Quick video link today via Buzzfeed’s “If Women In Horror Films Were Played By Men.” (Video is slightly NSFW.)
Like many people who grew up in the 90s, I loved The Craft. While it didn’t send me into goth mode, it did inspire some less-than-rousing rounds of “light as a feather, stiff as a board” at sleepovers and wanting to be a special snowflake “natural witch.” (I was in junior high. Go away.)
I re-watched it about 6 years ago, and then re-watched it in the spirit of Halloween last week. While I’d say the first half of the movie “holds up” as a campy, fun movie about female friendship, the second half, which was scary to me as a teen, falls short of what I wish the movie could have been.
In The Craft, Sarah, the new girl at a Catholic school in LA, falls in with three unpopular girls rumored to be witches. Together, they learn “the craft” for fun and to improve their lives–until, of course, everything goes wrong. (Moderate spoilers.)
In the course of doing this series of posts, I discovered Bitch Flicks and BJ Colangelo of Day of the Woman in my search for feminist horror analysis by horror fans. Today, I’d like to share with you Colangelo’s post “Women with Disabilities: The Undiscussed Horror Staple of Female Characters,” which discusses the trope of how and why women characters with disabilities are used as plot devices.
Buckle your pants, readers, we’re in for another blood-bath of a horror film in The Descent, a 2005 British horror film with an all-female cast.* Some spoilers are necessary for a deeper analysis, so I put them at the very bottom under “spoilers” so the rest of the review could be mild on spoilers.
This film is no co-ed slumber-party slasher flick but a nature/monster horror film about six badass adventure-seeking women, the core group of whom get together yearly to go rafting, hiking, or, in this case, caving.
Bitch Media just put out a new Popaganda podcast about feminism and horror films with some recommendations and themes I haven’t posted about yet: underrated heroines, the Final Girl Brunch Club, and depictions (read: fear) of menstruation in horror.
I’ve been recommending a lot of cross-genre media that isn’t too gory or scary, but I’d like to recommend a film for the classic monster-movie fans: Ginger Snaps, a werewolf film from 2000.
Mild spoilers for the beginning of the film.
While I was rewatching Silence of the Lambs (1991) for my post on NBC Hannibal, I realized I had forgotten about the transphobia in the film. (Or, rather, it was one of many things I didn’t really get when I was in high school and saw it for the first time.)
Major spoilers for Silence of the Lambs. Content warning for discussions of transphobia, transmisogyny, and queerphobia in horror films.