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Episode 89. Die Partisan: The Dead Zone (1983)

SURPRISE! We’re back with a bonus episode to help you get through Election Day and the ensuing aftermath by talking about David Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone. In this episode, we delve into notions of fate, time travel paradoxes, cults of personality, the responsibility of the individual, and the importance of a good wool coat.
 
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The Dead Zone. Dir. David Cronenberg, 1983.

EXTRA CREDIT

The Witches Are Coming. Lindy West’s essay collection written in response to the rise of Trump.
 
David Cronenberg, Debra Hill and Martin Sheen interviews. Interviews from the release of the film complete with great fashion and chain smoking.
 
The Philosophical Problem of Killing Baby Hitler, Explained. Vox’s explanation of the grandfather/Hitler paradox.
 
A Cult of Personality Can Derail Democracy. Why it’s important to recognize the danger of the track we’re on.

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Episode 88. Cult Classic: The Howling (1981)

We’re *virtually* live from Salem Horror Fest this year and we’re talking about sexy werewolves and not-so-sexy wellness with Joe Dante’s The Howling. From cultish retreats to women in media, Alex and Andrea go to the darkest reaches of the p0rn theatre… 
 
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The Howling. Dir. Joe Dante, 1981.

EXTRA CREDIT

Feminist Critique of Freud. A summary of how Freud is less than friendly to women. It the privilege we envy, not the penis!
 
The Human Potential Movement Gone Awry. A look at how one wellness movement became co-opted.
 
Self Help Inc. Micki McGee’s book about how self-help became a cultural movement.
 
Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers. Sady Doyle’s book on the construct of woman as monster.
 
Haunted. Leo Braudy’s book on supernatural elements in the natural world told from an accessibly academic standpoint.

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BONUS CONTENT! Commentary: I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006)

The summer bonus trilogy concludes! Join Alex as she mines the occasional depths, miscalculations and style choices of Sylvain White’s I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, examining whether the 1990s Teen Horror Cycle can exist in a new millennium.
 
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BONUS CONTENT! Commentary: I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)

Alex is back with Julie and Ray to continue their summer pastime of making terrible terrible decisions! This time with Brandy, Jack Black and some dubious geography trivia.
 
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