Shudder is quickly becoming a must-have streaming service for horror fans. For one, they keep acquiring exclusive rights to some of the most interesting and innovative films. Last year, they featured Mandy, Terrified, and Revenge, films that made several year-end, best-of lists. This year, they’re expanding their content in new ways to highlight the history of horror. This started in February with the release of Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror and Eli Roth’s 7-part series “A History of Horror,” which first aired on AMC last fall. Both of these series are well-worth the watch for the casual horror fan or horror scholars.
The latest entry into their horror history content is the 10-episode podcast entitled “She Kills,” hosted by horror icon Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog, Escape from New York, Creepshow). “She Kills” analyzes the genre through a female lens and looks at several different tropes through the perspective of gender. Some topics covered include the Final Girl, witches, technology and horror, religious horror, and rape/revenge. Each episode includes a rotating cast of guests, some of whom include Rotten Tomatoes senior editor and film critic Grae Drake, actress Jennifer Tilly (Bride of Chucky), actress Alex Essoe (Starry Eyes), Blumhouse.com editor-in-chief and professor Rebekah McKendry, actress Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, You’re Next), among others. Generally, the content is a mix of historical perspective and the political. For example, one episode compares the gas-lighting that Toni Collette’s character endures in Hereditary at the hands of men with the current state of politics in the U.S, but there are several lighter moments, too. Jennifer Tilly chats about horror fandom and Bride of Chucky artwork that she enjoys seeing on Instagram.
Some other films analyzed include Rosemary’s Baby, Halloween, Revenge, and The Shining. Most importantly, what makes the podcast unique is that it’s totally female run, from the host, to the guests, to the content. In one episode, the guests predict that in the age of Trump, the Kavanaugh hearings, and the constant threat to women’s rights, there is going to be more female-centered horror films. Kudos to Shudder for realizing that and for releasing an all-female horror podcast.
The podcast is available on iTunes, Shudder, Player FM, and other podcast-hosting sites.