Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Chapter x Chapter Review of FILMS OF THE NEW FRENCH EXTREMITY Chapter 12: It's So Easy to Create a Victim



Welcome back to another installment of the Chapter x Chapter series, a column where I take a deep dive into horror reading with a new review for each chapter of the book.  The first book of this series is Films of the New French Extremity:  Visceral Horror and National Identity by Alexandra West.  If you're looking to start from the beginning, I recommend you check out my introduction. 

Alright, I'm taking a deep breath for this one.  I know that I'm not alone in being traumatized by Pascal Laugier's 2008 film, Martyrs.  In fact, Alexandra West kicks off her chapter on this movie by acknowledging it and Irreversible are the two most infamous films to come out of the New French Extremity.  I knew before watching it that Martyrs would be one that I'd need to brace myself for given it's reputation.  But I wasn't ready, readers.  I just wasn't ready.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Chapter x Chapter Review of FILMS OF THE NEW FRENCH EXTREMITY Chapter 11: Enfant Terrible


Welcome back to another installment of the Chapter x Chapter series, a column where I take a deep dive into horror reading with a new review for each chapter of the book.  The first book of this series is Films of the New French Extremity:  Visceral Horror and National Identity by Alexandra West.  If you're looking to start from the beginning, I recommend you check out my introduction. 

After another unexpectedly long hiatus (paying bills really is for suckers) we're back with a new chapter of Films of the New French Extremity.  This week, we're going to take a peek at how New French Extremity frames children and parenting.  Wait, come back!  I promise this won't be as bad as you think.  In fact, given NFE's penchant for inverting expectation, it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that in these films the children are not the tormented, but rather the tormentors.