Looking at Speculative Fiction from Another Dimension.

Dumb Dudes Die While Leading Ladies Live… Ah, the Sexism of Horror

From Horror Hacker:  When I mention the trite phrase that horror movies are horribly sexist, I bet some female readers of this column shout an instant, fist-pumping “Preach on!” When I clarify that horror movies are horribly sexist against men, that’s when those same ladies decide that this preacher actually spews misogynistic lies. The prevailing belief is that horror flicks are sexist and that the targets are women. But if you do the basic math, the sexism is against men.Let’s look at this from a scientific perspective, and by “scientific” I mean in light of the theories of that early legend of science, Charles Darwin. Maybe you’ve heard of him? He’s the guy who coined that pesky phrase “survival of the fittest.” If only the fittest survive, and most horror movies feature a “final girl,” then what does that say about the genre’s stance on men? Or let’s go at this issue another way: Do you actually think horror movies portray females as weak? Tell that to Halloween’s Laurie Strode. Tell that to Scream’s Sidney Prescott.The winner of any fight is the one left standing — no one cares how you survive, as long as you do. If that survival comes wrapped in screaming, crying, pleading, more crying, running, a little more screaming, tripping, not being able to put the car keys in the lock and then finally sticking a knife in a bad guy? Yeah, you still won. So I don’t care how “weak” a final girl may look, if she’s the one who walks away, she’s the survivor and therefore the fittest. Read the rest at the link below: via AMC – Blogs – Horror Hacker – Scott Sigler – Dumb Dudes Die While Leading Ladies Live… Ah, the Sexism of...

Horror Hacker – Stacie Ponder – Cujo Knows a Dog Is Man's Best Fiend

From Horror Hacker by Final Girl/Stacie Ponder: “Cat people” and “dog people” will argue until the end of time about which make better companions; cat people think dogs are dumb, dog people think cats are sneaky, untrustworthy jerks. When it comes to horror movies, though, there’s no debate: Dogs win, paws down. Cats may have a spookier reputation in real life, but on screen the canine competition gets all the glory; they’re louder and their teeth are bigger, after all. Here are some fiendish Fido-flavored flicks (I can’t believe I just wrote that) that may cause you to switch sides in the pet wars. The Breed Though riddled with stereotypical (and largely stupid) characters, corny one-liners and a bad case of explaining-too-much-itis, The Breed is still a better movie than you’d expect. A group of college students are spending the weekend on an island that happens to be home to a research laboratory… and here come the angry, genetically-mutated doggies! A familiar setup, sure. But the action is fierce and the dogs are 100 percent D-O-G. CGI be damned! Cujo Based on the novel by Stephen King, Cujo is the mack daddy of all killer dog movies, in no small part thanks to the fact that it stars scream queen Dee Wallace. Even though — or, perhaps, because — the action is largely confined to the area in and around the car in which one big, slobber hell hound has trapped Donna Trenton (Wallace) and her young son, Tad (Danny Pintauro), it’s tense and horrifying all the way through. Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell No, the titular Devil Dog isn’t a delicious chocolaty snack cake — he’s the canine spawn of Satan! Or something like that, anyway. See, a bunch of Satanists decide the best way to take over the world is to unleash a pack of German Shepherd puppies infused with devil-tastic badness. When smitten families bring home the adorable little buggers, the pups will hypnotize people into becoming Satanists! What can I say? It’s a complicated and clumsy plan… but who cares? This 1978 made-for-TV flick stars the kids from the Witch Mountain movies and is every bit as silly as...

Final Girl: When Serial Killers Go From Real to Reel

From Horror Hacker @ AMC Blogs: One of the foremost arguments against horror movies is that they desensitize people to real-life violence. There may be some truth to that, but not for me. While man’s inhumanity to man depresses me, I find the aberrant human mind fascinating. I’ve spent years watching Jason Voorhees go nuts with his machete, but I don’t want to be “entertained” by footage of real-life murder. I watch some crime shows, I read some true crime books and I talk with people who like the remake of April Fool’s Day better than the original. It’s sociological: What makes these wackadoos tick? That may be an unanswerable question, but filmmakers have tried for years to open a window into the serial-murdering mind. While the accuracy and inspiration may vary from movie to movie, there’s no denying that these reel killers are more frightening than Freddy Krueger could ever be, because they’re all real. Ed Gein “The Butcher of Plainfield” may have inspired more cinematic psycho killers than any other murderer, and with good reason: When police searched his property in connection with the disappearance of a local woman named Bernice Worden, the first thing they found was her body strung up in his barn, gutted like a deer carcass. More horrors waited inside Gein’s farmhouse: He’d been stealing corpses from a local cemetery and… well, literally decorating with viscera. Lampshades, masks and shade pulls made from human skin, skulls used as soup bowls… Gein was judged insane (you think?) and committed to a Wisconsin psychiatric hospital. He died of cancer-related heart failure in 1984. Films: Psycho (1960), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Deranged (1974), Ed Gein (2000), Ed Gein: The Butcher of Plainfield (2007). Click the link below for more. via AMC – Blogs – Horror Hacker – Stacie Ponder – When Serial Killers Go From Real to...

The Haunted Birthday of Elvira! (Sept. 17th)

From Final Girl: Happy Birthday, Elvira! Long may your haunted hills…err…wave.She rules, plain and simple! Here’s an interview I did with her…man, I had to work to control myself so I wouldn’t geek out severely. I miss Movie Macabre like nobody’s business. via Final Girl: Happy Birthday, Elvira!. (Streebo’s Note: Belated Happy Birthday from the Mutantville Players to Elvira and the foxiest set of lungs to ever scream her way across the...