First Omens and Immaculate Conceptions: Pregnancy Horror Is Having a Moment

WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Immaculate and The First Omen. Horror has always served as a frightening mirror to reality. In his 1981 treatise on the genre Danse Macabre, author Stephen King writes, “we make up horrors to help us cope with the real ones”; it seems scary movies have been helping us […]

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Did ‘Carrie’ Give Birth to “Good For Her” Horror? [The Lady Killers Podcast]

“It has nothing to do with Satan, Mama. It’s me. Me. If I concentrate hard enough, I can move things” Is it possible to go to prom these days without thinking about Carrie? Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation of Stephen King’s debut novel has become so ingrained in the zeitgeist that it’s nearly impossible to […]

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The Women of Carrie – Revisiting Stephen King’s Landmark Horror Novel Fifty Years Later

For decades, Stephen King has been known as the Master of Horror. By now the prolific Maine author is a household name, known to genre fans and normies alike. He’s a central pillar of American folk horror and a major contributor to the modernization of genre fiction. But fifty years ago, Stephen King was a […]

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‘Carrie’ at 50: How Stephen King’s Tale of Blood, Bullies, and Female Fury Changed Horror Forever [The Losers’ Club Podcast]

“And then the world exploded.” Fifty years ago, Stephen King published a slim novel about a lonely girl finding her power and the world of horror has never been the same. We all know the story by now. Outcast Carrie White gets bullied by her classmates and abused by her ultra-religious mother. Good Girl Sue […]

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‘April Fool’s Day’ Explores the Ethics of Pranking [The Lady Killers Podcast]

“And don’t anyone say ‘April Fool’s’ again or I’ll rip them apart!” What is it about the first day of April that makes us want to torture our friends? History tells us that just about every culture honors a day where tricks are not only celebrated, they’re the law of the land. In the west, […]

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The 10 Scariest Moments in the ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie Franchise

WARNING: The following contains mild spoilers for the Ghostbusters franchise.  Yes, Ghostbusters is a horror movie – gateway horror to be exact. Setting aside the fact that the title literally contains the word “ghost,” a foundational element of the scariest genre, the franchise follows a group of paranormal researchers who battle entities attacking from beyond […]

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‘Alice, Sweet Alice’ Is a Cut-Throat World of Original Sin [The Lady Killers Podcast]

“God took her from me on the day of her first communion, don’t you see? He waited until then to teach me that children pay for the sins of their parents.” Is there anything quite so devastating as the concept of original sin? The idea that we’re damned at conception before we’ve had a chance […]

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Stephen Graham Jones on Final Girls, Small Town Horror, and ‘The Angel of Indian Lake’ [Podcast Interview]

What does it mean to be a final girl? Can it really be as straightforward as staying alive until the sun rises? Picking up the knife, the machete, the abandoned gun and putting down the killer? Or is it something more? Could it mean stepping into a position of power and fighting for something larger […]

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‘Gretel & Hansel’ Puts Feminism at the Heart of a Familiar Story [The Lady Killers Podcast]

“So hungry was I to realize my own powers, I hardly even chewed.” We’ve all grown up hearing the classic fairytale. A brother and sister are turned out of their home and sent by their wicked stepmother to survive in the deep, dark woods. The ingenious Hansel leaves a trail of pebbles and breadcrumbs to […]

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Immaculate Scream Queen: Sydney Sweeney’s Most Horrific Roles

In every generation, there is a scream queen–an actress known for starring in horror films who comes to embody the genre landscape of her time. From Janet Leigh and her daughter Jamie Lee Curtis, Sarah Michelle Gellar to Maika Monroe, these women often originate a beloved character or star in a variety of cutting edge […]

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David Cronenberg’s ‘The Brood’ is a Bloody End to a Troubled Marriage [The Lady Killers Podcast]

“You got involved with a woman who fell in love with you for your sanity and hoped it would rub off.” What would the horror version of Kramer vs. Kramer look like? What about a murderous version of Marriage Story? While horror fans might enjoy throwing in gory dismemberment or supernatural chaos to these extremely […]

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‘The Rage: Carrie 2’ Twenty Five Years Later – A Feminist Retelling of a Horror Classic

If there’s ever been a classic horror film that doesn’t need a sequel, it’s Carrie. Stephen King’s debut novel was masterfully adapted into a 1976 film by Brian De Palma and quickly became a runaway hit. In fact it’s likely because of the film’s success that the prolific author so quickly became a household name. […]

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‘Children of the Corn’ at 40: Fritz Kiersch Adds Sugar to Stephen King’s Story [The Losers’ Club Podcast]

“Question not my judgment, Malachai. I am the giver of His word.” It’s the summer of 1984. The pavement is hot, the corn is high, and the eerie voices of children can be heard singing in a distant barn. Something sinister walks behind the rows. Is it a cult of killer children ripped from the […]

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Neil Marshall’s ‘The Descent’ Explores the Concept of Female Strength [The Lady Killers Podcast]

“I’m an English teacher, not fucking Tomb Raider.” What does it mean to be a strong woman? Is it visible muscles à la Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2: Judgment Day? Is it impressive feats of strength like climbing a mountain or braving white water? Is it putting yourself in harm’s way to save a friend? […]

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‘Heathers’ Exposes the Dark Heart of High School [The Lady Killers]

“Are we going to prom or to hell?” What’s the most important decision a teenager can make? Is it what to do with 5 million dollars two days before aliens blow up the planet? Is it what kind of corn nuts make the best pre-fraternity party snack? According to Michael Lehmann’s dark cult comedy Heathers, […]

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