‘American Mary’: In Praise of the Amoral Final Girl

Screenshot_2014-12-27-21-41-54-1 Directed by the Soska sisters, American Mary features a complicated female protagonist who starts out as a likable badass but ends up as an amoral psycho. The film celebrates the power of bodily autonomy and depicts the horror of taking it away.

Trigger Warning: American Mary is a rape/revenge film and this essay discusses sexual violence.

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Paranormal Activity:
The Horror of Waiting, of Watching, of Things Unseen

Please don't film the demons!

I’m partial to the Paranormal Activity trilogy for three reasons: the clever camera work, the pitch perfect execution of tension building and release, and the films’ focus on women’s stories and histories. (The first half of this essay features only minor spoilers. You will be warned when the spoiler shit gets real.)

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