Fairy Tales and Final Girls: The Female-Centric Suspiria (Women In Horror Series)

Love him or loathe him (or somewhere in between), Dario Argento is the king of giallo, and 1977’s Suspiria remains his masterpiece — an operatic, surreal, feverish exercise, the closest cinema has come to capturing a nightmare on film. Jessica Harper (Phantom of the Paradise) stars as Suzy Bannion, an American ballet student enrolled at a prestigious... Continue Reading →

Through a Mother’s Eyes: The Babadook and Examining Trauma (Women In Horror Series)

Mothers get a bad rap in horror movies. They’re either defined as the angelic defender, seen in The Exorcist, The Shining, and Poltergeist, or an inherently corruptive evil: Carrie, Psycho, Friday the 13th. That latter characterization evolved into a prominent sub-genre, the Bad Mother, a force of terrifying violence born from an inability to conform... Continue Reading →

The New Ghostbusters Is Great. Suck It.

(Plus other thoughts on reboots, fandom gatekeeping culture, and what qualifies as feminist representation.) I can’t remember the last time so much controversy surrounded a movie sight-unseen prior to the 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters — most of it from appalling misogynistic chucklefarts that don’t deserve a word more devoted to them. For those of you concerned about... Continue Reading →

The Witch’s Power Lies In Its Realism

What’s more terrifying than a Santanic witch? The life of a young girl in historical Puritan America. The best kind of art reflects the human condition. Saying so might be screenwriting 101, but most horror movies nowadays miss the forest for the trees. They settle for going through the motions: jump scares are a dime... Continue Reading →

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