“Barbarian” is a Dark and Twisted Well of Terror

With a seemingly endless series of twists and turns, each as dark as the cavernous hallway at its center, Barbarian manages to be both a terrifying mystery and one of the most enjoyable cinematic experiences of the year....

Women, Wine, and Watching from the Window

The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window wears it’s inspirations on its sleeve. Directly spoofing both 2016’s The Girl on the Train and 2021’s The Woman in the Window, the Netflix series follows Anna (Kristen Bell), a troubled woman who drunkenly witnesses...

Evolution of a Final Girl

I love Final Girls. This term, coined by Carol Clover in her book Men, Women, and Chainsaws, describes the last character, usually female, left alive in a slasher film. Ever since watching Sidney Prescott in Scream, I’ve been enamored with these strong women and the many shapes they’ve taken...

I Am Laurie Strode: Trauma Touches Us All

Halloween was one of the most eagerly anticipated films of 2018. A direct sequel to the original 1978 film, it continues the story of Laurie Strode 40 years after her attack at the hands of Michael Myers. The announcement that Jaime Lee Curtis would be reprising her role only...

Mommie Dearest and the Dangerous Ideal of Motherhood

Mother’s Day is traditionally viewed as a joyous celebration. Filled with brunches, long-distance phone calls, and flowers, it’s a day to honor the women who gave us life, then sacrificed their own to raise us. But the reality is far more complicated. For many, the second Sunday in May...