Women in Horror Month Interview with Podcaster Alix Webster

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 the wonderful Alix Webster. Lets see what she said about being a “Woman in Horror”…

-PH: When did you first become a horror fan?

-Alix: In one way or another, my whole life. My mom was super restrictive when I was a teenager on what movies I could and couldn’t watch but I was strangely enough allowed to watch as much true crime as I wanted. I also read ghost stories and spooky stories whenever I could. But in the traditional sense I didn’t become a fan of horror as a genre until I was in college and I took a “Gender + Film” class and the professor exclusively based the class around horror movies.

-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?

-Alix: I had always wanted to create a podcast, I’ve been listening to them since I was around 11 or so an I knew I wanted to find a story to tell. It wasn’t until I was 23 or so that I realized I wanted to combine the two when I met my cohost, Anthony.

-PH: Since you’ve become a horror fan and woman in horror, have you always had the support of friends and family or did you have some explaining to do?

-Alix: Surprisingly, no! I always thought I’d have to explain to my mom that I was emotionally okay and this wasn’t a cry for help. Turns out she was HUGELY supportive, she doesn’t understand it at all but she’s supportive and that means so much to me. She even bought me a horror t-shirt not knowing who was on it because she ‘thought I’d like it.’

-PH: What does having a “Women in Horror” month mean to you?

-Alix: I think it’s important to showcase women’s accomplishments in horror – the genre is stereotyped as a male dominated field but it’s shocking to me how many women are responsible for making the online horror communities thrive. Not to mention the fact that we still live in a world where one of the largest horror production companies in the world say that there “aren’t any good female horror directors” it begs the question, where exactly are these mf-ers looking?

-PH: Is there a woman in horror who you consider a role model? How have they effected your life in and outside of horror?

-Alix: This is such a good question, I think every woman I come in contact with inspires me in one way or another. SickWix the candle maker is an absolute queen and she’s who I want to be when I grow up, teased 80’s hair and all. One of my favorite episodes of my podcast is “American Mary” Dir. by the Soska Sisters, and watching interviews with them just absolutely made me adore them and want to be their friend, ha.

-PH: What do you think the future holds for women in horror?

-Alix: I can hope we see more female directors, more women content creators being uplifed and given the platforms they need to reach new audiences and PAID for their hard work. So many women in horror that I follow are doing this 1000% free because it brings them joy, even spending some of their own money on equipment and marketing. It ahows in their content, and they’re the ones who are going to go far, or at least I hope so.

-PH: This is Women in Horror Month 11…how long do you think we will continue to celebrate this month before women get the recognition they deserve?

-Alix: Forever. I think there’s going to have to be a whole culture shift before WiHM is even beginning to considered obsolete. But then again, I think this is a great opportunity for women in horror all over.

-PH: If you could serve a role in horror that you’ve never done, what would it be?

-Alix: I’d love to get involved in short films, with production or marketing. Ugh, what a dream.

-PH: Who is your favorite final girl, and favorite female villain?

-Alix: Sidney Prescott!!!! and Mrs. Voorhees or Tiffany Valentine, such icons!

-PH: Being that this is PromoteHorror.com, please feel free to plug your current/next horror project.

-Alix: So I’m the Co-founder and Co-Host of The Horrorble People’s Podcast, a weekly horror podcast where my cohost, Anthony and I delve into a horror film of our choosing. Sometimes we have theme months and sometimes we don’t but no matter what we combine humor and Hollywood know-how to paint a picture of some of the greatest and not so great horror films of our time! We release episodes every Wednesday and you can find us wherever you get your podcasts! Hit us up on IG @horrorblepeoplespodcast for more info!

We would like to thank Alix Webster for taking the time to answer our questions, but more importantly for her contribution to horror!

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