‘Black Christmas’: Sophia Takal Set To Direct Blumhouse Remake Of 1974 Slasher — Deadline

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)…

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Feminist Filmmakers Are Reinventing Horror Cinema

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 It wasn’t until the 1950s that the American Psychiatric Association rescinded the usage of the term “hysteria” — from hystera, the Greek word for uterus — as a medical diagnosis.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.

[New Video] Mother’s Who Maim – Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy and its Tragic Victims

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.

The Necessity of DIY Filmmaking for Marginalized Creators in Horror

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.

Disney Announces After-Hours Haunted Mansion 50th Anniversary Event at Disneyland Park — All Hallows Geek

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…

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The Blair Witch Project‘s Indelible Mark on Folk Horror

Here’s your motivation: You’re lost! You’re angry, wandering through a hellscape of slasher flicks and torture porn and random demons that show up for no reason. Everything seems derivative and repetitive. You’re on a circular path you can’t deviate from. Hungry for originality, hunted by fat, greedy studios who have manipulated you for eons, you stumble, at last, upon a place of refuge. Friends along the way told you about it (the fisherman, the old woman clutching her purse, the young mother and her crying baby) and you’ve finally found it. But inside, there is no warmth, no sustenance, no creature comforts. There are intimations of violence. There’s a whiff of decay. You breathe in the terror of over a hundred years of legends and lore, your mind whirling with questions, but in the end you come upon a blank wall. You’re left with only yourself, and your fear of what may be behind you.