WiHM Blood Drive PSA 1, Be A Hero by Vanessa Ionta Wright

Women in Horror Month 9 Blood Drive, PSA #1 – Be A Hero!

Happy Women in Horror Month, Souls! Now’s the time to reach out to and salute all the great women working in the industry – writers, directors, actors, costume designers, makeup artists, location scouts, directors of photography, editors, and, well, all areas of horror. At House of Tortured Souls, we not only support women in horror, we also support the Women in Horror Month Blood Drive – and this is its ninth year running.

This year the Twisted TwinsJen and Sylvia Soska – have set about organizing an enormous blood drive through a series of PSAs created by 30 filmmaking crews from all over the globe. Today’s PSA comes to us from Vanessa Ionta Wright.

Oh, and before we continue, here’s the obligatory disclaimer (not that we need it, right Souls?):

DISCLAIMER: This IS Horror, boys and grrls, so SOME of these do have VERY naughty content. Blood. Gore. EXTREME gore. Disturbing situations. Nudity. Sexual situations. Violence. Language.
If you are SENSITIVE to this kind of content, be a mature human being and just don’t watch. No need to spoil the fun for us fellow weirdos. We’re not hurting anyone. It just REALLY looks like we are 😉

And without further ado, behold the awesome first Blood Drive PSA of Women in Horror Month:

Be A Hero

By Vanessa Ionta Wright


Vanessa Ionta Wright is a filmmaker based in Atlanta, GA. She is the co-owner of Above the Line Artistry (www.abovethelineartistry.com) as well as the co-founder and Festival Director of the Women in Horror Film Festival (www.WIHFF.com).  Vanessa collaborated with Samantha Kolesnik, Mark Simon (One Missed Call), David Irwin (House of 1000 Corpses) and Josh Oliver (Oculus) on Rainy Season, based on the story by Stephen King.  Vanessa has also directed the short film I Baked Him a Cake and a PSA for the WiHM9 Massive Blood Drive.  Vanessa graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Video Production & Film. She is a lifelong fan of cinema, most especially the horror genre. She enjoys punctuality, scary movies, a quick wit, sandwiches, the music of Michael Jackson, Halloween & Bacon Jam. She does not enjoy bugs, clowns, perpetual lateness, mean people, oppression, laziness, running more than 3 miles or curved walls.


I was really honored to be invited to create a PSA for the WiHM Massive Blood Drive.  This is a brilliant idea to blend the world of horror filmmaking with such an important cause.  I think it’s easy to take our blood for granted.  It is crucial to donate.  I hear people say all the time “I wish I could do something to help” and this is probably the most simple and effective means of helping others.  Giving your blood will save lives and I am so grateful to be a part of such an amazing cause.  The theme this year of Be a Hero is so appropriate, because when you give blood, when you save a life, you become a hero.

For more information on the cast and crew of Be a Hero, check out the IMDb page.

Remember, Souls, there’ll be a new PSA every day up to and including 1 March 2018, and please check out the official WiHM website for more on Women in Horror Month.

And check out my interview with Vanessa and Sam Kolesnik on the Women in Horror Film Festival from last year’s Women in Horror Month celebration.

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