Women in Horror Month: Rachel Talalay

RachelTo start off Women in Horror Month, there’s no one that I’d like to recognize more than Rachel Talalay. When I think of kick-ass women who have given so much to our favorite genre of film, she comes to mind first! Ms. Talalay has been one of the most driving forces behind Freddy Krueger’s success story and she has gone on to accomplish much, much more.

As a monumental part of Wes Craven’s hit franchise, Rachel has worked on nearly all of the original Elm Street movies. She was an assistant production manager on A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), a production manager on A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985), a line producer on A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, a producer on A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988), and drafted the story for and famously directed the franchise’s sixth installment, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991).

Her other horror related behind-the-scenes credits include production account on Alone in the Dark (1982), apprentice editor on The House on Sorority Row (1983), first assistant director on Return to Horror High (1987), and director of Ghost in the Machine (1993). Most recently, she’s directed episodes of hit horror and science fiction television series like “Supernatural,” “Stephen King’s The Dead Zone,” “Haven,” and the current season of “Dr. Who.”

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Written by Michael DeFellipo

(Senior Editor)

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