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.
Sleepy Hollow just kicked off its second season, and I wanted to highlight the show here. I’ve always been fond of “The Tale of the Headless Horseman” in all of its incarnations and had a lot of reservations about the show (more on this later) but am pleased to say that it has, thusfar, turned out to be a positive show with good gender and race representation despite ostentibly being about a white guy from the 18th century.
Spoiler free–which means I don’t get to discuss some of the important character development in characters who show up mid-season.
Mild spoilers for The Ring (US – 2002).
In “Horror Week 2012: The Terror of Little Girls: Social Anxiety About Women in Horrifying Girlhood” (and the version on Indiewire), Leigh Kolb takes a look at how social anxieties about women lead to the horror trope of the monstrous or evil little girl, as seen in The Exorcist, The Ring, and a host of other movies.
For those of you looking for a brief but in-depth run-through of all the lady monsters and their tropes in horror films, check out “Women That Go Bump In the Night: Lady-Monsters Of Cinema” by Stef on Autostraddle.