Weird Sisters: Power, Possession, and Feminine Abjection is a series that examines the political complexity of female monsters in this era in which “the witch is having a moment.” We may presume we’ve redeemed the monstrous feminine and welcomed her into mainstream society, but what dread powers might disrupt our easier images of the new “witchy” aesthetic?
This series is curated by Alice Lilitu and Julia Elliott, sponsored by University of South Carolina Women’s and Gender Studies & South Carolina Honors College, and will contain presentational and marketing materials from students in Julia Elliott’s Gender and Monstrosity in Horror Films class at UofSC.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night // October 4 at 9:30PM
High Life // October 16 at 7:00PM
Suspiria // October 30 at 7:00PM
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
In the timeless Iranian ghost-town of Bad City, abuse against women runs rampant, cloaked by the dark of night. The abuse, however, is met with sharp punishment from a vengeful female vampire (Sheila Vand) who preys on the men that disrespect women. The spellbinding setting and characters establish a dark arthouse ambiance while simultaneously addressing the status of women in society.
The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave.
Preceded by Suicide by Sunlight.
Valentina, a day-walking Black vampire protected from the sun by her melanin, is forced to restrain her bloodlust to regain custody of her estranged daughters.
Directed by Nikyatu Jusu.
Death row prisoners are given a second chance by the government as they embark on a mission to deep space to extract rotational energy from a black hole. More advanced social complexes are at play as the ship’s onboard doctor, Dr. Dibs (Juliette Binoche), runs unethical experiments on the inmates; conflict between the whole crew slowly begins to brew. The sole survivor of the resulting turmoil, Monte (Robert Pattinson), struggles to maintain what is left of his humanity as he raises his daughter, drifting ever closer to the black hole in the desolate, doomed vessel.
Directed by Claire Denis.
Preceded by Afronauts.
July 1969. It’s the night of the moon landing. And a ragtag group of Zambian exiles are trying to beat America to the moon.
Directed by Frances Bodomo.
An unsettling, feminist expansion on the 1977 Argento cult horror classic. Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria follows Susie Bannion, an aspiring dancer from an Ohio Mennonite community, as she realizes a forbidden and supernatural destiny within the shelter of the strangely timeless Helena Markos Dance Company. Accompanied by a dark, historical backdrop, bewitching modern dance, and an eerily beautiful soundtrack, the company’s sinister and magical secrets manifest in a manner that is both grotesque and cathartic, shocking and inevitable, revealing an ancient power behind the company’s peculiar matrons which will amaze, terrify, and hold you spellbound.
Directed by Luca Guadagnino.