Subversion in the Original Slasher: Friday the 13th

Ah, summer camp… Truly there is nothing like the scent of marshmallows roasting over an open campfire, swimming in the lake by day and stumbling through the woods by night, tripping and running away from an unknown machete-wielding psycho. Oh, you didn’t go to Camp Crystal Lake? How very fortunate for you. Most of us […]

The Exorcist

The Exorcist: Puberty is Hell

  Hello, fair readers, and welcome back to another stirring edition of The Frightful Femme. Having awoken from my deep, months-long slumber (a.k.a. my “hiatus”) I wanted to delve into familiar yet directly unexplored territory by watching and analyzing films widely regarded as classics that I, embarrassingly enough, had never gotten around to watching. For […]

Cannibalistic Gender Dynamics: All Cheerleaders Die

Here comes the trigger warning, kids. *Both today’s column and this film contain rape. Cheerleading is one of the most demanding and deadly sports in the world. Unless, that is, your newest teammate’s ex-girlfriend is a crystal-wielding super-witch capable of bringing your squad back from the dead with the tiny catch that you’ve gotta feed […]

The Moth Diaries of a Mad White Teenager

Literary analysts say that every great romantic vampire story revolves around three things: blood, sex, and thinly veiled Sapphic homoeroticism. Wait, no… that’s not right. Blood, sex and an attempt at passing off Scott Speedman as a viable non-creepy romantic interest for a possibly mentally ill 16 year old. Crap, that’s not right either. Maybe […]

Pulse: How I Learned to Stop and Love the Internet

If Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s 2001 critically acclaimed cult classic Pulse (known in Japan as Kairo) is on your watchlist, maybe cue up something a bit more lighthearted as a palate cleanse for the post-show unwinding. Consider making some plans with friends. Or, shit, when was the last time you called your mom? Pulse’s horror lies not […]

Audition: How to Make a Feminist Rom-Com

This week, we here at the Frightful Femme decided to take a well-deserved break from horror and delve into a quietly delightful little Japanese rom-com in the form of Takashi Miike’s 1999 classic, Audition (orig. Ôdishon). A charming yet lonely widower, Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) has raised his son alone after the untimely passing of […]

I’ve Got Ju-On My Mind

While the folks over at the GTGC embark on a month-long anime endeavor, let us simultaneously venture backward through time and space to a classic little slice of Japanese horror pie in the form of Takashi Shimizu’s Ju-On: The Grudge. You might recognize it as the theatrical gunshot that spawned multiple sequels, remakes and spin-offs […]

The Witch

Puritanism, Pubescence, and Patriarchy in The Witch

I have the privilege this week of reviewing and analyzing what I consider to be a truly rare piece of cinematic art, one which will endure both in our minds and upon our movie shelves for decades to come. Robert Eggers’ directorial debut is nothing short of a masterpiece of Puritan period horror. I went […]

The Den

The Den: Being a Woman Online is the Literal Worst

If watching a feature-length horror movie version of an episode of Black Mirror and deleting your Chatroulette account is a thing you want to spend your Saturday night alone doing, then Zachary Donahue’s 2014 film directorial debut The Den is right up your webstream. If you aren’t familiar with Black Mirror, it’s basically The Twilight Zone […]

Satan Digs Artsy Chicks: At the Devil’s Door

Nicholas McCarthy’s At the Devil’s Door is, as its South by Southwest festival premier and IFC pedigree would suggest, the hippest film about Satan you’ll watch this year. Starring Awkward‘s Ashley Rickards, Naya Rivera (yes, Santana from Glee) and Catalina Sandino Moreno, ATDD tells the story of two sisters up against occult powers beyond their comprehension […]