Category Archives: Episodes

Fack Flash: Quarantine Viewing, part 1

We’ve had a lot of people asking what we’ve been watching lately so here’s a run of the new releases that have been on our radar.

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Movies discussed: 

  • The Hunt
  • Vivarium
  • The Invisible Man
  • Sea Fever
  • Sputnik
  • Underwater
  • I See You
  • Antlers
  • Blood Quantum
  • Relic
  • Dreamland
  • The Rental
  • Swallow

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Episode 84. Summer of Plague pt 1 – Contamination: [•REC] (2007) and [•REC]²(2009)

What starts as a routine stop for a firefighters and a puff piece for some TV journalists descends into one of the most chilling and prescient film franchises in contemporary horror. To kick off the Summer of Plague series, Andrea and Alex delve into the nooks and crannies of Spanish history and a Barcelona apartment complex to read between the frames.

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REQUIRED READING

Rec. Dir Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, 2007.
Rec 2. Dir Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, 2009.

EXTRA CREDIT

The Power of Art, Picasso. Simon Schama’s episode about Picasso and the events that led to the painting of Guernica.
 
Timeout. Interview with Jaume Balagueró.
 
European Nightmares: Horror Cinema in Europe Since 1945. A look at the collective and individual European horror cinemas.
 
What is a Parergon? A look at the framing concept.
 
The 22 Key Turning Points In The History Of YouTube – a history of the megasite and its impact on popular culture.

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Episode 83. Follow the Bouncing Ball: The Changeling (1980)

By reminding us of the past, ghosts can shape our future, revealing hidden truths, histories and uncertainties that we’re often too scared to acknowledge. Grief and terror become inextricably intertwined in Peter Medak’s The Changeling, and Andrea and Alex untangle the metaphors, traumas and unspoken realities that have made this film a Canadian horror classic.
 
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REQUIRED READING

The Changeling. Dir Peter Medak, 1980.

EXTRA CREDIT

 
The Uncanny Child in Transnational Cinema: Ghosts of Futurity at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century. An exploration of the children in ’80s cinema and how they speak to the dead.
 
The Social Shaping of Emotion: The Case of Grief by Lyn H. Lofland. Is grief a social emotion?
 
Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space. Amanda Leduc’s analysis of narrative and disability.

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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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REQUIRED READING

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Dir Robert Weine, 1920.
Nosferatu. Dir F.W. Murnau, 1922.

EXTRA CREDIT

 
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.
 
We’re heading back to Salem! Programming for Women With Guts is in flux at the moment but be sure to follow the official pages for news and reschedulings.

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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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REQUIRED READING

Se7en. Dir David Fincher, 1995.

EXTRA CREDIT

 
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.
 
We’re heading back to Salem! Check out more info on the Women with Guts weekend and Salem Horror Fest in October

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