WOMEN IN HORROR: A Month-Long Look into the Ladies Crafting the Worlds of Fear! Day Fifteen – Abigail Braman!
1. What first drew you into the world of horror?
I would have to say the Universal Classics. Those were the first horror films I watched as a kid, especially The Wolfman and Creature from the Black Lagoon.
2. What film/book/show was the biggest influence on you?
The biggest films would probably be Rosemary’s Baby (which is my all-time favorite), along with The Wicker Man and Halloween. But I’m very inspired by and passionate about animation, so films like The Secret of NIMH and The Nightmare Before Christmas would be high on that list as well.
As for books, I’d have to also say Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin, along with Harvest Home by Thomas Tyron, and Misery by Stephen King.
For shows, I grew up with 90s Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network shows, and MTV… so, all that jazz.
3. What actor/director/writer do you consider your biggest influence?
I absolutely love Sigourney Weaver, Frances McDormand, and Jodie Foster. Their character portrayals always felt very strong and realistic to me, as I always found it difficult growing up to connect with a female character in film, because in most movies they are always portrayed as a helpless victim, someone’s girlfriend, or just a background character with no real substance or personality. So naturally, it was easier to find a male character to call your favorite, as they always had the best roles, personalities and screen time. But Frances McDormand as Marge in Fargo always caught my attention, and her complex personality and relatable attitude was always seen as one of my favorites, and the same goes for Sigourney Weaver in Alien and Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs; they’re incredibly smart and a realistic portrayal of how I personally know women to be.
4. Who would you consider to be your horror twin?
If this is referring to someone I look like, then I am unsure! Haha. But I have been told a lot that I resemble Audrey Hepburn, which has become a running joke over the years.
5. What do you think you would you be doing if you weren’t involved
with the horror community?
Oh, numerous things, I’m sure. I do love horror, but I’m involved in several other areas of life as well- I have numerous jobs, with my main job and passion being fine art and oil painting. I also have a major love and soft spot for music, as I worked at a music store for almost a decade and played in a band for several years. I went to school for art history and very much enjoy writing huge papers and conducting research. The list goes one, haha.
6. Plug some of your past, present, and upcoming projects.
As far as art goes, I’m currently working on several things, which include a larger macabre series incorporating the deer skeleton-human hybrids I’ve come to love painting over the years. A lot of the subject matters are rooted in tribal spirituality, set in dark or swampy tableaux. I’m also working on a large group of paintings that have been in the works since around 2012 or so. I’m keeping them private until I have at least a large chunk of them completed, as I am very paranoid about theft, which often times runs rampant in the art world. But this new direction is what I’d mainly like to paint, and is essentially my creative baby. The artwork involves paintings and found objects, and will tackle hefty subject matters through the guise of vintage consumerism and topics of the 1950s-1970s. I’m working on all of these things in between commissioned works and side projects.
As far as film projects go, my team and I are still chugging away at our short film titled, Cadillac Dust, which has been in the works since about 2016. It’s a stop-motion animated horror short film with a highly realistic and studio level quality to it… so, in other words, it is very time-consuming and very expensive, haha. But it’s a labor of love that we very much enjoy. My business partner and lead fabricator David Ernst is one of the most talented people I’ve ever worked with. He’s done previous work on shows such as MTVs Celebrity Deathmatch and Nickelodeon’s Prometheus and Bob. We are at a bit of a standstill at the moment, because we are still seeking full funding for this short. All progress and info are located at the link below if anyone is interested in checking it out:
7. Where do you like folks to follow you on social media?
– Anywhere is fine! If you type my name into Facebook, you can either add my personal page or give my art page a follow (same goes for Twitter). And my Instagram handle is @abigail_braman_art
And if interested in following Cadillac Dust on social media, just simply type the name into Facebook and Twitter, and it will pop up.
8. Where can folks find your work?
Same answer as above, and I also show in galleries and do conventions, so keep your eyes peeled!
9. Which horror icon would you most/least like to go up against?
Oh boy… the one I would least like to go up against would be… well, most slasher icons, haha. Leatherface and Michael Myers would be terrifying, hands down. And one that I would want to go up against would be known of them (haha), but if I had to, I would pick Xenomorph, because Ripley looked like a badass doing it. Or Hannibal, because in a strange way, I think getting inside of that mind would be fascinating.
10. Any advice for young ladies aspiring to become involved in the horror community?
My best advice would be to just work hard and be yourself- don’t cave to everyone else’s goals or expectations, because they are not you, nor are they original. Just trust yourself and stand by your work. Being cautious of others is always great to put into the back of your mind as well, as not everyone is out for your best interest. But staying true to yourself and your goals can bring nothing but whatever success and happiness that you are trying to reach.
11. Who is on your Horror Mt. Rushmore? This can be actors, writers, directors, characters.
Oh, let’s see. I definitely will choose the “characters” route; one for women, and one for horror villains.
Women in horror would consist of: Ripley (Alien), Jess (Black Christmas), Clarice Starling (Silence of the Lambs), and Rosemary Woodhouse (Rosemary’s Baby).
Horror villains: Michael Myers, The Wolfman, The Zombie from Night of the Living Dead, and The Creature from the Black Lagoon.