Our Conversation with Sonia Lupher

Which of your achievements to date are you most proud of?

I’m earning a PhD in Film and Media Studies, which has enabled plenty of opportunities I’m lucky to have participated in. The achievement I’m most proud of is founding Cut-Throat Women (www.cutthroatwomen.org).

What’s your favorite horror film and why?

This is a very difficult question, but I often return to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, because I’m always impressed by how much can be done (and felt) by showing so little.

Who is your hero in the horror world and why?

This is also a very difficult question, but Stephanie Rothman is probably among my biggest heroes in the horror world because she paved a path for women in horror when they weren’t visible at all. Of Roger Corman’s filmmakers, she (and the other women who worked for him) have remained criminally underrated and unknown.

Share a practical tip for a woman who wants to do what you do.

Talk to, and listen to, as many people as possible.

Inspire someone who is not where they want to be in the industry yet.

Aislinn Clarke is the person to turn to for that! https://www.facebook.com/pittafterdark/videos/1606733449471616/

Scare the crap out of us with something you have done or plan on doing!

I plan to keep spreading the word about the incredible and inspiring women working in horror today. On a scarier note, I’m working on an article about experimental film, and I’m also writing my PhD dissertation.

What projects do you have coming up?

Writing articles and dissertation chapters! And I’m also currently guest editing a special issue of the journal “Studies in the Fantastic.”