WOMEN IN HORROR: A Month-Long Look into the Ladies Crafting the Worlds of Fear! Day Eighteen – Izzy Lee!
1. What first drew you into the world of horror?
Life is chaos and it’s cathartic to watch horror. I experience a sense of relief from worldly anxieties from watching a really good horror film.
2. What film/book/show was the biggest influence on you?
An American Werewolf in London was the first horror film I recall seeing that I resolutely knew was a horror film and something taboo. My parents were watching it on HBO one night and I’d creep down the hall to watch it out of the corner and would run back to my room after being scared. I did this a number of times because I was so intrigued. I’d also add the lurid Vincent Price/Roger Corman/Poe films. I’m still in love with those and I saw some of them at about the same time as An American Werewolf in London, though I don’t recall. I wasn’t supervised much. But in the end, John Carpenter’s The Thing is my choice. The nihilism, dread, isolation, story, acting, and special effects are all A+ for me.
3. What actor/director/writer do you consider your biggest influence?
That’s really hard to say because I’ve lived for a few decades. If I had to pick, it’d be John Carpenter. He’s political and such a rock star. I love the themes in his work, whether we’re talking about.
4. Who would you consider to be your horror twin?
I’m not sure what this means, but I’m close to both Gigi Saul Guerrero and Adam Egypt Mortimer. Gigi’s like a sister to me. They’re both insanely talented and while they’re primarily directors, they’ve both acted in some of my short films (Gigi in Re-Home, Adam in My Monster), and I plan on working with them both again. But for a horror twin… Adam’s new film Daniel Isn’t Real is a really well-done film that has themes that hit me on a deeply personal level, that I’ve always wanted to explore. The film deals with mental illness, demons, nihilism, and empathy, all of which are close to my heart. I consider myself to be an optimist-nihilist, which I guess you could say that I think that most things mean nothing, but I want them to. And I want things to be better. I want to connect with people through storytelling. Film is empathy.
For my horror twin, it’s Khaleesi. Not 100%
horror, but definitely horrific.
5. What do you think you would you be doing if you weren’t involved with the horror community?
Well, I’ve been a freelance
copywriter for most of my professional career. I also write short horror
6. Plug some of your past, present, and upcoming projects.
Both Re-Home and The Obliteration of the Chickens are playing festivals now. Next stops are Brooklyn Horror Fest, Idaho Horror FF, Horrible Imaginings Campfire Tales, 10/18, Re-Home at BUFF-O-Ween, which plays with Blood on Her Name, Nightmares FF, and Morbido.
7. Where do you like folks to follow you on social media?
8. Where can folks find your work?
My Monster on Gunpower & Sky’s horror short film platform ALTER. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_BhlMbFCjQ
Rites of Vengeance on Gunpower & Sky’s horror short film platform ALTER. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki1bCJ6KY60&t=3s
9. Which horror icon would you most/least like to go up against?
It’d be Mads Mikkelsen’s Hannibal.
10. Any advice for young ladies aspiring to become involved in the horror community?
Follow your heart and don’t listen
when they tell you that you can’t do something. Be kind to others.
11. Who is on your Horror Mt. Rushmore? This can be actors, writers, directors, characters.
Carpenter, Cronenberg, Del Toro, Hitchcock, Lynch, Friedkin, Fincher.