues with that BTW, but it is pretty cool to see women being portrayed as strong. Being able to fight back and not just scream, and in certain cases the woman is now the agressor/bad guy. Women are badasses now!
-PH: What do you think the future holds for women in horror?
-Jacquie: I think the future is limitless. I think we’ve come a long way and will continue to grow, and I look forward to watching that happen!
-PH: Being that this is PromoteHorror.com, please feel free to plug your current/next horror project.
-Jacquie: The Houses October Built 2 is on Blu Ray and DVD and sold at Walmart, Amazon and Best Buy!
We would like to thank Jacquie Lantern for taking the time to answer our questions, but more importantly for her contribution to horror!