Episode 18. Camp Blood: Friday the 13th (1980) and Sleepaway Camp (1983)

Sleepaway

Pack your bag, say goodbye to Mom and Dad because it’s camp time. The annual tradition of camping has come to the Faculty of Horror and Andrea and Alex set off into the wilds to talk about nature, madmen/women and the politics of adolescence. 

REQUIRED READING

Sleepaway Camp. Dir. Robert Hiltzik. 1983. [Blu-ray/DVD]

Friday the 13th. Dir. Sean S. Cunningham. 1980. [DVD]

EXTRA CREDIT

History of Summer Camps. A brief history of the North American compulsion to camp overnight.

Sleepaway Camp Analysis, a brilliant and well-referenced article on the impact of the film from a soiological perspective.

Horror Movies as Modern Day Morality Tales. An analytical look at some of the most popular slashers and what they have to teach us about life (and horrible, grisly death).

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Episode 17. Blood in the Water: Jaws (1975) and Piranha (1978)

Jaws

Alex and Andrea take the biggest boat they can find and go into the deep as summer dawns once again. Their bait is the examination of nature as vengeance, the strong hold of Americana and the new masculine hero. Hopefully they’ll be home in time for dinner.

REQUIRED READING

Jaws. Dir. Steven Spielberg. 1975. [Blu-ray/DVD]
Piranha. Dir. Joe Dante. 1978. [DVD] [Blu-ray]

EXTRA CREDIT

Jaws – Between the Teeth by Peter Biskind. One of the first in depth analysis of Spielberg’s jaws, film writer Biskind tackles the cultural impact and its roots in literature

A guide to the fantastical work of Joe Dante by Keith Phipps, Scott Tobias & Noel Murray. An overview of the career of one of the most beloved directors in genre film.

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Episode 16. Toil and Trouble: Witches in Film

Witchcraft

Join Alex and Andrea as they call the corners and delve into the world of witchcraft. By examining The Craft (1996), Antichrist (2009) and The Lords of Salem (2013)  the role of the witch as protagonist/antagonist will emerge and will reveal that there is more to these women than meets the eye (of newt). 

REQUIRED READING

The Craft. Dir. Andrew Fleming. 1996.  [DVD]

Antichrist. Dir. Lars Von Trier. 2009.  [Blu-ray]

Lords of Salem. Dir. Rob Zombie. 2013.  [DVD]

EXTRA CREDIT

Glamorous Witchcraft: Gender and Magic in Teen Film and Television. An essay about how the young/adolescent witch provides insight into negotiating female power.

The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth by Robert Graves. Recommended reading on witchcraft by listener T Quest!

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Episode 15. Life, Death and the Tall Man: Phantasm and Phantasm II

Phantasm

Andrea and Alex dig up the bodies they have been burying around the city and discuss the business of death, dream logic, and some beloved character’s journeys through Don Coscarelli’s first two films in the Phantasm universe. 

REQUIRED READING

Phantasm. Dir. Don Coscarelli. 1979.  [DVD]

Phantasm II. Dir. Don Coscarelli. 1988. [DVD] [Blu-Ray]

EXTRA CREDIT

The Order of the Good Death. A movement to de-mystify the death industry. The videos section is highly recommended viewing.

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Episode 14. Join Us: The Evil Dead & Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn

EvilDead

Alex and Andrea pack up their problems and head to a remote cabin in the woods to learn what lurks deep inside every man which leads to bloodshed and dismemberment. Hopefully, by utilizing hero and mythical analysis they’ll be able to get the safety deposit back.

REQUIRED READING

The Evil Dead. Dir. Sam Raimi. 1981. [DVD] [Blu-Ray]

Evil Dead 2. Dir. Sam Raimi. 1987. [DVD] [Blu-Ray]

EXTRA CREDIT

An overview of the Ancient Greek uses for comedy and tragedy. Many of these same specifications still apply to the genre today.

A breakdown of the Joseph Campell Hero’s Journey. From an overall look to a step by step breakdown of each part.

An analysis of Carl Jung’s journey theory, what each one means and how the sometimes very slight differences can change the overall outcome.

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