Coming to Nashville in April…

So many cool films playing in Nashville this April. If you live in the Middle Tennessee area, we suggest you get your butt to the theater! Some of the films Fem’s excited about:

Nymphomaniac – Opening April 4, Belcourt

Under the Skin – Opening April 11, Belcourt

Full Moon Tattoo and Horror Festival – April 18-20, Nashville Convention Center
The Lost Boys with special guest Corey Feldmen – April 18 at Midnight, Belcourt
Scream with special guest Jamie Kennedy – April 19 at Midnight, Belcourt

Dune x 2 at Belcourt
Jodorowsky’s Dune – TBD
David Lynch’s Dune – April 25 & 26 at Midnight

Kids Shows at Belcourt
Labyrinth – April 19 at 10AM
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – April 26 at 10AM

Nashville Film Festival – April 17-26, Green Hills and Downtown
Graveyard Shift programming – “Mapping the darker parameters of the Nashville Film Festival”
I Believe in Unicorns
Drunktown’s Finest
Blackout: On Swan Pond (documentary) – When a retention wall at a coal fired power plant spilled one billion tons of toxic ash into a small community in East Tennessee, Americans learned coal ash is a problem that has been ignored for decades. Blackout explores the growing energy crisis by examining one community that was affected by the ever increasing need for electricity.

Now for the important question: Which get The Whorer treatment?

When Feminists Attack Presentation Materials (Con Nooga 2014)

The Whorer had a great time at Con Nooga this weekend. When Feminists Attack: Women and Horror Films had a great turnout and produced some great conversation. If interested:

- Slides

- Handout

Just to recap: We did a presentation celebrating Women in Horror Recognition Month at Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Con Nooga. While we will not be dedicating an entire podcast episode to this particular con, we will take some time to talk about our overall experiences at the end of next week’s episode on Beyond the Black Rainbow.

Who Killed Laura Palmer? 50th Episode and Contest

To celebrate our 50th episode and two year anniversary we’ll be re-visiting the world of Twin Peaks 25 years after the fact, when Dale Cooper is scheduled to meet Laura Palmer in the Black Lodge. This epic event will post on February 17th which means you only have about a week to get your contest entry submitted!

Yes, it’s the first ever Whorer Podcast contest! Here’s how to play:

Tell us who your favorite woman-identified character in the Twin Peaks universe is and why.

Points will be given for originality of thought, critical insight, and humor.

Entries must be submitted via any means of contact you feel most comfortable with by 5pm CST on Friday, February 14th. One entry per person.

Prizes:
* an exclusive UNEDITED Whorer commentary track to David Lynch’s 1984 beautiful disasterpiece Dune
* a copy of Dune on DVD with customized fan art to accompany our mind-blowing commentary

Winner will be announced February 17th at Noon CST to coincide with the release of our 50th episode featuring our analysis of Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. At this time we will contact the winner and request a mailing address.

Women in Horror Month, 2014 Edition

Women in Horror Month is back! Here’s what’s brewing at The Whorer this February…

February 3 – Episode 49: Jennifer’s Body (2009)
Is it feminist? Is it not feminist? We’re just itchin’ to see what all the fuss is about!

February 22 – Con Nooga Presentation “When Feminists Attack: Women and Horror Films”
That’s right. We’re gonna be LIVE and in the flesh at Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Con Nooga! What are we gonna talk about? Why, women in horror of course! Here’s the program blurb:

What the heck is a feminist horror film and why the frak should you care? Come find out as we celebrate Women in Horror Month by talking about our favorite women produced horror films/TV shows and characters.

If you happen to be in the Chattanooga area, we’re presenting this awesomeness at 4pm in the Convention Center, Panel Room #10. Maybe if the rest of you bug us, we’ll record and release the audio…

While you wait, here are episodes from our archive focusing on women-made horror along with the PSA we created last year (please note that the Viscera organization is since dissolved *sad face*).

American Mary
American Psycho
Blood Diner & The Oracle
The Commune
The Countess
Ginger Snaps
The Shining
The Slumber Party Massacre
Troll 2
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

The Whorer Awards (2013)

A reprieve! The best of what wasn’t horror this year.

Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers
This film is the only film I saw in 2013 that blew my mind (and yes, I do watch other genres in addition to my usual horror, sci-fi, and fantasy). I loved it instantly and exactly like I loved Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Salo, no afterthought required. I was kind of disturbed by the theater-goers that brought their kids ranging in age from 4-12 years, but then again that’s partly why I loved it. If you watch this movie and think it’s vapid teenage porn glorification you obviously haven’t done much research on Harmony Korine. I mean, do you really think his use of Skrillex is unconscious and just trendy? It’s a social commentary and speaks volumes of truth. This review does a decent job of summing up most of my feelings about Korine’s latest work. – Fem

John Waters’ best of year list in Artforum
Am I going to plug someone else’s best of the year list on my best of the year list? Why the fuck not? As I have said on the show, podcasts like ours are the toilet paper of culture. 90% of the time we are critiquing someone else’s work with someone else’s theory. We are the parasites of the parasites. (That’s a good name for a movie.) So here’s an aging genius’ list. Of the movies that I’ve seen on there, I’ve loved them. As for the rest, I want to see them. There are even a few we could shoehorn into the show. Maybe I am just high on French filth after our Martyrs episode. Regardless, his favorite film was my favorite film – Spring Breakers – which is unsurprisingly absent from all the other middle brow lists this year. He also gives a shout out to Blackfish which is near and dear to Fem’s heart. The only film Waters is missing is the soul crushing The Act of Killing. After watching that you’ll never laugh at any b-movie featuring machetes ever again. The best archival piece I saw this year was Joel DeMott & Jeff Kreine’s Seventeen but that was a 16mm shown as a one off at a music venue so good luck buddy. Are DeMott & Kreines stupid enough to think it would hurt them if that film was on internet? – Meredith Continue reading

Fan Con Safe Zone Presentation Materials (GMX vol. 5)

If you met us at Geek Media Expo, or such things are pertinent to your interests, here are the slides and handout from our Fan Can Safe Zone presentation:

Slides

Handout

Huge wrap-up episode coming next week. We’ll delve deep into every horror panel and our overall experience at Nashville’s best home grown fan con. If you attended and think presentations like ours are important, let GMX know by rating us on the Guidebook App and taking the post-event survey.

Reminder! The Whorer Podcast returns on July 15

In case you’re all like “Where the f— is the new Whorer podcast?!?!”, Fem and Meredith are wrapping up their vacation and will return with a new episode on July 15.

Due to technical difficulties we will be discussing The Craft in lieu of The Burbs. So let’s give a warm welcome to returning stars and 90′s teen dream team Neve Campbell and Skeet Ulrich.

And if you want to brush up on your witch filmography, check out Episode 11 where we discuss the late 60′s/early 70′s Mark of the Devil and Witchfinder General.

Any other witch movies rockin’ your world?

Horror and Hip Hop? New Ghostface Killah

That’s right, folks! Tomorrow (April 16) Adrian Younge and Ghostface Killah will release their album Twelve Reasons to Die - what Younge calls a RZA and Ennio Morricone inspired “score to a vintage, Italian horror film.” And because Fem’s feelings about Ghostface are just as conflicted as hir feelings about Baby in House of 1000 Corpses, The Whorer is going to take a slightly-different-than-usual approach to horror films and discuss this operatic album on next week’s podcast.

Give it a listen and then tune in to Episode 30 of The Whorer podcast on April 22!

February is Women in Horror Month!

In recognition of Women in Horror Month*, The Whorer podcast will dedicate its February episodes to women filmmakers.

February 11 – Episode 25: Jackie Kong and Roberta Findlay
First up, an exploration into the grindhouse works of Jackie Kong and Roberta Findlay. Discussion will focus on Kong’s Blood Diner (1987), Findlay’s The Oracle (1985), and gender politics surrounding the exploitation genre in general.

February 25 – Episode 26: The Commune (2009)
Next, we’ll round out the month with a dissection of Elisabeth Fies’ 2009 film, The Commune. Will we be able to resist comparing it to Robin Hardy’s cult classic, The Wicker Man (1973)? Is that anti Women in Horror Month?

For now, enjoy our PSA and check out our previous episode on the subject. You can also pre-game with our episodes about The Countess, American Psycho, Ginger Snaps, and The Slumber Party Massacre (all written and/or directed by women). And don’t forget to wish us a happy birthday on February 14! We’re turning 1!

*Women in Horror Month is a service provided by the Viscera Organization, a 501(c)3 non profit organization expanding opportunities for contemporary female genre filmmakers and artists by raising awareness about the changing roles for women in the film industry.