October is almost over, which means it’s nearly time to say goodbye to our annual horror series, 31 Days of Halloween. As we round up this year’s posts, here’s a quick look at some horror-related writings around the web.
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 emotional swings. The pregnant body becomes community property, constantly prodded and poked by health care professionals and touched and focused on by friends (sometimes tolerable) and strangers (hardly ever). Everyone watches you. Everyone tells you what to do. Nothing you do, nowhere you go, nothing you consume, is solely yours anymore – if there’s not some well-meaning busybody telling you what you should or shouldn’t be putting in your body, there’s the internal pressure of every stinking baby book consumed reminding you that anything you do could harm your child at any moment. Read More 31 Days of Halloween — Day 20, Possessed Pregnancies
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 Bay’ed purchased if you wanted to see them. Netflix has really expanded their horror offerings (just in time for the season!). Among the usual quickie rip-offs and D-level filler movies are a number of really good and interesting documentaries on horror movies and the people who make them. Read More 31 Days of Halloween — Day 13, Netflix Documentary Picks
Official Synopsis: A brother and sister reunite 11 years after a tragedy in order to destroy the evil mirror responsible for the death of their parents.
Snap Synopsis: HAUNTED MIRROR. NOPE.
“OH SHIT!” Moments: Lost track. Just never buy antiques or peer into a mirror ever again. Read More Oculus: Or Why I Was Right to be Scared of Mirrors
This one is a simple and easy poll! October is one of my favorite months, given it’s my birthday month, (the 21st, don’t forget that) and that Halloween is the holiday of the month. I love Halloween. I have always loved it. There is something to be said about being someone else. I guess it’s because I got to pretend to be a girl a few times (Pretend is not really the right word!) Read More Lunch Time Poll: Favorite Horror Protagonist and Antagonist
When it comes to interesting roles for women in horror movies, it’s slim pickings. If they are the leading characters, it’s because they’re the target of a male gaze gone terribly wrong (stalking, haunting, hunting), or they’re on a revenge mission, usually because of rape. The standard depictions tend to run the gamut of heaving bosoms, see-through tank tops, and loud, rapid breathing. For a while, I had to resign myself to wading through some dismal and problematic stuff in order to enjoy a horror film. Until I watched The Descent, a movie that not only passes the Bechdel Test but practically breaks it. Read More 31 Days of Halloween, Day 14 — The Descent
It used to be that horror fans would wait all year long for the late fall/October horror dump, when the studios vomited out every even remotely scary movie they’d have sitting around on their shelves. That’s not so much the case anymore — The Conjuring, The Purge, and Insidious 2 all skipped the Halloween market — but you can still count on October for a couple of good popcorn flicks. This year we’ve got one hotly contested remake, another adaptation of the great vampire granddaddy, Dracula, and a long delayed concept horror film. Let’s see what we’ve got to look forward to, shall we? Read More 31 Days of Halloween, Day 8 — What to Watch, Theater Edition
I honestly think that the Number One thing that keeps me from enjoying horror films is my unavoidable and completely sincere tendency to view anything and everything through a feminist lens. Well, that, and glaring plot holes. Read More The Problems with “Mama”