As a lifelong horror fan (Jaws at three!), I’ve seen it go through the genre cycle and back again, rise in popularity, crash, and rise again in different forms. I’m nostalgic as anyone is for what they grew up with, but I’ve always liked seeing how people update genre tropes, elements, and themes.
I delight in how Wise is updating ideas from Gothic horror, Lovecraft, body horror, etc. Her work is more literary than splatterpunk, and she often uses a variety of epistolary forms–letters, artistic statements, etc.
Some of her other work looks more YA than I’m interested in, but I’ll definitely look into the bibliography more.
Considered the second movie of classic Mexican horror alongside Two Monks, which also came out in 1934. Old Dark House mixed with rustic Catholic Gothic vibes.
For me, old haunted house films are feel-good movies.
I got suckered in by the album being called Kenneth Anger, but I enjoy this. Synth pop that’s not too dark and not too light. Good for nightdriving or imagining you’re on a night drive.
Maybe I am the last to know that the oldest kid in this band is now 19 and they’ve been together for about a decade.
Like the previous album, I was suckered in by the Jaws reference on the cover of their latest, Nonetheless. There are elements that feel new, but a lot of it feels like updated 90s thrash. I had no expectations, but enjoyed this.
Your playlist for the week if you choose to accept it: McClurg’s Musicalia #14: I touched your bacon.
Let’s see how the AI suggests I end this week’s post: