Read This Before You Watch “Lovecraft Country” Episodes 1 & 2

We begin this five-week horror media studies series by watching the first two episodes of HBO’s “Lovecraft Country.” Based on Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel of the same name, this series first aired during the fall of 2020. Produced by Jordan Peele and helmed by Misha Green, this premium television adaptation and extension of the provocativeContinue reading “Read This Before You Watch “Lovecraft Country” Episodes 1 & 2″

Discussion Questions for “Lovecraft Country” Episodes 1 & 2

Write a paragraph or two in response to each of the following prompts. What is the significance of the series title “Lovecraft Country”? In exploring this question, you’ll want to include put push beyond the initial acknowledgement that the first part of the title refers to the writer or weird cosmic horror, Howard Phillips LovecraftContinue reading “Discussion Questions for “Lovecraft Country” Episodes 1 & 2″

Horror Film Studies is Back!

We took a short break during the holiday season, but now we’re ready forge ahead with our horror film series, starting with a five-week in depth examination of the ten-episode HBO series “Lovecraft Country,” created by Misha Green and starring Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Courtney B. Vance. Starting the second weekend of February 2021,Continue reading “Horror Film Studies is Back!”

Read This Before You Watch “Under the Skin”

This week, as we transition away from our two-month spotlight on films written and directed by women, we’re taking a look at a fairly quiet, independent piece of science fiction horror. Starring Scarlett Johannson, “Under the Skin” (2013) was directed by Jonathan Glazer (better known for 2000’s “Sexy Beast”) who co-wrote the screenplay with WilliamContinue reading “Read This Before You Watch “Under the Skin””

“Under the Skin” Discussion Questions

Write a paragraph or two responding to each of the following prompts: What is the significance of the title “Under the Skin”? As you explore you answers this question, be sure to consider the various literal and subjective implications of the phrase. One of the goals of both science fiction and horror is to allowContinue reading ““Under the Skin” Discussion Questions”

Read This Before You Watch “Jennifer’s Body”

Welcome to another exciting week of our horror film series. We’re wrapping up our two month focus on films written and direct by women by watching yet another Karyn Kusama film. As you’ll recall, she directed “The Invitation,” that slow-burn, death-cult suspense thriller we watched last month. This time we’re taking a look at herContinue reading “Read This Before You Watch “Jennifer’s Body””

“Jennifer’s Body” Discussion Questions

Write a paragraph or two responding to each of the following prompts: What is the significance of the title “Jennifer’s Body”? When responding to this question, you may want to consider any horror genre tropes related to that particular name. Further, you might explore why the title of the film explicitly refers to her “body”Continue reading ““Jennifer’s Body” Discussion Questions”

Read This Before You Watch “Revenge”

We’re back this week with yet another fiercely grotesque and super-stylish French film, “Revenge” (2017), the debut action-horror movie written and directed by Coralie Fargeat. Starring Matilda Lutz in a powerful performance as the dangerously sexy Jennifer, a rape survivor out for the blood of the big-game hunters who victimized her and left her forContinue reading “Read This Before You Watch “Revenge””

“Revenge” Discussion Questions

Write a paragraph or two in response to each of the following prompts: I always ask you to start by considering the title of the film, so is “Revenge” a simple, unadorned description of this film or is it something more? What cultural associations and moral implications does the word “revenge” carry with it? IsContinue reading ““Revenge” Discussion Questions”

Wrap Up of “Prevenge”

During its earliest scenes, “Prevenge” (2016) sort of tricks us into identifying and sympathizing with the protagonist Ruth. Even as she exposes herself to us as a serial killer, while we’re still struggling to understand the reasons behind these murders that we witness her committing, we feel at some level as if her victims haveContinue reading “Wrap Up of “Prevenge””