mental health

Why Some Anxious People Find Comfort in Horror Movies

It may not make sense, but some people with anxiety disorders–myself included—love nothing more than calming down with a terrifying film. I talked to researchers to find out why.
Abby Moss

The Weinstein-Esque Character You Missed in the Weinstein-Produced 'Scream 3'

Even for a cheeky, self-referential cult franchise, this depiction of a sleazy film exec is bizarrely on-the-nose.
Kristen Yoonsoo Kim

DIY Filmmakers Explain How to Make a Horror Film On the Cheap

Feminist film collective The Final Girls are going on a UK-wide tour with "We Are the Weirdos," a showcase of horror shorts. Ahead of a special Broadly readers party, we caught up with the female directors pioneering a new approach to horror films.
Sirin Kale
Unscrewing Ourselves

STD Horror Movies Prey on Our Fears and Misconceptions About Sex

The micro-genre is a rare place to push prevailing myths about sexually transmitted infections to the extreme, exploring themes of promiscuity, perversion, and violation.
Sarit Luban

What Happens When You Examine Sex and Violence Through the Female Gaze

We spoke to the creator of "Viva" and "The Love Witch" about subverting classic film tropes, and asked viewers what it means to them.
Lilly Dancyger

'Teeth' Is the Feminist Horror Classic That Men Tried to Sabotage

In honor of the tenth anniversary of the film, its producer and director explain how the vagina dentata-themed movie overcame a bungled studio release to find cult acclaim among young women.
Sirin Kale

'Alien' Is Sci-Fi Horror's Most Feminist Movie Franchise

The blockbuster series terrified male audiences with the visceral horror of rape for almost four decades, and the newest instalment "Alien: Covenant" is no exception.
Tom Seymour

Welcome to the Golden Age of Women-Directed Horror

From the murderous cannibalism of "Raw" to the campy villainy of "The Love Witch," there's never been a better time for women in horror—both behind the scenes and onscreen.
Evelyn Wang

A Vegetarian Vet Student Turns Cannibal in Feminist Horror Film 'Raw'

Director Julia Ducournau tells us why it's time to honor the female appetite—in all its most gruesome forms—on film.
Sirin Kale

A Pregnant Woman Goes on a Killing Spree at Her Fetus's Behest in 'Prevenge'

We spoke to the director of "Prevenge," an extremely dark comedy about the horror of impending motherhood—who was eight months pregnant when she directed and starred in the film.
Emily Cassel

Why Horror Icon Barbara Crampton Wants to Ditch the ‘Scream Queen’ Label

The "Sun Choke" star catapulted to cult status for her ear-piercing shrieks in 80s gore-fests like "Re-Animator." She explains why she now says no to damsel in distress roles.
Oliver Lunn

The 1940s Horror Movie That Embraced Lesbianism and Satanism

Homosexuality was still taboo in 1943, but that didn't stop long-forgotten noir film "The Seventh Victim" from boldly tackling female desire onscreen.
Thomas Hobbs