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'The Final Girl': A Circumstantial Evaluation of Alien and Scream

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In celebration of Halloween here is an extended article (a roughly ten-minute read) adapted from an essay written as part of my undergraduate course. It evaluates the female position within the horror genre, specifically the slasher film. With circumstantial evaluation of Alien (Ridley Scott, UK, 1979) and Scream (Wes Craven, USA, 1996). I have included (at the end) the bibliography, for any followup reading you may wish to pursue, and the filmography, as a short watch list for your Halloween viewing. 

The role of the feminine in the horror film is an area of extensive debate in film studies. With its many sub-genres, horror is often viewed by commentators as unjustly misogynistic; a category of cinema created by men for male consumption and pleasure. However true or false this statement there will forever be exemptions to the perceived norm. I am aiming to analyse the multiple roles of the feminine presented to the spectator through horror, specifically slasher-horror and its conventi…

Cry

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Cry (2019) is the sophomore effort from Greg Gonzalez’s solo project turned full band Cigarettes After Sex. 2017’s self-titled debut took inspiration from the outfits previous EP releases (recording in Gonzalez’s apartment stairwell) with smooth guitar licks and velvet bass lines. Revealing (often a little too much) and honest lyrics about sexual adventures, successful and unsuccessful, are the real essence of the music. Comparable in style to that of The Smiths and content near pre-parachutes Coldplay.

Cry doesn’t attempt to break away from the formula, in fact, it doubles down. Impressively the guitar rarely plays a chord instead tranquil licks are layered on top of gentle bass. The lyrics are even more honest with Gonzalez singing: “There was a hentai video that I saw / I told you about the night that we first made love / About a girl who as soon as she made you cum / Would show you the future and tell you your fortune”. These lines could make you cringe or burst out laughing but a…

Joker

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This review contains spoilers!

Joker (Todd Phillips, USA, 2019), once again, takes us back to the crime-ridden streets of Gotham City, a society mistreated by its the upper class. After a series of unfortunate events, Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) is induced into a world of revolution and murder under the influence of his alter ego: The Joker.

The actor portraying Joker is always a hotly debated topic. Massive parts of the fanbase deliberate over the supremacy of each performance. Ledger vs. Leto. Hamill vs. Nicholson. The very nature of a fanbase will compare and contrast each others opinions challenging tastes, irrespective of the variation in styles and performance required from the production. The use of the Joker’s persona is a key indicator of how the auteur has interpreted the original work. Hamill and Nicholson, for example, take strong inspiration from the comics presenting the character as more of a showman. Ledger, however, took a darker approach blending his character to th…

The Edge

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The Edge (Barney Douglas, UK, 2019) documents the historic rise and fall of the English cricket team between 2009 and 2013, in which they progressed through the ICC rankings from seventh to first (the only England team to do so since records began). With talking heads from all the key England players of the period such as James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Kevin Pietersen. As well as coach Andy Flower who instigated change, pushing the team to champion status. The documentary could not have set its field better edging itself into the hands of sports fans who have enjoyed one of the greatest English cricketing summers. 



From the start of the film, we are swept along with the team on their mission to become number one. The film pushes the viewer to desire success in the same way the players do. We are hit for six without worrying about the player waiting to catch us out until it’s too late. This is where the documentary really coms into its own. It not only documents the monumental achieve…

Magic Is Real (Part 1)

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Dillon Francis has recently released the first instalment of the highly anticipated mixtape Magic Is Real. The moombahton juggernaut is back following the release of smash singles ‘GO OFF (Nuthin’ 2 It)’ and ‘Bawdy (feat. TV Noise & Big Freedia), we get a sneak peek of the full mixtape.

On Magic Is Real (Part 1) Dillon goes back to his roots creating moombahton bangers with his usual wit. With a sound that pays homage to his first album Money Sucks, Friends Rule (2014) going as far to include a sequel to ‘Not Butter’; a fan favourite from his debut. As well as these easter eggs there is more for hardcore fans on the cover with a cameo from Gerald, Dillon’s piƱata companion. 



Starting with the first single ‘GO OFF (Nuthin’ 2 It)’, soaked in classic Dillon humour, we are immediately thrust into his sonic world. With subtle bass drops and quirky vocals, this is perhaps the most house Dillon has ever sounded and his sound benefits from it all the more. The video released paralleled with…

Manifest (Season One)

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