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E. 6 – The Invisible Man & Ghost

Fact: Just because you can’t see him, doesn’t mean he’s not creepily following you around. This week, it’s all about what you can’t see. So put on some Unchained Melody, grab a seat at the closest pottery wheel and settle in – we’re talking the 1990 box office romance GHOST and the just-released 2020 horror film THE INVISIBLE MAN. Surprise!

Next time your cat hisses at an empty room, remember it could be a ghost with unfinished business… or it could be a megalomaniac who invented an invisible suit – either way, someone’s always watching.

Tara geeks out over Universal Monsters mythos, Amanda dusts off her old college film theory textbook and we both fangirl HARD over the iconic performance by Elisabeth Moss. Get ready to be a believer.

Episode Notes:

Laura Mulvey’s “Visual Pleasure & Narrative Cinema” (1975)

Great interview with filmmaker Leigh Whannell 

 

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Ep. 5 – Twilight & Fear

Repeat after us… stalking is not romantic. This week, we’re talking two first love cautionary tales – both involving high school girls falling for possessive older men who are also definitely murderers. It’s the 2008 box office hit TWILIGHT and the 1996 Marky Mark-led thriller FEAR.

Who would have thought a teen vampire romance would have so much in common with a 90s psychological thriller? And we’re not just talking about the fact that they both take place in Washington and are scored by the same composer – two things we didn’t know when we picked them for this episode.

In this very special super-sized episode of the podcast, we reflect on some of the most nostalgic and cringey movies of our youth. And we have some questions. Like what movie did Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson think they were signing up for? Can Mark Wahlberg play a character who’s not from Boston, or do they have to write an East Coast backstory into all his roles to justify the accent? And how is everyone okay with Edward climbing into Bella’s window and watching her sleep for MONTHS without her consent.

So what did we learn? Aggressive stalking is not a healthy start to any relationship. Never give out your alarm code. And if he scares you, don’t question it, just run.

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

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Ep. 4 – Vertigo & Heartbreakers

Crime doesn’t pay… or does it? This week, we’re talking about women and the men they trick to fall in love with them as part of unnecessarily complicated schemes – It’s the 1958 Hitchcock classic VERTIGO and the 2001 rom-com HEARTBREAKERS.

While you wouldn’t think one of AFI’s top 10 films of all time would have much in common with a schlocky Jennifer Love Hewitt-fronted rom-com from the early aughts, you would be mistaken. The plots are uncannily similar. It’s almost like they’re the exact same person but with a different hairstyle.

It’s a tale as old as time: Girl tricks boy, boy is much too easily conned, girl falls for boy… How are these men so easy to dupe? They know absolutely nothing about these women. And would it be more or less believable if we just replaced them all with Chad from SNL?

Uh ok. So what did we learn? Change your hair, change your life. Only amateurs save souvenirs from previous cons. And never, we repeat, never fall for your mark.

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

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Ep. 3 – You’ve Got Mail & Unfriended

Does anything good realllllyyy happen on the internet? This week, we trace the history of online communication from the wide-eyed early days of dial-up with YOU’VE GOT MAIL (1998) to the modern day reality of being constantly plugged into a technology that’s probably out to get us, let’s be honest – it’s UNFRIENDED (2014).

Sure, YOU’VE GOT MAIL stars rom-com royalty Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, but it’s basically the origin story of modern day emotional cheating and he spends more than half the movie catfishing her. Fast forward nearly 20 years to UNFRIENDED, where the entire movie takes place online – and that unknown screen name just might be a vengeful spirit and not Tom Hanks doing subpar impressions from “The Godfather.”

As we all hunker down and self-isolate for the greater good, the internet is more important than ever to staying connected. But when it comes to meeting strangers online, is it ever really a good idea? Sure, our dating lives would be nonexistent, but maybe that’s for the best. So fire up your floppy disk for 5 free hours of AOL and join us as we head to the dark side of the world wide web.

Episode Notes:

The Verge article on Unfriended

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

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Ep. 2 – 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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Ep. 1 – 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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Ep. 0 – 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.