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Fandom and the Resurrection of Fear in Millennial Horror

This stand-alone podcast covers stardom, fandom, and horror film reboots.

Image Credit: Dimension Films and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer © 2006

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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.

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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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Episode 5: Ms. Ives, The New Old Final Girl

Penny Dreadful, having premiered at South by Southwest and airing on Showtime, is a “quality TV” version of episodic horror.

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Episode 4: Women on the Darknet

Darknet is an adaptation of the Japanese series Torihada (2010-present), and exists as something between a web series, an interactive TV anthology, and a Canadian network series.

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Episode 3: Shining Potentiality

After a much-longer-than-expected hiatus, here’s the third podcast in the Everything is Liminal series! It covers The Cold War, gender, haunting, and radical political potentiality in The Shining.

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