The Girl With All The Gifts (2016)

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Plot summary: In the near future, a strange fungus has changed nearly everyone into thoughtless, flesh-eating monsters the few survivors call Hungries. When a scientist and a teacher find a girl who seems to be immune to the fungus, they all begin a journey to save humanity.

Trigger/content warnings: This blog entry contains discussions of racism, child abuse and violence. It also contains rampant spoilers for the film version of The Girl With All The Gifts.

In this entry, I discuss how the casting of the British zombie horror film The Girl With All The Gifts makes it work as a parable for black people’s experience of racism.

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Casting a New Spell: Remaking The Craft

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In this entry, I consider the ongoing significance of the teen horror film The Craft, and talk about my wishes for the ideal remake.

Trigger/content warnings: This entry contains discussions of racism (including racist slurs), ableism, misogyny, bullying, mental illness, suicide, self-harm and homophobia.

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Haunter (2013)

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Plot summary: Teenage Lisa Johnson is stuck in a time loop that is not quite the same each time. She must uncover the truth, but her actions have consequences for herself and others.

Trigger/content warnings: This blog entry contains discussion of rape, domestic violence and murder. There are also extensive spoilers for the film Haunter.

In this entry, I discuss girl ghosts, dead girls, domestic violence and the importance of execution over a wholly original premise in the Canadian mystery thriller film Haunter.

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Hide and Seek (2005)

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Plot summary: After the passing of her mother, nine-year-old Emily devises an imaginary friend, Charlie, whose influence over Emily troubles her father. When people close to Emily begin getting hurt, David must ask: is Emily behind this … or is Charlie real?

Trigger/content warnings: This blog entry contains discussions of mental illness, suicide, murder, animal abuse, paedophilia, spousal/family violence and horror themes. There are also heavy spoilers for the film Hide and Seek.

This blog entry discusses the figure of the sinister girl-child and the representation of trauma and mental illness in the 2005 psychological thriller film Hide and Seek.

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