As you might be aware, February is Women in Horror Month, a celebration of female achievement in the genre, and an opportunity to highlight the sexism and stereotyping that often occurs in our community.
But one filmmaker also aims to use the campaign to draw attention to a real life horror faced by many people. Marie Manning, with friend and director Chris Chalklen have revealed their short film Tickle on Kickstarter – asking horror fans to support the film exploring domestic abuse.
Tickle is a live-action psychological and supernatural horror about the isolation, trauma and intense vulnerability of domestic abuse. It’s style is inspired by other hard-hitting horror films, including Rosemary’s Baby and The Babadook.
Lilly, the exhausted and desperate protagonist, struggles through a sleepless night of being tormented by a menacing and salacious creature. Skeptical of her own sanity and separated from the outside world, she must fight the ever creeping grasp from the sinister creature if she wants to make it to the morning.
It’s a film buried in paranoia and panic with strong allusions to PTSD from domestic abuse. Just as ‘The Babadook’ is a terrifying take on mourning a loved one, and ‘It Follows’ is a spectacularly scary film about spreading STD’s, Tickle is a supernatural exploration into abusive relationships and the feeling of absolute helplessness and suffering.
With so much repetition and blandness in mainstream horror releases, it’s refreshing to see the indie scene producing meaningful and original horror content. The team are asking for just under £3000 to complete the film, and are offering some great rewards. Head over to the Kickstarter to find out more.
If you have been affected by domestic abuse, advice is available here.