Ghastly Grinning Spotlight: Rachael Hauschild

To continue our support and encouragement of Women in Horror Month, Ghastly Grinning has turned the spotlight inwards on our own roster of writers and contributors. Today we highlight our own staff writer, purveyor and champion of the world of yesteryear, Rachael Hauschild!

Ghastly Grinning: What was your introduction to horror?

Rachael Hauschild: My introduction to horror started at a young age when I would watch anything with a spook factor. TV shows started it. Are You Afraid of the Dark? was a big go-to, as well as Goosebumps. When it comes to film, I recall at a young age watching Hellraiser and An American Werewolf in London, which just so happen to be two of my favorites to this day. I was always attracted to anything dealing with the paranormal and haunts. It helps that my birthday is near Halloween. We once turned our house into a haunted house with a haunted back yard for a birthday party. It was the best!

GG: Do you have a favorite film or sub-genre of horror? How about outside of it?

RH: I've always been drawn to the low budget indie horror films. Most of the time, these directors can pack so much into a movie with such little money and create something wonderful. Other than that I would say I gravitate towards the giallo world. Once I got into Argento's work, I found myself becoming a big fan of that world. Outside of the horror world, I am a huge fan of classic Hollywood films. Give me movies staring Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn etc. any day!! When I'm not streaming something, my TV is set to the Turner Classic Movie channel. 

GG: How do you feel like female representation stands in the genre?

RH: I think female representation is stronger in the horror world than it is in other genres in film. In this genre, we have scream queens and final girls, which other genres don't have. These women are adorned in the genre and are (to me) the true icons in the horror world. Horror seems to be more receptive of female directors as well. Lynne Ramsay, The Soska's, Jennifer Kent, Claire Denis...the list goes on. These women pave the way for other female directors and I'm happy their films exist. Obviously, representation could be a bit better, as sometimes the treatment of women is a bit distasteful, but it can only get better from here.

GG: Do you feel that being a female in the industry or fandom is different than for other fans and if so, how would you like to see that change?

RH:  To me, horror is a whole different vibe/fandom than say drama or romance films. There really aren't "fandoms" for those genres. There aren't multiple conventions around the world involving performers past and present. Horror is a very tight knit family of fans, and I for one love every second of it. Over the past year, I've met so many amazing people that are huge fans of the genre. Whether it be meeting via social media or in person, I have yet to meet someone who I have disliked. I think that the fans are extremely accepting of females. I have had the occasional "you can be a horror fan because you're a female", but this doesn't phase me anymore because I know who truly care. I would like to see production companies give a bit more to female directors, and I hope that increases soon. These women have amazing visions that need to be seen.

GG: Do you have any role models or inspirations in horror?

RH: Oh man. Where do I begin? Recently after binge watching all of Lynne Ramsay's films, I think she's become a big role model. She has these films that may be considered more drama but they are terrifying so I would classify many as horror in my book. Other than that, Rebekah McKendry is probably my biggest influence. She's ridiculously educated in the genre and her work with trying to get more women into horror as well as her discussions and work with Blumhouse always put a smile on my face. She is fascinating and I could listen to her talk for hours on end. I really look up to her. Other than that, I admire Danielle Harris, Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden, Mickey Keating and so many more. My list is probably endless because there are so many well versed and wonderful individuals in the horror genre.

GG: What do you do outside your work with genre films?

RH: What don't I do is more like it. Currently I work at an animal hospital as their Social Media Marketing Specialist as well as a receptionist there...and IT work when people don't know what to do with the computer. Aside from that, I work at a restaurant from time to time. Dog sitting is on my list of things I do, as well as write for three websites. It's a lot and I'm trying to manage but sometimes it gets to be a lot on my plate. 

GG; If you have anything you would like to plug or anyone you would like to thank, plug and thank away! And thank you so much for your time.

RH: want to thank all the women out in the horror world that continue to strive to do what they are determined to do. It is really inspiring for a little someone like me. I also want to thank every person that I've created friendships with through the horror genre. Everyone is so great and caring and like a family member I just recently met. I wouldn't have my boyfriend or my writing gigs if it weren't for meeting new people in the genre, so there's major thanks for that! Much love!