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 last 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
Maleficent
The Shining
The Slumber Party Massacre
Titus
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

Citizenfour
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
Meatloaf_as_Baron_Harkonnen
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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:

Slides

Handout

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!

Upcoming: Geek Girl Con, Geek Media Expo, and Halloween at The Whorer

October’s a busy month for us this year and so we’re going to lay it all out for you:

October 11 & 12: Fem will be representing The Whorer Podcast at Geek Girl Con. Follow along on Twitter – #GGC14 @femfurry @thewhorer. If you’ll be here, make sure you check out “(Not So) Strange Appetites: Women and the Horror Fandom” with Ashlee of Graveyard Shift Sisters.

October 20: We’ll release our Halloween episode and discuss one of the most gruesome films Fem’s ever seen and one that’s undoubtedly influenced the creation of this very podcast – Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Salo or the 120 Days of Sodom.

October 24-26: Both Fem and Meredith will be at Nashville’s Geek Media Expo. Follow along on Twitter – #GMXv6 @thewhorer. If you’ll be here, come to our panels – “When Feminists Attack: Women and Horror Films” and “David Lynch’s Dune: Autopsy of a Hollywood Disasterpiece”

Expect a wrap-up episode of the 2 cons in early November. If you’ll be at either, let us know!

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?