Episode 78. Blood Ties: Interview with the Vampire (1994) and Queen of the Damned (2002)

Sharpen your teeth (and your wits) because this month, we’re devouring the world of Anne Rice and her cinematic vampires. Discussing their emergence from Gothic literary fever dream to hyper-stylized incarnations on the big screen, Andrea and Alex prove that there’s still life in them yet.

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Interview with the Vampire. Dir Neil Jordan, 1994.
Queen of the Damned. Dir. Michael Rymer, 2002.

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Anne Rice and Queering of Culture. A discussing of Anne Rice’s ability to subvert cultural norms.
 
The Poet, the Physician and the Birth of the Modern Vampire. How the modern vampire was constructed from a toxic relationship.
 
The Rise of Nu Metal. An in-depth history of nu-metal’s influences, popularity and decline.
 
Why We Seek the High of Fame. Psychology Today’s analysis of the desire for notoriety.
 
The Timeless Myth of Medusa, a Rape Victim Turned Into a Monster. A look at the construction of a female monster.
 
Encyclopedia Gothica by Liisa Ladouceur. Goth subculture, A – Z.
 

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Glossary of Gore – Episode 1 (PREVIEW)

In our first-ever Glossary of Gore episode, Alex tackles Laura Mulvey’s theory of the male gaze; analyzing Mulvey’s essay Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema and discussing how it’s been applied since it became part of cinematic vernacular.

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Episode 77. Human Nature: Under the Skin (2013)

Live from Salem Horror Fest 2019 – Andrea and Alex tackle Jonathan Glazer’s alien masterpiece. Bringing the outlying universe down to Earth, Under The Skin reveals the darkest parts of consciousness in a chilling meditation on what it means to be human.

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Under the Skin. Dir. Jonathan Glazer, 2013.

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VIDEO: The Making of Under the Skin. An in-depth look at the film’s production.
 
The Alien Gaze of Under the Skin. How Under the Skin employs and subverts gaze theory.
 
Where to Begin with Folk Horror. Some key definitions of the increasingly popular sub-genre.
 
Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (1990) by Judith Butler. Gender is as gender does, but it’s just a bit more complicated.

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Ask the Fack – Episode 1 (PREVIEW)

Our first-ever Ask the Fack Q&A episode is live, in which we discuss our favourite books, our top non-horror movies, and some bonus parenting tips for horror fans (hey, you asked!)

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Episode 76. Girls Trip: House (1977)

Andrea and Alex kick off a new semester with a discussion of Nobuhiko Obayashi’s House, a truly bizarre but exciting entry into the horror canon. Covering everything from witch-y house cats, to nuclear bombs to inter-generational tensions, this episode may never capture the unbridled energy of the film but it might unlock some doors…

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House (aka Hausu). Dir Nobuhiko Obayashi. 1977.

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History Extra Podcast: The story of modern Japan. Author Christopher Harding deconstructs modern Japan and the world events that brought them there.
 
Video interview with Obayashi. The filmmaker talks about seeing the positive in the negative, the light in the darkness.
 
Sigmund Freud, The Uncanny. Full PDF of Freud’s theory of the uncanny and its ability to instill fear in us.

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Episode 75. Crime Spree: Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) and Zodiac (2007)

This month, Andrea and Alex pull back the veil on narrative cinema and the true-crime phenomena. From John McNaughton’s nightmarish debut to David Fincher’s gumshoe epic, the answers to our response and responsibility to real-life events is almost always more complex than they appear on the surface.

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Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer. Dir. John McNaughton, 1986.

Zodiac. Dir. David Fincher, 2007.

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Violence Incorporated: John McNaughton’s “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” and the Uses of Gratuitous Violence in Popular Narrative. Steffen Hantke’s in-depth examination of violence in the film.

Regarding the Pain of Others. Susan Sontag’s follow up to On Photography.
 
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. Michelle McNamara’s search for the Golden State Killer.
 
The Ethical Dilemma of Highbrow True Crime. Alice Bolin discusses how true crime went from guilty pleasure to pop culture phenomenon.

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