Sexualized Saturdays: Choosing Monsters Over Women

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Recently I began watching all the movies from the Nightmare on Elm Street series with one of our former authors, Fiyero, who has written a whole series of fantastic posts on these movies. While watching the final movie of the series, Wes Craven’s New Nightmare, I noticed that director Wes Craven seemed to be pointing out one issue with the series: fan obsession with the villain Freddy Krueger over female protagonists who have fought Freddy, especially Nancy, who is arguably the heroine of the whole series. This favoritism of a monstrous child killer over a strong, well-rounded female protagonist says a lot about both our antipathy toward women and our glorification of violence toward women.

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The Call: 2Spooky4Me, but Perfect for Halloween

Happy Halloween, y’all! I hope everyone has fantastically spooky plans for this exciting Monday night, or if not, that you at least got your spoop in this weekend.

In the spirit of All Hallows Read, I figured I’d use this post to recommend a scary book. I unfortunately ended up taking this duty too seriously, and ended up reading a book that was just a little beyond my spook limits. It’s cool, though. I’ll sleep again eventually.

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin piqued my interest despite my inability to handle horror because it wasn’t generic horror—it was fairy-based horror. I’ll read pretty much anything that puts a dark twist on fairy lore, so I dove in headfirst.

Vague spoilers and a trigger warning for extreme body horror after the jump.

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Web Crush Wednesdays: Kitty Horrorshow

Though I tend to stay away from actually playing them, I have a soft spot in my heart for horror games. Whereas controlling the games myself makes me too anxious to enjoy the experience, watching at the digital side of various Let’s Players allows me the freedom to appreciate these games at my own pace. During one such viewing, I felt like I was doing more than sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for an inevitable screamer—I became enthralled by the game’s atmosphere. The game was ANATOMY, and by the end of the unsettling romp I knew that I had to look up the game’s creator, Kitty Horrorshow. What I found did not leave me disappointed.

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Oh, My Pop Culture Religion: The Problem with Exorcisms

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Catholicism has a long history of belief in exorcisms, and while many people today may not believe in exorcism, for other Catholics, it is still a very real thing. Exorcisms are also a favorite trope of Hollywood horror films and TV shows, especially during the month of October. However, exorcisms have some issues in regards to ableism and sexism, and the movies rarely seem to want to explore those issues.

Trigger warning for discussions of ableism and disability below.

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Trailer Tuesdays: Channel Zero: Candle Cove

With the end of September not too long in the future, Halloween is practically just around the corner. Whether you’re waiting for those creepy final days of October or have been celebrating the spooktacular since the Fourth of July ended, for scare aficionados and average people who trawl the internet, one of the easiest ways to catch a scare these days is to read up on some creepypasta. We’ve slightly discussed creepypasta before, but as a refresher, “creepypasta” is typically the name given to scary stories written on the internet, especially by the anonymous hordes who frequent 4Chan. While many of these stories typically devolve into “there was this lost episode of [insert cartoon show] where some character died. Between that there were one frame pictures of various gory scenes, and something about bleeding hyperrealistic eyes,” SyFy seems to have latched onto one of the beloved oldies in hopes of making something truly terrifying for the holiday season. Me? I’m not so sure they can pull it off.

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Stranger Things: A Better Story than I Had Expected

Sometime last week, I sat down to binge watch the first season of Stranger Things. I’d kept hearing conflicting reports about the show—some people thought it was very well done and feminist, and others, not so much—so I decided to give it a try myself.

Stranger Things promo picStranger Things is a science-fiction horror show that takes place in the 80s and features a monster that looks like it came out of a movie from the 80s. Like all stories, Stranger Things is by no means perfect, and some of the problems I had with it are hard to ignore, but on the whole, I loved this show.

Spoilers up ahead.

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In Brightest Day: Depression in The Babadook

The BabadookA lot of exciting things happened to me this Christmas—I saw Star Wars four times, got a Lego Millennium Falcon, and went into anaphylactic shock. Twice. It was an eventful time for me that I thankfully survived, and as my break started coming to an end, APerigren told me about this amazing scary movie called The Babadook that came out in 2014 and was both written and directed by Jennifer Kent as her directorial debut. Despite hating horror films because they give me nightmares, and disregarding the potentially fatal medical issues I just suffered through, I decided to traumatize myself even more by giving The Babadook a watch. This was a bad idea.

Regardless of my low tolerance for scary monsters and the subsequent nightmares the story gave me, I will concede that The Babadook is one of the better movies I’ve watched. The Babadook is a psychological thriller about a monster called the Babadook who terrorizes and possesses people. It’s also a giant metaphor for depression and grief.

Spoilers up ahead.

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Web Crush Wednesdays: Yangyang Mobile and The Letter

I’m always on the lookout for interesting new indie devs, and am always pleased when I manage to come across one. Or, rather, when they make themselves known to me. Today’s web crush contacted LGG&F to look over their newest game and it seems that they’re seeking to take over the mobile world with their engaging stories and vast knowledge of genres. If their upcoming game, The Letter, is any indication, I think I can expect great things from them in the future.

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Crimson Peak is a Perfectly Spooky Delight

crimson peakRight up until the movie started, I wasn’t sure if Crimson Peak was going to be too scary for me. As I said when I reviewed the trailer, I have a markedly low bar for horror movies—even shit that’s not even horror, or that’s been universally reviled for its badness (Signs, for example) has been known to give me nightmares. But in the end, this movie was tense and had some visually terrifying moments, but was—at least to me—right in the Goldilocks zone of just creepy enough.

Spoilers for the movie below the jump.

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Teen Wolf: “Dreamcatchers” Review

teen-wolf-main-title-sequenceThis week’s episode of Teen Wolf featured lots of ladies being awesome, a large dose of body horror, and the death knell of one, if not two, of the fandom’s favorite ships. And I actually really like this episode. Last week’s twopart premiere had me so freaked out by the villains of this series, I told Saika that I missed Peter: a character whose death I actively have called for in the past. But at least Peter was just campy, manipulative bullshit. I can respect that. Creepy steampunk doctors I wasn’t sure I could handle. But I liked the Dread Doctors this episode. Ironically, I still dislike Theo, who is far less creepy. Spoilers after the jump!

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