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About Feminist Horror
In the last few decades, there has been a shift towards a new kind of feminism in horror: increasingly, films tell stories about women’s internal conflicts within oppressive systems, rather than depicting their physical struggles to fight the patriarchy. These new films complicate the simplistic, vicarious satisfaction we experience when watching female ’empowertainment’ stories. They force us to confront the reality that, even when women assume positions of power, oppressive systems persist.
In this collection of essays and interviews, we explore stellar films like Unsane, Raw, Personal Shopper, and Thelma, which take a female protagonist’s inner-struggle as their primary subjects. Through interviews with the filmmakers, we investigate how ‘feminist’ horror is changing, and, in our long-form essays, we draw connections between the feminist approaches across these movies. In these films, horror is what consumes women when they lose control.
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Inside Beyond Empowertainment
Explore how women’s internal struggles are becoming the subject of horror films in multiple sub-genres. Beyond Empowertainment is divided into four parts:
Part One: Revenge Horror
Part Two: Madness in Horror
Discover new approaches to telling stories of the monstrous feminine in contemporary horror.
Part Three: Technology Horror
Explore the horrifying effects of being so tapped into technology.
Part Four: Coming-of-Age Horror
With four case studies:
Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane
This film about a woman trapped inside a corrupt psychiatric facility explores and acknowledges how living under patriarchy is in fact horrific.
Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper
Joachim Trier’s Thelma
Julia Ducournau’s Raw
Films explored in the book include:
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