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.
We continue our discussion of the Hag Horror genre with one of its underappreciated gems: What’s the Matter with Helen? Come for Debbie Reynolds dancing, stay for Shelley Winters losing her mind.
It’s time for Hagsploitation. We discuss why we unironically love this genre of psychological horror featuring grand dame actresses, starting with Joan Crawford in Strait-Jacket. Find the right axe to match your pearls and join in.
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.
Who wouldn’t like to chat about elaborate murder plots, sexual deviancy and cats? We gear up for our discussion of this month’s full-length episode on The Innocents with a mini episode on 1969’s Eye of the Cat.
This month we’re covering films with the theme of a loss of a child, and A Dark Song ratchets this theme to a whole new level of transformation. We discuss its complex characterizations, evolving emotions and transcendent turns.
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.
We continue our discussion of horror and fairy tales with 2020’s Gretel & Hansel, a slow-burn, coming-of-age tale from director Oz Perkins, and dive deeper into our thoughts about how horror mirrors the journey of a girl moving through a challenging world.
The story of Red Riding Hood gets meta and bloody as we kick off a month of fairy tale horror with 1984’s The Company of Wolves. We discuss the legacy of fairy tales, the influence of writer Angela Carter and why horror is such a perfect vehicle for female coming-of-age stories.
We head into a world of Thai folk beliefs, evil spirits and familial strife with 2021’s The Medium. This one ends up diving headfirst into traditional horror, but we’re more affected by what’s going on under the surface.