Episode 24. Kill is Kiss: Pontypool (2008)

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Up is down, left is right and black is white in this month’s episode. Tackling the Canadian winter horror film Pontypool, Andrea and Alex talk about national identity, broadcast journalism and how the stories we tell should stop making sense.

REQUIRED READING

Pontypool. Dir Bruce McDonald. 2008.

EXTRA CREDIT

Marshall McLuhan’s Understanding Media: The Extension of Man (1964). The Canadian theorist’s treatise on humanity’s dependence on (and interpretations of) media.

Northrop Frye – Conclusion to a Literary History of Canada (1965). Canadian-ism and the garrison mentality.

Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature (1972) by Margaret Atwood.

Pontypool Changes Everything (2009) by Tony Burgess.

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Filmmaker Spotlight: Ashlea Wessel

Andrea and Alex talk to emerging filmmaker Ashlea Wessel about her new body-horror/creature feature “Ink”. The ladies talk filmmaking styles, assembling a crew and horror influences.

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She also created this amazing photo of The Faculty of Horror! In case you ever wondered what our babies would look like…

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 The Indiegogo campaign for INK is still going. Please share and/or contribute!

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Episode 23. The Assessment Part 2: The Revenge

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Andrea and Alex venture once more into the breach and tackle the questions and comments received over the last year. They also look back on a year’s worth of topics and reassess their own opinions.

EXTRA CREDIT

The 8-bit Lakeside Lunatic by artist Trevor Henderson.

House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films by Kier-La Janisse. Highly recommended reading!

Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson. Subverted fairy-tale goodness.

Definitions and terminology from the National Center for Transgender Equality.

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Episode 22. You Better Watch Out: Santa Claus Comes to Town in Saint (2010) and Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

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Andrea and Alex get in the holiday spirit by exploring the myths, legends and traditions that surround one of the most beloved and iconic figures in North America, Santa Claus. In both Saint and Rare Exports, our notions of Santa are turned on their heads but we might still discover the true meaning of Christmas.

REQUIRED READING

Saint. Dir Dick Maas. 2010.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale. Dir Jalmari Helander. 2010.

EXTRA CREDIT

Rare Export Inc. and Rare Exports Safety Instructions. The short films that started it all.

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Episode 21. What To Expect When You’re Expecting: Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

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Don’t drink the herbal remedy, don’t eat the mousse because Andrea and Alex are back to talk about Roman Polanski’s 1968 film, Rosemary’s Baby. By looking at filmic techniques, societal changes and our relationship with evil, you’ll see that this is no dream, this is really happening.

REQUIRED READING

Rosemary’s Baby. Dir Roman Polanski. 1968.

EXTRA CREDIT

Roman Polanski on “Rosemary’s Baby” – Conversations Inside The Criterion Collection. Vice pulls interviews and clips from the Criterion Collection extras for a revealing behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film.

Rosemary’s Baby – Comprehensive Storyform. A detailed breakdown of the numerous conflicts and objectives at play in Rosemary’s Baby.

Background on Reproductive Rights. A look at the challenges that have faced the fight for access to birth control.

SAVAGE VENGEANCE, episode 32 of the Rue Morgue Podcast. Andrea was a guest to talk about I Spit on Your Grave which turned into a heated debate on the Rue Morgue website. Feedback brought her back to continue the discussion in the Savage Vangeance episode which features a detailed breakdown of the Polanski scandal (1:35).

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