We wrap up our discussion of 80s horror by going deep into one of the decade’s most idiosyncratic offerings: Kathryn Bigelow’s solo directorial debut from 1987, Near Dark. Let’s talk incredible vibes, the ongoing evolution of the vampire, and Bill f-ing Paxton.
This month is all about horror films from the 80s. We each talk about a film we find interesting from the era: Jen brings The Hunger and Jessi discusses Inferno—both of which, coincidentally, are part of the current 80s Horror collection streaming on the Criterion Channel.
Happy October! This month we’re doing something slightly different and discussing some of our favorite horror movies that we’ve never talked about on the podcast before. To get warmed up, we chat about the Vincent Price classic The Tingler and what we all get out of watching scary movies in the first place.
A classic of psychological horror, 1961’s The Innocents is a delicious mix of all the things we love to talk about: ghosts, sexual deviancy, women losing their minds, etc. We also cover the roots of the story from Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw as well as how everyone loved to get all Freudian in the 50s.
This month we’re talking about movies that deal with the loss of a child, beginning with 1980s The Changeling. It’s a good start, but this one falls short of what we were hoping for. We discuss the psychological underpinnings we were expecting to see emerge more and how expectations for that sort of thing in horror films have evolved.