Crash Discussions: Women’s Rites Part II: Wicked Women? Episode 12

PodcastimageIn today’s podcast Women’s Rites PartII: Wicked Women, Billy Crash and Jonny Numb explore how women are treated in horror films, this time from the perspective of the villainous. Or are they? Misogyny and stereotypes may still play a role, which could also lead to more ambiguous characters of the genre. Come join us for Episode 12 of The Last Knock. And keep an eye out for a bonus podcast this week: Billy Crash’s interview with Director David Paul Baker.

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7 Replies to “Crash Discussions: Women’s Rites Part II: Wicked Women? Episode 12”

  1. I really had to wrack my brains for this one as my interest in horror typically revolves more around the storylines than the characters and the actors/actresses playing them. However, for your amusement/ridicule, I present my favorite horror actresses:
    Favorite heroine – Milla Jovovich as Alice in Resident Evil
    Favorite ambiguous actress – Katharine Isabelle as Mary in American Mary (though I may be biased at the moment since I just watched that movie). I also considered Kristanna Loken as Rayne in Bloodrayne. I can hear your boos from here, and I don’t care.
    Favorite villain – Takako Fuji as Kayako in Ju-On/The Grudge. I swear she follows me up the stairs every night on the way to bed, her eyes boring holes into the back of my skull. Close second: Juliette Lewis as Mallory Knox in Natural Born Killers. (Does that even count as horror? It should.)
    As an aside, I was amused by how you gentlemen discussed misogyny, stereotypes and gender inequality one moment and drooled over hot actresses the next. Way to go. =p

    1. Why would I boo at your favorite horror actresses? They’re all fabulous regardless of whether the films are good or bad. All three bring it, every time. And I love your villain choice.

      Yes, NATURAL BORN KILLERS isn’t a horror, but horror is a hard thing to define. There are many that should probably be on the horror list (SEVEN, SALO, and THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS are never listed as horror because the producers/studios didn’t want it that way).

      Misogyny is a man who hates women by definition, and Jonny and are not those kind of guys!

      Thanks for listening and posting killer comments!

      Have a great one, Lizard!

    2. Lizard:

      It’s no coincidence that these shows followed our AMERICAN MARY podcast, since Katharine Isabelle struck me as one of the most distinctive strong females in horror from the past year or so. Like or loathe the film, Mary Mason is hard to deny, especially in a world where some women still hide behind the Big, Strong Man.

      I agree with both yours and Crash’s sentiments on NBK – while I cannot watch that film anymore for various reasons (it lived and died during my teen years), Mallory is a paradox: America’s sweetheart & America’s most bloodthirsty female. In my interview with Jessica Cameron, she actually cites NBK as one of her favorite horror films.

      I actually “like” BLOODRAYNE (we shared that experience together, you might recall), but Loken slipped my mind. Good call.

      And in regard to your last comment: that’s the pot calling the kettle black. 😉

  2. I’m not much into the heroine types like Milla Jovovich. Even though i like some of their stuff. But kick ass chicks are mostly villainous characters that had an impact on me while watching the films. Katharine Isabelle of course but it goes back to the 90’s and before in my case. Fairuza Balk is my fav. The craft of course, A more than average Island Of Dr. Moreau but still, actors weren’t part of the flaws imo. But i prefer American History X and the recent Dose of Reality. She’s been in a film with a scary evil lady too in Return to Oz. Jean Marsh? And yet this film was Disney?

    Kathy Bates scared the shit out of me in Misery. I’ll give it to Juliette Lewis about Natural Born Killers, she was pretty wacked.

    1. I loved Fairuza Balk in THE CRAFT. She was such a badass, confident character.

      Hell, all of your comments are solid. I hope we get to see a film made from one of your scripts soon because I like the way you think.

      Thanks for leaving a comment, and much success, Jonny!

      1. Thank you very much! It’s an honor and a pleasure taking time to listen and read your things guys! So much great discussions about films to discover and/or recall.

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