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‘Webcast’: A Movie Marriage of Found Footage and Folk Horror

Cults, rituals, and paganism are well-known in the world of horror, especially in the folk horror subgenre which includes films such as The Wicker Man, Midsommar, and The VVitch. With a combination of bewitching visuals and a violently unwavering dedication to Pagan gods, these films are aesthetically and narratively rich. But there is a piece of folk horror that doesn’t […]

Bulbbul Netflix
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Reclaiming My Grandmother’s Superstitions: ‘Bulbbul’ and South Asian Horror

One of my favorite childhood photographs is taken on my terrace, my hair open and sulking at the camera. Frozen in that frame is the memory of my grandmother. Moments after the photo was taken, she dragged me away to beat the setting sun. “Girls do not roam with their hair untied after dark,” she would tell me, “then the […]

Slumber Party Massacre 2
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Uterus Horror: ‘Slumber Party Massacre II’ Is the Ultimate Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo

In a genre typically considered “for the guys,” it’s time to give a nod to the ladies. Uterus Horror is a subgenre of horror films that focuses on the uniquely female experience of puberty and coming into their sexuality, using horror elements to emphasize and/or act as a metaphor for that experience. These films are often ignored in theaters, but […]

Cast a Deadly Spell Fred Ward Julianne Moore
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Episode 24: Jerry Smith Will ‘Cast a Deadly Spell’

Turn back the clock, my child, to a time when new movies released on premium subscription services were a thing of wonder. When second-tier leading men and up-and-coming Hollywood stars would work together to tantalize and amaze adolescent movie fans everywhere. Welcome to the era of HBO Originals. READ MORE: Cast a Deadly Spell Captures a Bygone Era of HBO […]

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‘Cast a Deadly Spell’ Is the Best of a Bygone Era of HBO Originals

As a kid, nothing was better than begging my father to stay up late so I could watch the latest HBO Original film. I adored my countless trips to my local theater and regularly took advantage of my video store’s Five Movies, Five Days, Five Bucks promotion, but watching HBO originals was my adolescent film school. Throwing TV clichés out […]

Elisabeth Shue First Born
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In Isaac Webb’s ‘First Born,’ Marriage Is Motherhood’s Original Trauma

The horror begins within. A sense of the other. A lurking fear. A strange feeling that grows and grows until it finally explodes. And suddenly you’re a mother. Pregnancy has been a mainstay in horror films since at least Village of the Damned, when a town of English ladies all birthed spooky children with platinum hair. Rosemary’s Baby added Satanism to […]

Feng Shui Chito S. Rono
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How Chito S. Rono’s ‘Feng Shui’ Is Diminished By Its Cultural Stereotypes

When I was still in middle school, my school had a tradition during the days before an end of the term. Each of the classrooms would have a television and a movie; during the final two hours of classes, you could go to any one of the classrooms and watch whatever was playing there. Typically, for us to engage with […]

Webcast Paul McGhie
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Episode 25: Mary Beth McAndrews Logs Onto ‘Webcast’

In the years since The Blair Witch Project, the found footage horror film has gone through every possible permutation. But like any other subgenre, nothing livens up a well-worn premise quite like the introduction of another Big Idea™. This explains the unexpected brilliance of Webcast, the 2018 feature from writer-director Paul McGhie that adds a heavy dash of folk horror […]

Webcast Paul McGhie
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‘Webcast’: A Movie Marriage of Found Footage and Folk Horror

Cults, rituals, and paganism are well-known in the world of horror, especially in the folk horror subgenre which includes films such as The Wicker Man, Midsommar, and The VVitch. With a combination of bewitching visuals and a violently unwavering dedication to Pagan gods, these films are aesthetically and narratively rich. But there is a piece of folk horror that doesn’t […]

Slumber Party Massacre 2
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Uterus Horror: ‘Slumber Party Massacre II’ Is the Ultimate Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo

In a genre typically considered “for the guys,” it’s time to give a nod to the ladies. Uterus Horror is a subgenre of horror films that focuses on the uniquely female experience of puberty and coming into their sexuality, using horror elements to emphasize and/or act as a metaphor for that experience. These films are often ignored in theaters, but […]

Cast a Deadly Spell Fred Ward Julianne Moore
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Episode 24: Jerry Smith Will ‘Cast a Deadly Spell’

Turn back the clock, my child, to a time when new movies released on premium subscription services were a thing of wonder. When second-tier leading men and up-and-coming Hollywood stars would work together to tantalize and amaze adolescent movie fans everywhere. Welcome to the era of HBO Originals. READ MORE: Cast a Deadly Spell Captures a Bygone Era of HBO […]

Dead Mary Steven McCarthy
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Episode 23: Zena Dixon Summons ‘Dead Mary’

Behold, the untapped potential of the 2000s direct-to-video market. Like the current landscape of streaming releases, the direct-to-video market of old offered viewers a potential goldmine of underseen and underappreciated releases. You may have to dig – and dig, and dig, and dig – but true horror fans know that any amount of dumpster-diving is worth that one unearthed gem. […]

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Uterus Horror: ‘Raw’ Is a Coming-of-Age Story With Bite

In a genre typically considered “for the guys,” it’s time to give a nod to the ladies. Uterus Horror is a subgenre of horror films that focus on the uniquely female experience of puberty and coming into their sexuality, using horror elements to emphasize and/or act as a metaphor for that experience. These films are often ignored in theaters but quickly develop […]