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Friday the 13th (1980) | Episode #71

Friday the 13th (1980) | Episode #71

May 13, 2022

In this episode published on Friday May 13, 2022, hosts Katherine Troyer and Toni Tresca turn to a new franchise... That's right, we discuss the film that started it all: the 1980 horror slasher film Friday the 13th.

Episode Highlights: We talk about the great use of practical effects and the terrific music of this film. We examine how this film explores issues of gender--from its depiction of Alice as a final girl, to its surprising lack of gendered violence, to the consequence of having a slasher film where the final showdown is between two women. Looking at the film's location, we look at how Friday the 13th establishes itself within an existing conversation in American culture about the fear of the wilderness and what looks there. And we discuss whether or not this film should be classified as affirmative or disaffirmative. 

A Dose of Scholarship: We highly encourage you to check out Horror Homeroom's first special issue: "Friday the 13th at 40," which we reference in this episode. We also discussed James B. Weaver III's 1990 article "Are 'Slasher' Films Sexually Violent? A Content Analysis;" Hayley McCullough's 2019 article "Evaluating the Integrative Complexity of Main Characters in Horror Films;" and the 2015 article "Embodying the Moral Code? Thirty Years of Final Girls in Slasher Films" by Angela Weaver, Dana Menard, Christine Cabrera, and Angela Taylor.  

 

This podcast episode first aired on May 13, 2022.

Who is amazing? Jackson O'Brien: the editor of this podcast episode!

 

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5.10.22 Play-by-Plays | Bleeder Boards Monster MAYhem

5.10.22 Play-by-Plays | Bleeder Boards Monster MAYhem

May 11, 2022

This is an audio recounting of the battle play-by-plays that went live on May 10, 2022. The battles included are:

Merry Barrett vs. Angela Vidal (Final Girls Bracket)

Ash Williams vs. Needy Lesnicki (Final Girls Bracket)

Brady Hartsfield vs. Jack Torrance (Stephen King Bracket)

Happy Toyz Truck vs. Henry Bowers (Stephen King Bracket)

the ghosts vs. the strangers (Monster Crews Bracket)

Firefly family vs. Jupiter clan (Monster Crews Bracket)

piranhas vs. Judas' Breed cockroaches (Creatures of the Deep Bracket)

spiders vs. Gill-Man (Creatures of the Deep Bracket)

You can read these battle play-by-plays (and find links to all references resources) at bit.ly/3P53CP4.

You can also find more information about the resources mentioned at bit.ly/3ytO5m8

You can follow along in the official game bracket at bit.ly/3PaoOmD.

ALL LINKS  Twitter/Instagram: @NightmarePod1; YouTube: Such a NightmareEmail: suchanightmare.pod@gmail.com; Website: suchanightmare.com

Monster MAYhem is a public humanities project created and directed by Katherine A. Troyer, PhD. An incredible team of Trinity students, staff, and faculty; artists, horror creators and lovers, web designers, and social media gurus made this project possible. This work was supported by The Humanities Collective, The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Comparative Literature program, and the Communication department at Trinity University (in San Antonio, TX).

Credits for the music: BlueJay Studio — "Haunted House-No Ghost Version" — Provided by Jamendo 

5.9.22 Play-by-Plays | Bleeder Boards Monster MAYhem

5.9.22 Play-by-Plays | Bleeder Boards Monster MAYhem

May 10, 2022

This is an audio recounting of the battle play-by-plays that went live on May 9, 2022. The battles included are:

Pamela Vorhees vs. Laurie Strode (Final Girls Bracket)

Erin Harson vs. Sally Hardesty (Final Girls Bracket)

Pennywise vs. Billy Nolan (Stephen King Bracket)

Annie Wilkes vs. Mrs. Carmody (Stephen King Bracket)

the Armitage family vs. the Podowoski clan (Monster Crews Bracket)

Alaskan vampires vs. Sawyer family (Monster Crews Bracket)

merpeople vs. MaryBeth Louise Hutchinson (Creatures of the Deep Bracket)

parasytes vs. crawlers (Creatures of the Deep Bracket)

You can read these battle play-by-plays (and find links to all references resources) at bit.ly/3P53CP4.

You can also find more information about the resources mentioned at bit.ly/3ytO5m8

You can follow along in the official game bracket at bit.ly/3PaoOmD.

ALL LINKS  Twitter/Instagram: @NightmarePod1; YouTube: Such a NightmareEmail: suchanightmare.pod@gmail.com; Website: suchanightmare.com

Monster MAYhem is a public humanities project created and directed by Katherine A. Troyer, PhD. An incredible team of Trinity students, staff, and faculty; artists, horror creators and lovers, web designers, and social media gurus made this project possible. This work was supported by The Humanities Collective, The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Comparative Literature program, and the Communication department at Trinity University (in San Antonio, TX).

Credits for the music: BlueJay Studio — "Haunted House-No Ghost Version" — Provided by Jamendo 

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) | Episide #70

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014) | Episide #70

May 9, 2022

In this episode, hosts Katherine Troyer and Toni Tresca discuss the 2014 American Persian-language horror/Western film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night.

Episode Highlights: We examine how the film constructs the power of the Girl and turns the concept of monstrosity on its head by having the Girl embody many traditionally passive, feminine behaviors. We explore the ways that the film engages in spaces and identities that are liminal, hybrid, and at the margins. We talk about the background of and interviews with the director/writer Ana Lily Amirpour and how this film fits into a larger narrative about Iranian Diaspora. And we look at how the film uses the chader as both mask and cape, to create a narrative about women, hunger, and power.

A Dose of Scholarship: We look at the 2015 Electric Sheep interview with Ana Lily Amirpour; Jude Ellison S. Doyle's 2017 Medium piece on "Hunger: Female Directors and the Rise of Girl-Cannibal Horror;" Emily Edwards' article "Searching for a Room of One's Own: Rethinking the Iranian Diaspora in 'Persepolis,' 'Shahs of Sunset,' and "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night';" Zahra Khosroshahi's "Vampires, Jinn and the Magical in Iranian Horror Films" in Frames Cinema Journal; and Shadee Abdi and Bernadette Marie Calafell "Queer Utopias and a (Feminist) Iranian Vampire: A Critical Analysis of Resistive Monstrosity in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night."  

 

This podcast episode first aired on May 9, 2022.

This episode was edited by the one, the only Jackson O'Brien!

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Tender is the Flesh (2017) | Episode #69

Tender is the Flesh (2017) | Episode #69

April 25, 2022

In this episode, hosts Katherine Troyer and Toni Tresca discuss the 2017 Argentine novel Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica. 

Episode Highlights: We examine the explicitness of this novel and argue that, while admittedly intense and overwhelming, the vivid and gory descriptions are critical to the novel's source of horror: how easily the characters of the book accept this world. In particular, we talk about how the novel uses its gruesome scenes to center cannibalism in a way that speaks to real-world issues of animal cruelty and the meat industry. We look at several key scenes of the book, including Marcos' trips to the zoo, and how Bazterrica uses these quiet moments as effectively as the bloodiest moments. And we discuss the character of Marcos, particularly in those final moments of the book. 

A Dose of Scholarship: We draw much of our framework from Kevin J. Wetmore Jr.'s Bram Stoker nominated 2021 book Eaters of the Dead: Myths and Realities of Cannibal Monsters

 

This podcast episode first aired on April 25, 2022.

This episode was edited by the delightful Jackson O'Brien!

ALL LINKS  Twitter/Instagram: @NightmarePod1; YouTube: Such a NightmareEmail: suchanightmare.pod@gmail.com; Website: suchanightmare.com

 

 

Introduction to Monster MAYhem | Monster MAYhem 2022

Introduction to Monster MAYhem | Monster MAYhem 2022

April 21, 2022

Such a Nightmare co-host Katherine Troyer introduces a project over a year in the making: Monster MAYhem!

 

What is Monster MAYhem you ask? Listen to Katherine explain more about this interactive bracket-style tournament that will run throughout the month of May 2022. (But good news--you can start getting ready NOW!)

 

Ready to start playing? Want to know more? Go to: suchanightmare.com/monster-mayhem/

 

This episode released April 21, 2022.

 

ALL LINKS  Twitter/Instagram: @NightmarePod1; YouTube: Such a NightmareEmail: suchanightmare.pod@gmail.com; Website: suchanightmare.com

 

Monster MAYhem is a public humanities project created and directed by Katherine A. Troyer, PhD. An incredible team of Trinity students, staff, and faculty; artists, horror creators and lovers, web designers, and social media gurus made this project possible. This work was supported by The Humanities Collective, The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Comparative Literature program, and the Communication department at Trinity University (in San Antonio, TX).

Credits for the music: BlueJay Studio — "Haunted House-No Ghost Version" — Provided by Jamendo

Scream 4 (2011) | Episode #68

Scream 4 (2011) | Episode #68

April 10, 2022

In this episode, hosts Katherine Troyer and Toni Tresca conclude their exploration of Wes Craven's meta-franchise as they discuss the 2011 horror film Scream 4

Episode Highlights: We examine how this film speaks to a new decade's fears and concerns as it situates the familiar Scream saga into a post-9/11, social media-saturated, technology-driven world. Surprisingly for once, we are fully on-board for the cold openings and we talk about how they contribute meaningful to the bigger themes of the film. We celebrate Sidney's command that we don't mess with the original and the ways that this message resonates with the larger remake culture that preys on our nostalgia for the original text even as it asks us to prefer the new text. And finally we ask whether or not someone can be a final girl if they fabricate their own trauma.   

A Dose of Scholarship: We reference Alexandra West's book The 1990s Teen Horror Cycle as well as Taylor Cole's essay "Technology, Media, and the Slasher Formula in Scream 4," which can be found in the "The Neo-Slasher" special of Horror Homeroom, available here.

 

This podcast episode first aired on April 10, 2022.

This episode was edited by the terrific Jackson O'Brien!

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Raw (2016) | Episode #67

Raw (2016) | Episode #67

March 25, 2022

In this episode, hosts Katherine Troyer and Toni Tresca discuss Julia Ducournau's 2016 film Raw (French title: Grave). 

Episode Highlights: We talk about the ways that this film exemplifies the concept of liminality, from its depictions of places between places (like the basement rave spot) to its moments between moments (like how much of the film happens at dawn or dusk). We also look how setting the film during a period of bizutage (French for 'hazing') allows Ducournau to explore the fine lines between acceptable and taboo, normative and trangressive. And we think about how this film crafts a complicated and beautifully horrific relationship between sisters.


A Dose of Scholarship: In this episode we discuss Ursula de Leeuw's essay "‘A kiss is the beginning of cannibalism’: Julia Ducournau’s Raw and Bataillean Horror." We also discuss Martine Beugnet and Emmanuelle Delanoë-Brun's article "Raw Becomings: Bodies, Discipline and Control in Julia Ducornau’s Grave."

This podcast episode first aired on March 25, 2022.

We totally forgot to say it in the episode, but once again credit for editing goes to the illustrious Jackson O'Brien!

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Dani Bethea | Interview (2022) | Eerie Extras

Dani Bethea | Interview (2022) | Eerie Extras

March 19, 2022

In this very exciting Eerie Extra, co-hosts Katherine Troyer and Toni Tresca talk with horror journalist and scholar Dani Bethea. We discuss why horror matters and why it deserves (and continues to deserve) our critical attention even as it routinely breaks the bodies of people with disenfranchised or marginalized identities. Dani explains their process for picking topics to write about, shares what they fear in real life (and how this infuses into their writing), and drops some hints about upcoming projects.

 

DANI BETHEA (she/they/them) is the former Editor-in-Chief of We Are Horror Magazine. Find them across an expanse of panels, podcasts, Medium publications  cinéSPEAK, Gayly Dreadful, Uppercut Crit, and more. They will be a featured cast member in Mental Health and Horror: A Documentary (2022).  Find them on Twitter Wherethe HorrorResides@thedanibethea

 

This interview occurred on March 6, 2022; the episode first aired on March 19, 2022.

 

Twitter/Instagram: @NightmarePod1; YouTube: Such a Nightmare channelEmail: suchanightmare.pod@gmail.com; ALL LINKS

Scream 3 (2000) | Episode #66

Scream 3 (2000) | Episode #66

March 18, 2022

In this episode, hosts Katherine Troyer and Toni Tresca continue their foray into the franchise as they discuss the 2000 horror film Scream 3

Episode Highlights: We explore how the film's decision to move to Hollywood complicates the film greatly. One the one hand, it gives us an awesome scene (when Sidney is being chased by Ghost Face in the film set version of the house) and allows us to consider what is 'real'; on the other hand, it makes it harder for the audience to connect/relate to this strange and foreign world of Tinsel Town. And of course by moving the story to Hollywood, Craven can return to one of his favorite monsters: the industry itself. We talk about our feelings about Scream 3's Ghost Face Killer and share what we enjoyed from this film and what we would have liked to have seen. 

A Dose of Scholarship: While there is not a lot of scholarship specifically on Scream 3, we encourage you to go back and look at the scholarship we discussed in our episode of the original Scream film. 

This podcast episode first aired on March 18, 2022.

This episode was once again edited by Jackson O'Brien (huzzah!!).

Twitter/Instagram: @NightmarePod1; YouTube: Such a Nightmare channelEmail: suchanightmare.pod@gmail.com; ALL LINKS

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