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GTGC #239 Hush

October 27th, 2017

The Shocktober train pulls into the station as your favorite film analysis podcast wraps up the annual horror marathon with Hush.

A Hush Fell Over the Room

As we ended one marathon, we wanted to transition softly into our next marathon. We will be screening Netflix Originals throughout November.  So, we opted for the Netflix-distributed Hush from Mike Flanagan. Maddie is an author, who has decided to live on her own in the countryside. One evening, a masked mad man shows up on her doorstep. Upon discovering that Maddie is deaf and mute, a dangerous game of cat and mouse gets underway.

On this week's episode, we try to dig through Flanagan's taut home invasion thriller. We explore the choice of a deaf/mute protagonist, and the ramifications of that from an ideological standpoint. But, we also examine the use of the character from a formalist storytelling perspective—diving into the film's use of sound and staging. We also look at the ideas of toxic masculinity and victimization and how it is explored in Hush.

But before we get into all that, we offer our initial thoughts of the film. We also play our weekly game—Favorite Smart/Strong Horror Protagonists. And ultimately, we will decide if Hush is worthy of going on the shelf, or if it quietly falls into the trash.

Now, go ahead and dive in to this week's episode. You can hear us, can't you?

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GTGC #238 Raw

October 18th, 2017

Welcome back to your favorite film analysis podcast, the GenreCast from GoodTrash Media. This week, our Shocktober marathon of one-word titled films continues with a look at the French/Belgium production, Raw. 

It Gets Raw

Every Shocktober sees at least one artsy horror film rear its head. When the time came, we decided to tackle this foreign production that has been making waves since its festival run. Raw, or Grave, is a horror-thriller from director Julia Ducournau. Justine (Marillier) is a vegetarian and first-year student at veterinary school. She must undergo a series of hazing rituals from older students—including her sister, Alexia (Rumpf). Justine is forced to eat meat—after which, the hunger for flesh only grows.

Raw is a tough watch. But, it offers a lot to digest. The film is multilayered. We don't even get to hit everything, to our chagrin. We do talk vegetarianism, sexual awakenings and we carefully tread into discussing eating disorders. However, we wish we could have hit on hazing and bullying in the digital age, general desire and more. Spoiler alert, we may have liked this one quite a bit.

As always, before we get down to analysis, we give quick reviews and play a game. This week, we talk about "Memorable Body Horror Sequences". It felt like a fitting pairing. After all of this though, we decide whether Raw is shelve-able, or if it is simply scrap-able.

So, how do you like your meal? Well done or still bleeding? Tune in and then let us know!

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GTGC #237 Saw

October 14th, 2017

Your favorite film analysis podcast continues the 6th annual Shocktober marathon with James Wan's breakout hit, Saw. 

We Play a Game with Saw

In 2004, James Wan hit with a bang. The director worked with Leigh Whannell to put together one of the most important horror movies of the 2000s. With Saw as a diving board, James Wan has gone on to greater depths than anyone could have imagined—Insidious, The Conjuring, Fast 7 and the upcoming Aquaman. But, does Saw itself stand the test of time?

Saw tells the story of Adam (Whannell) and Dr. Gordon (Elwes), the latest captors of the Jigsaw Killer (Bell). The men wake in a room, tethered to the wall. Over the course of the narrative, they must work together to uncover their connection and figure out if they can win Jigsaw's game.

For better or for worse, Saw is one of the most successful and influential horror franchises of all time. Spawning seven sequels, with the 8th entry (Jigsaw) on the way, it reframed audience expectations for horror franchises. On this week's show, the gang discuss the history and importance of the Saw franchise. The questions of Jigsaw's motives also come up, as well as a discussion of the film as a cultural reaction to the rise of public awareness to torture in American military tactics.

We also discuss our Favorite Resilient Prisoners and Captives in the game, and of course we render the verdict. Is this movie worthy of the shelf? Or, is it simply trash.

Listen now or not—the choice is yours.

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GTGC #236 The Craft

October 5th, 2017

The season of the witch is upon us as Shocktober 6 gets underway. Your favorite film analysis podcast starts Shocktober off right with The Craft.

The Craft Puts a Spell on Us

It is our favorite time of year, dear listener. The leaves are turning and the potions are a brewing. Black cats are crossing our path and horror films are screening 24/7. It's the 6th annual Shocktober marathon! We decided to kick it off with a 90s cult classic, The Craft.

This 1996 horror film features four trod upon high school girls who look to witchcraft to solve their problems. It's like an after-school drug PSA, but with witches. When new girl Sarah (Robin Tunney) arrives in LA, she discovers herself torn between the outcasts (Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Rachel True) and the cool kid (Skeet Ulrich). After being slighted by Chris, she finds herself drawn into the magical circle that the girls have developed, and soon their magic grows—3 times 3.

The Craft has seemingly come up a lot in the social conscious over the past year, as many begin revisiting its legacy. We thought it was an appropriate way to kick off our annual scary movie marathon. On this episode, we talk about the portrayal of people groups and subcultures, and how even problematic portrayals can be the kick off for more nuanced and accurate portrayals down the road. We also discuss feminism in the film, and whether it is truly at the forefront or just a guise. We go down this rabbit trail after having read this article by Michelle Lopes.

In the spirit of cult cinema, we each picked out Top 3 90s Cult Classics. What are some of yours? Let us know on Twitter, or in the comments below.

Well, the witching hour is upon us. Have we cast a spell on you? Or do we need to find a new familiar?

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