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The Cursed Interior: Women in Horror

“Emotional.” The word refers not to the experience of having emotions, but to being overwhelmed by them, to becoming a vector for their messy, difficult expression. It conjures up images of puffy red eyes, snot oozing over trembling lips, voices twisted by grief into unintelligible squeaking. It’s also a word used almost exclusively to refer…

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In horror, there are two kinds of sex: sex that makes you kill or sex that gets you killed. On the one hand, you’ve got the fairly hackneyed sex = death equations you’ll find in a majority of slasher films. Look, I don’t know why Phantasm’s Tall Man needs to pretend to be a hot…

“Something’s Wrong, Like More Than You Being Female”: Transgressive Sexuality and Discourses of Reproduction in Ginger Snaps

BRIGITTE. Ging, what’s going on? Something’s wrong, like more than you being just female. Can you say something please? GINGER. I can’t have a hairy chest, B, that’s fucked. BRIGITTE. Bitten on a full moon, now you’re hairy. GINGER. Well, thank you for taking my total fucking nightmare so seriously. Oh shit, what if I’m…

The Deadly History of Women Using Perfume as Poison

There’s a myth about Marie Antoinette’s attempt to escape the guillotine I love retelling: In seeking to avoid the wrath of the Jacobin revolutionaries, the royal family escaped to the outskirts of Paris in disguise. When their coach was stopped by a mob, they were unrecognizable. They were found out, improbably, by the noble profile…