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Episode 102. Rule Breaker: Scream (1996)

Do you like scary movies? Because Wes Craven’s Scream sure does! In this episode, Andrea and Alex tackle the game-changing film, discussing its origins, impact and legacy.
 
 
 

REQUIRED READING

Scream. Dir. Wes Craven, 1996.
 

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The 1990s Teen Horror Cycle: Final Girls and a New Hollywood Formula. Alex’s book on ’90s horror with a feminist gaze.
 
Men, Women and Chain Saws. Carol Clover’s treatise on gender in modern horror that coined the term Final Girl.
 
Columbine. Dave Cullen’s in-depth account of the Columbine shootings.
 
The Banality of Skeevil. Jude Ellison S. Doyle’s medium article on Skeet Ulrich’s particular brand of ’90s toxic masculinity.
 
Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers. Jude Ellison S. Doyle’s book on power and monstrosity.
 
Seventeen Magazine May 1999. Featuring Jewel on the cover, this issue contains the findings of Seventeen x Ladies Home Journal’s survey and the article, “No! 12 Ways to Make That Little Word Heard.”
 
Cine-limbo: The Millennial/New Age Virtual Afterlife Thriller by Linda Badley. Did Millennial teens grew up on a diet of death-denying media?
 

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Episode 100. American Nightmare: The Crazies (1973)

Live from Salem Horror Fest, our 100th episode on George A. Romero’s The Crazies sees us tackling small-town life, biology, the Vietnam War, health care and our own podcasting mortality. Plus, a very special Cameo!
 
 
 

REQUIRED READING

The Crazies. Dir. George A. Romero, 1973.
 

EXTRA CREDIT

The Crazies. Dir. Breck Eisner, 2010. 
 
Robin Wood on the Horror Film. A collection of Wood’s seminal essays.
 
Hearts and Minds. The 1974 Oscar-winning documentary about the Vietnam War.
 
New Pandemics, Old Politics: Two Hundred Years of War on Disease and its Alternatives. Alex De Waal’s new book on modernity’s need for narratives and biology’s refusal of them.
 
The Birth of Biopolitics. Foucault’s lectures that introduce his theories of biopower and biopolitics.
 
The American Idea: The Best of the Atlantic Monthly. A large collection of essays that reflected and shaped America.
 
The Washington Post: “If we want people to take the coronavirus vaccine, we need to treat them like consumers” by Jennifer Reich. Has our history with DTCAs made us treat healthcare like businesses?
 

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Bonus content – Candyman (1992) Commentary

Sweets for the sweet! We’re still on our annual August hiatus but we accidentally said “Candyman” five times and resurrected a commentary we recorded for our Patreon back in 2019. Whoops!

Listen in to whet your appetite for Nia DaCosta’s reimagining this weekend!


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Episode 98. House Warning: The Amityville Horror (1979) and Poltergeist (1982)

Call your bank and pack the moving truck because we’re uprooting everything we think we know about home ownership. From the Lutz’ mortgage with Devil to the skeletons in the Freelings’ closet (and backyard), Andrea and Alex unearth what lies beyond and beneath the white picket fences of American suburbia.
 
 
Salem Horror Fest 2021 – tickets and info now available!

REQUIRED READING

The Amityville Horror. Dir. Stuart Rosenberg, 1979.
Poltergeist. Dir. Tobe Hooper, 1982.

EXTRA CREDIT

Gaylords of Darkness Amityville 4 episode. The incomparable Stacie and Anthony tackle one of the strangest movies ever made. A must-listen!
 
Stephen King’s Danse Macabre. King’s non-fiction treatise on all things horror.
 
Romance and Real Estate, Walter Benn Michaels. Michael’s chapter on the emotional ties to owned property.
 
Owning Up: Privacy, Property, and Belonging in U.S. Women’s Life Writing, 1840-1890. Katherine Adam’s book about the rise of individuality, property and women’s relationship to owning a home.
 
In the Nation, Why Owning a Home is Still the American Dream. A history of status, taxes and the uses of home ownership.
 
Digging Up the Indian Burial Ground Trope. Shea Vassar’s breakdown and history of the trope which includes Terri Jean’s 5 reasons for the trope’s enduring popularity.
 
The Terrifying True Story that inspired Poltergeist. A look at Amityville‘s neighbours that inspired Poltergeist.
 
Reaganomics killed America’s middle class. An examination of Reagan’s economic policies and their lasting effects.
 
Half-True Crime: Why the Stranger-Danger Panic of the ’80s Took Hold and Refuses to Let Go. A deep-dive into the 1980s moral panic and its after-effects.
 
Cursed Films: “Poltergeist”: The Shudder series by Jay Cheel tackles the many urban legends surrounding the Poltergeist franchise.
 

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