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 […]

Parasite: Screwball horror

Much has been made of Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite and its domination as a Korean production of awards season in the United States (including Best Picture at the Academy Awards). But to pigeonhole this as a “Korean” film suggests that it’s overcoming some sort of cultural divide. Bong has always been savvy about genre, combining a […]

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: […]

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