Our latest podcast is now up, celebrating a year of our podcasts! Click here to go to the episode. In this episode we review short films Dark, Metamorphosis and Call Girl, discuss Women in Horror Month and discuss the films we're looking forward to seeing in 2015.
In addition to this, we're giving you a sneak preview to each of our Women in Horror Month posts, complete with links to go read the rest.
For this article Caitlyn is looking at a variety of female-centric scenes from post-2000 horror films. Included here (in spoiler tags for those who've not seen the film) is her entry on American Mary but you can read the full article by clicking on her name:
American Mary (2012)Another film that was pretty much a given on this list and one with plenty of scenes to choose from. For me though, the most powerful is Ruby Real Girl’s surgery and her discussion beforehand with Mary Mason – a medical student starting to take on body modification work to make more money. While Beatress provides some comic relief beforehand, when it is just Ruby and Mary together, the scene becomes all the more serious and features talk about female objectification. At first glance, Ruby’s desire for surgery seems to be a novelty, even fetishistic, but the conversation soon reveals that it is something far deeper.
Through the act of removing her nipples and sewing her private parts to change their appearance to that of a doll, she explains that she is aiming to stop being sexualised and by choosing to be a doll, even regressing to a childhood state. This scene is also perhaps the first step to Mary understanding more about the world she’s entering into and the reasons why people choose to alter themselves in such extreme ways. The ensuing surgery scene is also masterful in its execution, utilising extreme close-ups and careful placement of props to obscure the surgery and in doing so, avoids it becoming too graphic. All except for a few small flaps of skin being discarded to the floor.
Hayley has been covering female horror characters from the past year that could become icons in the future. Again, click her name to read the full post at her website:
Amelia, The Babadook, Portrayed By Essie Davis.
While she may not be the most glamorous of characters, single mother Amelia is an unforgettable force that drives the terror in the critically-acclaimed, The Babadook. Suffering from terrible nightmares re-living the tragic night of her husband’s death and the birth of son Samuel, Amelia struggles to hold down her job, care for her boy as well as deal with snide comments from fellow mothers. Amelia is a fragile character, which is interesting in terms of this expectation where lead females in horror have to be strong and kick ass. There’s most definitely a human quality about her as she’s written with honesty and realism which then corresponds wonderfully in how she copes with the threat of the ‘monster under the bed’ trope. For those of you who have seen the film, you’ll know that with Amelia there is more than meets the eye. For a seemingly ordinary character there is much more to her than first imagined.
We hope you enjoy the podcast and our articles. Enjoy Women in Horror Month!