Monster Interviews: Tori Danielle Romero- Women In Horror Month

It’s that time of the year again when we thank and recognize the Women who kick butt In horror. When it comes to true independent Women In Horror, there’s none more deserving than that of Tori Danielle Romero. If you don’t know who she is by now, you should.

I recently had the honor of asking her a few questions about Women In Horror Month, and about the surge her super popular website, PopHorror.com. It’s currently on the rise and has gathered quite a sizable following as of late. It’s definitely a quality source for horror news and all things that encompass the genre.

Tori Danielle Romero is a writer and film producer. She was born and raised on horror at a very young age. She broke into the industry around four years prior, when a friend and fellow writer of hers, approached her about joining the website CrypticRock.com. Not long after, she joined PopHorror.com as a co-owner, where she began making connections and things began to blossom from there.

Tori is an advocate for Women In Horror and indie horror in general. She’s a firm believer in people receiving the recognition they deserve for the work they put in. She began writing as a way to highlight those responsible and deserving, and takes inspiration from the women around her who kick ass on a daily basis.

 

  • DS: Do you recall when you first fell in love with horror? Can you remember how old you were and what it was that captured and sparked your imagination and interest in the genre?

 

 

  • TDR: I know that I fell in love watching the NOES films. I’ve always been a Freddy Girl and although the films have never scared me… they’ve held a special place in my heart. I can’t remember my exact age, but I know I was pretty young probably around 5 or 6 when I knew horror was a genre that I loved. It was thrilling and always had fun characters. I don’t get scared easily though. Zelda from Pet Sematary is about the only thing that’s ever gave me nightmares, lol.

 

 

  • DS:. As most fans of the genre might know already, you own and operate your own horror based website. What made you decide to create the website, and can you elaborate on how it all eventually came about?

 

 

  • TDR: So, in the very beginning it wasn’t actually my site. This is something that not a lot of people know about. It was initially created by someone else and they approached me to run and be a co-owner. I also knew I didn’t want to run the site by myself, so I talked with my bestie Tracy Allen and she agreed. It all began in 2016 and it’s been quite the journey. A lot of sweat, tears and time have gone into this site, but we couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve accomplished in such a short period of time.

 

 

  • DS: You’re website’s named PopHorror.com. How did you come up with that name and what does it mean to you specifically? Does it have any hidden meaning or connotations pertaining to you or the fans of your site?

 

 

  • TDR: As I mentioned previously, I didn’t originally create the site, but the name is just a fun play on words and let’s us branch out a bit. We can cover more than just horror because of it. Dark comedies, thrillers, crimes, etc. I like to think of it nice and healthy balance of pop culture and horror. The name has grown on me quite a bit over the last couple years.

 

 

  • DS: A lot of times, fans of horror tend to receive bad reputations. What are your thoughts on the horror fan base and how vital are they to the success or failure of our beloved genre?

 

 

  • TDR: I think the horror fan base is one of the best fan bases out there. They’re extremely loyal and passionate. They support old and new horror and love connecting with other people who love the genre. Of course, there’s some bad eggs out there that try to ruin it for all, but for the most part the fans are exceptional. I interviewed Barbara Crampton last Summer and she stated “I feel like horror fans are more dedicated and loyal than any other group.”

    Barbara Crampton

 

 

 

  • I couldn’t agree more with that statement. The fans are crucial to the success of our beloved genre because without the support from them, from us, so many amazing stories would go untold and the bad reputation would continue to grow. I think over the years, horror has gained more respect and that’s not only because of the people who create the films but the people who back them. Horror still has a long way to come before it’s viewed the way we see it by the “norm” but oh well who gives a fuck. We love it and we know it rocks.

 

 

  • DS: As a female working in the genre, what does Women In Horror Month mean to you and how important do you think it is to continue to acknowledge and support the amazing women representing the genre?

 

 

  • TDR: Women in Horror Month is incredibly important to me. If it were a perfect world and everyone was treated equally, we wouldn’t need a month like this, but the truth is women and minorities don’t get the recognition and praise they deserve. With WIHM, we get a chance to highlight all these amazing women and bring awareness to their projects. I’m so glad that the community comes together to celebrate this month and that it’s become a pretty big deal. I know some people think it’s silly, but I find it incredibly inspiring to see my news feed packed full of stories and pictures about talented women in the horror industry. Just doing their thang and killing it.

 

 

  • DS: Going forward, what do you come to expect from Women In Horror Month, and is there anything in particular you’d like to see branch out of WIHM?

 

 

  • TDR: I would love to see more women get hired for projects they deserve and are perfect for. I want to see more women directors not only in the indie world but on the big screen. I want to see people praising those women like they do men. Everyone talks about John Carpenter’s Halloween but rarely do they talk about Debra Hill. Pet Sematary is one of the most beloved horror films of all time yet rarely do you see people praise Mary Lambert for it. They mostly talk about Stephen King (which he’s fucking great) but you see what I’m saying?

    Mary Lambert

 

  • In the end, though, I would love to see a day come in the future that we don’t need a Women in Horror Month. I want women to be appreciated equally by the masses and for more opportunities to be open up because they’re great fucking filmmakers, actresses, and so on. I want them to be loved for what they have to offer and not judged or turned away, doubted, or paid less because of their sex.

 

DS: What can we expect to see from PopHorror this year and do you have any exciting announcements or new additions to the website that you’d like to mention or promote?

 

  • TDR: We plan on hustling and grinding as per usual. We have a lot of things in the works and are trying to expand and reach out to more people. Perhaps a podcast as well… but that’s still a MAYBE.

 

  • DS: Is there anything you’re really fond of when it comes to your website? Are there any particular segments or special content that you really enjoy and look forward to publishing?

 

  • TDR: I really enjoy interviews and editorials. Both are personal and enlightening. With interviews, whether it’s me or one of my writers, I love that we get to talk with people we admire and learn about their lives. With editorials, it’s like a writer is giving a piece of themselves to the world. It’s personal and I enjoy reading someone’s thoughts on a subject versus reading a review. Don’t get me wrong. I love reading and writing reviews. But you can read a review about the same movie a million times. Editorials are unique and specific to the person writing it. Sometimes that’s a breath of fresh air.

 

  • DS: As a writer and producer, do you have any upcoming projects you’re anticipating that you’d like to let your fans know about?
  • TDR: I have a couple of writing ideas that I’m wanting to do but nothing set in stone – so I’ll announce that a bit later. As far as producing, one of my biggest projects I’m involved with is 13 Fanboy and I’m co-producing. So many amazing people are involved with this Deborah Voorhees, Kane Hodder, Dee Wallace, Corey Feldman, and many more. It’s also getting a theatrical run!

 

 

 

  • Some of my other producing projects are the third and last installment of Volumes of Blood aka Volumes of Blood: Devil’s Knight. P.J. Starks is a wonderful dude and friend and I’m proud to be apart of it. There’s a killer cast with this one as well.

 

 

  • I’m also helping with Brooklyn Ewing’s upcoming anthology Tales from the Creep, which is super exciting because I love horror anthologies. Plus, Brooklyn is my fucking hero. She’s amazing at everything she does, and I adore her.

    Brooklyn Ewing

 

 

  • And then Anthony Raus’ short that I’m involved with ABSTRACTION landed a distribution deal recently so that’s pretty awesome as well.

 

 

  • DS: Aside from PopHorror.com, where can people follow you and stay up to date with your work? Are there any social media platforms you’re currently active on?

 

  • TDR: First, I want to say that I’ve written several other sites both big and small. I’ve left most of them as to focus my time on things and sites that actually matter to me. On that note, beyond PopHorror, I do also write for Shannon McGrew’s Nightmarish Conjurings and James H. Carter II’s Creepy Kingdom. I’m always open to writing for other sites as well as long as they’re good people whose actions reflect their words. Too many people say one thing and do another. And I’m not about drama. I’m a simple girl who loves all things nerdy and horror and supporting other people. That’s it. Haha… sorry I got a bit sidetracked with that response.

 

 

  • DS To wrap up, we like to ask one final question. If you could pick one, and only one, what would you say is your all-time favorite horror film?

 

  • TDR: As a horror fan yourself, you know this is damn near fucking impossible. I suppose if I had to chose one and only one it would be A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. I love everything about that film, and it has some of the best and creative kills in a horror movie ever!

 

  • Second runner up would probably be Trick R Treat. I mean, I have a huge obsession with Sam and I just LOVE horror anthologies.

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