Upcoming: Halloween at The Whorer! #Geekoween

Podcasts, live-tweets, and cons, oh my! Here’s how we’re celebrating the holiday:

October 12: Do you desire the most exquisite of pleasures? Experience the depths of hell as we attempt to solve the puzzle box that is Hellraiser. Fem’s been saving this episode special for Halloween so we hope you’ll consent to listening!


October 18 & 22: Fem tests her limits by marathon live-tweeting Hellraisers 2-9 (all currently available on Netflix instant), but over a period of 2 days because: sanity. Want to join in or be a witness to hir pain? Use / follow the hashtag #whorerdoeshell. Here’s the plan:

Sunday, October 18: Day One
Hellbound: Hellraiser 2
9:00AM    Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth
11:00AM  Hellraiser: Bloodline   
2:00PM    Hellraiser: Inferno

Thursday, October 22: Day Two
2:00PM    Hellraiser: Hellseeker   
4:00PM    Hellraiser: Deader
7:00PM   Hellraiser: Hellworld   
9:00PM   Hellraiser: Revelations


October 30-November 1: In what’s basically become tradition, both members of the Whorer cult will be getting into con shenanigans at 2015’s Geek Media Expo, appropriately scheduled to coincide with Halloween!  This will be our 4th year attending and although we are not participating in any panels this time, we’re still participating as press. Follow our adventures on Twitter – #geekoween @thewhorer. Fem will be cosplaying as Bo from Lost Girl. Find us and say hi! Our recap episode will post November 9.

Revisit the #NaFF14 Graveyard Shift on Netflix Instant

In 2 weeks we’ll review all the films we watched at this year’s Nashville Film Festival. In the meantime, revisit our coverage from last year and have your own mini film festival – 4 of the 8 titles discussed are streaming on Netflix:

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The gist: Selfish moms dreaming of child murder meet violent lesbians. Plus, an appearance by dude-bro husband Joe Swanberg. Think the horrors of feticide.





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Women in Horror Month, 2015 Edition

It’s back! Celebrations abound for this year’s Women in Horror Month. Here’s how we’re participating:

February 9 – Episode 73: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
We’re hittin’ everything hot in 2014! A couple of months ago it was Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook and next month it’s Ana Lily Amirpour’s A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Enjoy our interest in new horror while it lasts.

To tide you over, check out our brand new special Women in Horror Month PSA (below)! Plus these episodes from the archives focusing on women-made horror, including this month’s official pre-game episode on Julie Taymor’s Titus:

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

The Whorer Awards (2014)

To prove that we have lives outside of horror, here are our best-of-2014 choices:

In Music
Laibach’s Jesus Christ Superstar was released back in 1996, but it dominated my world in 2014 as the thing most listened to during my travels / commutes. Ever since watching Nymphomaniac and hearing Rammstein’s “Fuhre Miche,” I’ve had the Laibach itch and have clung to this particular piece of work. Maybe because I’m all too familiar with the broadway musical, but I guess more so just because I’m a perverted immature heathen.

Jesus Christ Superstar is an obsession, but FKA twigs is a passion. After discovering her and her album, LP1, the experience prompted me to tweet this:

And then as luck would have it, her tour brought her to Nashville! Regretting the time I skipped Grimes, I bought tickets 3 months in advance. It’s easily the best consumer decision I made in 2014.

P.S. Meredith cast FKA twigs in the role of Chani in his version of DUNE The Musical.Fem

This documentary about the breaking of the NSA surveillance story by the person who broke it, filmmaker Laura Poitras, is visceral cinema verite – as emotionally cutting as it is historically relevant. Facts about mass surveillance are well known (thanks to Poitras) but the dramatic arc of this story is the transformation of Glenn Greenwald from skeptic to believer. The final scene is a heart stab. When the credits rolled the theater was a blackhole of hopelessness, a communal emotional void-space. I hadn’t experienced anything like that in a theater since The Act of Killing. (Checkout last year’s Whorer Awards) Perhaps the only thing more hopeless is the apathy of the American public. Of specific interest to The Whorer is Poitras’ list of free software tools used in the making of the movie. At least one of those tools has since been compromised. This is of specific interest to The Whorer because without free software this website and all its content would not be possible. The tools Poitras mentions though are not creative tools but tools that protect users’ right to privacy. Without such tools, Poitras would have been unable to complete Citizenfour. She’s been on a government watchlist and her computers are routinely seized and searched since the release of her film My Country, My Country.  This film was critical of the second Iraq War. Early in The Whorer, I asserted feminism and free software are part of the same project; i.e., peace and justice. Citizenfour is evidence of this. Now I feel guilty for using (abusing?) a movie that has genuine historical significance to put a feather in my Cap of Self-Righteousness. Sometimes you can see me on the street, wearing it, mansplaining things to people. – Meredith Continue reading

Casting DUNE The Musical

First, I want to thank everyone that came out for my Lynch’s DUNE: Autopsy of a Hollywood Disasterpiece presentation at GMX. One mistake  I made was saying the re-themed Dune boardgame, Rex: Final Days of Empire, was set in the Warhammer 40k universe. It is set in Fantasy Flight Games own Twilight Imperium universe. If you noticed any other mistakes please leave them in the comments.

Second, I want to thank @jshawhan for retweeting
which set this all in motion.

And of course there have been changes since the day of the presentation because my brain is a swarm of wasps. Let’s go:

Meat_LoafBaron Harkonnen – Meat Loaf
Yes. YES. I’m pretty sure he already did this at some Mitt Romney rallies last election cycle.
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When Feminists Attack Presentation Materials (GMX 2014)

Thanks to all the awesome folks who came out to our presentations at Geek Media Expo this past weekend.

Access our slides and the handout for When Feminists Attack: Women and Horror Films below:



More to come on Meredith’s panel, David Lynch’s DUNE: Autopsy of a Hollywood Disaster Piece, later.

Next week we’ll be wrapping up both our experiences at Geek Media Expo and Fem’s experience at Geek Girl Con in a great big CONtober episode. Don’t miss it!