February is Women in Horror Month. Since the HNN ladies spend their time interviewing and promoting others, we felt that this is a perfect time for us to interview them!
Up next is HNN Senior Editor and Manager of Operations, Christine Caprilozzi…
Horror News Network: Can you tell everyone your role when it comes to Horror News Network and CT HorrorFest?
Christine Caprilozzi: I serve as Senior Editor and Manager of Operations for Horror News Network. That means wearing multiple hats in terms of acting as a Journalist covering TV, movies, events, and comics. The hat I also end up wearing is that of day to day operations. One role that has come up for me over the last few years is that of Lead Organizer for the CT HorrorFest. THAT right there is a ton of work, but a labor of love and a job I could not pull off without the hard work and teamwork of the Horror News Network staff.
Horror News Network: How long have you been working at both?
Christine Caprilozzi: Horror News Network started out at Comic Monsters, where I started as a Journalist in 2005, and in 2009 or so I helped with expanding the site to be all encompassing, Horror News Network. It has been quite a ride over the last decade, and the horror industry has changed quite a bit.
Horror News Network: Do you recall your first experience with the horror genre? (Was it watching a movie, etc?)
Christine Caprilozzi: I think it was a Sunday afternoon movie in the 1980s. I was really little watching WPIX/Channel 11 in NY…the “Sunday Afternoon Movie” that day was Blacula! I always remembered the ending, which I will not give away because I think all horror fans should see that movie!
Horror News Network: What is your favorite medium for horror? (Books, movies, etc?)
Christine Caprilozzi: Honestly, there are some really great indie films and TV shows that have come out over the last few years, but my favorite medium is still horror comics. There is something to be said for still leaving bits to the imagination. Some of the concepts and artwork in many of these comics, especially the indie titles are absolutely phenomenal.
Horror News Network: What’s your favorite horror movie of all time?
Christine Caprilozzi: Texas Chainsaw Massacre, hands down. That dinner scene was genius and pushed boundaries for the time that movie came out. There have also been countless numbers of movies that are extremely derivative of it, very influential. A close second for me is The Descent.
Horror News Network: What TV shows are your current favorites?
Christine Caprilozzi: I know there are tons of Walking Dead fans out there that will disagree with me, but I think the two shows that appeal to me the most are The Strain and Bates Motel. Both are extremely well acted and directed. I do miss Hannibal and wish more people took to it. Another show that is often overlooked is Z Nation. It’s a really fun watch. The characters are likable and it doesn’t take itself too seriously, which I think is part of its charm.
Horror News Network: What are your thoughts on the current state of horror?
Christine Caprilozzi: My personal opinion is that the vast majority of great horror is not found in the mainstream. Some of the greatest horror films over the last few years never saw a theatrical release. The indie realm also gives creators the ability to push boundaries without corporations telling them to tone it down…I like that!
I also think that there has been sort of a “mainstreaming” of horror if you will. It’s sort of like when I was younger and “alternative” music became mainstream and the popular kids started listening to it. Well, The Walking Dead became a hit and broke down a lot of barriers for horror on TV, etc. While I think it has been great to see horror television take off, and many horror comics gain the attention they deserve, I do hope it isn’t just a trend and the horror genre keeps the momentum up. Kids may watch The Walking Dead and dig deeper to watch the full Romero catalog…and the tradition continues.
Horror News Network: Do you feel that being a woman in horror has its advantages?
Christine Caprilozzi: No, not behind the scenes in a non -filmmaking capacity. When I started almost 11 years ago, there NOT many females covering horror comics. If I was at a comic con, even with a Press Pass, people still assumed I was just someone’s girlfriend, and would ask me that (true story). Behind the scenes it’s a bit different. From where I sit, there is still that line you tow to be tough and be able to play with the boys. My advice is to have thick skin… and if you’re too tough you will be called a bitch, and you better expect it, and be prepared to not care.
It is a wonderful thing to not only see so many more women recognized in the genre over the last five years or so, but also who support one another. I see many more women not only making films, but also working as journalists and horror promoters. What really makes it awesome is that all the women tend to support each other in an unspoken bond of horror sisterhood.
Happy Women in Horror Month to all my fellow horror/goth chicks who don’t compromise and follow their dreams!
Horror News Network: Thanks for your time, Christine!