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A true horror geek, Squee Queen Hansi Oppenheimer

Aug 6, 2022 | Interviews | 0 comments


Hansi Oppenheimer is a writer and producer, known for All Hail the Popcorn King (2019), Color Me Obsessed: A Film About the Replacements (2011).

She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2000 with a degree in Video Production. Through a series of jobs in the Production media field, Hansi has been able to perfect her own style of storytelling.

Oppenheimer is a documentarian who loves interviewing fans and creators information the horror genre. Her podcast series, The Grr in Fangrrl, focused on interviews with women in horror. Through these connections, Hansi has been able to fill the Women in Horror panels for the NYC Horror Film Festival (2019–2022) effortlessly every year. Her recent feature All Hail the Popcorn King has been licensed by TromaNow for streaming.

Hansi has been recognized for her work over the last twenty years for many short documentary films, including: Riding The Broom (2000), Squee! Identifying As A Fangirl (2017), and Squee Fu: Fans Celebrate Joe Bob Briggs (2018). She has interviewed such horror notables as Joe Bob Briggs, Tony Todd, Don Coscarelli, Svengoolie, Joe Hill, Bruce Campbell, Mick Garris, Felissa Rose, Debbie Rochon, and Dee Wallace.

She has organized panels and been a speaker at the following comic conventions: AwesomeCon, ECCC, RICC, SWPCA, PCA, WhedonCon, GGC, RevelCon, NYCHFF, ArmadilloCon, SuperMegaFest Con, Killercon, NECON, NYCC, SDCC.

A true horror geek; for her 62nd birthday she entered and won her first cosplay competition in her original Genderbent Ash cosplay. She will be in the Dragoncon Parade marching with the Horror Icons Group.

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Interview with Hansi

What is it about the horror genre that moves your soul? 

Hansi: Horror doesn’t scare me as much as real life. It’s actually my comfort zone. I know the rules. Real life or even it depicted in drama is truly terrifying.

What’s your favorite scary movie and why?

Hansi: I love so many films but Evil Dead holds a special place in my heart. The film manages to walk that line between scary and hilarious so perfectly. I love the camera work and editing. Raimi’s zoom-cut-zoom montages are so tight. They show you the story in such visceral shorthand. (Edgar Wright also uses this and the Cornetto Trilogy and the Evil Dead Trilogy & show are both favorites) 

Oh and Bruce Campbell as Ash is so much fun. I love cosplaying him. I enjoy the freedom to be loud and kind of a jerk because EVERYONE loves Ash.

As a writer, producer, media professional, and cosplayer, what keeps you motivated to keep doing what you love?

Hansi: I’ve always identified as an artist since I was a kid and most, if not all of my friends are creatives. I love to get my friends to collaborate on projects just for the sheer joy of creating. 

I’m fascinated by fandom and have been interviewing fans on video for 20 years. 

As an Acafan, I’m currently organizing my fandom interviews for the Squee Fangrrl Documentary into an archive for pop culture studies. 

What have been some of the most memorable moments of your career so far?

Hansi: I created my own event, SqueeCon. My niece noticed a cool old theater so I rented it and created programming with my friends. There was a film fest, cosplay, panels, music, and karaoke. It was a beautiful venue for period cosplay photos and everyone had a great time. 

Everything about making All Hail the Popcorn King, the Joe R. Lansdale documentary was memorable. 

I was even invited by George R. R. Martin to screen my film at his theater in Santa Fe as part of Lansdale-Palooza!  Sitting between Joe & George doing a Q & A on my film was a dream I never could have imagined. 

Working with Joe and his family changed my life and taught me a lot about working in the arts and remaining a good person. 

What else would you like our readers to know about you?

Hansi: Hahaha! I speak Fangrrl. I’m madly in love with Our Flag Means Death & Taika Watiti right now. I’m having fun on TikTok ( * join us*) and you can find me at SqueeProjects pretty much anywhere online. I’m always happy to meet other fans and creators. Please say Hi if you see me at a con. 

What is next for you that you’re excited about?

Hansi: Oh boy, there are so many projects brewing now. I don’t know how it happened but besides the Fangrrl Interview Archive, I’m writing an essay about The Boys for a pop culture anthology. 

I’m appearing at NECON to screen my documentary with Joe Lansdale in late July. NECON is The New England Horror Writers Convention. I participated last year virtually and had a blast. Horror writers are a lot of fun. 

I’m an Attending Professional at Dragoncon this year and looking forward to participating on some horror panels and cosplaying.

I’ll also be at NYCC and RICC cosplaying and shooting photos. That’s about it for now.

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