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Creep: Found footage done right

It’s pretty much accepted that the found footage subgenre is dead. What captivated me in The Blair Witch Project, started to annoy me in Paranormal Activity 2 and outright bored me in Cloverfield. The shaky cam, the jolt to a cheap jump scare, the close-up of a teary face – ...

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Ghostbusters: Very hard to wash off

There’s been misogynist uproar, there’s been apprehension over the ability of the film to live up to the lauded original, and then there’s been horror at the quality of the first trailer. Now Ghostbusters has landed and I wish I could say it has all come together, but it hasn’t. ...

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The X-Men Franchise: Milking that Cash Cow

The conclusion to our four-part series on the evolution of the X-Men film franchise. If you missed it, be sure to start from the beginning! By the present year of 2016, the blockbuster subgenre that X-Men began has become a hulking and efficient industrial process dedicated to churning out its ...

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Creep: Found footage done right

It’s pretty much accepted that the found footage subgenre is dead. What captivated me in The Blair Witch Project, started to annoy me in Paranormal Activity 2 and outright bored me in Cloverfield. The shaky cam, the jolt to a cheap jump scare, the close-up of a teary face – ...

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Monstress: To quote the poets… we’re fucked

Despite comics being a very visual medium, it is rare that I see the cover of one and think ‘I HAVE TO READ THAT.’ But that is exactly how I felt with Monstress. Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda’s fantasy epic takes the reader on a dark, twisted tale of ...

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Ghostbusters: Very hard to wash off

There’s been misogynist uproar, there’s been apprehension over the ability of the film to live up to the lauded original, and then there’s been horror at the quality of the first trailer. Now Ghostbusters has landed and I wish I could say it has all come together, but it hasn’t. ...

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The Legend of Tarzan: Wherein the hero replicates the mating calls of animals

It has been some time since I have seen a film so dedicatedly embarrassed by its own premise. I fear that the reluctance with which The Legend of Tarzan rolls out its jungle-swinging sequences is a sign that no one had much faith in this project. It could just be ...

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Breaking the Glass Slipper: Interview with Janine Ashbless/Keris McDonald

This week, Charlotte talks to erotica and horror (as Keris McDonald) author Janine Ashbless. No topic is off limits with this wordsmith. They discuss pornography vs erotica, what frightens a horror writer, and pacing stories as a kind of ‘teasing’. If you blush easy, this might be one to save for when ...

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Breaking the Glass Slipper: Labyrinth

This Monday marked the 30th anniversary of Labyrinth’s release (in the US). In these three decades, the entire world has been captivated by the story of teenager Sarah and her adventures in the labyrinth. The film is dark, imaginative, and strangely relatable for such a weird fantasy world. With David Bowie’s ...

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Breaking the Glass Slipper: Interview with Ben Peek

This week on Breaking the Glass Slipper, I interview Aussie fantasy writer Ben Peek. If you aren’t familiar with Ben’s writing, show your support for an emerging talent by buying his books! His most recent publication is Leviathan’s Blood, the second in the Children Trilogy. The first in the series, The Godless, ...

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Breaking the Glass Slipper: Samantha Shannon on the imagination of the child

Today’s episode is an interruption to our previously scheduled episode, an interview with Ben Peek. Fear not, we will post the interview next time. In the meantime, a controversy amongst the SFF community was recently sparked by a British educator when he posted a blog about the dangers of exposing ...

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