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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10 Horror Movies Directed by Women Streaming Now

The Invitation (2015) Director: Karyn Kusama Where to watch: Netflix The Invitation chronicles a dinner party gone terribly wrong. Will (Logan Marshall-Green) accepts a dinner party invite from his ex-wife, Eden (Tammy Blanchard), and her new husband, David (Michiel Huisman). In a room full of friends reuniting, the energy becomes eerie rather than joyful when…

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Battle of the Killer Prom Nights

Remakes versus originals, old versus new, and so on. Hollywood loves to remake its beloved classics, more notably, their horror classics. Franchises like Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Friday the 13th have been rebooted numerous times. With so many redo’s and re-adaptations, arguments circle around which is better: the original or the remake. Though many would argue the original, this is not always the case. Some remakes score farther and higher than their predecessors, so we want to look at some remade classics to determine which is the superior.

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Women in Horror: Jenni and Jacinda's Top 2019 Horror Releases

2019 saw a release of over 30 horror films ranging in all themes and popularity. Our favorite horror films of 2019 cover a lot of this ground. Octavia Spencer, Rebecca Ferguson, Park So Dam, and Florence Pugh are just a few names that dominated the horror genre last year. From indies like In Fabric to blockbusters like Us, our favorites span across an array of themes and storylines.

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REVIEW: ‘Ginger Snaps’ (2000) Says that Becoming a Woman is an Undue Curse

“Is becoming a woman analogous, in some deep psychological way, to becoming a werewolf,” the synopsis for Ginger Snaps (2000) asks. Written by Karen Walton and directed by John Fawcett, Ginger Snaps delves deep into this unconventional comparison and creates a relatable anecdote that makes it a beloved horror film. Sisters, Brigitte (Emily Perkins) and Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) Fitzgerald, are proud social outcasts at their high school.

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REVIEW: ‘The Lodge’ (2020) Shows a Terrifyingly Realistic Descent into Madness

The Lodge is a psychological horror that manages to surprise and scare even horror aficionados.

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Black Women in Horror: Breaking Down Stereotypes for an Empowering, Diverse Future

With the increasing space women occupy in horror, how much of that is going to black women and their talent?

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REVIEW: ‘Horse Girl’ (2020) Leaves Behind a Craving for More

Horse Girl had a lot of potential, but ended up feeling like a strong concept and creative visuals strung together without deeper meaning. The ambiguous ending leaves behind a craving for something more.

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