New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful 2×10, “And They Were Enemies”

In Penny Dreadful’s season finale, we get a lot: a slam poetry showdown with an automaton, the final battle between Evelyn and Vanessa, Caliban deciding to go to the North Pole to see Santa, werewolf!Ethan saving the day, Evelyn’s prize doll collection being destroyed, Lyle escaping the clutches of the witch holding him captive without ruining his hair, an end-of-the-world party at Dorian’s house, Natural Born Killers Victorian style, and a sad good-bye to the stalwart Sembene. Read More New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful 2×10, “And They Were Enemies”

Penny Dreadful 2×09, “And Hell Itself My Only Foe”

Hello, all! Time for episode nine of season two of Penny Dreadful! We’re just one episode away from the season finale, and trust me, the suspense in this one is enough to keep you up all night! Read More Penny Dreadful 2×09, “And Hell Itself My Only Foe”

New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful 2×05, “Above a Vaulted Sky”

On this week’s Penny Dreadful, everyone does the mattress mambo. Except for Ethan. No sex for you, Ethan. Read More New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful 2×05, “Above a Vaulted Sky”

New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful 2×02, “Verbis Diablo”

Vanessa is alone in her room after the witches appear to her. After some time, she goes to Sir Malcolm to tell him about what happened. Vanessa is upset because she believes the witches are threatening not only her, but the people she loves. Sir Malcolm assures her he will help her fight whatever opponent they are facing. Read More New Show Recap: Penny Dreadful 2×02, “Verbis Diablo”

31 Days of Halloween — Day 15, Teenaged Wolf Girls

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 colloquially known as The Curse. One shouldn’t be hard pressed to find examples of teenaged girls exploring their (often unwilling) transformations into hairy beasts with notoriously lusty appetites. But despite this obvious symbolism, the texts and films that explore it are surprisingly few and far between.  Read More 31 Days of Halloween — Day 15, Teenaged Wolf Girls

Retro Recap: Buffy the Vampire Slayer S4E6 — “Wild At Heart”

“Or you’re the wolf all the time. And this human face is just your disguise.” Read More Retro Recap: Buffy the Vampire Slayer S4E6 — “Wild At Heart”

31 Days of Halloween with Slay — Day 19, Zombies, Monsters, and Demons, Oh My!

When I started pulling together the music for Halloween list, I thought I might get one really nice playlist out of it. I wanted a list of non-shlocky, possibly surprising songs. No “Flying Purple People Eater.” No “Monster Mash.” Maybe no “Werewolves of London.” (Come on, everyone knows that one.)  Once I got started, I was thrilled by the selections I found – we’ve done ghost songs, and witch songs, and vampire songs. We’re going to close out the music posts with monster songs. The zombies, the demons, and the psychopaths. Read More 31 Days of Halloween with Slay — Day 19, Zombies, Monsters, and Demons, Oh My!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 3.04: “Beauty and the Beasts”

Night came on, and a full moon rose high over the trees lighting the land till it lay bathed in ghostly day. And the strain of the primitive remained alive and active. Faithfulness and devotion, things born of fire and roof were his, yet he retained his wildness and wiliness. And from the depths of the forest, a call still sounded. Read More Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 3.04: “Beauty and the Beasts”