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Movie Discussion: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)
Bloody wonderful gender exploration and critique / Literary Adaptations / Pop perfection / Poses great questions, fumbles the answers / Protohorror / Psychological Thrillers / Queerer than you'd think / Stylistic triumph / U.K. Horror / Worth watching for the campy dramz

Movie Discussion: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)

Girl Meets Context: March is Silent Movie Month, where we’ll be surveying some of horror cinema’s ur-texts – the movies that established the genre as a new media spectacle and began to translate its tropes from literature to the screen. We finish things up with Alfred Hitchcock’s first true classic – the first screen adaptation of Marie Belloc … Continue reading

Movie Discussion: F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror [Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens] (1922)
German Horror / Literary Adaptations / Masterpiece! / Protohorror / Queerer than you'd think / Stylistic triumph / Vampires & Blood-fiends

Movie Discussion: F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror [Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens] (1922)

Girl Meets Context: March is Silent Movie Month, where we’ll be surveying some of horror cinema’s ur-texts – the movies that established the genre as a new media spectacle and began to translate its tropes from literature to the screen.  This week, we tackle horror cinema’s first vampire movie – the German Expressionist classic starring Max Schreck … Continue reading

Movie Discussion: Benjamin Christensen’s Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)
Batshit insanity / Criterion Collection / Danish Horror / Deserves props for being groundbreaking and innovative. / Documentaries / Monstrous Mythology / Protohorror / Religious Cults & Satanists / Sleazesterpiece! / Stylistic triumph / Swedish Horror / Witchcraft & Black Magic / Worth watching for the campy dramz

Movie Discussion: Benjamin Christensen’s Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)

Girl Meets Context: March is Silent Movie Month, where we’ll be surveying some of horror cinema’s ur-texts – the movies that established the genre as a new media spectacle and began to translate its tropes from literature to the screen. This week we tackle the Swedish/Danish co-production Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages, a silent documentary that explains the history … Continue reading

Movie Discussion: Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari [Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari] (1920)
Conrad Veidt / Deserves props for being groundbreaking and innovative. / German Horror / It's always about the Nazis / Mad Scientists / Masterpiece! / Mindfuck / Protohorror / Psychological Thrillers / Stylistic triumph

Movie Discussion: Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari [Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari] (1920)

Girl Meets Context: March is Silent Movie Month, where we’ll be surveying some of horror cinema’s ur-texts – the movies that established the genre as a new media spectacle and began to translate its tropes from literature to the screen. This week we tackle one of the crown jewels of German Expressionism – Wiene’s surrealist classic about … Continue reading

Movie Discussion: Rupert Julian’s The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Batshit insanity / Deserves props for being groundbreaking and innovative. / Literary Adaptations / Lon Chaney, Sr. / Mutants & Man-Beasts / National Film Registry / Protohorror / Queerer than you'd think / Universal Monsters / Worth watching for the campy dramz

Movie Discussion: Rupert Julian’s The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Girl Meets Context: March is Silent Movie Month, where we’ll be surveying some of horror cinema’s ur-texts – the movies that established the genre as a new media spectacle and began to translate its tropes from literature to the screen. We kick things off with the first real American horror picture and the true beginning of … Continue reading

Movie Discussion: Dan O’Bannon’s The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
Clu Gulager / Deserves props for being groundbreaking and innovative. / Horror Comedy / James Karen / Linnea Quigley / Masterpiece! / Miguel A. Núñez, Jr. / More feminist than you'd think / Pop perfection / Postmodern as hell / Sleazesterpiece! / This movie IS the '80s / This movie shaped my brain for all time / Thom Mathews / Totally disgusting / Zombies

Movie Discussion: Dan O’Bannon’s The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

This Month’s Theme: Freak’s Choice The Film: The Return of the Living Dead Alternate titles?: n/a Country of origin: USA Date of U.S. Release: 8/16/1985 Box Office Gross: $14 million Budget: $4 million Part of a series? Yes – spawned four sequels (2 theatrical, 2 TV-to-DVD) Director: Dan O’Bannon Screenwriter: Dan O’Bannon Adaptation? Not really – started … Continue reading

Movie Discussion: Stuart Gordon’s From Beyond (1986)
Alien Invasion / Barbara Crampton / Batshit insanity / Body Horror / Jeffrey Combs / Ken Foree / Literary Adaptations / Mad Scientists / Mutants & Man-Beasts / Problematic, but fun as hell / Sleazesterpiece! / Splatter Flicks / Totally disgusting

Movie Discussion: Stuart Gordon’s From Beyond (1986)

Girl Meets Context: February is going to be Freak’s Choice – where we watch and discuss some of the most formative films from Sean’s adolescence. From Beyond is the second adaptation of an H.P. Lovecraft story by director Stuart Gordon, after 1985′s Re-Animator. The movie follows Dr. McMichaels (Barbara Crampton), a psychiatrist assigned to evaluate Crawford Tillinghast (Jeffrey … Continue reading