Author: Spooky Bitch Gang

Treehouse of Horror

The Simpsons is a gateway into pop culture and its annual Treehouse of Horror episodes have further cemented the legacy of many great (and not so great) horror and sci-fi stories. We discuss and rank the first ten Treehouse of Horror episodes.

Episode 11: Hixploitation

Trigger warning: This episode contains discussions of sexual assault. Get ready for some down-home deep fried horror as we talk Hixploitation. Hicks, hillbillies, yokels, bumpkins. Whatever you want to call them, we try to figure out what role they play in horror and what hixploitation can tell us about ourselves. Featuring special guest Crystal’s dad! […]

Episode 10: Horror of Personality

Episode Description We talk about horror that’s all too human – the conniving, malicious and murderous personalities that make psychological horror so terrifying! Episode Trailer: Nekromantic (1987) Movies Discussed 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (2019), Blood and Black Lace (1964), The Invisible Man (2020), Gaslight (1944), Black Swan (2010), American Psycho (2000), The Shining (1980), Repulsion […]

Episode 9: Jump Scares & The Lighthouse

We talk about the much-anticipated and hugely lauded The Lighthouse and investigate the power and the failings of jump scares. Poor film making, or a tool for good? How does our recognition and expectation of tropes play into our experience of genre films? Episode Trailer: Santa’s Slay (2005) Movies Discussed Pumpkinhead (1988), Bliss (2019), Tetsuo: […]

Episode 7: Queer Horror

We try to unpack the deeply coded, hidden presence of queer and trans people throughout the history of horror movies. From unseen menace to beleaguered horror heroes, queerness has been an element of horror since the beginning and in some of its most recognised works. Includes discussions of Psycho (1960), Rope (1948), Sleepaway Camp (1983), […]

Episode 5: Clowns

We talk about everything wrong with IT: Chapter Two and discuss all the horror movie clowns that came before. Why is the killer clown trope so pervasive? Is it just a convenient shortcut to scary? Why does the killer clown trope seem to be most effective in horror’s grittiest, low-budget works? Death Bed: The Bed […]

Episode 4: Folk Horror

What makes a movie folk horror? Is Midsommar all style and no substance? Why do folk horror classics like The Wicker Man still chill us? Includes discussions of Midsommar (2019), The Witch (2015), Kill List (2011), The Virgin Spring (1960), The Wicker Man (1973), The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971), Witchfinder General (1968), The Blair […]

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