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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Episode 20. “It’s Very Hard To Get Lost In America These Days”: The Blair Witch Project (1999)

BWPAndrea and Alex take a wrong turn down the horrored halls and discuss Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick’s groundbreaking film, The Blair Witch Project. By looking at the created mythology, unstable narrative and audience reaction they hope to find the map before it starts getting dark.

REQUIRED READING

The Blair Witch Project. Dir Eduardo Sánchez and Daniel Myrick. 1999. [DVD]

EXTRA CREDIT

32 Things We Learned From the ‘Blair Witch Project’ Commentary Track. A break down of the most salient points from the director and producer commentary on the DVD.
Book Excerpt: “Film Firsts: The 25 Movies that Created Contemporary American Cinema” by Ethan Alter. An analysis of the release and revolutionary marketing campaign.
The Blair Witch Project. The OG website with only a few updates. Still a great source the Blair Witch mythology and timeline of events.

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Episode 19. Devoured: Eating Disorders in Black Swan (2010) and Drag Me To Hell (2009)

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Alex and Andrea explore the history, treatment and perception of eating disorders through Darren Aronofsky’s Oscar winning film Black Swan and Sam Raimi’s return to the horror genre, Drag Me To Hell.

REQUIRED READING

Black Swan. Dir Darren Aronofsky. 2010. [DVD]

Drag Me To Hell. Dir Sam Raimi. 2009. [Blu-ray]

EXTRA CREDIT

A History of Eating Disorders. A general overview of the history of the disease and different methods of treatment.

What if anorexia wasn’t a disorder, but a passion? A new reading on rethinking the way that anorexia is treated and thought of.

Body Refractions – Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. An academic article examining the use of doubling, mirroring and lust in Black Swan.

Sam Raimi Interview, Drag Me To Hell. The director discusses his return to horror and the morality behind the film.

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