Episode 28. Horrorwood: The Haunting (1999) and World War Z (2013)

Blockbusters
Blockbusters are as much a part of summer as sunburns and mosquitoes. In this episode, Andrea and Alex explore what it means when the billion dollar industry that is Hollywood casts its evil eye on the horror genre during their most profitable time of the year.

REQUIRED READING

The Haunting. Dir Jan De Bont. 1999.
World War Z. Dir Marc Forster, 2013.

EXTRA CREDIT

Brad’s War. Vanity Fair’s in-depth look at the plagued production of World War Z.

Conclusion to Culture and Society by Raymond Williams. The conclusion to the cultural theorist’s book, containing his insights on community, “the masses” and the myth of common culture.

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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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