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Mirror Mirror (1990) / Near Dark (1987)

This review is part of a series: 31 Days of Horror Directed by Women.Let's compare two seemingly starkly different films, shall we? On the surface, there's not much in common between Mirror Mirror and Near Dark— besides the fact that both movies prompted me to ask the exact same question af…

Messiah of Evil (1973)

This review is part of a series: 31 Days of Horror Directed by Women.Messiah of Evil is certainly a strange trip! The significance of the film's title, in fact, didn't hit me until just now. That name isn't memorable at all— I constantly had to ask myself: What's the name of the mov…

Lurkers (1988)

This review is part of a series: 31 Days of Horror Directed by Women.What a strange little bird of a movie. There's a lot going on here, and also almost nothing going on here. Actually, what's going on is incredibly mundane because it's so relatable to being a woman IRL. One could argue…

The Love Witch (2016)

This review is part of a series: 31 Days of Horror Directed by Women.The Love Witch is a dreamy and comedic horror about a woman looking for love. We follow Elaine, a very stylish witch, as she navigates her desire to find the perfect man with whom she can spend the rest of her life. Though it came…

Kiss of the Damned (2012)

This review is part of a series: 31 Days of Horror Directed by Women.Ok, the first 20 minutes of Kiss of the Damned reminds me of two different but related TikTok trends. The first is where someone is at, like, the grocery store, or on the train, or in a bookshop and a Lana Del Rey song plays in th…

Knives and Skin (2019)

I'm just gonna have to say it, y'all: this movie is not good.I see Jennifer Reeder trying to, uh, make a quirky lil' Twin Peaks for the "Euphoria" set, but Lawd, Knives and Skin is booooooring. This has no kind of energy at all. Feels like someone yawning for 110 minutes. And,…

Always Shine (2016)

This review is part of a series: 31 Days of Horror Directed by Women.Always Shine is a slow, quiet horror exploring themes of jealousy, success, talent, and deeply held expectations re: femininity. The film opens with a quote:
"It is a woman's birthright to be attractive and charming. In a …

Jennifer's Body (2009)

This review is part of a series: 31 Days of Horror Directed by Women.Jennifer's Body totally fucks.
I've been barely surviving on a steady drip of lethargy and episodes of Pose. I haven't left my house in days. I can't imagine writing all I want to write about this film in the 20 mi…