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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The Best Queer Women in Horror Films

LGBTQ+ characters don’t often fare well in horror films. Typically, they are horrific monsters or killers, such as in the films Psycho (1960), Dressed to Kill (1980), and Silence of the Lambs (1991). Sometimes, though, lesbian, bisexual and/or queer women get to take the lead in horror, subverting negative stereotypes. The films below are a great start in watching horror films with queer characters that differ from the norm, paving the way for continued representation of queer women in horror.

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Ten Black and Totally Badass Villains and Heroines in Horror

Black women continue to play a wider (though not much wider) range of roles, from villains to heroines, in outstanding, unforgettable films. This list is just a small taste of the talent Black women have brought to the genre. It’s their headway that will hopefully bring in another new age where Hollywood can break the stereotypes of them in film completely, and this list can grow even larger as more Black women are offered the titular and main roles in the horror genre.

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REVIEW: The House That Jack Built (2018) is “Fascinating but Gruesome”

Watching Lars von Trier’s latest film The House That Jack Built is like seeing a true crime podcast come to life.

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MHAM: A World of Unsane Women – A Look Into ‘Unsane’ (2018)

Einstein once stated that the definition of insanity – or unsanity for the sake of the film’s title – was the act of doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

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Happy Horror Mother’s Day

Horror films have always taken tangible fears and placed them in despicable situations. A true feat of horror films is when they take a deep dive into a subconscious fear and bring it to light, making audiences more uncomfortable than any spider or vampire ever could. One of their most successful and re-used avenues is the fear of a toxic mother. Oh sure, there are scary movies about evil stepfathers and nasty nurses, but the fear of a “bad mom” has brought some of the best, most iconic horror films into fruition.

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From “The Haunting” to “Thelma”: Lesbian Horror Over the Years

Horror and the LGBTQ+ community have a tumultuous relationship. Often, queer-coded characters are presented as villains whose queerness is part of the reason they’re frightening or they’re the first to die, acting as an example for the rest of the characters.

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She’s a Bad Mama Jama: A Dedication to Pamela Voorhees

As the mother of the famous Jason Voorhees, Ms. Voorhees birthed this franchise, literally and figuratively. 40 years ago, in the franchise’s first film, Pamela Voorhees watched her son drown as a result of the negligence of the counselors at Camp Crystal Lake. In a fit of vengeance, she kills the counselors and remains at the camp for years after – murdering anyone who dared to reopen it. After a night of blood and guts, she prepares to take her final victim – Alice Hardy (Adrienne King) – in the film’s climax. Before she had a chance, Alice decapitates Ms. Voorhees, and the film ends with an ominous jump-scare of a young Jason rising from the calm waters of Crystal Lake.

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REVIEW: Swallow (2019) is “Horrifying Precisely Because of How Real it Feels”

Hunter (Haley Bennett) seems to have it all: a rich husband, a baby on the way, and a gorgeous home with space for a massive garden. Yet, she starts to feel confined to her home. Her aptly-named husband, Richie (Austin Stowell), encourages her to stay inside and rest throughout the pregnancy. With no job to attend to, her life is consumed with preparing the house for the baby. Her relationship with Richie is increasingly distant as Hunter feels stifled by her financial dependency and lack of control of her life. She finds release in a very strange place as she impulsively swallows a small glass marble.

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Celebrating Female SFX Artists in Horror

For an industry that claims to be inclusive and representative of the people, especially in a genre like horror where women are the core drive to almost every film, you would think the same energy would be kept behind the scenes as it is in front of the camera. Still, as more industries continue to be called out for these disparities, the women behind the action now deserve some recognition. Thanks to women like Milicent Patrick paving a way for the women after them, the possibility of growth in the industry is tangible. So, I want to take this time to highlight some of the pioneers in the special effects industry for women as well as the women they have inspired who have taken the mantle and helped push forward the horror genre and the overall profession.

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