Sophie's introduction into the magic that is the horror genre was watching Halloween at a party in high school, and since then she's never looked back. She may be the wimpiest horror fan you have ever met, but she won't ever let that stop her!
Right off the bat, let’s get something out on the table. Horror movies have a complicated history when it comes to the portrayal of women. The genre is rife with tropes that flatten women to wholly two-dimensional people. Like many other genres and mediums, women were often allowed to be an archetypal virgin or whore. Women who own their bodies and sexuality have often been treated as disposable at best and villainous at worse, while women who are allowed to survive and thrive have often done so by following the genre’s unspoken rules about drinking, drugs, and premarital sex.
The trailer for Thoroughbreds was one of the most memorable that I saw last year. When you see as many movies (especially horror movies) as I do in theaters you get pretty desensitized to trailers with teens, spooky nuns, and jump scares. I don’t remember exactly what movie this trailer preceded but I was instantly mesmerized. I had not heard anything about Thoroughbreds and I had no idea what it was about, but the trailer featured Anya Taylor Joy and Anton Yelchin (thereby revealing that he had one last movie that I had no idea about it).
Nothing says “summer blockbuster” like adventures, explosions, and a hunky leading guy and sassy leading lady. And nothing says “summertime review of a summer blockbuster” like that review being posted after the movie is already out of theaters. For those of you who are still dying to read a hot take, though, I didn’t want to leave you hangin’!
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you took a typical zombie narrative and overlaid a heaping helping of toxic masculinity? Have you ever thought, I would love to see a movie like that? Me neither. Well here is the movie that nobody was asking for.
The line between thriller and horror is thin and blurry. The distinction seems primarily used to differentiate audiences, rather than content. Among non-genre fans, it is not uncommon to hear people say that they like thrillers but not horror films, much in the same way people express that they are “spiritual but not religious.” When faced simply with a film’s plot, it can sometimes be hard to guess what genre label a film might garner.
Sitting down to write this I recalled the number of times I wrote a lede discussing the glut of zombie stories in the horror genre. So inundated is that sub genre that even our reviews begin to sound rote. It was into this hostile environment that in the States Netflix released the Australian produced zombie flick, Cargo (also known, by me, as “Dad by Dawn”).
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