Medusa’s Gaze: the Monstrous Feminine
In partnership with Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina, The Nickelodeon is proud to present Medusa’s Gaze, a three-part series exploring the feminine in horror film.
This series is conducted in collaboration with Unsweetened Magazine and Dr. Julia Elliott’s class, Monstrous Mothers and Femme Fatales: Gender and Monstrosity in Horror Film. The students will provide further material for the series themselves, and you will be hearing more from them in the coming weeks on our blog.
Special thanks to our series curators, Alice Lilitu, Dr. Julia Elliot, and Meeghan Kane.
Jennifer’s Body tells the story of Jennifer Check (Megan Fox), a normal high school girl who faces a grueling fate after mysterious occult events surrounding a concert in her small town of Devil’s Kettle. Her best friend Needy Lesnicki (Amanda Seyfried) discovers that Jennifer has developed a taste for human flesh and makes it her personal responsibility to put a stop to Jennifer’s murderous actions. Director Karyn Kusama (The Invitation) and writer Diablo Cody (Juno) combine the high school “coming-of-age” narrative with grotesque horror to create a supernatural dark comedy in the vein of Carrie and Ginger Snaps.
Directed by Karyn Kusama.
There is nothing more horrifying than losing a child.
Leah (Gabby Hoffman) is pushed to the mental brink after the mysterious death of her daughter. Seven months after the tragedy, she begins to notice a myriad of disturbing signs, including a mysterious pregnancy-obsessed landlady and gruesome bits of history at her apartment complex. This contemporary reworking of Rosemary’s Baby features realistic and subdued performances that make the film's descent into madness all the more unnerving.
Directed by Stewart Thorndike.
In The Hunger, danger and passion lurk in the gothic shadows of the 1980s New York City club scene. The cult classic stars Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Susan Sarandon as a love triangle laced with loss and blood. Miriam Blaylock (Catherine Deneuve) is a centuries-old vampire whose current lover John (David Bowie) is showing signs of rapid aging. Out of desperation, they seek out Dr. Sarah Roberts (Susan Sarandon) in order to find a cure. The Hunger combines the archaic with the modern, putting a new spin on the vampire genre and creating a timeless goth classic.
Directed by Tony Scott.