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Screen Queens
August 23rd, 2020

“The communicative enthusiasm that Camp Calypso has for its own existence is also its biggest strength . Its love for its own inspirations and its audience is completely assumed and makes for a surprisingly comforting watch. Cumming and Boon have crafted something that is deeply touching in its novelty: a place where the female horror fan can finally feel safe. It may feel overdue at this stage, but it never feels any less revolutionary. Letting the two directors guide you through their mirror maze of references leads to one of the most rewarding pay-offs a young female horror fan can hope for: the simple pleasure of being understood. This might just be the purest intention a short horror film has carried this year, and it’s a bloody charming thing to witness."
For full review, click here.

“Filmmaker Spotlight: Monstrous Femme Films”

Morbidly Beautiful Horror
December 9th, 2020

“Their style and passion is undeniable, and they fill a John Waters style icon space that has been mostly lacking in modern cinema.”
For full article click here.

“Hannah May Cumming is Taking Over the Horror Genre”

January 23rd, 2021

“Revenge is a popular theme in feminist horror, because women are often victims-turned-heroes within the genre. I think it’s an incredibly cathartic theme for any marginalized audience member. Also, most of the summer camp horror films we were emulating already dealt with revenge. Friday the 13th, Madman, Sleepaway Camp, and The Burning are all stories of vengeance. But with Camp Calypso, we basically combined the I Spit on Your Grave sort of rape revenge subgenre, with the summer camp subgenre. Of course, we didn’t want to show rape and wanted to be as careful and sensitive with it as possible. Actually, the implied rape wasn’t even written in the screenplay and was manufactured during the editing process (Lorelei was killed by accident before any sexual violence could occur in the original script).”
For full interview, click here.

“Q&A with Hannah May Cumming, Director of Fanatico”

September 4th, 2020

Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
Absolutely. I’ve been a horror fan all of my life, starting with my obsession with Goosebumps at a very early age, to making horror videos for youtube throughout my childhood and adolescence…I love attending horror conventions, screenings, and festivals…I’ve also been a loyal Shudder and Fangoria subscriber for years, and I watch The Last Drive In with Joe Bob Briggs every Friday. The horror community is family to me. I also co-founded the feminist horror collective, Monstrous Femme Films, to showcase our films as well as original reviews, articles, podcasts, and other horror related content.”
For full interview, click here.

“Camp Calypso (2020)”

Zobo With a Shot Gun
September 4th, 2020

“The film’s biggest take home is its ruminations on gender politics and it is both refreshing and empowering to see a work that plays about with the assumptions and conventions that surround the issue with such smartness and creativity. At one point, the strong headed Cherry remarks: ‘this wasn’t it in the handbook’ and here it certainly feels that the Monstrous Femme collective are ripping up the handbook and rewriting it for a new generation in order to bring a fresh and feminist perspective to the genre.”
For full review, click here.

“The Monstrous Femme Mash, an Interview with Hannah May Cumming”

Peter L. Writes
October 20th, 2020

“It’s been a hell of a last two years for Portland filmmaker Hannah May Cumming, having inaugurated her film collective Monstrous Femme Films with her directorial debut Fanatico — a “sex-positive neo-giallo” that won the Portland Horror Film Festival’s Abby Normal Award in 2018 — and followed it up with 2020's Camp Calypso, on which she shares directorial duties with MFF member Karlee Boon. Having absolutely loved Fanaticoafter its September 2020 premiere on YouTube horror channel ALTER, I caught up with Hannah to get the dirt on her inspirations, her future plans, and the weirdest things to happen on her sets.”
For full interview, click here.

“Film Review: Camp Calypso”

We Who Walk Here
September 5th, 2020

“[Camp Calypso] encapsulates everything that the film has going for it: feminist fury, creepy mythology, a touch of humor, buckets of blood, and a constant sense of melancholy thrumming underneath it. Vengeance can feel amazing, but what feels even better is not needing vengeance in the first place. It is empowering, but it is also wearying. This bold and engrossing short film takes a strikingly feminist bite out of classic ’70s horror and puts the genre’s mundane monsters on notice: you’ve deserved this for a long time, and vengeance is finally coming for you.”
For full review, click here.

“Camp Calypso is the Summer Camp
Creature Feature I Didnt Know I Needed”

Ghastly Grinning
August 12th, 2020

“If you liked the “Girls Night Out” segment of Scare Package, the horror-comedy anthology from Aaron B. Koontz, or Fatale Collective’s Bleed collection of shorts, Camp Calypso is for you!”
For full review, click here.

“Interview with Hannah May Cumming, Co-Founder of Monstrous Femme Films”

March 27th, 2021

“Horror has actually been turning out complex female characters longer than a lot of other film genres, and while of course there has always been an issue with misogyny and exploitation (a theme we like to explore and subvert at Monstrous Femme Films), it doesn’t mean that the genre hates women or isn’t for women. It’s nice for us to feel appreciated and recognized as horror spectators, creators, critics, experts, and fans.”
For full interview, click here.

“FANATICO (Short Film)”

Flash Bang Film Review
August 15th, 2020

“In being a prostitute, Daria isn't perceived as being a victim - she's not a drug addict, she's not desperate or under the control of a pimp/madam - she is in complete control of her working life.”
For full review, click here.

“Camp Calypso (Short Film)”

Flash Bang Film Review
August 10th, 2020

“With Camp Calypso, Hannah May  Cumming and Karlee Boon have produced a decent Slasher movie which can be enjoyed on different levels. On the surface it's a very entertaining homage to the classics such as Friday the Thirteenth, but beneath that the film is infused with a feminist perspective and subverts the traditional male/female dynamic of the genre.”
“The thing is here, the directing duo understand not only the tropes of the genre, but also its sexual politics, which they are able to subvert without distracting from the main premise. RATING 8/10”
For full review, click here.

“Camp Calypso (Short) Review”

The Blogging Banshee
April 6th, 2020

“The entire cast of Camp Calypso delivers compelling performances from the camp counselors, to the campers, to the camp director...Camp Calypso is a delightful short monster movie that takes a bite out of misogyny. Cumming and Boon make a unique short film that creates it’s own complete story, yet it has a mythos that could easily be added to in order to make a feature-length film. It veers from a typical summer camp horror flick to something much more intricate and interesting. OVERALL RATING: 4/5”
For full review, click here.

“Camp Calypso”

There’s Always a Cat
August 22nd, 2020

“At only twenty minutes it manages to pack in a full story that succeeds in character development, humour, horror and a commendable attention to period detail – something that many large-scale films cannot pull off even with their extended runtime and budget. Its expertly filmed with its own look that also manages to pay homage to the tried and true tropes we have grown to expect from this kind of teen slasher fare; and it does so with affection, gently ribbing those old horrors without deriding them. Not to mention, the soundtrack is great and the gore is plentiful.”
For full review, click here.

“Short Film Saturday: ’Salt’ / ’Fanatico’

Groovie Movie Reviews
August 15th, 2020

“Overall this is a well-paced neo-giallo that while paying homage to the genre, also adapts what some people may argue can be a misogynistic one to elevate the voices of women and proposes that sex workers and sexually liberated women shouldn’t be judged or targeted. Sadly, apparently some people need to be reminded of that.”
For full review, click here.

“Camp Calypso (2020)”

The Reviewing Rodders
August 13th, 2020

“From the opening moments, it's clear what we're watching is made from a reverance for the genre. It brings to mind Todd Strauss-Schulson's excellent The Final Girls, as we get a stunning recreation of the retro slashers which were set at camps. While it captures what was so beloved, it also addresses what hasn't held the test of time.”
For full review, click here.

“Portland Horror Film Festival Day 4: Demonic Double Feature”
(Camp Calypso)

LA Zombie Girl
June 26th, 2020

“My top favorite flicks from this group, in no special order, were: Camp Calypso from director Hannah May Cumming and Karlee Boon, Deep End from director Anthony Sellitti, Ferine from Italian director Andrea Corsini, Lonely Hearts from director Dennis Cahlo and Let Me Play from director Andrew Bell. This was a hard group to pick favs from since there were so many great films.
Camp Calypso is about a summer camp in the ’70s. OK nothing new there, but this camp has a terrible history of misogyny. As a female, I had to love the man-eating siren that lives in the lake. Karma is a bitch Mr. Camp Director!”


June 20th, 2020

“Hannah May Cumming is a writer, director, producer, and co-founder of Monstrous Femme Films, a collective dedicated to producing progressive horror flicks. She works alongside Emma Cogan and Karlee Boon and the three currently have two amazing short films out (available here). Hannah often produces feminist and queer horror films with retro aesthetics.”
For full interview, click here.


The Blogging Banshee
July 8, 2019

“Portland local students Hannah May Cumming and Sam Schrader made movie magic with their short [FANATICO]. Inspired by Italian giallo films of the 70’s, the film follows a girl as she joins a Catholic school just as other students are being murdered. The film has the look and feel of an Argento film, but with a definite feminist twist. It is clear that these young filmmakers have a promising career ahead of them. OVERALL RATING: 4.5/5”


The Scariest Things
July 2, 2019

“Students moonlighting as sex workers are being murdered at a Catholic boarding school. An all-female cast, shot in Portland, by a very young director, Hannah May Cumming, who is a film school student at Portland State University. Taking her clues from the gory and stylish ’70s Giallo films, Cumming pulls off all the tricks she had available to her in a remarkable debut short film [FANATICO]. This film earned the PHFF Abby Normal award for rising filmmakers.”

“Portland Horror Film Festival 2019 Award Winners” (FANATICO)

Brian and Gwen Callahan
June 21st, 2019

“We are very pleased to present this year’s Abby Normal Award for innovation from a rising filmmaker to writer/director Hannah May Cumming for her giallo-inspired short film “Fanatico.” A student production, the cast and crew are largely female. From the costumes to the color grading, this film is sheer giallo perfection. We can’t wait to see what’s this crew creates next!”


“Recent Screams: Shudder Faves and Camp Calypso”

Now Screaming Podcast

August 20, 2020

“The effects are killer, the production value is incredible, especially for this budget, and a couple performances made me laugh out loud several times.” 
To hear the full podcast, click here. (’Camp Calypso’ discussion begins at 17:50)

“WHO SHOT YA: Scare The Children! - ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ and the Best Decade For Horror” (FANATICO)

Lucé Tomlin-Brenner
August 17, 2019

“I saw an incredible short film [at Oregon Scream Week] by a bunch of Portland State University students called FANATICO, it was this amazing Giallo film about teen sex workers and it was perfect! So spot on.”


Lucé Tomlin-Brenner
August 17, 2019

“Very beautifully shot, extremely stylish and very funny, and its legitimately creepy and haunting and scary.”
“Outrageously engrossing.”
“They {the filmmakers] know more about film than most people in their 30s that I know.”

Flash Bang Film Review: Interview with Hannah and Karlee

The Grim and Bloody Theater: Interview with Hannah May Cumming, Emma Cogan, and Carlo Mery




Lora & Travis Friess

June 26, 2019

[FANATICO] was done by all students at the time and a very young director who was 19 when she started... very talented at such a young age. I hope she keeps doing horror movies - or at least movies!”

“PHFF 2020 REVIEW” (Camp Calypso)

Lora & Travis Friess

June 26, 2019