There has been a lot of talk this year about equality in Hollywood. Female actors, directors, and writers make less than their male peers. Not that gender inequality only resides in Hollywood, I know I make less than male coworkers in the print industry and have for years. In short, it sucks.
But, on a lighter note, being female can be pretty awesome too (pun intended). As a feminist myself, I like to see strong female characters in movies. Which brings me to this years halloween drawing series. I knew while drawing the Vincent Price series last year that I wanted to do Scream Queens this year. After all, without scream queens in Hollywood, the horror genre would be horribly boring. Some of these queens are helpless victims. Some are (Surprise!) the killer. While others are just plain bad ass.
|Eliza Dushku, Wrong Turn|
Take Eliza Dushku for instance. She worked with and against Sarah Michelle Gellar in Buffy AND survived three backwoods inbred killers in Wrong Turn. Tough doesn't even begin to explain the complexities of what it takes to slay vampires and inbreeders and still look good doing it.
|Lin Shaye, Insidious Chapter 3|
I was a bit surprised earlier this year when I realized that Insidious Chapter 3 is my favorite of that particular movie series. The backstory of Lin Shaye's character has finally come to light. Turns out she is strong in spite a painful loss and the fear that possesses her. This new revelation makes her powerful force against the evils of the world.
|Barbara Steele, Black Sunday|
|Mia Farrow, Rosemary's Baby|
|Shelly Duvall, The Shining|
So, as I am halfway through this years Drawtoberfest series, I have hope that Hollywood can change. I have hope that, one day, I don't have to work twice as hard to get equal salary at work. I have hope that, one day, better roles for women will populate the big screen, because it would be a waste to not have good roles for Jessica Chastain. Just saying.