Episode 27. Bewitched: Witches in Film Part 2, with The Witchfinder General (1968), The Crucible (1996) and Inferno (1980)

crucibleWe return to the theme of witches with an evil eye to look at them in a broader historical and social context. Who was a witch? Who was a bitch? Who actually deserved what they got?

REQUIRED READING

The Witchfinder General. Dir Michael Reeves. 1968.
Inferno. Dir Dario Argento. 1980.
The Crucible. Dir Nicholas Hytner. 1996.

EXTRA CREDIT

Why I Wrote the Crucible. Arthur Miller’s take on his own play as it’s about the hit the big screen.

The Moral Panic Concept. An overview and analysis of moral panic.

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Episode 26. Mother Lover: Matriarchy in The Wicker Man (1973 & 2006) and Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

Matriarchy

Andrea and Alex talk about sisters doing it for themselves as women run communities, islands and families with sinister intentions. Are they better, worse or the same as communities run by men? Have they developed an immunity to bee stings and Bloody Mary?

REQUIRED READING

The Wicker Man. Dir Robin Hardy. 1973
The Wicker Man. Dir Neil LaBute. 2006
Paranormal Activity 3. Dir Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman. 2011

EXTRA CREDIT

The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory. The first chapter from Cynthia Eller’s book which discusses the second wave feminism fascination with a matriarchal order.

The Eeriness of the English Countryside. From film to literature, a look at why the British countryside creeps us out.

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Episode 25. I Thought There’d Be Stars: The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

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Andrea and Alex return to the outskirts of civilization with Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods. Looking at archetypes, genre tropes and the limits of humanity, the Faculty ponders the fate of horror and if it should survive.

REQUIRED READING

The Cabin in the Woods. Dir Drew Goddard. 2012.

EXTRA CREDIT

The Cabin in the Woods: The Official Visual Companion by Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon.

Literature’s Greatest Fools. A look at famous fools from across literature.

The Stanford Prison Experiment on YouTube. Not a horror movie per se, but pretty chilling all the same.

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