Meet Emily DiPrimio, 15-year-old high school student and horror film director.
DiPrimio directed her first film, a campy slasher flick called Carver in 2014 at just 13. She is currently working on a supernatural horror web series called Violet under the guidance of Eli Roth, the esteemed horror director behind Hostel.
The protagonist of Violet is a teenage girl who “exists in our world only when she needs to combat the vilest, most evil people one can imagine,” DiPrimio explains. She’s a merciless catalyst of death, until she has to solve the mystery of her own murder.
DiPrimio works closely with her parents, father Ron DiPrimio, a fellow horror fanatic and writer/director/editor, and stepmother Sarah DiPrimio, the actress who plays Violet. While some of her work may be a family affair, DiPrimio is incredibly talented in her own right, and often finds herself having to fend off critics who think otherwise.
“Horror has always been a genre dominated by men, and a lot of the negativity I have received has been directed more towards my gender than my age, which that tells me that people are resistant to a new perspective,” DiPrimio said in 2014.
The pairing of DiPrimio and Roth came about after DiPrimio won second place in Roth’s Six Second Scare Competition in 2014.