Horror’s Scream Queens and Rising Talent: Six Questions for Anna Dixon
“Anna Dixon began her career in film as Post Production Supervisor on Slasher House (2012) before producing her first feature Legacy of Thorn in 2013 with Director husband MJ Dixon. Anna has since gone on produce countless Music Videos, Shorts and Feature Length horrors, Including Cleaver : Rise of the Killer Clown, Hollower (starring Hellraiser’s Nicholas Vince) and most recently Slasher House 2.”*
1. How did you get into the industry?
I met MJ Dixon 7 years ago in Preston and helped him out with a couple of horror shorts and with finishing off his first feature, Slasher House, and getting it off to distributors. I loved the experience and we’ve gone on to make four more features together and several shorts and music videos. I married him last month just so I could keep doing it.
2. What Scream Queen/Woman in Horror inspired you most?
Debbie Rochon and Eileen Daly are two that I have the utmost admiration for. Such versatile, talented and strong actors. I got the chance to watch Eileen work recently and it was a fantastic experience. More recently, Mycho’s own rising scream queens are my true inspiration. We’ve worked with so many amazing ladies who have horror in their veins.
3. What horror film hooked you on the genre and why?
Near Dark is probably the one. I’ve always loved vampire movies but the scene with the stirrups in the bar made me want to get involved and see how that kind of effect was done. I’ve watched loads of indie making of documentaries since and seeing an effect come together on set is a great feeling…when it works!
4. When you are presented with a script or movie concept, what are the things that draw you to certain projects and away from others?
I mostly just work on our own stuff and with our friends but definitely the passion and personality of the people involved is a huge draw. I just love being on set with creative people, everyone having the same goal in mind and doing anything to achieve it. It’s infectious.
5. The evolution of women in the genre continues to change almost daily, so what are your thoughts on how things have changed and what do you see coming for the current and future women of horror?
I think for women in front of the camera in horror, there has been a shift from one dimensional damsels in distress to strong, well rounded humans who can be just as heroic or evil as the boys. I think horror is a pretty cool place for the female of the species behind the camera too. Because it lends itself so well to the independents, there isn’t the elitism of major budget productions and it’s a more level playing field based on talent and ingenuity.
6. What are the next couple projects you are working on?
We’re just finishing up casting for Mask of Thorn, a prequel to our 2014 feature Legacy of Thorn. It’s our love letter to the shot on video slashers we grew up on. Then we’re straight on to Cleaver 2 with our own child murdering clown.
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