Horror is often categorized as a very masculine genre, both in film and literature. Conventional wisdom in this case manages to be both wrong and right at the same time. Studies have found that audiences for horror films tend to be about 50% women. The number of women producing, directing, and writing horror, that reflects the larger Hollywood picture, where … Read More
It’s not hard to understand how pregnancy can be a source of angst and dread. Even in wanted pregnancies, there are very real fears, from the healthy development of the fetus to the specter of maternal and/or fetal death. Women are bombarded with warnings, directions, and horror stories full of “what ifs” and “could happens.” Hormones interrupt sleep and cause … Read More
I’ve spent a lot of time so far this month discussing movies and televisions shows. But what is you’re a reader? What if you haven’t destroyed your attention span through over consumption of Lifetime movies, Internet gifs, and caffeine? While you work harder on succumbing to the perils of the modern age, here are some suggestions for new and upcoming … Read More
It’s not the Halloween season without a new take on the Dracula legend blighting our nation’s movie theaters. This year’s entry is Dracula Untold, in which were are told the ‘true’ back story of the villainous count, because none of the other eleventy billion Dracula movies has gotten the tale right. Now, Dracula Untold has some things going for it, in so … Read More
It seems that teenaged girlhood and werewolf transformation would be an obvious metaphor that should have been trampled into banality by now. You have, of course, the irrationality and unpredictability of hormones, the physical evolution of the female form during puberty, and the onset of the menstrual cycle, which is both obviously bloody, classically tied to the full moon, and … Read More
A few Halloweens ago, my daughter and her friends returned from trick-or-treating with their usual haul of candy and, as they put it, some “weird little books.” I perked immediately. Someone in the neighborhood was giving out Chick Tracts in lieu of candy. While the kids were disappointed initially, soon they understood why I was excited to see these incredibly off-the-wall, … Read More
Sometimes, watching straight horror movies isn’t enough for a fan. Lots of us like to really chew over the genre, consuming all that’s out there on our favorite films and directors. (Zombie jokes! Get it?) Last year, we looked at a couple of options in the ‘obsessive documentary’ department, but most of the titles had to be tracked down and Pirate … Read More
We’re celebrating our 4th birthday here at P-Mag today. While I’ve been a part of Persephone from almost the beginning, my 31 Days of Halloween series didn’t start up until a year into our run, when I figured it was safe enough to ask the other editors to indulge my love of the weird, spooky, and creepy.