Episode 05.07: Black Swan

And we’re back! We took a brief break and have returned with a long stretch of movies on a favorite theme: doppelgangers. We begin with 2010’s Black Swan and discuss how it holds up over a decade after its release‚ÄĒespecially these days, when the psychological horror film landscape is crowded with more unhinged women than you can shake a stick at, if that’s your sort of thing.

Episode 05.06: The Strings

You know what’s really scary? Songwriter’s block. And also maybe ghosts. But also maybe not? The Strings is one of the quietst and most subtle films we’ve covered, almost entirely about interiority, isolation, and the prices people pay for creation. But also maybe ghosts? Who can say.

Episode 05.05: Berberian Sound Studio

This month we’re delving into sound and music and all of their meta cinematic potential, beginning with the extremely meta Berberian Sound Studio. We discuss the practical art of sound effects, the tremendous performance of Toby Jones, and how one of our favorite movie endings is the dissolution of reality (we’re very normal, that’s why we have this podcast).

Episode 05.03: Robin Redbreast

We go back to our roots with this overlooked gem of classic British folk horror, Robin Redbreast. Contains some progressive perspectives current society seems to have retreated from and enduring the life lesson that you should never sleep with boring men, however pretty they are.

Episode 05.02: Enys Men

We get experimental with one of our favorites from the past year, Enys Men, and discuss the wide range of folk horror, the deadening repetition of women’s lives, and being unstuck in time and space. You know, a nice, normal start to 2024.

Episode 04.22: Black Christmases

Now that we’ve discussed the original Black Christmas, there’s nothing else to do this year but take a look at the two remakes: one from 2006 and one from 2019. They both have a hard time living up to the first, they each have a charming weirdness worth watching.

Episode 04.20: Shadow of the Vampire

We extend our discussion about silent horror films with one of the most interesting cinematic takes on the topic: 2000’s Shadow of the Vampire. Come for Willem Dafoe as the somewhat comical undead, stay for the subtext about what horrific sacrifices humans should make for the sake of art.