Horror Week 2011

Horror Week 2012: Roundup of Horror Week 2011

Here we are, at the end of Horror Week 2012! If you missed last year’s Horror Week and want to keep reading feminist analysis of the genre, check out these great articles. Sleepaway Camp by Carrie Nelson The shock of Sleepaway Camp’s ending relies on the cissexist assumption that one’s biological sex and gender presentation […]

Horror Week 2011: The Roundup

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Sleepaway Camp by Carrie Nelson The shock of Sleepaway Camp’s ending relies on the cissexist assumption that one’s biological sex and gender presentation must always match. A person with a mismatched sex and gender presentation is someone to be distrusted and feared. Though the audience has identified with Peter throughout the movie, we are meant […]

Horror Week 2011: Rosemary’s Baby: Marriage Can Be Terrifying

This is a guest post by Stephanie Brown.   Rosemary’s Baby is one scary movie. It’s about a woman’s lot in a hostile world. It is about a terrible marriage to a narcissistic and selfish person. It is about the fear of motherhood and giving birth. It is convincing as a terrifying movie about the supernatural, […]

Ellen Ripley, a Feminist Film Icon, Battles Horrifying Aliens … and Patriarchy

  Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley   Written by Megan Kearns. When I was 10 years old, the scariest movie I ever saw was Aliens. I remember the first time I saw it like it was yesterday. Late one night, plagued with insomnia (perhaps a product of my tumultuous childhood), I heard the TV on […]

Horror Week 2011: A Feminist Reading of The Ring

“Before you die … “   Note: This article contains spoilers for the Japanese novel and movie Ringu that “The Ring” gets its story and concept from. Infection in the sentence breeds We may inhale Despair At distances of Centuries –Emily Dickinson By some stroke of fate, right around the time I had gotten over […]

Horror Week 2011: House of 1000 Corpses

Too often horror is criticized for being antifeminist. Yes, most often men are the aggressors in these films, and women are shown as the helpless, one dimensional victims. Unfortunately the problem of flat female characters and dominant male leads is not isolated to just the horror genre. In fact, that is a major issue for […]

Horror Week 2011: Let This Feminist Vampire In

This piece by Natalie Wilson previously appeared at Bitch Flicks on October 13, 2010.   Cross-posted at Ms. Magazine Warning: spoilers Vampires have become so common in contemporary texts that they have lost some of their bite. With most of them falling into the emo, brooding, love-struck and angst-ridden variety (Edward of Twilight, Damon of […]

The Madwoman’s Journey from the Attic into the Television – The Female Gothic Novel and its Influence on Modern Horror Films

The Mysteries of Udolpho, the first female gothic novel The very words “Gothic heroine” immediately conjure up a wealth of images for the modern reader: a young, attractive woman (virginity required) running in terror through an old, dark, crumbling mansion in the middle of nowhere, from either a psychotic man or a supernatural demon. She is always terminally […]

Horror Week 2011: The Descent

When I first heard of The Descent, around the time of its 2006 theatrical release, it was described to me as “a movie about a bunch of lesbians who go into a cave and there are monsters.” As it turns out, the entire six-woman cast of characters is ostensibly straight, if their boy talk in […]

Horror Week 2011: The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project (1999) Viewers might hope that with its unconventional approach, shoestring budget, and status as the first blockbuster powered by Internet buzz, The Blair Witch Project could offer horror fans something they haven’t seen before, specifically in terms of how women are represented. At first, the flick looks promising because it centers on […]

Horror Week 2011: Drag Me to Hell

This review, written by Stephanie Rogers, was originally published in June 2009. Drag Me To Hell. Starring Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, Dileep Rao, David Paymer, and Adriana Barraza. Written by Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi. Directed by Sam Raimi. The honest truth: I loved Drag Me To Hell. Even though I’m not familiar […]

Horror Week 2011: Hellraiser

Hellraiser (1987) (This review spoils the WHOLE movie!) When people talk about classic horror movies, they’re almost always referring to the eighties which contained Nightmare on Elm Street, The Thing, and Child’s Play to name a few. Hellraiser, released in 1987, is no exception. While the movie lacks a lot of the high-tech special effects […]