In a horror story, a young teenage girl feels as if she were meant to be a boy. She wears baggy clothes to mask her new curves; her hair hangs lank and unwashed around her face, to which she has not applied makeup; her gait is awkward, lumbering, unfeminine. This girl does not have friends and cannot identify with her peers, with whom she does not share interests. She is alone except for her family, who try desperately to save her.
This is a story that has been told twice this year in different formats. It’s the leading anecdote of Jesse Singal’s contentious reported feature “When Children Say They’re Trans,” which covered the July/August issue of The Atlantic and was released in time for Pride month in June. It also begins Hereditary, director Ari Aster’s debut feature film — a visceral, harrowing horror movie about a demonic cult with an American nuclear family in its grip. The stories share a premise, but they end differently. In Singal’s account, the girl, Claire, is saved when her parents sign her up for therapy, take away her access to YouTube, and guide her to the realization that girls can enjoy short haircuts and still be girls. Aster’s version of the fable arrives at the ‘tragic’ conclusion implied by Singal’s — it ends in transition. The girl becomes a boy.
Blumhouse Productions has set Sophia Takal to direct a remake of the 1974 slasher film Black Christmas with a script written by Takal & April Wolfe (Widower) wrote the script. Blumhouse is producing for Universal and shooting soon in New Zealand. Imogen Poots (Green Room), Aleyse Shannon (Charmed), Brittany O’Grady (Star), Lily Donoghue (The Goldbergs)…
via ‘Black Christmas’: Sophia Takal Set To Direct Blumhouse Remake Of 1974 Slasher — Deadline
Early physicians who did not understand female anatomy routinely used ‘female hysteria’ as a potent weapon against women to institutionalize them for illnesses they never had. It wasn’t until the 1950s that the American Psychiatric Association rescinded the usage of the term “hysteria” — from hystera, the Greek word for uterus — as a medical diagnosis. But, “crazy,” “neurotic,” “psychopathic” are still acceptable adjectives to describe women who don’t conform to social norms. These perceptions have wormed their way into mainstream media and inspired cinema, especially the horror genre.
I have a new video up! This is another true crime video, inspired by the Hulu series The Act and the passage of sexist, Draconian, anti-choice laws in Georgia and Alabama. I wanted to explore the bizarre and tragic condition called Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, which is now being called something else. The cases of mostly women, poisoning and harming their children, scamming their communities and faking pregnancies is unfortunately not as uncommon as we think. I only spotlighted a few, but I had many more to choose from. What makes people do this? Fake a child’s illness, or put their own children in harm’s way, for what? Attention? Money? Validation? I have no answers, but maybe you will after watching my video.
Horror is a genre with a uniquely avid fandom. Sitting directly in the center of the intersection between art and commerce, horror is particularly well-suited to call out societal injustices, and it is through use of highly subversive creative techniques that many controversial stories have been told. It’s no wonder that many modern practitioners of DIY and low-budget filmmaking use the genre as a vehicle through which to deliver their message.
There have been a handful of events and happenings announced to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Disneyland’s The Haunted Mansion. Haunted Orange County is hosting a “Swinging Wake,” and Midsummer Scream is hosting a Haunted Mansion 50th Anniversary panel, but we hadn’t heard of anything official happening from Disney until today. Over on the Disney…
via Disney Announces After-Hours Haunted Mansion 50th Anniversary Event at Disneyland Park — All Hallows Geek