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October Horror Series

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    The Haunting of Hill House and a Sense of Belonging

    "No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood for eighty years and might stand for eighty more."

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    The Lady Killers: Considering the Female Killer in Horror

    In contrast to many other genres, horror films have long been hospitable to the concept of the female hero. From Marion Crane to Laurie Strode, Nancy Thompson to Clarice Starling, many of horror's most iconic protagonists have also been women.

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    "It Reaches the Level of Myth" - An Interview with Kimberly Peirce - Director of Carrie

    Kimberly Peirce is taking a stab at reimagining one of the most iconic horror classics, Carrie, which arguably stars one of the best horror heroines in the genre.

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    Woman Seeks Revenge: What's the Purpose of the Rape/Revenge Horror Film?

    If you want to start a spirited debate amongst horror fans, a sure fire topic to bring up is the infamous rape/revenge sub-genre probably best known because of movies like Meir Zarchi's 1978 film I Spit on Your Grave (originally titled: Day of the Woman) or Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left fr...

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    Overcoming Trauma of the Home: Women Gaining Strength in Light of Abuse

    Much has been made by media critics of the propensity of horror movies to fetishize the murder of women - to make them victims, suffering at the hands of brutal forces for their sexual sins. The slasher films of the '70s and '80s as well as their '90s sequels allowed audiences the killer's-eye-view ...

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    The Bad Girls of American Horror Story: TV's Most "Unlikeable" Women

    At the American Horror Story: Coven premiere last weekend, Women and Hollywood asked creator Ryan Murphy how he goes about creating such complex and interesting female characters for the show.

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    The Horror of Coming-of-Age: Subverting the Teen Girl Experience in Film

    Growing up can be a bit of a bloodbath for everyone, regardless of gender. And when it comes to how the actual gory details of the process are portrayed on film, young female characters don't often get the same freedom to explore the dark side of the process that young men do, unless you happen to b...

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