With instructor Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, presented by Kier-la Janisse!
The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies is proud to present this special one-off class with film writer and scholar Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (Rape Revenge Films: A Critical Study) at Austin’s Fantastic Fest.
While researching and writing her upcoming book 1000 Women in Horror, Australian film critic and author Heller-Nicholas was struck by the scope of women’s horror filmmaking. That scope lead to some important – and sometimes difficult – questions: are horror films made by women necessarily "feminist"? What do we mean when we talk about "feminism" anyway? What can we learn from art history? Do women make different kinds of horror films than men and represent violence in different ways? And who has told us which women horror filmmakers matter – and, through their omission from popular memory, which ones don’t? Looking at a range of examples from around the world from 1898 to 2018, Heller-Nicholas examines ways we can collectively rethink the history of horror more broadly to be more inclusive, more representative, and more fun.