"I bind you, Hollywood, from doing harm"
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Halloween is almost here which to me means one thing: overanalyzing horror flicks for any feminist undertones! ... [N]o season has better metaphors for misogynistic fears and powerful female sexuality than the scary movies that permeate almost every channel and film festival throughout October.At Autostraddle, Nina suggests nine horror films she likes in the "Blossoming-Teenage-Girl-Becoming-A-Woman" sub-genre. She is far from alone in her search for interesting feminist themes in horror cinema and literature.
Here, we discuss 50 horror films directed by women that feature a range of tropes and ideas. In our current cinematic climate, where only five percent of studio releases have a woman behind the camera, we hope you’ll support more women making movies that scare the hell out of you.At Flavorwire, Alison Nastasi lists 50 Must-See Horror Films Directed by Women (all on one page).
When you combine horror with the feminist short story, you enter a whole new realm that’s even more terrifying than any Pinhead from Hellraiser or Damien from the Omen. The horror delves into reality, where much can be hidden beneath the facade of such vanities as a life of wealth, the perfect marriage, or an idyllic community.At Exploring Feminisms, Jillian McKeown puts a Spotlight on Five Feminist-Minded Short Stories with Elements of Horror.
Recently I published an article in honor of Black History Month and Women in Horror Month called "20 Black Women in Horror Fiction." While the first list consisted almost entirely of women whose works have published solo book length collections such as novels, and single author short story and poetry anthologies ... this list consists primarily of women whose works of horror were published in multiple-author black writer horror showcasesAt Persephone Magazine, Sumiko Saulson offers "21 More Black Women in Horror Writing."
That horror is often perceived as a boys' club, most fans of the genre would never deny ... Not unduly long ago the gendering was not so subtle; Flannery O’Connor’s tales of "mystery and misery and horror" in the South were disparaged by critics as "highly unladylike," O’Connor herself for "[slamming] down direct sentence after direct sentence of growing outrage ..." As much to say: a woman shouldn’t.At Electric Literature, Adrian Van Young pairs suggestions of five horror films directed by women with five horror books/collections written by women. (Note: their distubing content is sometimes discussed more vividly than in other links.)
Intended as a supernatural suspense thriller rather than a horror film, The Entity received middling reviews on release, and seemed destined to be nothing more than another 1980s genre film. However, Austrian avant-gardist Peter Tscherkassky saw something else.In "Attacked by Nothing," an article from cléo: a journal of film and feminism, Tara Judah argues that two short avant-garde horror films in Peter Tscherkassky's "CinemaScope Trilogy" constitute an anti-patriarchal point of view on movies themselves: Outer Space (1999; 10:01) and Dreamwork (NSFW; 2002; 10:40). (Note: as discussed in the article, Dreamwork presents a notably disturbing scene from an older film in an obscured but still legible form; Outer Space is based on the same film but is more Gothic in tone.)
And at The Lobster Dance: Japan, Gender, Media, Culture, Odorunara has written a delightful and engaging series of posts on "Feminist Halloween," including ...
- Horror Sub-Genres that have the potential to go beyond "the final girl" or "the monstrous-feminine"
- Rewatching The Craft, which provides the title for this FPP
- Transphobia in Horror, which is especially useful for its additional links
- Zen Cho's story "The House of Aunts" about a vampire high-schooler in Malaysia
- Madeline Yale Wynne's 1895 story "The Little Room," which is also available via Library of America's Story of the Week and archive.org
- Frankenstein, M.D., a gender-swapped web series from PBS Digital Studios
- Take Back Halloween: a site that "aims to show readers how to make positive feminist costumes for Halloween"
- A recent Popaganda episode covers "Oh the Horror! Feminism and Horror Films"
- Leigh Kolb at btchflcks.com writes about "The Terror of Little Girls: Social Anxiety About Women in Horrifying Girlhood"
- BJ Colangelo, in a guest post at btchflcks.com, considers "Women with Disabilities: The Undiscussed Horror Staple of Female Characters"
- Mey Rude at Autostraddle makes important points regarding "Who’s Afraid Of The Big, Bad Trans* Woman? On Horror and Transfemininity"
- BJ Colangelo, in a guest post at btchflcks.com, builds on Mey Rude's article in "Trans* Women and the Horror of Misrepresentation"
- Stef Schwartz at Autostraddle discusses lesbian themes in horror in "Women That Go Bump In the Night: Lady-Monsters Of Cinema"
- Hattie at Autostraddle reflects on "Making It Out Alive: Theodora and the Lesbians of Horror"
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