Praising the Gold Standard of Femme Fatales in ‘Double Indemnity’ [Sex Crimes]

Back in June, when this series covered Wild Things, I introduced neo-noirs as a response in the 70s and 80s to the noirs of the 40s and 50s. Historical film buffs will know that the Hays Code, which censored Hollywood films based on moral grounds, dictated edits to plot and character until it was abolished […]

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“Chucky” Season 2 Post-Mortem with Don Mancini: “There Were Death Threats” [Interview]

With Season 2 of Chucky wrapped up under the Christmas tree, Trace Thurman and I sat down with show runner Don Mancini to discuss bottle episode “Death in Denial,” why Nadine (Bella Higginbotham) had to die, and where the show could go in a potential Season 3. Let’s dive deep into all things “Chucky” with […]

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The Queer Horror of “Chucky”: Episode 2.08 – “Chucky Actually”

Each week Joe Lipsett will highlight a key scene or interaction in S02 of Don Mancini’s Chucky series to consider how the show is engaging with and contributing to queer horror. Happy holigays, Chucky viewers! Leave it to show runner Don Mancini to wrap the second season with a full-blown Christmas horror episode, complete with […]

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The Amityville IP: 1981’s ‘Amityville II: The Possession’ Takes The Franchise in a Wild Direction

Twice a month Joe Lipsett will dissect a new Amityville Horror film to explore how the “franchise” has evolved in increasingly ludicrous directions. While it’s easy to appreciate the grounded, almost stoic nature of the original, it’s hard not to enjoy the outright campiness of Amityville 2: The Possession. The sequel, which never explicitly mentions […]

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Doppelgängers, Disorientation and Double Binds in Satoshi Kon’s ‘Perfect Blue’ [Horror Queers Podcast]

Otaku and Kawaii It feels like November has barely begun, and yet here we are three weeks in. Like most months on Horror Queers, we’ve been all over the place, including the dream-like pastel world of Jennifer Reeder’s women-centric Knives and Skin and the 25th-anniversary fascist machismo world of Paul Verhoeven’s Starship Troopers. Now we’re pivoting […]

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The Queer Horror of “Chucky”: Episode 2.07 – ‘Goin’ to the Chapel’

Each week Joe Lipsett will highlight a key scene or interaction in S02 of Don Mancini’s Chucky series to consider how the show is engaging with and contributing to queer horror. The time has come to finally tackle queerness in the Church. When it was revealed that Chucky S02 would take place at a Catholic […]

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“1899” Review – Netflix Series Offers Mystery Aboard a Ghost Ship

Hailing from Dark creators Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar, 1899 is a suitably creepy and mysterious period thriller about a missing (possibly haunted) ship. The eight-episode Netflix series is a combination of the first season of The Terror and Ghost Ship with a splash of Downton Abbey. The series opens with a nightmare as Maura Franklin (Emily […]

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The Queer Horror of “Chucky”: Episode 2.06 – “He Is Risen Indeed”

Each week Joe Lipsett will highlight a key scene or interaction in Season 2 of Don Mancini’s Chucky series to consider how the show is engaging with and contributing to queer horror. RIP Nadine (Bella Higginbotham). I’ve spent a lot of time reminiscing on the character this week and thinking about what a fascinating contribution […]

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“Chucky” Costume Designer Catherine Ashton on Dressing the Show’s Characters [Interview]

While drafting the editorial on Glen and Glenda’s (Lachlan Watson) pronouns a few weeks ago, I realized that not only does each twin have a distinct identity, but that their visual coding specifically challenges traditional gender norms. Take something as simple as hair: Glenda’s short hair vs Glen’s long hair forces viewers to confront their […]

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Giving Space for Female Stories in “Knives and Skin” [Horror Queers Podcast]

WAPP WAPP WAPP With October firmly in the rearview mirror, it’s bizarre to reflect on what a wild month it turned out to be. Not only did Trace and I celebrate our 200th Main Feed episode with Karyn Kusama’s perfect film, The Invitation (2015), we revisited David Gordon Green’s divisive Halloween Kills, and even managed to get […]

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The Queer Horror of “Chucky”: Episode 2.05 – “Doll on Doll”

Each week Joe Lipsett will highlight a key scene or interaction in S02 of Don Mancini’s Chucky series to consider how the show is engaging with and contributing to queer horror. With episode 2.05 “Doll on Doll,” “Chucky” transitions into the back half of its second season; from a queer perspective, this is a relatively […]

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The Queer Horror of “Chucky”: Episode 2.04 – “Death on Denial”

Each week Joe Lipsett will highlight a key scene or interaction in S02 of Don Mancini’s Chucky series to consider how the show is engaging with and contributing to queer horror. Leave it to “Chucky” to not only pivot at the mid-way point of its second season to become a one-off campy murder mystery in […]

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Celebrating 200 Episodes With a New Logo and Karyn Kusama’s Perfect ‘The Invitation’! [Horror Queers Podcast]

Masterclass It’s not every day that your podcast hits 200 episodes or gets a brand new logo, so it’s been a big week for Trace and me over at Horror Queers. We’ve had an incredibly busy October on the pod, what with an extended conversation with Don Mancini about the last 30+ years of the […]

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The Queer Horror of “Chucky”: Episode 2.03 – “Hail, Mary!”

Each week Joe Lipsett will highlight a key scene or interaction in S02 of Don Mancini’s Chucky series to consider how the show is engaging with and contributing to queer horror. With the action cutting back exclusively to the School of Incarnate Lord, this week’s “Chucky” delivers an hour focused solely on the kids. And […]

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The Queer Horror of “Chucky”: Episode 2.02 – “The Sinners Are Much More Fun”

Each week Joe Lipsett will highlight a key scene or interaction in S02 of Don Mancini’s “Chucky” series to consider how the show is engaging with and contributing to queer horror. “The Sinners Are Much More Fun” continues to lay the foundation for the season to come as Jake (Zackary Arthur), Devon (Björgvin Arnarson) and […]

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