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Films 

Satan as a Feminist Instrument: Exploring THE LORDS OF SALEM

I don’t need to tell Blumhouse readers that Rob Zombie has had a textured and fascinating career. Rob first rose to fame as frontman for well-regarded metal band White Zombie in the 1980s and ’90s, and began mixing techno with metal as part of a well-regarded solo career that spans nearly 20 years and six […]

Films 

Why Lucky McKee’s THE WOMAN Is a Powerful Nod to Femininity

A few weeks ago, while perusing through Shudder, I accidentally put on Lucky McKee’s THE WOMAN.  At the time, I was supposed to be watching a different movie and in my exhausted state of mind, mixed the two up.  Having heard praises for the film within the horror community, I figured, what the hell, let […]

Films 

No, THE CRAFT is Not a Feminist Film

Spiked collars. Heavy eye makeup. Upside-down cross earrings and rosaries worn as necklaces. These are timeworn cultural symbols of rebellion and outsiderhood. The 1996 film THE CRAFT was full of these juicy plastic goodies – superficial signifiers of otherness that sang to my adolescent spirit at the time of the movie’s release (I was fourteen […]

Films TV 

Ten Groundbreaking Queer Genre Creators You Need to Know About!

The first films to leave an indelible mark on my psyche were William Sachs’ THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN, a late-night screening on TV of Otto Preminger’s missing-child mystery, BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING, and the hilarious basketball decapitation in Wes Craven’s DEADLY FRIEND. This combination of high-and-low-brow horror has definitely factored in shaping my identity. Embracing ghoulish […]

Films 

Slashback! Is 1982’s SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE the First Feminist Slasher?

Throughout the Golden Age of slasher cinema — the late ‘70s through the early ‘80s — films of this genre weren’t exactly praised for their depiction of women. Quite the contrary, in fact; they were frequently under fire from all sides for their frequent misogynist tendencies. That’s why it comes as a bit of a […]