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Eat 'Em All: Talking the Piranha Franchise

Think Jaws is the scariest reason to stay out of the water? Well, think again! In today’s episode, we’re deep diving into the Piranha franchise. A glorious mixture of exploitation and, at times, shockingly relevant social critique, Piranha is often dismissed as an uninspired parody but does it deserve that label? We’re breaking it all down on today’s episode so stay tuned!


Senior Scares: Our Top 10 Favorite "Old" Characters in Horror (Bonus Episode)

Spinsters, witches, and hags, oh my! In many films, aging is a transgressive state but what does it mean to be "old" in horror and why are these characters more often than not female? In today's bonus episode, we're celebrating May being Older Americans Month by counting down our top ten favorite elderly characters in horror!


Retro Dread: Talking The Final Girls (2015) and Summer of 84 (2018)

It's a totally bitchin' two for one on this episode of Horror Homeroom Conversations in which we head back to the 1980s with Todd Strauss-Schulson’s The Final Girls (2015) and François Simard, Anouk Whissell and Yoann-Karl Whissell’s Summer of 84 (2018). Criminally underrated, both films deploy depictions of nostalgia in order to reflect and then disrupt audience expectation of Reagan's America. In doing so, each film reveals a surprising depth that challenges horror film conventions.


Eco-Horror: Our Top 10 Movies (Bonus Episode)

In honor of Earth Day, Gwen and Liz are counting down their top 10 picks for the best of the best in eco-horror. We're covering B-movie creature features, low budget "trash" films, harrowing contagion movies, and so much more!


Erasing Empathy: Talking Pet Sematary (2019)

The Horror Homeroom crew rarely agrees completely on a film but in this case, we're unanimous in our criticism of the latest adaptation of Stephen King's 'Pet Sematary.' From its privileging of male grief via the systematic erasure of adult female characters to its deeply misguided use of the Wendigo, this film had us wondering if perhaps dead is better when it comes to horror remakes.


1970s Horror: Our Top 10 Movies (Bonus Episode)

1970s horror was a wild ride of gritty realism, nudity, questionable production quality, and original storytelling. It was also the era in which former A list stars popped up with alarming frequency. In this bonus episode, we're ranking our top 10 favorite films from the decade.


Doppelgängers of Death: Talking Us (2019)

Jordan Peele’s Us has inspired a multitude of think pieces dissecting everything from its ridiculously good soundtrack to its striking visuals to its very open to interpretation plot. While few would argue its status as an interesting film, does that make it a good horror movie? We’re a divided crew on this episode of Horror Homeroom Conversations!


1990s Horror: Our Top 10 Movies (Bonus Episode)

On this bonus episode of Horror Homeroom Conversations, we’re journeying back to the time of Bill Clinton, grunge and Barney the dinosaur. An admittedly divisive era in American horror film, the 1990s gave us a number of unforgettable films whose cultural impact is still being felt. Whether you consider the decade the boring counterpart to the 1980s or whether you dig the referential humor that marked the period, there is something for everyone on today’s episode so stay tuned!


Breaking & Entering: Talking The People Under the Stairs (1991) & Don't Breathe (2016)

In this episode of Horror Homeroom Conversations, we’re delving into the connective tissue that links Wes Craven’s 1991 The People Under the Stairs with Fede Álvarez’s 2016 Don’t Breathe. While both films feature protagonists breaking into homes only to discover unexpected horrors, do they send similar messages? And how do the urban environments depicted in the films factor into that messaging? We’re breaking it all down on today’s episode so stay tuned!


1980s Horror: Our Top 10 Movies (Bonus Episode)

In this bonus episode, we've challenged ourselves to do the impossible: we're ranking our top 10 horror movies from the 80s!


Appropriating Aokigahara?: Talking The Forest (2016)

Directed by Jason Zada, The Forest is ostensibly the journey of a young woman who travels across the world to find her twin sister who has gone missing. But lurking beneath this benign narrative is a complicated web of PTSD, trauma, and grief. Situated in Aokigahara, a place in Japan known internationally as The Suicide Forest, the film borrows liberally from Japanese mythology but should it? In this episode, the Horror Homeroom crew considers The Forest’s place within the natural horror...


Horror Homeroom Conversations: Our Top 10 (Bonus Episode)

Need some cinematic inspiration for a snowy day? The Horror Homeroom crew has got you covered! In this bonus episode, we're sharing our list of top 10 horror films.


Feminist Exploitation?: Talking Slumber Party Massacre (1982)

It's Women in Horror Month and we're taking on Amy Holden Jones' THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE (1982). Both adored and reviled, this cult classic consistently divides audiences. Is it feminist? Is it exploitative? Can it be both? Today the Horror Homeroom crew is weighing in on those questions as well as asking whether death by a 12-inch drill can ever be anything other than phallic.


Transgressing Grief: Talking Pet Sematary (1989)

Love it or hate it, Pet Sematary (1989) remains one of the most controversial entries in the Stephen King cinematic oeuvre. Today we are diving into this controversial take of grief and looking at all the ways in which the movie transgresses against cultural taboos. Do the movie’s most shocking moments still hold up? The entire Horror Homeroom crew is here and we’re talking Jud’s questionable nature, what Zelda brings to the story, whether we should be watching the movie as folk horror and...


The Pro-Sex Slasher: Talking Black Christmas (1974)

Holiday horror is a mixed bag. For every acknowledged gem (Rare Exports, Better Watch Out), there exist some seriously awful yuletide tales (Santa Claws, To All A Good Night). Occasionally though, a film will get it so right that it establishes a template for the films that followed. Such is the case with the cult classic BLACK CHRISTMAS(1974). Criminally overlooked, this film by Bob Clark is typically recognized for establishing some of the most well-known tropes of the slasher genre. But...


Frankenstein in a Corset: A Conversation about The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The comedy-horror hybrid can be a tricky genre to get right. This is especially true of those films that attempt to leverage well known monsters. And while names such as Dracula and Werewolf pop up fairly frequently in these types of films, it is The Creature from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein that offers arguably the most interesting template from which to draw inspiration. While some films focus primarily on achieving humor (Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, I Was a Teenage...