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Sixteen Candles & Valentine

Some horror movie villains don’t wear masks, they masquerade as high school heartthrobs in John Hughes movies. This week, we’re talking 80s coming-of-age “classic” SIXTEEN CANDLES alongside the 90s teen slasher VALENTINE.

We’re asking the important questions like – which one is the horror movie? How in the world did Roger Ebert find Sixteen Candles to be “a cheerful movie with a goofy sense of humor… [that] doesn’t hate its characters”? And did Valentine reallllllllllly deserve that 11% on Rotten Tomatoes?

From a cherub-faced killer out for revenge on the women who rejected him IN THE 6TH GRADE to the sociopath origin story no one asked for – Jake Ryan: American Psycho – both movies feature male characters who just can’t seem to grasp this concept: That girl who wasn’t interested at the school dance doesn’t owe you anything. Especially not a pair of her underwear, or you know, her life. The lesson this week: Women. Don’t. Owe. You. ANYTHING. Louder for the people in the back.

Episode Notes:

Roger Ebert’s 1984 review of Sixteen Candles

Molly Ringwald’s 2018 essay for The New Yorker

Valentine’s 11% on Rotten Tomatoes

Theme song: Written by Tara Clune, Amanda Festa and Ryan Hirsh; Performed by Brooke Parker and Ryan Hirsh.

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It Follows & Easy A

Sex has consequences, whether you have it or not. This week, Tara and Amanda take on the 2010 rom-com EASY A and the 2014 horror favorite IT FOLLOWS and share the v important lessons learned in the process.

First up, it’s the disturbing tale of a high school prostitution racket gone wrong… and we’ll get to the horror movie too. It’s the 2010 Emma Stone and Penn Badgley fronted rom-com, “Easy A!” And if you’re wondering what could possibly be more terrifying – it’s the sexually transmitted curse that no health class prepared us for – 2014 horror favorite “It Follows!” So put on your best corset with hand-stitched Scarlet Letter, jump into your pristine-condition vintage car, and join us.

Theme song: Written by Tara Clune, Amanda Festa and Ryan Hirsh; Performed by Brooke Parker and Ryan Hirsh.

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Introduction

Ever watch a rom-com and think to yourself, this is one chainsaw away from being a straight-up horror movie? Us too! Welcome to Happy Ever Slasher.

Every week your hosts, friends and film nerds Tara and Amanda (that’s us!), are watching one horror movie and one romantic comedy to find out just how similar the two really are. Spoiler alert: it’s uncanny. And in the process, we’re learning A LOT (like how to make a podcast, and how not to trust literally anyone). Because all’s fair in love and gore.

Theme song: Written by Tara Clune, Amanda Festa and Ryan Hirsh; Performed by Brooke Parker and Ryan Hirsh.