Episode 39: Monstrous Women and Women Who Make Monsters

Millicent Patrick designing the Creature from the Black Lagoon

Millicent Patrick designing the Creature from the Black Lagoon

Why do so many horror movies and stories feature terrifying women? Why do male creators treat female bodies and women’s sexuality as intrinsically terrifying? And what happens when women get to create their own monsters and horror narratives? Plus we talk to Mallory O’Meara about her new book The Lady from the Black Lagoon.

Links, citations, & etc.

Mallory O'Meara (writer)

The Lady From the Black Lagoon: Hollywood Monsters and the Lost Legacy of Millicent Patrick by Mallory O'Meara (book)

The Creature From the Black Lagoon (movie)

Hereditary (movie)

Metropolis (movie)

The Bride of Frankenstein (movie)

The Wasp Woman (movie)

Aliens (movie)

The Exorcist (movie)

Carrie by Stephen King (novel)

Carrie (movie)

The Shining (movie)

Species (movie)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (movie)

The Dark Phoenix Saga (X-Men storyline)

Sigmund Freud (psychoanalyst)

Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film by Carol J. Clover (book)

Friday the 13th (movie)

Alien (movie)

Videodrome (movie)

Carl Jung (psychologist)

Bad Milo (movie)

Society (movie)

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (novel)

Frankenstein (1994 movie)

Mary's Monster: Love, Madness and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lita Judge (book)

Anne Rice (author)

Tananarive Due (author)

Ginger Snaps (movie)

C.L. Moore (author)

"Shambleau" by C.L. Moore (short story)

Weird Tales (magazine)

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (book)

The Haunting of Hill House (TV series)

Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting (1963 and 1999 movies)

Voldemort (character)

J.K. Rowling (author)

The Babadook (movie)

The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (book)

Gaslight (NOTE: Incorrectly identified in the episode as being directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It was in fact directed by George Cukor.)


Bit (movie)

Zombie Strippers! (movie)

Ex Machina (movie)

Millicent Patrick (designer)

Tom Savini (designer)

Rick Baker (designer)

The Shape of Water (movie)

Mike Hill (designer)

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (movie)

Kong: Skull Island (movie)

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (movie)

The Predator (movie)

Jennifer's Body (movie)

American Psycho (movie)

Issa López (director)

Tigers Are Not Afraid (movie)

Warhammer 40,000 (game)

Borg Queen (Star Trek character)

Annalee Newitz