The Calling Hours Horror Podcast 2.13: Women in Horror Month 2018 with Actress/Writer/Dancer/Filmmaker Rebekah Herzberg (Air Date: 2.6.18)
ABOUT THIS EPISODE:
“On the set of a film, I heard a director tell an actress, ‘Sex sells. People want to see titties in movies.’ And I just don’t think that’s true. You can make an effective horror film without nudity.” – Rebekah Herzberg
As our special guest this evening, we are thrilled to have Rebekah Herzberg back on the podcast. She’s one of our favorite guests and a strong advocate for women in horror…so we jumped at the chance to have her join us for Women in Horror Month. Rebekah is a writer, filmmaker, ballerina, and stage actress. She has written for various publications and was a TV personality for Oxygen’s Snapped and Investigation Discovery’s Deadly Women. Rebekah has also been involved with ballet and modeling since she was a little girl and frequently stays involved with musical theater.
Rebekah Herzberg is considered a strong female force in the horror industry — frequently hosting panels and film conventions to discuss feminism and horror. We were thrilled to have her as a guest contributor to Morbidly Beautiful this past Halloween, where she shared pics from her annual photo shoot, 7 Deadly Cocktails, featuring women bartenders mixing up their favorite deadly concoctions for the season. It was an incredible “deadly sins” inspired photo shoot that Rebekah art directed, with each lady dressing up to represent the drink of her choice (Lusty, Envy, Pride, etc.).
In our Digital Dismemberment Spotlight, we will be covering Velocity Entertainment’s Slaughterhouse of the Rising Sun (2005), written and directed by Vin Crease. Plagued by terrifying visions on the set of her latest film, Jennifer is forced to drop out of the spotlight and check in to a mental institution. After being stranded in the desert following her release, Jennifer seeks shelter with a nomadic band of rebels. With a gritty look, great gore, and shocking realism, this is a great piece of exploitation filmmaking that pays homage to the grindhouse films of the 70s.
In honor of the great George Romero’s recent birthday, we will also be reviewing Scream Factory’s release of his 1985 film Day of the Dead, the third film in his Dead series (which includes Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead). Romero describes this controversial classic with groundbreaking gore as a “tragedy about how lack of human communication causes chaos and collapse even in this small little pie slice of society.” This film features Sherman Howard in an early appearance as Bub, and make-up artist Gregory Nicotero playing Private Johnson and assisting Tom Savini with the make-up effects. While originally the lowest grossest film of the series, it’s now found its way into the pantheon of great and hugely influential horror films.