This week, I was so excited to welcome back Elizabeth Cantwell, whom I enjoyed talking to about The Shining in the Bright Wall/Dark Room episode earlier this season.
A poet and a high school teacher, Elizabeth is the author of the chapbook Premonitions, as well as two full-length books of poetry, Nights I Let the Tiger Get You and All the Emergency-Type Structures. Additionally an editor at Bright Wall, you can find her essays on a variety of films ranging from Jaws to Burn After Reading in Chad Perman's prestigious online film journal. Working by day as a high school teacher, she happily tricks her students into learning through her accessible, engaging courses on horror, creative nonfiction, and War & Peace.
Having recently launched a podcast in her own right, you can hear Elizabeth along with her husband, writer Christopher Cantwell happily obsessing over a wide range of topics on their new podcast "Spores, Molds, and Fungus."
Warm, kind, and incredibly intelligent, Elizabeth joined me to discuss sex, gender, and final girls in horror as it relates to Black Christmas (1974), Dressed to Kill (1980), Cat People (1982), Vampire's Kiss (1989), and Mandy (2018) this long, breezy, entertaining chat that I know you're going to love.
Referenced & Related:
Watch With Jen: Comfort Movies with Bright Wall/Dark Room (hear Elizabeth on The Shining)
Men, Women, & Chainsaws by Carol J. Clover (buy at Matt Zoller Seitz's World Store)
Theme Music: Solo Acoustic Guitar by Jason Shaw, Free Music Archive
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