horror

The Horrors of Motherhood Creep Through "The Babadook"

It’s the boogieman no kids talk about on playdates or at birthday parties. You don’t mention it in the living room, on the porch, or by the baby’s crib. It’s the dark feeling you don’t know how to put into words, the one that keeps you up at night and haunts you during the day as a parent or... Read more »

Popaganda Episode: Oh the Horror!

  Horror films are fertile ground for conversations about gender, fear, and body fluids. On this show, writer Sarah Marshall lays out her favorite underrated... Read more »

Keep an Eye Out for These Five New Women-Directed Horror and Action Films

“Those are the directors?” This question, delivered as a scoff, came from the man sitting behind me as the directors of the Etheria Film Night shorts program walked to the stage of Hollywood’s Egyptian theater for a Q&A.  Read more »

"You Need to Fall in Love With Story": An Interview with "Carrie" Director Kimberly Peirce

Director Kim Peirce and the blood-soaked poster for her new film, the Carrie remake.  Filmmaker Kimberly Peirce is a crusader. Like the protagonist of her latest film, Carrie, Hollywood has failed to... Read more »

Slumber Party Massacre and the Male Gaze

Slumber Party Massacre comes off as yet another sensationalistic and gory ‘80s slasher. I picked it up recently mainly due to its ridiculous title and the fact that most of the characters were female. Upon viewing it, what shocked me was not so much the gore and violence, but the... Read more »

Carrie: A Possibly Unnecessary Remake of a Still-Resonant Horror Story

There’s a scene in the original Carrie that made me tear up the first time I saw it, at age 12 or so. It’s not one of the movie’s famous scare scenes—not the ones at the prom, not the pants-peeingly unexpected shock ending, not even the senseless murder of a... Read more »

Popaganda Episode: Ghosts

  Ghosts get a bad rap. But the stories we tell about spirits reveal what our cultures fear and value. In this show, Bitch Creative Director Andi Zeisler and literary ghost expert Jessica Jernigan look at how female... Read more »

New Film "Black Rock" and the Horror of Rape Culture

The premise is deceptively simple: A group of girlfriends reunite on a Maine camping trip for the first time in years. They come across three military men, long-ago acquaintances from school, and the groups merge for a lakeshore party. Alcohol is imbibed, and one of the girls heads off to the... Read more »

Popaganda Episode: Pulp, Featuring Chelsea Cain and Laura Lippman

The best stories are the juicy ones. This episode of our feminist pop culture podcast is all about pulp (timely, right?). We talk with best-selling thriller writer Chelsea Cain about how her pregnancy inspired her to get started writing gory... Read more »

The New "Evil Dead" and the Infamous Tree Rape Scene

You’d think that kids these days would know better than to read what’s inside of a book bound by human skin, especially if those kids are taking shelter in a cabin in the middle of the woods.  Read more »

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The Feminist Power of Female Ghosts

The female ghost is an enduringly fascinating figure. Read more »