February is Women in Horror Month, and I'd like to devote some space on this site to honoring both some of the trailblazers and the next wave over the coming weeks. I thought we could start with Jackie Kong, a cult filmmaker who, as many of you know, recently sat down for a rare in-depth interview on Shock Waves. Covering Kong in this column does kind of violate my rule that a director needs to have a large enough body of work that I can leave some movies off (because what makes the list is as telling as what doesn't), but she's an important filmmaker to talk about as a prominent and influential voice in the genre even if she primarily worked in the '80s. This was at a point when there weren't a lot of women making horror movies, and even fewer Asian American women. She was a trailblazer who is only now beginning to get credit for being one. She deserves to be recognized, even by our little site.
The Being (1983)
Night Patrol (1984)
The Under Achievers (1987)
Pieces and City of the Living Dead for having the most insane closing moments you've ever seen. I wouldn't dream of spoiling it and can't possibly explain it, but I will go on record as saying it's the most Jackie Kong moment of the entire movie.
Blood Diner (1987)