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A bonus exclusive interview with Romola Garai, writer/director of Amulet, out in UK cinemas now. We talk about female anger, casting the film, fairytale and horror influences. The first part of the interview is spoiler-free but there are spoilers from 00:12:33 Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat …
 
Writer and horror academic Dr. Alison Peirse returns to the pod to talk about the under-seen teen slasher starring Brittany Murphy, Cherry Falls (2000). We touch on how it upends slasher tropes with a killer that targets virgins, its troubled production history, the fashion and fringe choices (a lot of pleather) and its indirect influence on Malign…
 
Writer and actor Isaura Barbé-Brown returns to the pod to usher us into the new millennium, with the teen bloodfest that would spawn international controversy and countless imitations. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls are a UK-based film collective exploring the inter…
 
Horror fan Ally Penelope returns to talk about her love for Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), especially the LL Cool J subplot, and we tackle the surprisingly empathetic story of The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999), which works if you take the Carrie bits out. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio …
 
Our first episode of 2022 is a take on two... questionable bangers. Film critic Leila Latif joins us to take on Urban Legend (1998) and horror stoner comedy Idle Hands (1999) to figure out if they're as bad as we remember them being. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls a…
 
It's the end of the year! Horror writer, film analyst and co-host of This Ends At Prom podcast BJ Colangelo joins the podcast for the first time to go deep on Disturbing Behaviour (1998). The second part of the episode is a reprise from our FEMALE MONSTERS series, film critic Leila Latif's take on The Faculty (1998). Between these two films, it's t…
 
A bonus episode interview with the author of The Last House on Needless Street, Catriona Ward. Praised by Stephen King, her latest novel has been called the Gothic Masterpiece of 2021. This is the story of a murderer. A stolen child. Revenge. This is the story of Ted, who lives with his daughter Lauren and his cat Olivia in an ordinary house at the…
 
A bonus exclusive interview with Julia Ducournau, writer/director of Raw, about her new film Titane, out in UK cinemas now. We talk about female violence, about choreographing a massacre, dance horror, and about the mythological and Biblical influences in Titane. Beware, this interview is SPOILERIFIC. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** M…
 
Horror fan Ally Penelope joins the podcast for the first time to tackle the perfect anti-Christmas viewing, the most meme-able 90s slasher double-bill. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls are a UK-based film collective exploring the intersections of horror film and femin…
 
Welcome to Hello Sidney, a limited podcast series supported by Paramount that cuts deep into one of the most iconic horror franchises ever made. In this first episode, we go back to the film that kickstarted the franchise and revitalised horror in the 1990s. Written by Kevin Williamson and directed by Wes Craven, Scream (1996) made slashers cool ag…
 
Welcome to Hello Sidney, a limited podcast series supported by Paramount that cuts deep into one of the most iconic horror franchises ever made. Hosted by horror fans and podcasters Mike Muncer, Anna Bogutskaya and Louise Blain. Launching on Wednesday, every episode will go in depth on each Scream film in anticipation of the brand new Scream, comin…
 
We revisit the film that started off the entire podcast with writer/actor Isaura Barbé-Brown. We go hard on Chris Hooker, and try to understand why Nancy wanted so much power. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls are a UK-based film collective exploring the intersections …
 
Two teenage girls find special powers: one uses it to take revenge First-time guest Arden Fitzroy joins Anna to discuss the underseen goth teen nightmare Mirror, Mirror (1990), and in the second half Jordan Crucchiola passionately defends the merits of the big-screen Buffy in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992). Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskay…
 
Two very different groups of teens, two very different types of monsters in this horror-adjacent teen dream double-bill. Joining us this week is The Independent Chief Film Critic Clarisse Loughrey to talk about what these two outliers have in common, the true horror of being a teenager, and the how these films have aged. Produced and presented by A…
 
The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer Freddy Krueger seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death. Joining us this week is film critic, author and scholar Dr. Sorcha Ní Fhlainn to go into the gore, dream logic of Wes Craven's masterpiece, how Nancy stands out from other final girls…
 
Arnie thought he'd met the perfect girl. Turns out, she had a body by Plymouth and a soul by Satan. Joining us this week is film critic and our Stephen King correspondent Dr. Kelli Weston to go into the terrifying teen angst of Christine (1983). Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The F…
 
Happy Halloween! To mark this spooky weekend, we bring you the live podcast recording of our crossover Scream event with our pals Mike Muncer (Evolution of Horror) and Becky Darke (Don't Point That Horror at Me). Don't miss our live-tweet of Censor at MUBI on Halloween 7PM GMT. You can get 30 days free of MUBI here: https://mubi.com/promos/thefinal…
 
It's a sorority for a very special kind of girl... one that doesn't mind pulling a murderous prank on their den mother. Joining us this week is video essayist and writer Yhara Zayd to talk about the film's film noir influences, sorority horror and who is the real villain of The House on Sorority Row. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Mu…
 
A bonus exclusive interview with THE Jamie Lee Curtis, Laurie Strode herself, about the new film Halloween Kills, out in UK cinemas now. We talk about her not knowing what a 'final girl' was, a show she developed called 'The Final Girls' and why people have loved Laurie Strode since 1978. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slashe…
 
When you think of slumber parties, you think of murder... right? Joining us this week is podcaster Mary Wild to go deep on the feminist intentions of The Slumberparty Massacre, the similarities of the driller killer to BOB from Twin Peaks and its dark, dark humour. With a much less deep discussion on the musical psycho horror show that is The Slumb…
 
Joining us this week is writer/actor Isaura Barbé-Brown. We get into the mind of the murderer (again) with Prom Night, discuss the benefits of disco, and fight for the status of the film as an inventive slasher. Plus a first watch of slasher spoof film Student Bodies (1981) and the bits of it that haven't aged well at all. Produced and presented by…
 
In this episode, Bloody Women Editor Leila Latif joins us for a discussion on the original Friday the 13th - the one with Kevin Bacon, the one without Jason, the mommy of one of the biggest horror franchises. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls are a UK-based film collec…
 
A deep dive review of Mike Flanagan's new horror series, Midnight Mass, with writer and broadcaster Louise Blain. Spoilers from 0:29:55 Midnight Mass is available to watch on Netflix now. *** Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya Music: "Slasher" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio *** The Final Girls are a UK-based film collective exploring the in…
 
In this episode, podcaster Steph McKenna joins us for a discussion on John Carpenter and Debra Hill's daddy of slasher films, Halloween. We go deep on Laurie Strode and the final girl, what makes Michael Myers so scary, the musical stylings of Mr. Carpenter and so much more. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya *** Music: "Slasher" by Karl Cas…
 
Inspired by Prano Bailey-Bond's horror film Censor, The Final Girls present a mini-series dedicated to unpicking some of the many layers of this film and why it stuck with us. In this final episode of the mini-series, we recorded the live conversation we had with director and co-writer Prano Bailey-Bond after a preview screening of Censor at the Pr…
 
A repost from our FEMALE MONSTERS series. In this episode, film critic Dr. Kelli Weston joins us for a deep, deep dive on the inimitable classic of horror cinema, Brian de Palma's Carrie (1976). We talk about the monstrous feminine, otherness, Sissy Spacek, period horror, who's the real villain in the film and so much more. Produced and presented b…
 
A deep dive into one of the most influential horror films of all time, Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Joining us this week is writer/actor Isaura Barbé-Brown. We dive deep into Isaura's love of this film, where it stands culturally, how it influenced horror films, and show a little sympathy for overwhelmed Leatherface. Read Isaura's pie…
 
In this fourth series, we'll be regressing and reliving the bloody, broody and horny moments of our teenage years through horror films. New episode every Friday with a special guest to discuss a teen horror (or two). Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya. *** Music: "The Shape" by Karl Casey @ White Bat Audio and "Trouble in Woodsboro" by Marco…
 
A deep dive review of the most anticipated horror film of the year: Nia DaCosta's Candyman. Film critic Dr. Kelli Weston joins us to discuss the film, its themes and connections to the 1992 cult horror of the same name. Spoilers from 0:57:19 (but don't worry, we don't say his name). Candyman is out now in UK cinemas. Produced and presented by Anna …
 
Inspired by Prano Bailey-Bond's horror film Censor, The Final Girls present a mini-series dedicated to unpicking some of the many layers of this film and why it stuck with us. In this third episode, Evolution of Horror host Mike Muncer and host Anna Bogutskaya discuss the context of the video nasties in 1980s Britain. Throughout the episode you'll …
 
Inspired by Prano Bailey-Bond's horror film Censor, The Final Girls present a mini-series dedicated to unpicking some of the many layers of this film and why it stuck with us. In this episode, Projections lecturer and host Mary Wild joins host Anna Bogutskaya to unpick the psychology of lead character Enid Baines, played by Niamh Algar. Throughout …
 
Inspired by Prano Bailey-Bond's horror film Censor, The Final Girls present a mini-series dedicated to unpicking some of the many layers of this film and why it stuck with us. In this first episode, The Independent's Chief Film Critic Clarisse Loughrey and host Anna Bogutskaya discuss the horror of Censor. Throughout the episode you'll hear from le…
 
A SPOILERIFIC deep dive into the second part of the Netflix horror trilogy, Fear Street 1978 with Isaura Barbé-Brown and Dr. Alison Peirse exploring all the things that make the trilogy work, everything that makes Nick Goode such a douchebag, and the queer love story that underpins the horror trilogy. Listen to the Fear Street 1994 deep dive HERE. …
 
An exclusive SPOILER-FREE interview with Fear Street director Leigh Janiak. Listen to our Fear Street 1994 deep dive HERE. Listen to our Fear Street 1978 deep dive HERE. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya. *** The Final Girls are a UK-based film collective exploring the intersections of horror film and feminism, founded by Anna Bogutskaya an…
 
A SPOILERIFIC deep dive into the second part of the Netflix horror trilogy, Fear Street 1978 with Dr. Alison Peirse going over the difference between classic and nineties slashers, the updated Final Girl, and the unexpected nastiness of the film. Listen to the Fear Street 1994 deep dive HERE. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya. *** The Final…
 
A SPOILERIFIC deep dive into the first part of the Netflix horror trilogy, Fear Street 1994 with Isaura Barbé-Brown going over the nineties slasher inspirations, R.L. Stine's brand of teen horror, the gore, the multiple killers, the music and nostalgic aesthetics and our predictions for Fear Street 1978. Produced and presented by Anna Bogutskaya. *…
 
After 20 episodes, 40 films, and a few bonus episodes, we're DONE with vampires. But before stake this season, we've got one more bonus episode for you. We're joined in this episode by the brilliant writer, presenter and broadcaster Louise Blain to go through the films, series and video games that didn’t get their own full episode - but maybe shoul…
 
Inspired by Emerald Fennell's revenge thriller Promising Young Woman, out in the UK on Sky Cinema, we present a mini-podcast dedicated to diving deep into the myriad of layers and themes of the film, written and directed by Emerald Fennell. *** Writer/podcaster Jordan Crucchiola, writer, podcaster and filmmaker BJ Colangelo and The Final Girls co-f…
 
Inspired by Emerald Fennell's revenge thriller Promising Young Woman, out in the UK on Sky Cinema TODAY, we present a mini-podcast dedicated to diving deep into the myriad of layers and themes of the film, written and directed by Emerald Fennell. Writer/podcaster Jordan Crucchiola and The Final Girls co-founder Anna Bogutskaya discuss the divisive …
 
Inspired by Emerald Fennell's revenge thriller Promising Young Woman, out in the UK on Sky Cinema TODAY, we present a mini-podcast dedicated to diving deep into the myriad of layers and themes of the film, written and directed by Emerald Fennell. Writer/podcaster Jordan Crucchiola and The Final Girls co-founder Anna Bogutskaya discuss what Promisin…
 
Inspired by Emerald Fennell's revenge thriller Promising Young Woman, out in the UK on Sky Cinema TODAY, we present a mini-podcast dedicated to diving deep into the myriad of layers and themes of the film, written and directed by Emerald Fennell. First up, a mostly spoiler-free discussion about the film and why it strikes such a chord, and how it h…
 
Our main vampire season might be over, but we've got a couple of bonus episodes yet to come. Actor and writer Isaura Barbé-Brown joins us for a celebration of the trashy, bloody and extremely horny vampire show True Blood. In first parter we cover, roughly, True Blood seasons 1-4. Digressions include: an attempted defence of Vampire Bill's accent, …
 
For the last episode of our vampire season, film critic and Bloody Women Commissioning Editor Leila Latif joins us for a deep dive into two vampire films that came out the same year but couldn't be more different from each other. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night from 00:04:34 What We Do In The Shadows from 00:36:05 This season is made possible with…
 
Joining us is special guest and vampire expert Dr. Sorcha Ní Fhlainn to discuss Neil Jordan's second vampire film Byzantium and Jim Jarmusch's arthouse take on vampiric ennui Only Lovers Left Alive (2013). Byzantium (2012) from 00:04:27 Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) from 00:32:08 If you want to explore the vampire more, we recommend Ní Fhlainn's bo…
 
Film critic and Bloody Women Commissioning Editor Leila Latif joins us for a deep dive into two vampire horror films that live in that delightful and delicious grey area between arthouse and horror cinema. Let the Right One In from 00:08:24 Thirst from 00:47:41 This season is made possible with the support of Arrow Video. Our pick this week is The …
 
The franchise is lead by a leather-clad Kate Beckinsale as the vampyre warrior Selene, who is part of the centuries-old feud between vampires and werewolves. This war might be coming to a head with the appearance of a man who might be able to unite the two monster clans by becoming a … vampire/werewolf/human hybrid. We're joined in this episode by …
 
On the back of Saint Maud's BAFTA nominations and Morfydd's nomination for the EE BAFTA Rising Star Award, we bring you a special bonus interview with the lead actor from Saint Maud, Morfydd Clark, who delivers one the most astounding performances of the year. You can vote for the BAFTA Rising Star Award HERE. Listen to our deep dive episode on Sai…
 
I’m joined in this episode by writer and Bloody Women columnist Isaura Barbé-Brown to dive deep into the heist-action-comedy-vampire flick From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) and we move into millenial horror with the underrated 30 Days of Night (2007). From Dusk Till Dawn from 00:08:23 30 Days of Night from 00:54:55 This season is made possible with the su…
 
To coincide with World Book Day, a bonus episode interview with the author of Plain Bad Heroines, Emily M. Danforth (The Miseducation of Cameron Post), out today in the UK! Flo and Clara, two impressionable students, are obsessed with each other and with a daring young writer named Mary MacLane, the author of a scandalous bestselling memoir. To sho…
 
I’m joined in this episode by writer and podcaster Becky Darke for a take on The Bloodthirsty Trilogy, which comprises The Vampire Doll (1970), Evil of Dracula (1971) and Lake of Dracula (1974). This season is made possible with the support of Arrow Video. Our pick this week is The Bloodythirsty Trilogy itself, a gorgeous edition that features all …
 
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