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1970s Slashers and the Radical Reimagining Female Representation

This is a standalone/follow-up podcast to my last episode on American slasher films. In this episode I discuss early slashers from the 1970s, the Final Girl trope, and complex personhood. I look at The Last House on the Left, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Carrie as prototypical films that define and develop the trope which has become a major feature of the horror genre.

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Show Notes:

Arvin, Maile Renee. Pacifically Possessed: Scientific Production and Native Hawaiian Critique of the “Almost White” Polynesian Race. Dissertation, UC San Diego: b7759918.

Clover, Carol. Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press, 1992.

Creed, Barbara. The Monstrous-Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis. London: Routledge, 1993. Print.

Gordon, Avery. Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota, 1997. Print

“Go Cart – Drop Mix” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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It’s Always Mom’s Fault: American Slashers in the 1970s and ‘80s

In this second podcast in the art house horror series discusses the birth of the slasher movie! In this episode, I’m talking about films like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween, and Friday the 13th. I also go into how Laura Mulvey, Sigmund Freud, and heteropatriarchy are interconnected in horror.

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You Need An Old Priest And A Young Priest: 5 Possession Horror Movies

Just not feeling “yourself” today? Here are 5 films you might find relatable.

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HGTV Never Mentioned This: 4 Films About Haunted Places

If you’ve ever wondered whether those noises were *really* old pipes, these movies might be for you.

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The Surveillance State Just Won’t Quit: Control, Time, and Horror TV 2014-Present

To wrap up my series on TV horror, I’m talking about surveillance in both abstract and concrete terms.

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Cursing Up a Storm: 4 Iconic Horror Movies About Curses

Four films about horror that sticks.

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The Problem with Bi-Curious and the Virgin: Heteronormativity, Biphobia, and MTV’s Scream

In this stand-alone podcast I talk about the complicated politics of representation and sexuality in MTV’s Scream.

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My other podcast on Scream can be found here: https://openivorytower.org/2016/12/22/episode-6-scream-and-the-meta-final-girl/

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Horror Things: 5 Movies about Cursed, Possessed, and Haunted Objects

Five films to help you jump into the haunted object sub-genre.

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Catching Up: TV Horror Meets Cinematic Horror

Classic horror influences on The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, and Hannibal.

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