Comika Hartford

Women in Horror 2020 Spotlight: Comika Hartford

One of the most influential and inspiring ladies in the horror business is Comika Hartford. She’s incredibly talented with a great sense of humor and has a love for all things horror and spooky. She is a huge supporter of other women and filmmakers and speaks out about representation and why it’s important.

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PopHorror – Thanks for talking with me, Comika! What were some of your favorite films of 2019?

Comika Hartford – Parasite, Us, Misommar, and The Lighthouse.

PopHorror – Those are good ones! What are some of the films you’re looking forward to this year?

Comika Hartford – The Lodge

PopHorror – That one gave me the chills. Why is representation important to you?

Comika Hartford – Representation matters because storytelling should be reflective of our humanity, not filtered through one gender or race. We deserve the full picture, not a fraction of it. Check out Amy Adrion’s HALF THE PICTURE… and let it piss you off! #LetThemKnow

PopHorror – Ohhh. I’ll have to check it out! What are you currently working on?

Comika Hartford – I’m co-producing a dark comedy/dramedy called THE DISH PIG for Dreaming In Red Productions and getting ready to release another chapter of my award-winning web series THE GREY AREA:


I’m also narrating Celia C. Peters DOMESTICATED, a sci-fi/horror podcast. DOMESTICATED is a limited series scripted podcast produced by Artistic Freedom Ltd. It’s an afrofuturist story that imagines one possible scenario of an inevitability.


Aramintha finds herself trapped in a new reality when a highly advanced species comes to Earth and domesticates humanity. Escape is the only survival she can live with.


PopHorror – I love THE GREY AREA. I’ll have to check out the others! Who are the women that inspire you?

Comika Hartford – Ida Lupino! She directed The Twilight Zone episode THE MASKS in 1964 which totally freaked me out as a kid! So. Much. Talent.

PopHorror – That’s awesome! What’s your favorite film directed by a woman?

Comika Hartford – There are so many great films directed by women, *I am still blown away by Julia Ducournau’s RAW!* but I’d have to say that RAVENOUS by the late great Antonia Bird is one of my favorite films to watch on a rainy day while I politely sip tea from the skulls of my enemies.

PopHorror – Those are both amazing! What are your goals as an actress?

Comika Hartford – I’m not an actor but I do like to show up on screen every now and then as a demonic force (if for no other reason than it keeps me stocked up on blood capsules in my purse for when random guys tell me to smile).

PopHorror – Haha, love it! I can’t remember if you’ve ever directed… if you haven’t do you want to?

Comika Hartford – While I’m not interested in directing there are several directors I’d love to write screenplays for one day like Michelle Nessk, Gigi Saul Guerrero, and Nia DaCosta.

PopHorror – I LOVE those ladies! Since it was recently Black History Month, what films do you recommend?

Comika Hartford – I’d have to recommend the James Baldwin documentary I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO and Jacqueline Olive’s ALWAYS IN SEASON to anyone interested in knowing the difficult truths behind our nation’s present state of affairs.

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PopHorror – Thank you – adding to my list! Why do you love horror?

Comika Hartford – I love the horror genre because it tells the truth about being alive: We’re all going to die. Everyone we love is going to die. There’s no guarantee of an afterlife, so in the time we have left let’s kill some mother******* monsters! #fuckyeah

About Tori Danielle

Tori has had a passion for Horror and music ever since she was a little girl. She got bit by the writing bug in high school where she was involved in both the school newspaper and the yearbook. While getting her Bachelors degree, she took Journalism and Creative Writing classes where her passion grew even stronger. Now, in between work and family, she spends all of her spare time indulging in music, Horror movies, and nerdy fandoms, all while running/assisting one of the biggest Horror groups on Facebook and writing for various websites.