“The All Too Short Life of Soledad Miranda”

Originally posted on RobbinsRealm Blog:

The title of this blog could have been changed by deleting the name ‘Soledad Miranda’ and putting in its place, Susann Korda or Susan Korday. The actress, who appeared in over thirty films in the 1960s including cult hits “Count Dracula” and “Vampyros Lesbos” from Spanish director Jesus Franco, went by all of those names during her short life, but she was born Soledad Rendon Bueno on July 9, 1943 in Seville, Spain to Portuguese parents. Sadly, Soledad wouldn’t wind up living much past her 27th birthday, due to a car accident which claimed her life on August 18, 1970, in Lisbon, Portugal. At the time of the accident, she was on her way to sign a contract with Artur Brauner, a German film producer, which would have brought her international stardom. She was survived at the time by her husband, Jose Manuel da Conceicao Simoes, a former race-car…

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Crazy Bitches on Trial

Originally posted on SPOTTED COUCH:

“… Criminals are an exception among civilised people and women are the exception among criminals… As a double exception, then, the criminal woman is a monster.” – Cesare Lomroso, Italian Criminologist, 1893

The public’s fascination with women who murder is palpable, if not dangerously obscene. Apart from its statistical rarity, female killers (or those accused) fascinate us because we are shocked to see such beauty contort into the face of a monster. Simply put, stories of vicious vixens, blue-eyed butchers and crazy bitches on trial turn our cranks. In literary terms, they also stir up the power of myth, so elegantly explored by the late Joseph Campbell.

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As American author Nancy Friday discovered in her research for Men in Love, straight male fantasies often weave together the love and hatred of women. In modern culture, this pathology can be greatly observed in the way that real life women accused of murder are spun…

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The Role of Women Within Gothic Literature

Originally posted on Story of a Phoenix:

From the haunting stories by Edgar Allan Poe, to the modern love triangle in the hit series Twilight, Gothic literature is a genre that has secured its place in literary history. These tales of darkness filled with intrigue and passion, often drawing in readers with the dramatic tales of a woman and her mysterious dark lover. Using the feminist literary theory to examine the history of Gothic romance, it is troubling to see the trends of the female characters. But over time the role of women within Gothic romances may have evolved in thanks to societal influences and the emergence of stronger and more authoritative female characters.   

Gothic literature began in the eighteenth century, but didn’t gain its vast popularity until the nineteenth century. The stories created tragedy in once lively places, “[developing] a whole fantasy-world of stone walls, darkness, hideouts and dungeons which harbor, in significant complicity, brigands…

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The Babadook (2014)

Originally posted on Reel Ryan:

Baba…dook,dook dook. The sounds that will haunt me for a while. This movie is quite scary at the start, but unravels towards the end of the film. I absolutely LOVED the scary children’s book from this film. I would buy a replica of it because it was so well made. I also would love to dress up as the Babadook for Halloween this year. I just wish this film would have had a decent ending. The whole thing ended quickly and in a somewhat strange and boring way. Essie Davis was an incredible actress and I think she should have been nominated for this role, and I usually dislike child actors but Noah Wiseman hit all the right notes as the creepy little boy. Jennifer Kent has great promise in this genre, she needs to ask somebody about how to write an ending though. The more I believe this last…

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