One of the most talked about films of this year is a small sequel with the name of Hallowe'en, directly following the 1978 film. But despite having a female lead, Jamie Lee Curtis, no less, and promoting a pseudo-feminist story, the film is directed by a man. In fact, Blumhouse Productions, the company behind. Hallowe'en, He has never hired a woman to direct one of his horror films. When you press on this fact, Blumhouse CEO and Hallowe'en producer Jason Blum said there were not many female directors, as if he said he had not hired directors because he could not find any. Naturally, the directors were not happy.
In an interview with Polygon, published on October 17, Blum was asked about the possibility of a woman directing one of Blumhouse's horror films, a genre for which the company is known. "We are always trying to do that," he said. "We're not trying to do it because of recent events, we've always been trying." The recent events to which he refers are the constant conversation about representation in the media, and also the fact that only 4.3 percent of the directors of the 1,100 highest-grossing films from 2007 to 2017 were women, as reported by the USC's Annenberg Inclusion Initiative in July.
Blum went on to explain why, according to him, it is so difficult to hire a woman as the director of a horror movie. "There are not a lot of women directors, and even fewer who are inclined to make the horror," Blum said. "I am a massive admirer of
The[[The babadook director]Jennifer Kent I've offered you all the movies we've had available. She has rejected me every time. "He continued mentioning Honeymoon director Leigh Janiak, but, as many people noticed online, the fact that he could only think of two female directors to whom he had offered jobs is as offensive as his statement that "there are not many female directors." The directors may not be employed by Blumhouse, but that does not mean they do not exist, and Twitter hastened to warn Blum.
As many pointed out, not only are the directors available, but they are available to direct horror films. In addition, others pointed out that Blumouse has taken a risk with male directors less known in the past. Oren Peli, the director of the first Paranormal activity He had never made a movie, but he made one of the biggest horror films in the last decade under Blumhouse. Despite having worked on special effects in movies for years, Stiles White, who directed OuijaI had never directed a movie. Ouija It was his first. And Mike Flanagan who directed Óculo I had only directed a few films before. He then went on to direct two other Blumhouse horror films.
If Blum's claim that they have been trying to find female directors to direct their films is true, why have not they hired unknown female directors because they have male directors? The fact is that this Blumhouse boss goes with unknown male directors (but never does it for a woman when it comes to any of his horror films), he talks out loud about the fact that Blum can not particularly have women in mind for projects after all.
The original interview was published on Wednesday morning, and at night Blum had issued an apology on his Twitter. He described his comments as "stupid" and blamed them for speaking "too fast about a serious issue." He also admitted that "they have not done a good enough job working with directors and it's not because they do not exist."
Definitely, it was a moment of word of mouth, and it comes from the systemic erasure of women in the entertainment industry. Hiring a woman to direct a horror movie does not have to be a difficult or difficult task, considering all the outpouring of voluntary women and others for work. Blumhouse, or any production company, does not have to hire a reputable director. Finding and cultivating new female talents in the horror genre is equally important if we are to achieve gender parity behind the scenes in any genre. We hope that Blumhouse learns of this and increases his game forever.