February is now quite firmly Women in Horror Month, and no one celebrates harder than twin troublemakers the Soska Sisters. The directors of Dead Hooker in a Trunk and American Mary have once again put together their annual Blood Drive PSA to encourage people to donate blood, albeit in a more horrific manner than you’re likely to see interrupting daytime TV.
For the last seven years, Jen and Silvia Soska have been gathering together short video spots featuring prominent female horror stars both in front of and behind the camera, with the intention of getting more people to donate blood. To be more inclusive, this year the sisters have brought in some male filmmakers to join the fun. The films all feature an emphasis on the red stuff, and make up a 26-minute mini-anthology which you can see here.
The Soskas say in the press release:
“Every year, we have taken it upon ourselves to create PSAs urging people to donate. You can’t think ‘horror’ without thinking ‘blood’, and horror is all about facing your fears. Anyway, what’s one small prick in a world filled with an epidemic of pricks, right?
Over the years the PSA has grown to include and spotlight artists from across the globe. This year was our first year to include feminists of any gender. Our goal has always been inclusion, support and awareness. Many of these artists wouldn’t have their voices heard without opportunities such as those gifted from events like Women in Horror Month.”
Directors returning from previous years include rising stars Jill Sixx Gevargizian (The Stylist, Call Girl), Gigi Saul Guerrero (El Gigante) and Patricia Chica (Ceramic Tango), whose segment Bloody Burlesque stars Tiffany Shepis (Tromeo and Juliet, Basement Jack), known to many as Super Tromette Bulimia. Fresh blood comes from directors such as Joe Magna, Lisa Ovies and Tristan Risk, known for her roles in American Mary and House of Manson.
“The Blood Drive is important, and not enough of us do it. I play with fake blood all day long, but the reality is people need our real blood and our help. Please donate”, says Shepis.
Check out the official Women in Horror Month website here.