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Bon Appétit. This month we’re covering cannibalism in horror and kicking it off with ‘The Hills Have Eyes’, directed by Wes Craven. 🌕👶🏻🐺We discuss the divide between metropolitan/rural populations and how this interacts with classism, sexism and racism. We also go into why this film fails in its intention to construct a sympathetic view of the rura…
 
Hello, my lunar lovelies. This is our last film of the month covering werewolves and we’re talking about the dark fantasy horror ‘Good Manners’, directed by Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra. 🌕👶🏻🐺In this episode we discuss the class and race dynamics within the central queer relationship, the body horror of pregnancy and motherhood as sacrifice. You ca…
 
Spooky month is continuing with werewolves, and we’re covering one of our favourite films: the angsty teen flick, ‘Ginger Snaps’ (2000), directed by John Fawcett. 🩸🐺💉In this episode we discuss how this film defies the stereotypically masculine lore of the werewolf, the body horror of puberty and the complexities of sisterly bonds.You can find us on…
 
Happy October - this month we’re talking about werewolves. To kick it all off, we cover the 1981 comedy ‘An American Werewolf in London’, directed by John Landis.We discuss werewolf lore, lament the loss of cool prosthetics and gory special effects to CGI, and wonder at the film's British/American cultural chasms.You can find us on most platforms @…
 
Hey hot girls! 💋 For our last episode of the month on horror games, we’re talking about Halina Reijn’s dark comedy ‘Bodies Bodies Bodies’. 🌧 🗡📱🩸😵We read this film as a comedic satire of GenZ and performative ‘woke’ culture, discuss misogynistic left-leaning men and delve into the gay drama between Amandla Stenberg and Lena Wilson after that NY Time…
 
Continuing with our horror games theme, we are covering the 2021 drama `We're All Going to the World's Fair’, directed by Jane Schoenbrun. 💻🧸🔫We talk about the disturbing loneliness and predation within early internet cultures, the various trans-coded readings of this film and why this movie acts as a good warning to GenZ.You can find us on most pl…
 
I WANT TO PLAY A GAME. This month is all about horror games, and we’re kicking it off with the iconic 2004 film ‘Saw’ directed by James Wan. 🌀📼🦶🏻We discuss games of choice, analyse how the Saw franchise spawned an era of gratuitous violence in horror, talk about the uneven distribution of punishment throughout the franchise and debate whether Saw h…
 
HOWDY! Our last horror western of the month is Jordan Peele’s genre-bending 2022 film, ‘NOPE’. 🏇🏿🎐We discuss space as the new frontier for the western, the importance of documentation for Black Americans and how capitalism turns life experiences into commodified spectacles. Also Keke Palmer playing an eccentric lesbian >>>You can find us on most pl…
 
RIDE 'EM COWBOY. Our second horror western of the month is the 2019 film ‘Bacurau’, directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles 🚰🔫🩸We discuss the global western, racial and class politics in Brazil and the importance of community within this film. You can find us on most platforms @themonstrousfemininepodcast, and on Twitter, @themonfem…
 
YEEHAW. We’re doing horror westerns this month and kicking off season 3 with the 2018 femme-centric Western ‘The Wind’, directed by Emma Tammi 🌬️🤰🏻⚰️We summarise key themes of the genre, explore madness and sexism in relation to the Wild West, and pinpoint the truest horror of them all: being alone with a man in the middle of fucking nowhere.You ca…
 
Here it is: an extra main episode for Pride month! We watched the new Netflix vampire show 'First Kill', created by Victoria Schwab. 💉❤️We chat about nostalgia for teen vampire media and the place for lesbian romance in YA fiction. You can find us on most platforms @themonstrousfemininepodcast, and on Twitter, @themonfempod. Subscribe to our YouTub…
 
Our next (queer) vampire film of Pride month is the 2008 Swedish romance-horror 'Let the Right One In', directed by Tomas Alfredson. 🩸🚪🧛‍♂️We discuss the differences between the book and film, gender in relation to the supernatural and question the disturbing ambiguities of age in this film. You can find us on most platforms @themonstrousfemininepo…
 
We’re continuing our (queer) vampire theme with the 2002 rocker-horror 'Queen of the Damned', directed by Michael Rymer. 🩸🎸🎤🩸In this episode we talk about vampirism as a metaphor for closeted queerness, Anne Rice as the mutha-fuckin BLUEPRINT for emo vampires and the vampire Queen Akasha as a mon-fem mother figure.You can find us on most platforms …
 
Happy Pride, homos! This month we’re covering the gayest horror film of them all: vampires! And we’re kicking it off with the 1971 erotic horror ‘Daughters of Darkness’, directed by Harry Kümel. 🩸💄👄In this episode we discuss the graphic violence against women in this film, talk about the relationship between vampirism and female sexuality, and try …
 
This week we’re finishing off our voodoo theme with season 3 of the 2013 show 'American Horror Story', 'Coven'. 💀🧙‍♀️In this episode we discuss Angela Bassett in all her glory, debate whether witchcraft borrows from Voodooism, and scrutinise the representation and treatment of Black characters in this series.You can find us on most platforms @themo…
 
This week we’re continuing our voodoo theme with the 1997 drama ‘Eve’s Bayou’, directed by Kasi Lemmons. 🩺🥼💔😵In this episode we discuss indie filmmaking, loss of innocence and intergenerational trauma in relation to slavery.You can find us on most platforms @themonstrousfemininepodcast, and on Twitter, @themonfempod. Subscribe to our YouTube Channe…
 
This month is all about voodoo! We’re starting with the 1988 film ‘The Serpent and the Rainbow’, directed by Wes Craven. 🐍🌈In this episode we discuss the weirdly kinky torture scene, the colonial male gaze and the exoticism of voodoo/Haiti.You can find us on most platforms @themonstrousfemininepodcast, and on Twitter, @themonfempod. Subscribe to ou…
 
Wrapping up our horror ha-ha theme, we’re talking about the 2011 horror comedy film ‘Attack the Block’, directed by Joe Cornish. 🐺🔫🎒🇬🇧We admire John Boyega, discuss the intersection between class and race politics in Britain, and debate the use of aliens as a metaphor for police violence. Enjoy!You can find us on most platforms @themonstrousfeminin…
 
Continuing with our horror ha-ha theme this month, we’re moving on to the 2011 meta-horror comedy ‘Cabin in the Woods’, directed by Drew Goddard. 🌲🏚️🧟🥼We discuss horror as an expression of society’s repressed desires, debate whether or not modern horror films still use stereotypical tropes of the genre, and talk about the place of the male gaze in …
 
For this month’s theme we’re talking about what puts the ha-ha in horror. The first film we’re covering is Edgar Wright’s popular British zombie comedy from 2004, ‘Shaun of the Dead'. 🧟‍♂️🍺We go over the film's potential class commentary, potential Freudian interpretations and potential queerness. Basically, 'Shaun of the Dead' is RIFE with deeper …
 
Hola - our final creature feature of the month is Guillermo del Toro’s 2006 masterpiece, ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’.👞🍇🖐️👀🖐️🧚🩸In this episode, we discuss what makes a good monster, the role of imagination and escapism, the sacrificial demands of motherhood and the subconscious presence of various mythologies in horror films.You can find us on most platforms …
 
Hello jello! Our second creature feature film of the month is the 1988 sci-fi horror film ‘The Blob’, directed by Chuck Russell. 🌠🧫🧯👨🏿‍🚀🧊In this episode, we discuss the differences between the original and the remake, debate the physics of the blob and its vulvic appearance, and admire older horrors’ ruthless ability to kill off main characters lik…
 
Hi there, monsters. This month we will be talking about creature features, starting with the classic Japanese sci-fi horror film, 'Godzilla' (1954).🔥 🦖In this episode, we discuss how the Western remakes dilute the original film’s poignant political message, and how the 1954 'Godzilla' navigates the ethics of warfare and the implementation of scient…
 
Happy Valentine's Day, lovers!💋 To celebrate we’re talking about the 2016 cult horror-comedy, ‘The Love Witch’, directed by Anna Biller. 💟🗡️🩸We muse over just how DOWN BAD Elaine is, discuss the film’s portrayal of compulsory heterosexuality, and debate the limits of self-objectification as a means for empowerment.You can find us on most platforms …
 
For our last Bollywood horror episode of the month, we’re tackling the 2020 Hindi-language horror 2018 film ‘Bulbbul’, directed by Anvita Dutt Guptan. 🌕🔴🦶🏽First we discuss the folklore surrounding the churail – a Southeast Asian witch – and Anita Dutt’s tragic/feminist twist on the legend. We then go into the potential aestheticisation of violence …
 
This month we’re continuing our exploration of Bollywood horror, and talking about the Hindi-language horror 2018 film ‘Tumbbad’, directed by Anand Gandhi and Rahi Anil Barve. 👛👺First of all, we talk about the STRONG monstrous womb vibes in this film, and what this means metaphorically. Next, we explain how this morality tale is being used to comme…
 
Happy New Year! This month we’re diving into Bollywood horror, and to kick off 2022, we’re covering the 1992 Indian Hindi-Telugu supernatural horror, ‘Raat’, directed by Ram Gopal Varma. 🐈💀Firstly, we go through some tropes of Bollywood horror films, and the genre’s place on the world stage in the 90s. We then move on to talk about the monstrous fe…
 
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! To wrap up the holiday season, we talk about the 2015 horror anthology 'A Christmas Horror Story', directed by Steve Hoban, Grant Harvey and Brett Sullivan. ✝️🐐👯🎅🏻🎄 🧟​​In this episode we discuss the four story segments in turn, and delve into Catholicism, Krampus lore, Freud, and, most insightfully, zombie elves.You can find us on m…
 
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! To continue with the festivities, this episode we talk about the 2015 horror comedy, 'Krampus', directed by Michael Dougherty. 🐐🎅🏻🔮We had a hard time categorising this film within the comedy genre: is it a critical satire that mocks to make a point or just bad slapstick? We also went into the strange folklore that relied on shoehorn…
 
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! This month we’re doing a few festive films for the holiday season. To kick things off, we’re covering the 1984 film, 'Gremlins', directed by Joe Dante. 🎄🕛 🥪🐲💦🐲🐲🐲We (Louisa) make a big reach and discuss this film as a possible parody of anti-communist rhetoric in Cold War America. No, I will not elaborate. Go listen if you want to kn…
 
Next up for our doppelgängers theme is the 2019 film ‘Metamorphosis’, directed by Kim Hong-Sun. ✝️There’s a lot to unpack here. Firstly, we talk about the strange absence of Korean cultural signifiers in this film, and unpick some inconsistencies in the narrative. We then move on to discuss how this film uses doubles to explore the crisis of the fa…
 
Next up for our doppelgängers theme is Jordan Peele’s 2019 film, ‘Us’. ✂️🐇🤝We ask a lot of questions. Firstly, is Peele making a comment on charity in America with the ‘Hands Across America’ reference? Secondly, in what ways do wealth and class affect the Black American experience? Finally, how does this film work as an abolitionist narrative?You c…
 
NEW MONTH NEW THEME, and this time it’s doppelängers. To kick off one of our favourite horror themes, we're talking about the 2010 film 'Black Swan', directed by Darren Aronofsky. 🩰🖤🦢I won’t lie to you, a lot of this episode is thirsting, but that’s only fitting for the Mila/Natalie sex scene that threw a whole generation into gay panic. But never …
 
BE MY VICTIM!This is our last episode of the month tackling lore in horror and we’ve chosen the much anticipated 'Candyman' sequel, directed by Nia DaCosta. 🍬🐝We have a lot of questions. How does this sequel engage with the original film’s lore? Are some of the reviews being unfair? Is it possible for Black artists to exploit Black pain for white a…
 
This week we are continuing our analysis of lore in horror! 📚 Last week we talked about 'The Babadook', so we had to talk about his boyfriend Pennywise in the 2017 'It' movie, directed by Andrés Muschietti. 🤡🎈We start by confessing our love for Pennywise as a comedic agent of chaos. We then debated whether or not there is a place for children in ho…
 
Welcome back to the podcast where horrible humans talk about horror. We are now releasing weekly episodes under a monthly theme, and our theme for October is...HORROR LORE! 📚 Of course we have to start with Jennifer Kent's 2014 film ‘The Babadook’. 🎩🏳️‍🌈 First we tackle the great debate: ‘Is the Babadook gay?’. We then move on to discuss how this f…
 
Welcome back to the Monstrous Feminine Podcast! This month our theme is found footage! 🎥 📺We ask a lot of questions. Firstly, how has found footage evolved over the years with different technology? What is it about the sub-genre that people find so frightening? Are found footage protagonists always dislikable because they just won’t stop filming? W…
 
Welcome back coven! It’s hot girl summer, which means we gotta talk about summer horror! ☀️ 😎In this episode, we focus on the brand new summer 2021 release on Netflix: the 'Fear Street Trilogy', directed by Leigh Janiak. 👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩 ✩🦴 We talk about the queer representation and portrayal of female relationships, the gendered treatment and stigmatisati…
 
IT’S SHARK WEEK BABY! To celebrate this cherished holiday, we discuss the epitome of great cinema: shark horror! 🦈I won’t lie to you, this episode is chaos. First we regale you with some shark facts because we are first and foremost, academics. Next, we establish why shark movies get a sexism pass from us. We then examine shark horror in relation t…
 
Welcome to Season 2 of The Monstrous Feminine! To celebrate Pride month, we look at depictions of queerness in horror! 🏳️‍🌈We cover a lot of ground in this episode. To start it off, we theorise why horror is appealing to queer audiences, and descend into ✨discourse✨ about pink-washing. We then move on to discuss why there is so much doppel-banging …
 
We’re finally here - welcome to the season finale of The Monstrous Feminine! In this episode we reminisce about our first year as a coven, and discuss one of our foundational themes: the witch! 🧹But we have a lot of questions. First of all, how do aesthetics affect depictions of magic and horror? What is the relationship between body horror and wit…
 
Welcome back to The Monstrous Feminine - the podcast where horrible humans talk about horror. For this episode, we delve into the most classic horror subgenre: ZOMBIES! 🧟‍♂️🧟‍♀️We start by spilling some piping hot tea about new-wave feminism that some of y’all might not be ready to hear. 🐸☕️ We then move on to discuss how the zombie genre works as …
 
Greetings loved ones. Welcome back to The Monstrous Feminine - the podcast where horrible humans talk about horror. This episode is our Valentine’s Day special so we’re going to be talking all about love and romance in horror. 💋We were equal parts amused and horrified by our selections this week. To begin with, does Mila need therapy for suggesting…
 
Welcome back to 'The Monstrous Feminine’ - the podcast where horrible humans talk about horror. In this episode, we explore how virginity and female sexuality are manifested through the subgenre of body horror.Do your homework and watch 'Teeth' (2007 dir. Mitchell Lichtenstein) 🦈🌮, 'It Follows' (2014 dir. David Robert Mitchell) 💦💀 and 'Raw' (2016 d…
 
Happy Holidays! Welcome back to 'The Monstrous Feminine’ - the podcast where horrible humans talk about horror. In this Holiday special, we tackle some films set around Christmastime! 🎄🎁We have a lot of thoughts. Firstly, is it scarier when the killer’s backstory remains unknown to the audience? Are we too harsh on films directed by women? And fina…
 
Welcome back to 'The Monstrous Feminine’ - the podcast where horrible humans talk about horror. In this episode the coven delves into the teen horror —and boy, does it get messy. 💋As we reflect on this subgenre, we find ourselves pondering: are the depictions of teenage girls ever realistic in these movies? Is the horror genre just an excuse to exp…
 
Welcome to the Halloween special of ‘The Monstrous Feminine’! 🧙🏾‍♀️ To celebrate the spookiest day of the year, we have broken down the classic horror trope: Scream Queens 👑.We have a lot of questions about these horror divas. Where did this trope come from? How does it change when it’s applied to a man? Can a character who is deaf and nonverbal cl…
 
Hello my little lamb 🐑. Welcome back to ‘The Monstrous Feminine’ - the podcast where horrible humans talk about horror. This week, we’re delving into Tyia’s personal favourite brand of horror: cult horror. 😈The coven has a lot of questions. To begin with, what defines a cult? Next, is period blood the secret ingredient to any successful love potion…
 
You’ve clicked on the right podcast. This week, ‘The Monstrous Feminine’ is discussing a new subgenre of horror: desktop horror. Born from media horror and found-footage horror, these films take place on the computer screen via webcam and social media. 🖥 ⌨️ The witches have a lot of questions about this new horror category. For example, how accurat…
 
Welcome back to ‘The Monstrous Feminine’ - the podcast where horrible humans talk about horror. 👄In this episode, we tackle the last of Barbara Creed’s female horror tropes: the monstrous womb. We want to know why the canon of womb-related horror is so white; why the image of a fertile woman is so limited; and why men are so concerned with regulati…
 
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