I have a very specific idea of what a good horror movie feels like. It has very little to do with the movie itself — the feeling doesn’t relate to what…
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Something strange is happening with me lately. It feels like an exoskeleton softening, or a mask coming off; it’s the kind of interior psychological pr…
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“Elevated horror” is a contradiction in terms. It comes up every so often, these days, because of the aesthetic promoted by A24 and Blumhouse, or becau…
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I don’t know if there is a way to write about horror without writing about adolescence. So many of the great movies are about terrible things happening…
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Can women ever really be monsters? I mean, I understand that some substantial part of My Deal revolves around finding a way to answer “yes” to this que…
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Two men get into a fistfight outside a gas station within the first 120 seconds of Near Dark. We have no idea what they’re fighting about, only that fi…
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For a while, it seemed like every straight guy I knew liked American Psycho, and they all liked it for the wrong reasons. It was the Phil Collins scene…
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When Jennifer’s Body came out, in 2009, the most “feminist” thing to do was to complain that the two female leads made out with each other. It was such…
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“You’re no hero.” Ravenous is one of the great horror movies about masculinity, and this is its first spoken line of dialogue. By the time we get there…
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I used to watch Black Swan at least once a week, which was odd, given that none of the women I knew could stop talking about how misogynist it was. The…
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There were many things I could have covered for this particular newsletter. I could, for example, have hauled myself out to the movie theater to watch …
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