Angela Carter talks beauties and beasts with Terry Jones

The influential author Angela Carter died on 16 February 1992.

Despite her early death at the age of 51, Carter forged a reputation as a serious writer – working across fiction, non-fiction, essays and journalism.

However, it was her interpretation of classic fairy tales in the 1979 anthology, The Bloody Chamber, which sealed her reputation as an author. Teasing out the darker, sexualised elements of the original tales, Carter tackled sex, gender, and relationships head-on.

In this clip, Carter discusses her take on Beauty and the Beast – and its erotic undercurrents – with former Monty Python star Terry Jones.

“I Like Scary Movies”: WB/New Line’s Horror Properties Getting Interactive Art Installation in Los Angeles

This Spring, a one-of-a-kind experience will creep into the city of Los Angeles for a limited engagement. Beginning on April 4th, the multi-sensory installation inspired by some of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and New Line Cinema’s most iconic scary movies will lure fans into artistic reinterpretations of the worlds of the first chapter in the IT saga, The Shining, Beetlejuice, The Lost Boys, and A Nightmare on Elm Street.

The press release details the event…

Je Suis Desole! I’m so sorry followers!

As you’ve probably noticed the blog has not been updating as much this week or on schedule. I’m so sorry. I just began a new job and it’s taking up quite a bit of my harddrive while I get prepared for it. I’ll work through the weekend to get content on deck for the whole week next week.
Thank you for staying with me! Thank you to my 60+ followers! You guys are amazing!
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‘American Mary’ Redefines Body Horror Through a Feminist Lens

To me, Jen and Sylvia Soska are a huge pioneering force for women in horror, particularly when it comes to body horror. I first discovered this brilliant Canadian duo when I stumbled across American Mary, and they completely blew me away.

American Mary tells the story of Mary Mason, a medical student working hard to become a surgeon. She is struggling to make ends meet, trying to make sure that her family doesn’t worry, and dealing with a huge prick of an instructor in her classes. Desperate for cash, she takes a job at a strip club to make ends meet. What follows is a story that delivers something for absolutely every type of horror fan, as Mary is drawn into the underground world of body modification that needs her particular set of skills.

[Trailer]Octavia Spencer’s New Psychotic Thriller – MA

Known for her roles as caregivers, magical negroes and servants Octavia Spencer is making somewhat of a new turn in the new film as a lonely woman who let’s a group of teenagers hang out in her house. Things take a turn for the worse when the teens break Ma’s number 1 rule, Don’t Go Upstairs.
Admittedly I’m skeptical of this movie, it’s by the same director as The Help, one of the most offensive race conciliation movies in modern history and this movie uses a very dangerous stereotype to fuel it’s fear, the crazy black woman.

What do you think about the trailer? Will you be seeing it?

The Significance of Female Identity Within Gothic Literature

The presentation of female identity is essential to Gothic literature. Presenting women in a particular light can often have a profound effect upon a text, completely altering a reader’s interpretation. In the narrative poetry of John Keats, Angela Carter’s ‘The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories’ and Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’, women are presented as objects of desire, maternal figures, supernatural beings and are often defined by their biological roles. But it is the transition between these typecasts that is particularly interesting. By allowing female characters to break free of stereotypical constraints the writer is able to create obscurity and suspense within a plot.