Getting wild in a Sunflower field at today’s wedding! The Conboys are making magic!
Last night at HALLOWEEN at the @hollywoodtheatr PJ Soles pointed out that the audience didn’t clap for producer & writer Debra Hill while we clapped for others in the credits. From PJ’s perspective on set, she said, it was apparent that it was a 50/50 partnership between Hill and Carpenter and that they were equally directing the film. This came up when @thecarlarossi asked about fanfare around “John Carpenter’s Halloween,” that ignores Debra Hill, or recognition for “Dario Argento’s Suspiria” that leaves out writer Daria Nicolodi. Structural sexism upholds the myth of a male auteur and puts his name first-billed on the credits, while it cuts out the women who put in equal labor for less acclaim and presents them as helpful background players at best. “Women in Horror” is a contemporary social movement, but it isn’t a new concept or reality. We need to look back on the canon and hold ourselves accountable to acknowledging the co-authorship of women: that it is John Carpenter and Debra Hill’s Halloween, that it is Dario Argento and Daria Nicolodi’s Suspiria, and that the “masters” of horror were able to build names for themselves - names society was more ready to recognize - because of the revolutionary work of incredibly talented and genre-defining women. 🎃