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Sophia Takal's horror film 'New Year, New You' explores the sinister side of social media influencers

At a time when women are making strides across the industries of film and television, the horror genre remains primarily a boys' club. Sophia Takal, Blumhouse's first female horror director, is one of the filmmakers aiming to change that.

The former actress has been directing well-received female-led psychological thrillers since 2011's "Green" and made waves with "Always Shine" in 2016. Her latest film, the reunion thriller "New Year, New You," is streaming as the first installment in Blumhouse Television's "Into the Dark" holiday-themed anthology series for Hulu.

The feature-length episode, which premiered Dec. 28, follows four high school friends - including a popular social media influencer dubbed Get Well Danielle (Carly Chaikin of "Mr. Robot") - who are forced to reckon with sins of the past after a New Year's Eve celebration turns deadly. Suki Waterhouse ("Assassination Nation"), Kirby Howell-Baptiste ("Killing Eve") and Melissa Bergland ("Winners & Losers") also star.

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