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 director Libby McDermott. Lets see what she said about being a “Woman in Horror”…
-PH: When did you first become a horror fan?
-Libby: Very young my mother was known to put on Halloween just for the music but as a child they would give me nightmares so I remember not being allowed to watch them and that transitioned into me choosing other genres. I’d say it was my 20’s before I really started watching horror or even knowing it was considered an industry in itself.
-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?
-Libby: When I read the script for Dead Woman’s Hollow. My dream is to make movies and I was given the blue prints to make a real movie. I knew if I was able to capture those pages I could make something out of it. I needed to work on my dream and Dead Woman’s Hollow was a way I could live it and do it one day at a time… I was scared…scared of a lot of things so why not start with a scary movie idea. I worked to keep the fear on the screen and make a movie with a message.
-PH: What does having a “Women in Horror” month mean to you?
-Libby: It’s bringing awareness to an industry and more specifically the women working in it and making connections by sharing the work of female filmmakers.
-PH: Is there a woman in horror who you consider a role model?
-Libby: Horror pioneer Amy Holden-Jones comes to mind…she has been a success at all aspects of the industry not only Horror and that is my dream. If you are a working female in this industry then chances are you inspire me.
-PH: How do you think the role of women in horror has changed over the years?
-Libby: I’m seeing a lot more women directing, producing, and writing. We are making our own pictures and telling our stories and I do think even bigger things are coming in the future.
-PH: What do you think the future holds for women in horror?
-Libby: Love. More people loving it. I’m excited to see more women making great horror movies. It is in our nature to create and there is so much power in fear. So if you can make someone feel that…job well done!
-PH: Being that this is PromoteHorror.com, please feel free to plug your current/next horror project.
We would like to thank Libby McDermott for taking the time to answer our questions, but more importantly for her contribution to horror!