The remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show aired yesterday on Fox, and though I haven’t seen it yet, I wanted to share this piece from Bitch Media about the complicated relationship between the queer community–particularly bi+ and trans folks–with this film.
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Although I’ve been focusing a lot on film this Halloween season, let’s shift gears today to horror audio fiction. Alice Isn’t Dead is a serial horror/suspense podcast by Joseph Fink, co-creator of Welcome to Night Vale. Deliciously creepy, Alice Isn’t Dead is the story of a truck driver searching for her not-dead wife, the titular Alice, on a surreal road trip through the U.S.
The genre of horror doesn’t exist in a vacuum: what is scary isn’t the same throughout time or space. For example, my idea of a great scary story*:
On a hot and sunny day, your intrepid blogger was blindfolded and forced to attend a gender-reveal party for a baby.** Watch as they encounter…
Misgendering! [cut to “Well, hello, there, miss!”]
Cissplaining! [cut to “They/them aren’t real pronouns!”]
The very concept of binary genders assigned based on in-utero pics of baby’s genitals! [cut to BLOGGER, confused: “hamburger?! turtle?! are we speaking English rn does the ultrasound now tell you folks’ pronouns now?”]
Ruining cake with the arbitrary and artificial gender binary! [cut to CAKE oozing pink or blue]
Regrettably, being marginalized usually means folks are afraid of people like me: queer and genderqueer/gender non-conforming (though the brunt of that falls on trans women). Cultural fears, particularly about the marginalized gaining power and influence (or, self determination even), drive horror films. The vampire as a queer woman or a (somehow also queer) Eastern European; the serial killer as bisexual or trans; zombies as a metaphor for racial Others; and, among many others, witches. Witches are conflated with everything from the fear of ethnic Others (Roma, Creole, Latinx, African) to the generalized fear of women, including but not limited to women having rights to their own bodies, property, money, sexuality, and self determination.
Which brings me to The Witch, a horror film for Puritans by Puritans. (more…)
Season 3 of Carmilla just came out and I am attempting to watch in between work, writing, and travel, so I’m only halfway through. (It is magical and lovely so far, even if Season 0 was a bit over the top.) But buckle in, creampuffs and Silas alums, because next year we’re getting a MOVIE.
IMDB has one of the most accurate but unintentionally hilarious descriptions for The Hunger (1983): “A love triangle develops between a beautiful yet dangerous vampire, her cellist companion, and a gerontologist.” Some spoilers (major one marked below).
Miriam (Catherine Deneuve) and John (actual bisexual vampire of my heart David Bowie) are a vampire couple getting along fairly well until John starts aging rapidly. Apparently eternal life and eternal youth aren’t the same thing. Oops.
Oh, The Blair Witch Project (1999); be still, my teenage heart. Broadly‘s interview of the cast, “They Wished I Was Dead’: How ‘The Blair Witch Project’ Still Haunts Its Cast,” stood apart for me from other interviews gearing up for Blair Witch (2016) because of the attention to Heather Donahue’s discussion about being a woman in film, being conflated with her character, and the famous and oft-parodied apology scene at the end of the film.
Every year, I discuss the never-ending stream of sexist, racist costumes and criticism thereof, praying for an end to all this bullshit. I’m back again with this year’s round, which defies all logic and reason. Ghostbusters (2016), in addition to being one of my favorite films this year, is a great opportunity for an ensemble costume. Making/altering jumpsuits and building proton packs isn’t everyone’s game, so you’d think the franchise’s popularity would be helpful in getting ready-made costumes for the Ghostbuster who doesn’t need or want a cosplay project. And yet.