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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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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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Sites of Rupture and Irish Decolonialism

In this podcast I talk about the importance of oral communication to the history of Irish de/colonialism. I’m analyzing Eimear McBride’s novel A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, the TV programs The Late Late Show and Give My Head Peace, and the movies The Wind that Shakes the Barley and The Magdalene Sisters.

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Sex, Death, and Paperbacks: The History of Giallo Cinema

This podcast kicks off the newest series on art house horror! In this episode, I’m talking about the history of giallo cinema and analyzing Sergio Martino’s 1972 film, Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key.

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Sonic Horror Geographies: Hush (2016), Gender, and Disability

This stand-alone episode looks at Mike Flanagan’s 2016 film Hush. Hush is a horror film about Maddie, a young writer who is deaf and mute and who has recently moved to a secluded cabin in the woods. The film details one harrowing night when a serial killer arrives at her home.

Content Notice: This podcast contains discussions of rape, gendered violence, graphic depictions of injury and physical/mental harm, ableism, and imprisonment, as well as audio clips from the film that some listeners may find disturbing.

This podcast was originally published on The Coachella Review’s blog which can be found here: http://thecoachellareview.com/wordpress/2017/03/24/sonic-horror-geographies-hush-gender-and-disability/

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WORMS!: Parasites, Disease, and the Threat of What We Can’t See

This stand-alone podcast is a short discussion of Ariel Schulman’s and Henry Joost’s 2016 epidemic horror film Viral. The film stars Analeigh Tipton (Warm Bodies), Sofia Black D’Elia (Project Almanac), and Travis Tope (The Town That Dreaded Sundown [2014]) and follows two sisters’ attempt to survive both the impending apocalypse and lethal military intervention. This podcast looks at how this specific kind of epidemic horror functions in the broader landscape of the genre, and what the possible significance is for specific types of disease vectors in cinema.

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Episode 6: Scream and the Meta Final Girl

The last podcast in this series covers the various iterations of gendered tropes in the MTV series Scream and how gender and violence intersect in metafictional horror.

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