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 women in these roles remain a minority. Read More 31 Days of Halloween, Day 22: Women Helmed Horror Films
Many parents, doting aunts and uncles, and assorted elder(ly) people like to share the spirit of the season with their younger friends, introducing them to the time honored tradition of crashing out for several hours on the couch with a great scary movie on the TV and big bowl of communal popcorn. Of course, many of the best scary movies are not appropriate for young eyes. In the spirit of the season, I present this list of family friendly, or at least family appropriate Halloween-themed movies. Read More 31 Days of Halloween, Day 29 — Family-Friendly Halloween Flicks
Before I start, you need to know this about Bedevilled. Aside from massive trigger warnings of violence, sexual assault, betrayal (you name it): This movie is a gutwrencher. The first half of the movie sets the stage with cruel and unjust situations that will leave you cringing and sad, and the film has no qualms in taking its sweet time building up to the denouement. Read More 31 Days of Halloween, Day 28 — The Betrayal of Women in Bedevilled
It can be difficult to know where to start looking for horror movies starring Black actors. Proportionately speaking, few well-known horror films that don’t fall into the Blaxploitation genre or don’t engage in racist tropes center Black characters. As I said previously, I watched a lot of horror films growing up, but as a Black Native woman, I rarely saw characters who looked like me in the films my parents rented, and when I did they were usually supporting characters awaiting early and gruesome deaths. But, there were exceptions. Read More 31 Days of Halloween, Day 24 — 5 Horror Films Starring Black Actors
“The horror movie will not go away. Look at the change in the Hollywood landscape as a signifier of its durability. At one point it was just one of many styles of films called ‘product’ that between, say, 1930 and 1970, the movie city ground out like sausages or hula hoops at a rate of four or five a week.” – Stephen Hunter Read More 31 Days of Halloween, Day 16 — 5 Documentaries about Horror Films
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 -—well, that reflects the larger Hollywood picture, where women in these roles remain a minority. Read More 31 Days of Halloween, Day 11 — 5 Horror Movies Directed by Women
If you’re anything like me, you likely don’t wait until the Halloween season to seek out scary movies. Sitting down to a random slasher flick is a boring old weeknight habit around the House of Slay, but I know that there are a lot of people for whom October brings a sudden desire to seek out the spooky, the gory, and the macabre for their Friday night movies in. It’s certainly the right time of the year — even ABC Family trots out themely programming for ghouls of all ages to enjoy.
“”The first thing I ever thought of when I thought of Buffy the movie was the little blonde girl who goes into a dark alley and gets killed in every horror movie. The idea of Buffy was to subvert that idea, that image, and create someone who was a hero where she had always been a victim. That element of surprise, that element of genre busting is very much at the heart of the movie and the series” ““ Joss Whedon Read More Ladyghosts of TV Past: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Thinking About Season 1