This February marks the 8th Annual Women in Horror Month (WiHM), an international, grassroots initiative, which encourages supporters to learn about and showcase the underrepresented work of women in the horror industries.
Whether they are on the screen, behind the scenes, or contributing in their other various artistic ways, it is clear that women love, appreciate, and contribute to the horror genre. WiHM celebrates these contributions to horror throughout the year via the official WiHM blog, Ax Wound, The Ax Wound Film Festival, and with the official WiHM event/project database in February. This inclusive and positive movement is open to everyone, just as the horror genre should be.
Morbidly Beautiful will be celebrating all month long with a series of WiHM-themed posts on our blog and social channels. While we always regularly spotlight female-driven films and creators, we’ll be doing even more this month to shed light on the significant (often overlooked and undervalued) contributions of women in the genre.
In addition, we’ll be sponsoring our first even photo challenge on our Instagram page, with a Women in Horror themed challenge designed to bring more awareness to the many influential female actors, writers, directors, and icons who help shape and evolve the genre.
Check out the challenge below, and please consider showing your support by participating each day throughout February in this fun and interactive celebration of women in horror.
We also encourage you to join us in watching as many female-directed films as possible this month. The wonderful site, Women in Film, has compiled numerous lists to help you discover some of the best movies by female filmmakers (across all genres). You can also pledge to join their incredible 52 Films by Women Challenge, where you commit to watching one film a week directed by a woman.
In addition, we’ll be sharing a new film each day that was written or directed by a woman specifically in the horror genre.
Never has it been more important to recognize the tremendous accomplishments and importance of female artists, creatives, innovators, and leaders. While we focus on horror on this site, we are really celebrating women throughout the arts — and in all industries and walks of life.
We hope you’ll show your support by participating in some of the great WiHM events throughout the month. You can find a list of local events in your area, as well as online events and podcasts, by clicking here. We also encourage you to host your own event and/or share your favorite female-driven films on social media. Use #wihm8 in your social posts to spread the word.
Be sure to tag us in any of your posts so we can repost them on our channels. You can find us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at the links below.
Finally, if you are a woman working in the horror industry and would like us to showcase your work, please contact us.
We’ll also be accepting guest columnists throughout February who would like to write about the impact of women in horror.