Category Archives: fairytales

Cinderella – Maskenfreiheit & play

Kenneth Branagh chooses to begin the story with Cinderella’s childhood and has the heroine suffer her parents’ death and the humiliation of going from owner of the house to unpaid servant. Screenwriter Chris Weitz clearly couldn’t conceive, let alone write, Cinderella’s  moral strength and … Continue reading

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Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi/Witching & Bitching: masculinity and misogyny

I loved the first 20 minutes of this film. I loved its ironic and absurd humour, yet it turned quickly into a fudge with misogynistic undertones. The film puts gender relations at its core. Everything hinges on it: the characters, … Continue reading

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Trick ‘r Treat (part 2): Sacrifice, Rite of Passage, and ‘Othering’

The School Bus Massacre – Sacrifice and ‘Othering’  A group of children go from door to door trick ‘r treating but also collect jack-o’-lanterns. Alpha-girl Macy (Britt McKillip) tells the other kids of the ‘school bus massacre’. Thirty years prior, … Continue reading

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Trick ‘r Treat (part 1): Tradition and Ritual

The reason why I like horror is that it reverses the order of things. Those who fit society, be they conventional types or ‘alpha men and women’, are ridiculed, tortured, and killed. Horror is not just about our subconscious or … Continue reading

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The Babadook – the ‘horror’ of parenting and social conventions

(This was first published on Wales Art Review, available here) More than a horror, Babadook is a tale of a woman’s sense of inadequacy before society’s conventions and expectations. Australian director, Jennifer Kent, reinterprets F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922) to give … Continue reading

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Black Sheep – The Enlightenment Project & Nature

Black Sheep is a true classic! It  presents a critique of the Enlightenment project by exploring modern science, phobias, environmentalism, myth and monster sheep. Henry (the hero) develops a phobia of sheep due to a childhood trauma and leaves the family farm. … Continue reading

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Enchanted – True Love & Autonomy

Enchanted is a commercial film and a crowd-pleaser, but its parodic style allows it to play with gender and the cinematic construct of love. The Walt Disney parody keeps to the safe framework of the happy-end, which allows it to be, … Continue reading

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