Monster Mash: Televisual and Vaginal Body Horror in ‘Poltergeist’ and ‘Videodrome’

This piece was initially published on Much Ado About Cinema in October 2019. October is finally upon us! It’s the time for cozy sweaters, making everything taste like pumpkin and, most importantly, horror films. Of course, sometimes it can be hard to decide what to watch, and if you are anything like me, one is never enough.Continue reading “Monster Mash: Televisual and Vaginal Body Horror in ‘Poltergeist’ and ‘Videodrome’”

Badass Women, Stunning Visuals, and Subverting Expectations: Looking Back at This Year in Horror

This piece was initially published on Much Ado About Cinema in December 2018. 2018 was a year of amazing horror films. While a certain Vogue article may disagree, 2018 was a year for pushing boundaries in the genre and creating complex female characters who weren’t just vehicles for over-the-top sex scenes. It was a year where “woman”Continue reading “Badass Women, Stunning Visuals, and Subverting Expectations: Looking Back at This Year in Horror”

The Horrifying Soundscape of ‘Hereditary’

This piece was initially published on Much Ado About Cinema in December 2018. Horror scores are lauded for their creation of atmosphere and dread, from John Carpenter’s electronic music in Halloween to the iconic fear created through two notes by John Williams in Jaws. However, music is not the only sonic way to build horror; sound design isContinue reading “The Horrifying Soundscape of ‘Hereditary’”

Female Director Spotlight: Dorothy Arzner and Making Films for Women in the 1930s

This piece was initially published on Much Ado About Cinema in November 2018. Hollywood of the 1920s and 1930s was a male-dominated space, with men like Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, Jean Renoir, and countless others receiving credit for their illustrious place in film history. But, one person that film history largely forgets is Dorothy Arzner,Continue reading “Female Director Spotlight: Dorothy Arzner and Making Films for Women in the 1930s”

Halloween Horrors: Get Seduced by the Ghostly Eroticism of ‘Kuroneko’

This piece was initially published on Much Ado About Cinema in October 2018. It seems somewhat serendipitous that my final horror film recommendation for the month is Kuroneko, the most recent film I viewed on FilmStruck. Because of that streaming service, I was able to watch perhaps one of the most beautiful horror movies ever madeContinue reading “Halloween Horrors: Get Seduced by the Ghostly Eroticism of ‘Kuroneko’”

Halloween Horrors: A Gory Reimagining of the Slasher Film in ‘High Tension’

This piece was initially published on Much Ado About Cinema in October 2018. The slasher film is a quintessential subgenre for horror, giving the world figures like Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, and Freddy Krueger: all male figures chasing women with knives. But for this week’s horror recommendation, I’m bringing you a slasher of the likesContinue reading “Halloween Horrors: A Gory Reimagining of the Slasher Film in ‘High Tension’”

Halloween Horrors: Coming of Age and Little Monsters in ‘Der Nachtmahr’

This piece was initially published on Much Ado About Cinema in October 2018. Coming-of-age stories are no stranger to the horror genre. The emotional turmoil, bodily transformations, and anxieties that come with teenage years are ripe for the horror picking, from Ginger Snaps to Raw. Sometimes, you think you’ve seen all the different variations of these stories. Then youContinue reading “Halloween Horrors: Coming of Age and Little Monsters in ‘Der Nachtmahr’”

Halloween Horrors: The Psychosexual Terror of ‘The Untamed’

This piece was initially published on Much Ado About Cinema in October 2018. It’s Halloween month, arguably the best time of the year. As the leaves change to orange and a chill enters the air, it’s the perfect time to curl up with the lights off and watch your favorite horror movies, from Halloween to Trick’r’Treat. ButContinue reading “Halloween Horrors: The Psychosexual Terror of ‘The Untamed’”

The Unexpected Body Horror of ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’

This piece was initially published on Much Ado About Cinema in August 2018. Body horror is usually discussed in tandem with directors like David Cronenberg, Clive Barker, and John Carpenter. Body horror is defined by the Collins Dictionary as “a horror film genre in which the main feature is the graphically depicted destruction or degeneration of aContinue reading “The Unexpected Body Horror of ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’”

Horror Film’s Terrifyingly Harmful Use of Queer Tropes

This piece was initially published on Much Ado About Cinema in July 2018. Horror is gay. It’s a genre about, among other things, destroying societal conceptions of heteronormativity and domesticity. Gay horror fans like myself see ourselves in these narratives about monstrosity and “otherness” and take hold of them, making them our own. In hisContinue reading “Horror Film’s Terrifyingly Harmful Use of Queer Tropes”