Discussion Questions for “Eve’s Bayou”

Write a short paragraph or two in response to each of the following prompts.

What is the significance of the title “Eve’s Bayou” and the back story told in voiceover by the title character Eve who is named after her family’s matriarch? Remember to consider the importance of the setting named in the title.

Describe Eve. What are her main character traits? What are her hopes and fears? How would you describe her relationships with the other characters? How would you describe her family?

“Eve’s Bayou” is more of a Southern Gothic film than an outright “horror movie.” What tropes, themes, and plot elements in this film are expected in a horror movie? What other aspects of this film push it towards being a more “serious” or mainstream drama?

What does this film suggest about the interconnections between desire and fear? You might want to choose one character and explore their desires and fears in some detail.

How does this film explore the relationship between memory and storytelling? Think about how the camera problematizes this relationship. When can we trust what we are seeing? Can films or other forms of storytelling ever be merely mimetic and “hold a mirror” to reality? How or why not?

Published by Chuck Caruso

writer of dark fiction (crime, horror & western noir), literary & textual scholar (american gothic, noir, po-co, sf), and cultural critic

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