Episode 02.02: The Haunting

As a classic adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting is one of the all-time great psychological horror films. We discuss how it employs character, atmosphere and subtext to create fear, how it depicts the societal contraints placed on midcentury women and how it gets Shirley Jackson right.


Episode 02.02M: We Have Always Lived in the Castle

In which we introduce mini episodes: short episodes covering films connected in some way to upcoming full monthly episodes. This month we’re discussing adaptations of work by writer Shirley Jackson. Here we talk about 2018’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle, directed by Stacie Passon, and consider domestic horror, handling unreliable narrators in film and the inherent difficulties in adapting Jackson’s stories.


Episode 02.01: The Babadook

An acclaimed Australian horror film, The Babadook presents the danger of repressed grief and calls into question whether we manifest our own monsters. We discuss this untraditional horror and how it beautifully represents the everyday stressors – from single parenthood, to external judgements – that can cause the most damage.


Episode 01.02: Carnival of Souls

A cult classic movie that inspired the likes of Night of the Living Dead, this little movie out of Kansas highlights some of the real everyday horrors such as gender conformity, trauma, and lurking threats. Carnival of Souls is a great lesson in male gaze of the 60s and how even an unpolished film can be great.

If you liked Carnival of Souls, check out:

  • Twilight Zone’s “The Hitch-hiker”
  • Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man


Episode 01.01: The Witch

Scene from The Witch of Thomasin, a teenage girl dressed in 15th century clothing, standing alone and bloodied in front of a cabin

A slow-burn witch tale turned on its head. We explore how director Robert Eggers uses film to guide our perception to tell this tale of survival against the wilds in New England. Masculine toxicity, isolationism, coming of age, and general fear of the unknown play a key role in this film as we continually question: what’s really witchcraft and what’s not.

If you liked The Witch, you might also like:

  • Fall of the House of Usher, Edgar Allan Poe (internal disintegration)
  • We have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson (family dynamics)