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””

Read This Before You Watch “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”

It takes some conviction and more than a little courage to make a vampire film, especially as a debut writer-director and a woman of color. Even if you believe we’re beyond traditional distinctions between “high” and “low” art, a notion that the Oscars have only started to acknowledge in the past few years or so,Continue reading “Read This Before You Watch “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night””

“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” Discussion Questions

Write a paragraph or two in response to each of the following prompts: As always, I like to start by examining the title in some detail. Why is this movie called “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”?  What does that phrase ordinarily suggest and how does this film play with our typical expectations aboutContinue reading ““A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” Discussion Questions”

Horror Film Series Resumes!

First, let me thank you all for your participation in my recent media studies series, especially the one about recent trends in horror movies. That series has been my most successful so far, and I appreciate all the enthusiasm and energy you brought to it. I couldn’t have done it without you. Second, thanks forContinue reading “Horror Film Series Resumes!”