Julia Ducournau’s directorial debut Raw follows 16-year-old Justine as she attempts to navigate the complexities of becoming a woman alongside her newfound and unconventional desires. Coming from a high-achieving family of entirely vets and vegetarians, Justine is ready to start her first year at vet school, where her older sister, Alexia, also studies. During some time-honoured and intense hazing rituals, the ‘rookies’ are drenched in pigs’ blood (Carrie, anyone?) and forced to eat raw rabbit kidneys as a form of initiation. After eating meat for the first time, unexpected consequences emerge as Justine is overcome with an all-consuming craving for human flesh. Continue reading Flesh and Femininity: How Body Horror in Raw Externalises Female Sexual Awakening
To anyone that knows me, it would be very surprising to hear that I was planning on watching a horror film, let alone heading to the cinema on the very day of IT Chapter 2’s release. It was one thing to watch the first film from the comfort of my own sofa in broad daylight, but very much another to head to a late showing of the sequel in the cinema! Yet there I was. Continue reading Review: IT Chapter Two
With the temperature taking a dive and the leaves continuing to drop off the trees, this week is the perfect time to curl up inside with a good book and lose yourself in a story. For Halloween season, I’ve put together a list of the best Gothic literature to get your fangs into and keep you on the edge of your seat! Continue reading Gothic Lit Picks for Halloween
Let me make one thing clear: living on the ground floor on Halloween is one of the worst decisions a wimp like me could make. Clowns (this is in both a literal and figurative sense) have great fun poking their heads around the side of my windows and I have great fun closing them all. Before I do that though, I like to have a look at the amazing variety of costumes people have put together. Hand-sewn outfits and face paint that looks like it took hours – they look absolutely amazing. However, for all of those people who are in it for the sesh and nothing but the sesh, it can be a little hard to dress up when you know that it’s going to peel off like a soggy sponge when the night’s over. Here are five low-effort costume ideas that might come in handy. Continue reading 5 Low Effort Halloween Costumes
There’s a chill in the air, the leaves are falling off the trees, and I can’t find my way home from a 6:30 lecture without a needing a torch. That’s right, it’s officially stay-in and watch a horror movie season. Here are my favourite horror picks for everyone to watch this Halloween! Continue reading Halloween Horror Films
I used to believe in the ghost stories. When you’re a child, you lap up every word that drips from the lips of adults. It’s only when you’re a grown-up yourself that you realise that their words can be laced with deceit. I guess that it was an easy way to explain the sounds in the night. As a kid, every creak and murmur materialises … Continue reading A Horror Story
If there’s one thing that we can rely on to re-inject a sense of excitement into the ever-quickening darkness of autumn, it’s the build up to Halloween: the night when scary becomes the new edgy and fake blood ascends to take its place as the new cosmetic must-have. However nothing shatters this atmosphere perhaps more effectively than the sight of a can’t-be-more-than-fourteen year old leaping … Continue reading Halloween What-Not-To-Wear
On a bucket list-like quest, I wanted to see a horror movie in the cinema. 21 years old and I’ve never been scared of the big screen? This simply had to be rectified, and what better film to help me achieve a long overdue rite of passage into adulthood than what looked to be one of the best horror films of 2012? Made by the … Continue reading Not so Sinister?