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Horror Movies for Feminists: Candyman (1992)

Synopsis: A pair of grad students, Helen and Bernadette, are writing a paper on urban legends. Thanks to a tip, they explore the famed Cabrini-Green public housing development in Chicago on a hunt to find out more about “Candyman”, the… Continue Reading →

Horror Movies for Feminists: Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Synopsis: Ana misses an emergency news bulletin one night, and wakes up the next morning to discover her world has been eclipsed by the zombie apocalypse. She and a scrappy band of survivors retreat to a suburban shopping mall where… Continue Reading →

Horror Movies for Feminists: Day of the Dead (1985)

This series on “horror for feminists” looks at the horror movie canon and argues for the need for contemporary feminist storytelling in the horror genre.

Horror Movies for Feminists: The Shining (1980)

This grand haunted hotel is an extended metaphor for the writer’s own alcoholism and domestic violence.

Horror Movies for Feminists: Alien (1979)

This series on “horror for feminists” looks at the horror movie canon and argues for the need for contemporary feminist storytelling in the horror genre.

Horror Movies for Feminists: Halloween (1978)

Only “good girls” like smart, chaste Laurie prevail.

Horror Movies for Feminists: Carrie (1976)

Fear of the teenage girl is expressed over and over again in horror movies, fear of their unruly bodies, their explosive anger, insatiable appetites for consumption, resistance (or adherence) to control, and their perceived power over parents and strangers.

Welcome to Leith (2015)

In “Welcome to Leith,” a documentary about tiny North Dakota town with a population of 24 (“including children,” the residents boast), the residents explain how they usually bent over backwards to welcome new neighbors to the area. Then they discovered… Continue Reading →

Review: Bastards of the Party

As the New York Times puts it, Bastards of the Party is the “genealogy for the institution of the gang. This feature-length documentary “traces the origin of black American gang history, from the great migration of African-Americans from the South… Continue Reading →

Review: The Great Gatsby

I dragged the big kid to see The Great Gatsby a few weeks back. I didn’t say much about it because there was so little to say. Like the rest of the Luhrman catalog, it was big on visuals and… Continue Reading →

Best Movie Trailer of All Time: The Shining

We’ve been having a Stephen King revival at my house lately. My oldest child is an avid reader who recently discovered Stephen King’s short horror stories from the 1970s, and then devoured The Shining within a couple of days. His… Continue Reading →

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