Women in Horror: A Look at the Ladies Crafting the Worlds of Fear!
- What first drew you into the world of horror?
Since I was a very young girl I always liked all things magical. My birthday is in October so I always wanted a Halloween Theme birthday party, costumes and all. I would spend months painting my own decorations and make all my friends dress up. I don’t remember when it started, but it has always been part of me. I can remember very young trying to get my cat Pumpkin to stay on my broom while I ran around pretending to fly, and how every night I would try to slowly descend into my bed like Wednesday Addams. I really believed if I tried hard enough one day I would become a witch or vampire. 🤣🤣 Kids and their imaginations.
- What film/book/show was the biggest influence on you?
Oh boy, there are too many to name. When I was still very young and had much growing up to do, I loved Goosebumps, Are you Afraid of the Dark?, Tales from the Crypt, Buffy, Ahhhh! Real Monsters, The Addams Family, The Worst Witch, Beetlejuice, The Witches, Hocus Pocus, and The Halloween Tree. I grew up on Horror and Halloween. It started with those, but it never ended…
- What actor/director/writer do you consider your biggest influence?
Well, I don’t have one big influence, I am inspired by everything, but I would have to say, Ve Neil, Doug Jones, and Mykie AKA Glam and Gore are my major inspirations.
- Who would you consider to be your horror twin?
Haha, she’s not necessarily horror but her character resonated with me big time and, if you watch her Tik Toks we are THE SAME person basically. Lana Parilla, the woman behind Regina in Once Upon a Time. If it was a younger me, I would most definitely have said, Wednesday Addams.
- What do you think you would you be doing if you weren’t involved with the horror community?
I think I would be dead on the inside, and not in an undead cool kinda way… I just think I would lose myself as a person If I didn’t have horror to connect and create with. I am a psychology graduate and probably would have continued that to be able to interview serial killers …. Hello Clarice!
- Plug some of your past, present, and upcoming projects.
Past Projects have been my Halloween looks I have done with Shawn Pearce and Salty Lips Studio. Every day I work on projects. I make custom painted furniture, paintings, costumes prosthetics, and props A LOT. I am also currently working on one special present for someone that entails a lot of trial and error as well as 13 Days of Halloween looks. This year I am not only working with my regular crew, but also with a few new photographers and Models. I am really excited about these looks this year because they are all a concept collaboration!
- Where do you like folks to follow you on social media?
I prefer they follow me on Facebook @PoisnedBeautyByOcularDeceptions however soon I will have a webpage to share and will link it on that FB and my Instagram which is a new reboot page @PoisnedBeauty
- Where can folks find your work?
You can find me on FB and IG as mentioned above as well as on Facebook and Instagram under @SaltyLipsStudio since I work with the owner @RobynScreams a lot.
- Which horror icon would you most/least like to go up against?
I honestly wouldn’t like to go up against any considering fighting for your life isn’t that fun. If I was forced to choose who to go against I would say Ghostface Killer, I could take him. I would much rather hang out with Bruce Campbell for a day or Doug Jones as any of his characters, they are both my icons.
- Any advice for young ladies aspiring to become involved in the horror community?
Yes, never give up. This is a male-dominated field and it can be extremely discouraging. Stay true to yourself, and never let anyone make you want to give up what you love, tell you that you will not make it, or make you feel uncomfortable. Anything is possible if you work hard enough for it! 🖤
- Who is on your Horror Mt. Rushmore? This can be actors, writers, directors, characters, etc.
Well, I’d like to keep it geared towards myself, I could say amazing artists like Tom Savini, Dick Smith, Guillermo Del Toro, etc. However, if it was my “Mount Killmore” it would be very different.
I would put Ve Neill – she mostly is an application artist but she is one of the first, if not the first woman to be widely accepted into the Pro Fx world and is extremely well known now.
I would choose Doug Jones because he has inspired me my entire life to become the best creature I can be!
I would definitely put Tim Curry because he has taught me you can sing the worst song ever on a green screen and make it amazing anyways, be a Terrifying Clown, a Transvestite and also the funniest “Butler” there ever was. The Worst Witch was one of the most influential movies of my childhood. Thank you Tim Curry for all that you are!
Last, but not least, I would put Mykie AKA Glam and Gore because she is a self-taught SFX artist who won the NYX face awards and has gotten so big she has had Ve Neill at her home and has also turned Jeffree Star into Voldemort, and if that’s not one hell of an inspirational story for someone like me to look up to…I don’t know what is.
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