What is the feminist horror challenge?
The past 10 years has been a very exciting time for horror, and in particular, for
We’re challenging you to watch one film a week, with each week dedicated to a particular kind of horror film. Discover recent horror films that are prioritizing women’s interior lives and struggles and complicating conventional ‘feminist’ horror narratives.
We’ll curate the films, help you locate how to stream them, lead the discussion on the films, and cheer you on as you go.
The films are all featured in our forthcoming ebook on feminist horror beyond empowertainment, available for pre-order here. We’ve been thinking about all of these films a lot and think they’re ripe for discussion, and we want to share how much we love them with you!
Week 1: Watch a Revenge Film
Revenge and rape-revenge films are one of the earliest examples of empowertainment.
Choose one: Revenge (2017) or Prevenge (2016)
Week 2: Watch a film about madness
Am I crazy or is everything going mad? It’s one of the foundational questions in horror — after all, that’s a question women are constantly asking under patriarchy.
Choose one: Unsane (2017) or Suspiria (2018)
Week 3: Watch a Technology Horror film
For centuries, horror has been a way to explore how we interact with technology, from Frankenstein to Personal Shopper. These days, it’s mostly about how we interact with our phones, computers, and the internet.
Choose one: Personal Shopper (2016) or Cam (2018)
Week 4: Watch a coming-of-age film
From Buffy to Twilight, horror has always been a way to explore the scary parts of growing up. These coming-of-age films are about the internal struggles their female characters are experiencing and their close (non-romantic) relationships
Choose one: Raw (2016) or Thelma (2017)