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 first is HNN staff member, Lynn Sorel…
Horror News Network: How long have you been working with Horror News Network?
Lynn Sorel: Since September 2014.
Horror News Network: Do you recall your first experience with the horror genre? (Was it watching a movie, etc?)
Lynn Sorel: Yes, I started out watching horror films and I believe it was Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice film (If not it would have been Poltergeist or Gremlins). I believe It came out when I was about 7 years old and my parents didn’t let me watch real (serious/rated R) horror as a kid, so I had to watch whatever was on network TV, and edited, for the most part. The first films I saw were mostly tame stuff, but it always stuck with me and I could never get enough of it.
Horror News Network: What is your favorite medium for horror? (Books, movies, etc?)
Lynn Sorel: I’d say movies. I do love reading things like Edgar Allan Poe and the occasional Stephen King book, but there’s not much else I’d rather do than sit down with a new horror film on a Friday night.
Horror News Network: What’s your favorite horror movie of all time?
Lynn Sorel: It changes sometimes, but usually it’s between ‘Trick ‘r Treat’ and ‘American Psycho’ (at least for newer films. I have a huge list of favorites in general.). Halloween is my favorite day of the year so ‘Trick ‘r Treat’ is my ideal horror film, anthology format and all. I love Carpenter’s ‘Halloween,’ too, but it really outdoes it for me, with a villain like “Sam”. ‘American Psycho’ is smart and funny cynical satire. It’s much more than a horror film and really has the best of everything I could want in a movie. For older films, I would have to say ‘Beetlejuice’ would have to be my favorite since I’m the biggest Tim Burton fan and it was my introduction to both horror and Burton.
Horror News Network: What TV shows are your current favorites?
Lynn Sorel: ‘Hannibal’ was my favorite and I hope to see it return in one form or another. It was pure horror art, with an excellent cast and a humorously grotesque storyline. ‘American Horror Story’ is another, though I do think it was stronger in it’s earlier seasons. ‘The X-Files’ was my favorite since it first aired when I was 12 and I am really enjoying the new events series, which by the look of it, will be coming back in the future. ‘The Strain’ is another really awesome horror series I’m loving, with one of the most unique and brutal portrayals of vampires I’ve ever seen.
Horror News Network: What are your thoughts on the current state of horror?
Lynn Sorel: I will always love horror no matter it’s state and I am not a person that is particularly critical of it in that way. I tend to give anything and everything a chance. There are far too many remakes though. That is my main complaint. I do like some of them and watch the majority of them (but with respect to the fact that I watch as many horror films as I can get my hands on in general.), but I would much rather see original new stories. I enjoy a lot of the found footage that many older fans hate. I try to keep an open mind when it comes to horror. It’s hard enough for horror films to get made and people to get their ideas out there when even fans are quick to trash it, along with the fact that society shuns it in a lot of ways.
Horror News Network: Do you feel that being a woman in horror has its advantages?
Lynn Sorel: There certainly isn’t a shortage of work for us in the genre, so I suppose that is the biggest advantage of it at this point. It’s definitely still a “boys club,” but I think those of us that are involved feel like it’s our own little piece of the world that is kind of “ours.” Horror fans aren’t mainstream and female horror fans are even less so, so for those of us that like our little place set apart from the crowd, it can be a good thing. It gets frustrating however, and I have found that most other women are scared of horror and want nothing to do with, or worse, believe it’s sexist. It can be, but like all art, it reflects the times we live in and is progressing along with the rest of the society. Honestly, I don’t really even think about the fact that I’m a woman in a male dominated fan culture except when I am introduced to new woman and I find out, as is almost always the case, that they hate it. Then I remember, Oh right…I’m one of the exceptions. It’s has good points and bad like anything else. It can be isolating in a way. It’s hard to make female friends with common interests for me, and I suspect for most of us. I’m more behind the scenes than some of the staff and I haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing the sexism I often hear about, or any real perk of being a woman specifically.
Horror News Network: Thanks for your time, Lynn!