DieDie Books
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by Cory McCullough
3M ago
Independent horror publishing is an essential part of the horror community. Writing about horror promotes the genre and the films that often get overlooked. I’m so excited to announce that I am writing a book! I’ve joined the DieDie Books team to write about the 2009 classic Jennifer’s Body. DieDie Books is an independent series of research-based horror books. Created by filmmakers Rachel Kempf and Nick Toti, DieDie Books has announced its first five books. They are currently fundraising on Kickstarter. I can’t express enough how amazing this experience has been, and how supportive the DieDie ..read more
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Ableism In Horror
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by Cory McCullough
4M ago
Horror loves to tell disability narratives. I covered some of this in my “Visibly Different Villains” piece about how many villains are scarred or disfigured. I wanted to cover ableism in horror, however, because it’s also a hugely prevalent problem plaguing the genre today.  The monster, the other, has always been a part of storytelling, specifically horror storytelling. In classic horror the protagonist is usually a cishet white able-bodied person up against a monstrous other. Mental illness is a frequent reason for murderous behavior in horror. Split suggests that dissociative identit ..read more
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Everything Everywhere All At Once Review
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by Cory McCullough
10M ago
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6710474/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 Everything Everywhere All At Once is absolute incredible insanity. If you’re familiar with Daniels’ work, you’d expect nothing less. Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (both Emerson alums shoutout) have made one of the best and most original films of the past decade. It’s the next Matrix. This movie will blow your mind.  I am going to try not to spoil the film here, but I definitely recommend going in blind. I cannot stress enough how many layers there are to this movie. Quite literally everything happens everywhere in the span of th ..read more
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Supporting Black Filmmakers All Year Long
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by Cory McCullough
1y ago
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4573516/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0 If you’re an indie film fan you have probably noticed the lack of people of color in the independent landscape. A study last year found that only six percent of American films have Black directors. It also found that Black cast and crew members are less likely to be hired when Black filmmakers aren’t working on the project.  Why does this matter? Everyone has a different way of breaking into the film industry, but many actors and filmmakers start with independent films. Whether they want to work in blockbusters or purely independen ..read more
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So Vam: Queer Vampires Bite Back
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by Cory McCullough
1y ago
Kurt in So Vam Alice Maio Mackay’s queer teen vampire film So Vam is a must-watch.  So Vam follows Kurt, a queer teen drag queen in a small town. Kurt gets turned into a vampire by a predatory older vampire named Landon who targets Kurt and his friends. April, the iconic it-girl vampire, saves Kurt and teaches him the vampire ways. Kurt gets his found family with the vampires, they love him for who he is and never ask him to be different. The film balances humor and horror flawlessly and is so much fun!  So Vam is a beautiful take on what it’s like to grow up queer. It showcases the ..read more
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“Halloween Girl” Interview With Richard T. Wilson
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by Cory McCullough
1y ago
I recently got the chance to interview Emmy-award-winning Writer-Filmmaker Richard T. Wilson on his latest work, “Halloween Girl.” “Halloween Girl” is a horror graphic novel adaptation of Richard’s “Halloween Girl” short film inspired by his horror web series Under the Flowers. “Halloween Girl” follows teenage ghost Charlotte and her friend Poe as they battle The Hollow, an evil secret society. The novel is an absolute blast and has some really exciting things in store for its readers.  It definitely feels nostalgic and pulls inspiration from classic black and white horror comics. I real ..read more
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Good For Her Horror
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by Cory McCullough
1y ago
Is there anything better than revenge (fictional revenge that is)? It’s often empowering to watch a victim get back at their abuser. There’s been a particular spike in a certain type of revenge film over the past decade: “Good for her.”  The subgenre was named after Lucile Bluth’s iconic line in Arrested Development when she responds to a news story about a mother rolling her child-filled car into a lake with a resounding, “good for her!” Good for her movies have been praised for their feminist portrayals of women overpowering their opressors. They often consist of a woman going through ..read more
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Guest Article: Trick-Or-Treating Safety Tips for Halloween 2021
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by Elizabeth Shelby
1y ago
Author’s Bio: Elizabeth Shelby is an author of several coloring books and at her own blog at letscolorimaginations.com . Also a mom and pediatric nurse, Elizabeth Shelby’s heart is close to kids and often writes content for the benefit of kids and parents. In her blog, you can find content mostly about childhood development through coloring as well as the benefits both kids and parents can get out of the fun activity of coloring. As Halloween nears, kids are excited for trick-or-treating—daydreaming about possible costume ideas and candy. Parents, on the other hand, may feel worried about the ..read more
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Satan’s Servant Interview
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by Cory McCullough
1y ago
Over the weekend I was able to interview the co-directors of Screenager Productions’ new film Satan’s Servant. Jack McDermott (writer, co-director) and Ethan Gomez Zahnley (co-director, cinematographer) are two California teens that made this independent slasher during quarantine. Satan’s Servant is a killer first feature for Screenager Productions that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of horror filmmaking. Gen-Z is taking over.   Why did you start screenager productions? J- So me and Sean, who plays Tyler in the movie and made the score, we started Screenager Productions in eigh ..read more
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Queer Representation in MTV’s Scream
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by Cory McCullough
1y ago
Bi-curious icon Audrey Jensen. Horror fans seem to have conflicting views of MTV’s Scream TV series. Personally, it’s one of my favorite shows and was a 12-year-old me’s introduction to slashers. Scream MTV was also the first time I’d ever seen a Bisexual lead in a show. Audrey Jenson transformed what queer representation could look like in teen television.  Audrey gets outed by the school mean girl and is mercilessly teased by her peers. Audrey doesn’t let this bullying get to her, instead she holds her head up high and challenges their comments. Even with multiple people harassing her ..read more
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