Category Archives: Episodes

Episode 82. Vorsicht! The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) and Nosferatu (1922)

Skipping the pond and travelling back to the roaring ’20s (the last ones, that is), Andrea and Alex take a tour of interwar Germany via two of the country’s most celebrated cinematic marvels. From the Weimar Republic to the Frankfurt school, from German expressionism to antisemitism, the past presents us with creativity unfettered (and warnings unheeded.)
 
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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Dir Robert Weine, 1920.
Nosferatu. Dir F.W. Murnau, 1922.

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Rights in Nosferatu – A detailed history of Nosferatu vs. the Stoker estate via Nerdly Pleasures.
 
The Haunted Screen Expressionism in the German Cinema and the Influence of Max Reinhardt – Lotte H Eisner’s examination of Germany’s national cinema and the influence of theatre.
 
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Episode 81. You Bring Me Closer to God: Se7en (1995)

From the Gothic urban landscape, to narrative switch-a-roos, to entitled male rage, David Fincher’s Se7en is much more than a morality-wielding killer with a penchant for… unboxings. In this episode, Andrea and Alex delve into the movie’s complicated moral codes, the history of detective fiction and the dangers of having a God-complex.
 
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Se7en. Dir David Fincher, 1995.

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Places of Horror: Fincher’s “Seven” and Fear of the City in Recent Hollywood Film – An academic look at the fear of urbanization in Se7en.
 
 
Se7en Title Sequence – An in-depth look at the film’s title sequence featuring an interview with Kyle Cooper.
 
American Horror Story: 7 Seasons of Title Design – Alex’s piece on the title sequences of American Horror Story and an interview with Kyle Cooper.
 
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Episode 79. Conception of Violence: Inside (2007)

Locking your windows and doors won’t do much good when Béatrice Dalle is at your door. This month we tackle the grotesque Holiday classic Inside (À l’Intérieur) and examine themes of conception, religion, and motherhood alongside the French politics of the time.

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Inside (À l’intérieur). Dir. Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, 2007.

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Films of the New French Extremity. Alex’s book on the cycle of modern French horror.
 
Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers. Sady Doyle’s book on female power through the lens of history, mythology,  true crime and horror.
 
Timeline: French riots. BBC’s overview of the events before and during the 2005 Paris riots.

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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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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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