Interview with Filmmaker “Sarah of Horror” [Women in Horror Month 2021]

Photo Credit: Martin Gustafsson

Please introduce yourself.
I am Sarah Giercksky also known as Sarah of Horror and I am a filmmaker and actress from Sweden. I have directed, written and acted in feature films, short films, tv-series and I am also the host of the Youtube Channel Sarah of Horror and Co-Host to the Youtube Channel Bitches of Horror.

What is it that attracts you the horror genre for your chosen field of creative work?
I watched my first horror film when I was six years old and it was John Carpenter’s Halloween and ever since then I’ve been fascinated with horror movies, particularly with watching people trying to survive a horrifying situation. I started writing screenplays when I was twelve years old and it was a way to cope with the death of my father, who passed away from cancer when I was ten.

Who inspires you in your work and in life?
All of my amazing friends in the film industry inspire me a lot, because I see them working hard, making movies without any budgets and really believe in their vision, they sure do motivate me to keep going.

Women in horror have made great strides, but it’s clear that a lot of work is still needed to make it a most inclusive genre. To you, what is the importance of a movement like Women in Horror Month?
Without this movement I would not have come in contact with so many wonderful asskicking ladies in this industry, so to me the most important thing has been discovering so many new amazing movies and being able to talk about them and open other people’s eyes about women in horror.

What would you tell an up-and-coming creative in the world of horror who sees that being a woman/identifying as a women as something that makes it so much more difficult at times?
To always believe in your vision no matter what and keep creating because there will always be struggles and hard times, but surround yourself with other people who believe in your talent and hopefully that will keep you motivated through the harder times.

What are your favorite bits of helpful advice that you have received about your work or your field?
To always learn and get better with each project. That is something that I always try to do, analyze what could have gone better and then make those areas in the next project better.

In honor of celebrating Women in Horror Month, who do you believe viewers should keep an eye on in terms of the creative ladies in horror?
There are so many it is so hard to just chose one, but I am always impressed by Gigi Saul Guerrero, but there are tons of other amazing women in horror to keep an eye out for.

What do you have coming soon that you can talk to us about?
I was planning to film the sequel to my horror comedy Create Your Killer this summer, but with the pandemic worsening, that doesn’t seem like a possibility right now, but hopefully I will be able to film a short film that will be a Christmas Horror which would require just a few people and one location. I am also going to get more creative with my Youtube Channel Sarah of Horror. I review horror movies from my own collection, show my horror collection, talking about horror movies while trying out different hot sauces in a segment called Scary Things & Spicy Wings and I do a lot of collaborations with various guests and I upload content daily.

Pop them links to follow your work here:

My Youtube Channel Sarah of Horror:
(2) Sarah Of Horror – YouTube

Bitches of Horror Youtube Channel
(2) Bitches of Horror – YouTube