Read This Before You Watch “Lovecraft Country” Episodes 5 & 6

The title of episode five, “Strange Case” strongly echoes the titles of several H.P. Lovecraft tales (“The Case of Charles Dexter Ward” and “The Statement of Randolph Carter” for example. This resonance is apt since the episode’s parallel narrative both deal with forbidden knowledge and secret identities. However, somewhat surprisingly, this episode turns our attentionContinue reading “Read This Before You Watch “Lovecraft Country” Episodes 5 & 6″

Discussion Questions for “Lovecraft Country” Episodes 5 & 6

Write a paragraph or two in response to each of the following prompts. What is the significance of the titles of these episodes, “Strange Case” and “Meet Me in Daegu”? “Strange Case” (episode 5) uses supernatural elements to explore the issue of “passing”? What do her experiences as a white woman reveal to Ruby aboutContinue reading “Discussion Questions for “Lovecraft Country” Episodes 5 & 6″

Read This Before You Watch “Lovecraft Country” Episodes 3 & 4

Welcome back to another week in our continuing examination of HBO’s Lovecraft Country. Episode 3 of the series, “Holy Ghost” finds our heroes back in Chicago where Leti (Jurnee Smollett) has come into some money and decided to purchase a decrepit old mansion known as the Epstein House in the “white neighborhood” where it’s located.Continue reading “Read This Before You Watch “Lovecraft Country” Episodes 3 & 4″

Read This Before You Watch “Prevenge”

Our horror film series this week turns away from the body horror of “Raw” and moves into the updated Greek revenge tragedy as comedy slasher film of writer-director Alice Lowe’s “Prevenge” (2016). While the movie starts with a bit of a slow-burn, once the plot gets going there’s definitely a lot going on here. You’llContinue reading “Read This Before You Watch “Prevenge””

“Prevenge” Discussion Questions

Write a paragraph or two in response to each of the following prompts: My first question should never be a surprise anymore. What’s the significance of the title “Prevenge”? Okay, it’s a pun. But is it an apt one? Why or why not? And beyond that, we might want to explore a lot of theContinue reading ““Prevenge” Discussion Questions”

Read This Before You Watch “Raw”

This week our horror movie series ventures into the realm of body horror and perverse desires with French writer-director Julia Ducournau and her feature film debut “Raw” (2017). While it’s not especially scary, this movie will captivate your attention. From its first, enigmatic scenes to its final series of twists and turns, you won’t beContinue reading “Read This Before You Watch “Raw””

“Raw” Discussion Questions

Write a paragraph or two in response to each of the following prompts: My first question should never be a surprise anymore. What’s the significance of the title “Raw”? What are additional meanings of this word that we might apply to the film? You should also know that the original French title for this filmContinue reading ““Raw” Discussion Questions”

Read This Before You Watch “The Invitation”

The first thing to know about “The Invitation” is that the production company behind this film, Gamechanger is an American company founded in 2013, devoted entirely to financing films by women and expanded into television and other digital content. According to Gamechanger’s website, the CEO Effie T. Brown “is broadening the fund’s scope to includeContinue reading “Read This Before You Watch “The Invitation””

“The Invitation” Discussion Questions

Write a paragraph or two in response to each of the following prompts: My first question should never be a surprise anymore. What’s the significance of the title “The Invitation”? Yes, there’s a physical invitation, one that is shown and commented upon, and which refers to other elements of the film, but after you addressContinue reading ““The Invitation” Discussion Questions”

Read This Before You Watch “The Babadook”

Australian writer-director Jennifer Kent made quite a splash with her debut film “The Babadook” (2014). Not only did this film become an early poster child in the trend toward “elevated horror” – a term which may always have been more about non-horror fans finally starting to look at horror films seriously than about some hugeContinue reading “Read This Before You Watch “The Babadook””