31 Days of Horror: Week Four Roundup

Four weeks down, one to go! In the penultimate week of the 31 Days of Horror challenge, I decided to focus on films that have been sitting in my watchlist for far too long. Though I found some films to be disappointing, there were some gems hidden in the pile, making for a great week of horror films.

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31 Days of Horror Challenge: Week Three

To celebrate Halloween, I’m participating in the 31 Days of Horror challenge. The third week of the challenge coincided with my birthday, so I picked a batch of films that I’ve always wanted to watch, along with an old favorite to watch on my actual birthday.

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31 Days of Horror Challenge: Week Two

Although we’re only a week into this challenge, I already feel like I think about horror movies for most of the day. Whether anticipating my next film or reflecting on the last, I constantly have horror on my mind as All Hallows’ Eve gets closer. The Halloween spirit has filled my tiny apartment, adorned with taper candles in glass jars, orange lights, and a tiny plush bird wearing a pumpkin costume. With the perfect ghoulish atmosphere, I watched a stacked lineup of horror movies.

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31 Days of Horror Challenge: The Kick-off

Every Tuesday, I’ll share mini reviews of each movie from the past week and at the end of the month, I’ll rank them all. Since there are so many movies, I will share one pro, one con, my star rating, and a few sentences of my thoughts. By the end of the month, we’ll have a stockpile of quick reviews to help you pick a scary flick to watch yourself.

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REVIEW: Summerland (2020) is a “A Queer Comedy with Humor and Heart”

Directing duo Kurtis David Harder and Noah Kentis, known together as Lankyboy, have always dreamed of making a coming of age road trip film. Their dreams came true with the release of their feature debut Summerland (2020), a queer comedy with equal parts humor and heart. With an upbeat soundtrack, desert scenes, and a Coachella-esque music festival, the film has all the ingredients to make a fun movie that’s perfect for this time of year.

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‘Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives’ (2010): Flipping the Script for Trans Women in Horror

Perfectly imperfect and wonderfully cheesy, Ticked-Off Trannies With Knives actively pushes back on the rarely questioned trope of trans women as murderers in a wildly entertaining way. The campy classic highlights the issues with the treatment of trans women on and off the silver screen while making trans women the vigilante heroes of the story in a fight against transphobic attackers.

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Christmas in July: Flip Screen’s Top Festive Picks

Who says you can’t have Christmas cheer in the middle of the summer? Christmas in July is an unofficial holiday celebrated with Hallmark sales, movie marathons, and Christmas-themed parties. Flip Screen’s staff decided to put together a list of our favorite Christmas movies that hold up even in the off-season.

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REVIEW: ‘Disclosure’ (2020) Only Scratches the Surface

Sam Feder and Laverne Cox’s documentary Disclosure arrived on Netflix at an opportune time. Transgender people’s healthcare is at risk, jobs are now protected, and long overdue media attention is being given to Black trans women, who are disproportionately affected by state and interpersonal violence. With trans people entering more and more mainstream discussions, there is great possibility for education and change. Disclosure aims to educate its audience about transgender representation in the media using the voices of trans people themselves.

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How ‘It Follows’ (2014) Re-Imagines the Final Girl

In the nearly thirty years since the term was coined, Final Girls have appeared in many iterations, some pushing boundaries and some in line with the traditional trope. David Robert Mitchell’s film It Follows (2014) directly confronts the problems with the Final Girl while maintaining some elements of the trope, playing a role in crafting a new, modern version of the Final Girl.

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