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Ginger Snaps (2000), Puberty, Menstruation and Werewolves

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Once upon a time, before puberty came dripping two sisters made a pact. Ginger (Katharine Isabelle) and Bridgette (Emily Perkins) declared their fidelity to each other unto death. Immediately slipping into a montage of photographs where Ginger and Bridgette are posing in staged crime scene photos that they took for a class project. Ginger Snaps declares being a teenage girl is like caught in a loop of your public suicide. Puberty explodes your body. Boobs and hair appear ex nihilo. Hormonally induced neurosis spills anarchy into her self-esteem and combines with a counterproductive sex drive that declares a new found compulsion. Puberty is a traumatic transformation, not unlike a werewolf emerging from your skin.

Gremlins (1984), Planned Obsolescence and Cultural Imperialism

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I spent over a year working in an office working with three crafty and intelligent Latinas who impressed upon me in the first month the importance of their cultural and familial relationship to food and meals. Most the days the women would each cook a little something and share it with whomever was in the office for lunch. After a month, I was pressed to bring food from my culture of origin. My first response was, "You want me to bring in pizza and chicken nuggets?" They looked at me like I was crazy, and went on to explain, "You've gotta understand that part of dominate white culture is invading other cultures, stealing the parts of their traditions and cultures and re-branding them. Taco bell isn't 'Mexican food' it is cultural imperialism."

Chainsaw Exorcism With Lance Barnwell and His Dark Poetry Collection Dereliction

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Tell me about yourself and your writing?

As a teenager I was an avid reader of sci-fi/horror and also tried to write my own 'fantasy' tales, none of which came to any kind of constructive conclusions. My writing was enthusiastic, but of no great quality and soon became non-existent when I left school and had to earn a living. I carried on reading horror stories by the likes of Stephen King and James Herbert, but not as avidly as I had done in my teenage years.

It wasn't until my mid forties that I was challenged by a friend to try my hand at poetry - so I gave it a go. I enjoyed the process and produced a finished piece of work that was met with approval from my friend. With my love of horror I inevitably started to write 'dark' poetry.

The 'Burbs (1989), The Reproduction Of Systemic Racism, and White Suburbanites

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The “First Suburbs” were created outside industrialized cities in order to weaken unions and soften the class consciousness of the worker. Outside of Chicago, one of the first suburbs in this country was Chicago Heights. With the first unions came the geographical widening of the division of labor. Corporate interests were taken care of in Chicago while factory labor was related to the suburbs. Workers, rather than working and living together cramped tightly into cities, were allocated to the first suburban homes. Suburban living provided workers with a widening and deepening of their economic and social private life. For the first time, workers not just worked all day and then slept. Now, workers worked all day and came home to wives (who had been working in the home) and now had a significant amount of leisure time and energy. Leisure time was filled in with proscribed market activities; listening to the radio, community and church, and sports. Immediately, workers became invested …

Chainsaw Exorcism With Linus Locke and His Intense Zombie Novel Decay: Civilization

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Tell me about yourself and your writing?

I’m an IT professional who loves horror and zombies. I love my day job, but there are days where I spend so much time looking at computer screens at work that I can’t come home and write.

I really hope that the love I have for the horror genre shows in every word I write. I want to paint the clearest picture possible while still allowing readers to use their own imaginations. I believe that to truly terrify readers you have to give them the ability to pull their own fears into the story.

Interrogating: A Philosophy Of Walking By Frederic Gros

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Some people walk to walk. Some walk to exercise or to get from point A to point B. Everyone walks, but few walk with an intellectual goal in mind. Frederic Gros in his text A Philosophy of Walking is hoping to take back walking by bringing walking front and center for philosophical inspection, and detailing the philosophers historical use of walking.

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E12 Better Angels, Neo-Liberalism, and Ding-Dong Dale Is Dead.

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Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kind. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig thought the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it can teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere. Don’t forget to check out my previous article in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E11 Judge, Jury, Executioner, Torturer and Euthanasia-er

Chainsaw Exorcism With E. Van Lowe And His Novel A Boyfriend From Hell

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Could you tell me about yourself and your writing?

Hi. Thanks for having me. I ‘m from New York City but I live in Southern California, and have lived here for a long time. I came out for college in the 80s and I stayed. Like a lot of writers, I wanted to be a writer since I was a little kid. Having a 20 + year career as a writer is like Christmas every morning—although, some mornings I do get a lump of coal in my stocking, like a bad review.

Why do you write?

I started writing horror in college, and was lucky enough to have several short stories published. That led me writing longer works. All I wrote

Oculus (2013), Reality Splitting, and Who Let That Baby Eat A Cockroach?

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Mirrors show a kind of reality that is a bit scary. Anyone who's tried to use a mirror to coordinate their arms to do something have come across the uncanny feeling that something is wrong with reality when it feels like your arms are going one way, but in reality they are going in another. A mirror disconnects subjective and object reality in a way that abjectivily conjoins them. My experience of my hand trying to position a hand mirror to see the back of my head using a bathroom mirror feels like my hand, looks like my hand, but there something missing. Almost immediately your mind makes up the difference by explaining the feeling of abjection away by realizing that actions in a mirror are reversed. The image looks like you, quacks like you, but it's not you at all. Oculus creepily pays with this experience of abjection in relation to your experience of reality, not just with the characters on screen but your experience watching the movie. Let's Saw Into It!

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E11 Judge, Jury, Executioner, Torturer and Euthanasia-er

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Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kind. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig thought the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it can teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere. Don’t forget to check out my previous article in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E10 18 Miles Out and Bromance

About two years ago I attended a local MoveOn meeting that last four hours, and the instant I got into my car after the meeting, all the frustration and anger that I kept in a down in order to maintain my cool busted out. I screamed a good solid, "AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?" I felt the same tension suffering though Dale's dietribing though Judge, Jury and Executioner. The goal of the MoveOn meeting was to gather leade…

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E10 18 Miles Out and Bromance

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Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kind. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig thought the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it can teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere. Don’t forget to check out my previous article in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E9 Triggerfinger, The Dangers Of Altruism and Political Cowardice

Let’s get sawing. Rick and Shane have one of the worst bromances ever depicted on film. Rick the noble post-comatosed hero of The Walking Dead, and Shane his (assumed) best friend and partner. Shane is just another rowdy police officer who would fit right into those cops that mace protesters during the Occupy Wall Street protests. Both are cops, and that tells us much about their personal and social visioning process. …

Off The Shelf: Occupy Nation, The History Of Sexuality Vol 1, and Anger

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I began blogging plan that failed. My plan was to do a post about each book I read, but what had happened was an intimidating stack of books piled on my desk. So, I'm gonna go at it rapid fire. Let's get sawing.
Occupy Nation: The Roots, The Spirit, and The Promise Of Occupy Wall Street by Todd Gitlin

What was up with all those people and their angry cardboard signs a couple years ago? What were they occupying anyhow? Why Wall Street and not some other street? This book answers most of these questions and provided a critical analysis of the movement, and a comparison where needed to the author's organizing work in the 60's. I was hesitant about reading this book, and it sat on my shelf longer than most. I had read several very surface-y books about the occupy movement that didn't have the intellectual rigor I find interesting. The prose in this book is great and reminds me of the heart and flow of Open Veins of Latin America. Fav Quote: "This is a movement in w…

Mama (2013), A Mother's Face Only A Child Could Love and Becoming Mama.

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Nature Vs. Nurture is an outdated binary that still finds itself front and center of group discussions in philosophy, sociology and psychology classes. The battle lines are fuzzy, but determined. Nature is either our genetic map that lays out coding for who we could become or a euphemism for a transcendental a priori force that devises a complex system of human attributes at the moment of conception ranging from Down's Syndrome to all-star football player. Nature is the set of social relationships an individual is born into and chooses and re-chooses as they life out their live span. But what if your childhood was interrupted by a violence that broke your family, and forced you to be raised by a needy and possessive ghost? This is the problem that Mama unravels.

Interrogating Exotype, The Performance of Music and The Ideology Of The Fan

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People have a way of defining themselves in relation to the music they listen to. Decades ago the boundaries between genres were more solidified. Punks, Rappers and Country singers all dress in a specific typified way that embodies and enacts a life style. In a sense this segregation of life style by music, played on the 80's and 90's identity politics craze, where groups would unify under a specific cause or issue, and in turn use that issue to define their life style. Feminist, LGBT, and racial groups focused on their individual cause while ignoring larger collective visions. Refusing to factor in the larger systemic cause of their cause they were barred access to the kind of change that would help them alleviate their problems. The idea being that if one could create a place for one’s specific identity/lifestyle group in the world that you have won in some way. Rather, then seek revolution, they settle for being satisfied with only helping a single life in one's lifeti…

Fan Mail: Taiwan, Marxism, and Anti-Intellectualism

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Comrade Fom Taiwan: Well, here in Taiwan, finding Marxist ideas is extremely difficult, especially because Marxism has a bad propaganda here because somehow Taiwan has to be different from China, and being anti-China, implies that you have to be anti-Marxist. One month ago there were some protests struggling for more "democracy", and honestly, the debates were extremely poor, in particular, because here in Taiwan, they are strongly influenced by Liberal Democracies and western ideas. Sometimes when I'm in class and I try to explain something using a Marxist approach, I can tell in the faces of the professors that they think that I'm crazy or something like that, BUT, on the contrary, in Spain is completely different, most of my professors were Marxists or Anarchist, but I have to be sincere here, my home university was famous because most of the students there were involved in lot of demonstrations against the Franco's dictatorship, and now all those students are…

Evil Dead (2013), The Failure Of (Republican and Democractic) Family Values, and Joseph Stalin

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Riddle me this: what the hell is the relationship between Heroin and the Evil Deads (aka deadites)? On the surface Evil Dead (2013) appears to be a shallow and violent metaphor for addiction and its ripples in a group of friends and family, but what kind of 'friends' would wait until it's past the point of OD in order to intervene in their friends addiction? Mia has a problem. She has put her life into the hands of a group of so called friends who are more concerned with ridding Mia's addiction in order to ease their lives then to legitimately help Mia for her sake. David on the other hand is seeking a legitimate reestablishment of a familial bond that he destroyed by abandoning his family when Mia and his mother was crazy and dying.

Interrogating Optimal Living 360 by Sanjay Jain, MD, MBA

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Do you want to live more like a capitalist? Do you want to think about your body and life as if it was a commodity? Are you getting a fair shake for your labor on the market? Then maybe you should consider reading Optimal Living 360 by Sanjay Jain, MD, MBA so you can better objectify yourself like a proper utilitarian. Price tags not included.

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E9 Triggerfinger, The Dangers Of Altruism and Political Cowardice

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Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kind. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig thought the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it can teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere. Don’t forget to check out my previous article in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E8 Nebraska, Trauma and Object Fetishism

I don't know about you, but the insult, I've had slung at me more than anything when I am trying to push for political change is, “I agree with your point, but I don't like how you say it.” Here Shane and I are similarly targeted by the cowardly altruists. Altruists are terrified of conflict because that have come under the mistaken notion that when you push for social change you should do it in a way that protects everyone's f…

GoodBye World (2013), Morality and Post-Apocalyptic Culture

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What would you do after the end of the world? I could see myself trying to find a way to some snowy mountian cabin in order to eat squirrel jerky and snowboard the end of the world away. At max I would bring one person to tag along with me in order to avoid Sartre's Hell Is Other People paradigm. In 1944, Sartre wrote a genies play about three people in a waiting room in hell. Long story short the dilemma was that the three people each were romantically drawn towards people they could not connect with. The dude was drawn towards a woman who was a lesbian, and the lesbian was hooked on the other lady, and the second woman wanted the dude. Hell therefore is other people. In other words, hell is wanting something in the other that does not exist. I'm sure none of you have experience this torturous yearning.

Interrogating The God Delusion By Richard Dawkins

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Richard Dawkin's obnoxiously shiny book The God Delusion became a kind of bible for atheists and secularist in the in the post 9/11 world. The title sharply called attention to a deeply held global belief in deities. As a traveling speaker and debates Dawkin's stood on a milk crate on campuses and conference rooms promoting evolution and attempting to 'raise consciousness."

Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E8 Nebraska, Trauma and Object Fetishism

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Welcome to our journey into the guts of The Walking Dead. What kind of journey? A philosophical, psychoanalytical and political kind. What I would like to do over the next couple months is dig thought the Walking Dead episode by episode to see what it can teach us. Thank you for following me on this journey. I look forward to reading your comments. Be forewarned: There are spoilers everywhere. Don’t forget to check out my previous article in the Philosophizing TWD series: Philosophizing The Walking Dead S2E7 Pretty Much Dead Already and Post-Apocalyptic Group Therapy
Object fetish is a useful tool to unravel an ideological knot. The way fetishism works is when an individual (or in the case of the walking dead a group) invests a certain meaning into an object in order to maintain a level of dissonance towards pain or a disturbing thought. The world goes to the zombies so in order for Hershel to avoid direct confrontation with pain he wrangles up his zombified family and herds them into…

Interrogating Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality by Darrel Ray, ED.D

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Several years ago I read Dr. Ray's similarly audaciously titled book The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture. I found the book underwhelming. Dr. Ray's thesis centered on building an analogy between virus pathology and the spread of religion. Most of the points were solid, but the book never went far enough to prove it's self theoretically. The virus analogy was likable, but the theoretical apparatus he is using to argue his points were flimsy.

In 2012 Dr. Ray release Sex & God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality, and initially I was excited. As a professional social worker, I was awestruck by the lack of critical thought regarding the problem social workers face and the intersection of religion. Religion and sexuality were taboo topics throughout my education, and when we did speak about religion, we only spoke to the hugging side of religiosity (aka general purpose spirituality). Sex & God sounded like a great avenue to meet this gap in my profess…

This Horror Blogger Punk Graduated With An MSW On May 4th

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Hello all my creepy crawlers! I wanted to take a moment and celebrate the end of a long adventure thought college. This horror blogger punk graduated with an MSW on May 4th! Go me! Now off to find a job that can support me philosophizing on the internet. Prospects are ripe! All you brain eating fiends can look forward to regular postings by yours truly.

Sincerely With Intestines,


Mother's Day (2010), Not So Cute Babies and Fascist Family Values

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Mother's Day has the (overwhelming) tenancy to be about celebrating motherhood. But what if your mother is a murderous psychopath? What then? Is getting your mother a card enough or should you deliver her a bouquet of severed heads? Mothers Day's explores the evil mother and the banality of evil lying in the heart of motherhood. The film begins with a set of well mannered dude rob a bank. One of the brothers is shot, and this shifts the group to plan B, so they rendezvous at their mother’s house. Unbeknownst to the bank robbers, the house was seized by the bank and resold to a couple (Beth and Daniel Sohapi). The robbers take the Sohapi's and their friends host and rest of the film centers around the interaction between the Koffin family and the Sohapi's and their guests.

When Mother Koffin arrives, the crazed home invasion dimension of the film shifts, from manic to something more deliberate as the Mother takes control. Up until the mother arrives the boys have clear…

Interrogating Haunted Stuff: Demonic Dolls, Screaming Skulls & Other Creepy Collectibles By Stacey Graham

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Like most atheists, my tenancy is not to buy into stuff that does not make sense. God's, unicorns, and ghosts do not meet a sufficient burden of proof for me. Nonetheless, I get a kick out of ghost stories and movies. The latest trend in horror flicks has shifted away from haunted houses to haunted things. I'm thinking about The Conjuring, and the haunted mirror box. Haunted Stuff: Demonic Dolls, Screaming Skulls & Other Creepy collectibles by Stacy Graham seeks to investigate and tell the lore behind haunted stuff stateside and abroad.

Haunted stuff begins with an overview of different types of things which haunt and the gadgets that are used to identify ghosties and demons. The meat of the Haunted Stuff is the following chapters that split the lore between dolls and collectibles, bones, houses and furniture, things bought over eBay, things haunted at sea, hotels, famous haunted things and cursed objects.

Chainsaw Exorcism With Brian Moreland and his novels The Devil's Woods and The Vagrants

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Could you tell me about yourself and your writing?
I grew up in Dallas, Texas. I’ve had an active imagination since I was a little kid. I was a typical introvert growing up, watched lots of horror movies, read comic books, and had an active imagination. I was a shy, geeky kid who turned that imagination into writing horror fiction when I got older. I’ve published three novels, two novellas, and some short stories. I love stories with monsters, so I mostly write supernatural horror.

Disney's Frozen (2013), Slave Songs For Children and Ideological Mystification

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Today I'm going to sidestep blood and guts and saw into a death-unicorn of a different color; Disney's Frozen. Frozen is the colorful sing along about Ana and Else. Ana and Elsa are of course bourgeois princesses that live a privileged life while the poor toil at labor intensive trades. Below I will interrogate three songs from the film: The Frozen Heart, First Time In Forever, In Summer, and Let It Go.

The Frozen Heart

The capitalist machine is in full force right from the opening song. Ice workers, at the very bottom of the supply chain, trudge away at a frozen lake collecting ice cubes for the rich who sit in comfy and warm castles. The song seemly innocence hides the subversive sting of a slave song. On the surface, the nobility of work and bootstrapped Republican values. The song comments on the difficulty of the work as well as the necessity of the work.

Chainsaw Exorcism With Max China and his Creepy Suspense novel The Sister

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Could you tell me about yourself and your writing? 

At the moment I'm known only as my pen-name of Max China. I write dark fiction with the emphasis on page turning suspense and mystery and mostly stories with a paranormal twist.

Why do you write?

To tell stories and hopefully entertain readers...I also find it therapeutic, rewarding in terms of achievement, and challenging.

Could you tell me what the process is like? What inspired you to write The Sister? 

The Hitcher (2007) or The Top Five Ways To Get Your Boyfriend Killed

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The stakes are high for couples in horror movies, and men seem to get the worst of the dismemberment. The Hitcher begins when Jim picks up Grace from college for a road trip. The goal of the trip is to introduce Jim to Grace's friends. What is alluded to early on is that Jim meeting Grace's friends is a kind of vetting process where Jim is put on the relational auction block to be inspected and prodded for merit. In other words, the dude has win over girlfriend’s friends or the relationship will be socially crippled. Of course, as we know, Jim and Grace do not reach their destination, but are put through a series of trials which test and ultimately break their relationship and Jim in two.