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    The Vengeful Female Ghosts of J-Horror

    There is something about Japanese horror movies that is just inherently freaky. It almost doesn’t matter what culture you were raised in, J-horror is guaranteed to curdle your blood. Why is that? What is it that our Western society responds to so strongly in these tales lifted from traditional Japanese ghost stories and lore? Though there are plenty of reasons to be afraid, what I find so fascinating (and often terrifying) is the portrayal of female archetypes throughout these stories and how that translates to the big screen. Japanese folklore has a thing for yūrei (ghosts). I mean, they are everywhere. This has to do with beliefs about death and…

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    Plan a Halloween Movie Marathon

    This is the month, y’all, we made it to October, where it’s Halloween every day, and no one can persuade me otherwise. One of the best parts of Halloween month is that everyone else condones the dark and weird stuff you like year round, which includes good old fashioned horror movies! So, if you don’t already have big party plans for the big day, why not plan a creepy, cozy movie marathon? If you’re staying home, you know you’re not going to be able to stray far from the living room as the parade of ghouls lines up at your door for candy, so I’ve got some great picks for…

  • Ladies of Horror Fiction celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
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    Horror Movie Maven: Hispanic Heritage Month

    The weather is getting colder, my belly and cupboards are filled with every variety of pumpkin spice Trader Joe’s could supply, and maybe your thoughts are turning to films of the darker, more scream-filled variety. I don’t blame you if your thoughts are always filled with horror films, but this is the time of year to start amping up your game. This September, double up on your horror movie intake by also celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! Hispanic filmmakers from Mexico, Spain, and Central and South America are not afraid to get gory, tell unique stories, and delve into the many terrifying legends as well as real-life horrors of their culture.…