Faculty of Horror

Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West

Podcasting from the Horrored Halls of Academia

All Episodes

Do you want listen to an episode about Torture Porn? Well, you’re in luck! Andrea and Alex dive into the 2000s to look at the phenomenon of Torture Porn; what preceded it, what it meant, and where we can potentially place it in our collective imagination.   Class of 2021 Merch is here! Original art […]

Nov 24

1 hr 57 min

Live from Salem Horror Fest, our 100th episode on George A. Romero’s The Crazies sees us tackling small-town life, biology, the Vietnam War, health care and our own podcasting mortality. Plus, a very special Cameo!   Class of 2021 Merch is here! Original art by Slutfocate   Become a Patron!   REQUIRED READING The Crazies. […]

Oct 22

1 hr 18 min

The table is set, the wine is poured and the time has come to take your seat at the table as we delve into Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation. From a history of dinner parties to the dynamics of grief, we’re serving up a once in a lifetime, four-course meal of analysis.   Class of 2021 Merch […]

Sep 27

1 hr 21 min

Sweets for the sweet! We’re still on our annual August hiatus but we accidentally said “Candyman” five times and resurrected a commentary we recorded for our Patreon back in 2019. Whoops!Listen in to whet your appetite for Nia DaCosta’s reimagining this weekend! Become a Patron! Right click or option-click here and choose “Save Target As”

Aug 25

1 hr 37 min

Call your bank and pack the moving truck because we’re uprooting everything we think we know about home ownership. From the Lutz’ mortgage with Devil to the skeletons in the Freelings’ closet (and backyard), Andrea and Alex unearth what lies beyond and beneath the white picket fences of American suburbia.   Become a Patron!   […]

Jul 27

1 hr 52 min

The fog of Victorian London settles on Alex and Andrea as they dive into “Ripperology”: the facts, fiction and shadow cast by Jack the Ripper over our culture. By examining how the figure is depicted in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger and The Hughes Brothers’ From Hell, we can begin to untangle the history of more […]

Jun 29

1 hr 35 min

If you go down in the woods today You’re sure of a big surprise Andrea and Alex leave the comforts of modernity and go back to nature to discover what humanity has left behind through our obsessions with cryptids and conspiracy theories. From our fascination with humanity’s evolution to our need to colonize, we have […]

May 25

1 hr 26 min

In this episode, we delve into the murky waters of intimate relationships, nuclear families, and revolutionary theatre practices with Andrej Zulawski’s Possession. From the film’s almost instant cult-status to its rocky release, we look at what has made Possession one of the great filmic break-ups and breakthroughs of the late 20th century.   Become a Patron!   REQUIRED READING […]

Apr 27

1 hr 7 min

CHOOSE YOUR DESTINY! Andrea and Alex got unreasonably excited about the new Mortal Kombat movie, so we recorded our pre-and post-movie impressions in an all-new Fack Flash. The full episode is available to all tiers of our Patreon! Join now and gain access to the full episode, plus even more perks and extras.Become a Patron! […]

Apr 25

7 min 25 sec

Get out the glitter and baseball bats because we’re diving into the complex world of Twilight. From fandom to first love to coming of age and problematic depictions, we’re going deep with this one. Hold on tight, spider monkey!   Become a Patron! REQUIRED READING Twilight. Dir. Catherine Hardwicke, 2008. EXTRA CREDIT How Twilight Changed Fan […]

Mar 21

2 hr

From pop idols to cam girls, the line between reality and perception is dangerously blurred. In this episode, Andrea and Alex delve into the world of personas, obsession and perfection with two films, released decades apart, that grapple with modern anxieties.   Become a Patron! REQUIRED READING Perfect Blue. Dir. Satoshi Kon, 1997. Cam. Dir. […]

Feb 25

1 hr 56 min

Roses are red, Violets are blue The best couples in horror! From us, to you <3 The full episode is available to all tiers of our Patreon! Join now and gain access to the full episode, plus even more perks and extras. Become a Patron! Right click or option-click here and choose “Save Target As”

Feb 13

4 min 39 sec

A year in review of a year like no other. The world may have been disrupted in a myriad of ways but we still watched a lot of great content so enjoy our favourite films of last year, a Q&A with questions from you, a very special crossover with Gaylords of Darkness and bloopers. Always […]

Feb 6

3 hr 8 min

In our final episode of 2020, Andrea and Alex venture back in time to Franco’s Spain to face down nightmares, bravery and politics – both real and imagined – as they break down Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth.   The Fack Dispatch – Subscribe to our monthly newsletter!   Become a Patron! REQUIRED READING Pan’s Labyrinth. […]

Dec 2020

1 hr 30 min

In this episode, Alex and Andrea we venture into the knowns and many unknowns of Peter Weir’s seminal Australian film. From missing white women to colonialism and purity and propriety, we tackle the many mysteries of Hanging Rock.   Class of 2020 Merch is now available!   The Fack Dispatch – Subscribe to our monthly newsletter! […]

Nov 2020

1 hr 4 min

The much-anticipated (if less embraced) The Craft: Legacy is out and we had… feelings… accompanied by a strange and sudden desire for an adult beverage. Blessed be? The full episode is available to all tiers of our Patreon! Join now and gain access to the complete one-hour episode, plus even more perks and extras. Become […]

Nov 2020

5 min 3 sec

SURPRISE! We’re back with a bonus episode to help you get through Election Day and the ensuing aftermath by talking about David Cronenberg’s The Dead Zone. In this episode, we delve into notions of fate, time travel paradoxes, cults of personality, the responsibility of the individual, and the importance of a good wool coat.   […]

Nov 2020

1 hr 29 min

We’re *virtually* live from Salem Horror Fest this year and we’re talking about sexy werewolves and not-so-sexy wellness with Joe Dante’s The Howling. From cultish retreats to women in media, Alex and Andrea go to the darkest reaches of the p0rn theatre…    Class of 2020 Merch is now available!    The Fack Dispatch – Subscribe […]

Oct 2020

1 hr 3 min

  CW: Suicide. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones: 1-800-273-8255.    We’re kicking off a new semester by tackling two incredibly dark films that ask the question: have you checked on your mom lately? Alex and […]

Sep 2020

1 hr 55 min

The summer bonus trilogy concludes! Join Alex as she mines the occasional depths, miscalculations and style choices of Sylvain White’s I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, examining whether the 1990s Teen Horror Cycle can exist in a new millennium.   Right click or option-click here and choose “Save Target As”    

Aug 2020

1 hr 32 min

  Our Summer of Plague wraps up with a look at potential cures and a post-human reality. Between Guillermo del Toro’s Frankensteinian bugs and a post-apocalyptic UK, the end of the world may be closer (and more necessary) than we think.   The Fack Dispatch – Subscribe to our monthly newsletter!   Become a Patron! REQUIRED […]

Aug 2020

1 hr 24 min

Alex is back with Julie and Ray to continue their summer pastime of making terrible terrible decisions! This time with Brandy, Jack Black and some dubious geography trivia.   Get your rain slicker, your tanning bed and some popcorn and join the fun! Right click or option-click here and choose “Save Target As”    

Jul 2020

1 hr 40 min

Time to hunker in your bunker! In this episode, Andrea and Alex tackle the issues surrounding Nice Guys, privilege, and the conservative ideology around preservation during times of upheaval. The Fack Dispatch – Subscribe to our monthly newsletter!   Become a Patron! REQUIRED READING 10 Cloverfield Lane. Dir Dan Trachtenberg, 2016.  EXTRA CREDIT r/niceguys. These “nice […]

Jun 2020

1 hr 11 min

Join Alex for a commentary on the teen slasher classic, I Know What You Did Last Summer. Featuring a discussion of wigs, classism, star power and how an urban legend threatened to bring down a cynical generation, this commentary makes the case for July 4 becoming the Fisherman’s Holiday. Cue up the film, get some […]

Jun 2020

1 hr 41 min

Our Glossary of Gore series is normally for Patreon members, but… it’s been a week. Here’s Andrea on cultural hegemony. Become a Patron! Right click or option-click here and choose “Save Target As”

Jun 2020

10 min 21 sec

We’ve had a lot of people asking what we’ve been watching lately so here’s a run of the new releases that have been on our radar. The second portion of this episode is available to all tiers of our Patreon! Join now and gain access to the rest of our lockdown activities, plus even more […]

May 2020

35 min 49 sec

What starts as a routine stop for a firefighters and a puff piece for some TV journalists descends into one of the most chilling and prescient film franchises in contemporary horror. To kick off the Summer of Plague series, Andrea and Alex delve into the nooks and crannies of Spanish history and a Barcelona apartment […]

May 2020

53 min 39 sec

By reminding us of the past, ghosts can shape our future, revealing hidden truths, histories and uncertainties that we’re often too scared to acknowledge. Grief and terror become inextricably intertwined in Peter Medak’s The Changeling, and Andrea and Alex untangle the metaphors, traumas and unspoken realities that have made this film a Canadian horror classic. […]

Apr 2020

54 min 45 sec

Skipping the pond and travelling back to the roaring ’20s (the last ones, that is), Andrea and Alex take a tour of interwar Germany via two of the country’s most celebrated cinematic marvels. From the Weimar Republic to the Frankfurt school, from German expressionism to antisemitism, the past presents us with creativity unfettered (and warnings […]

Mar 2020

1 hr 19 min

From the Gothic urban landscape, to narrative switch-a-roos, to entitled male rage, David Fincher’s Se7en is much more than a morality-wielding killer with a penchant for… unboxings. In this episode, Andrea and Alex delve into the movie’s complicated moral codes, the history of detective fiction and the dangers of having a God-complex.   The Fack […]

Feb 2020

1 hr 25 min

It’s a Fack Flash episode about our pets! Join Alex, Andrea and a feisty Pomeranian for a chat about furbabies, familiars and the auditory terrors of canine indigestion. The full episode is available to all tiers of our Patreon! Join now and gain access to the complete one-hour episode, plus even more perks and extras. […]

Feb 2020

5 min 39 sec

It’s that time again…   Best of 2019!   Best of the Decade!   Bloopers!   Banter!   Bats!   The Fack Dispatch – Subscribe to our monthly newsletter! EXTRA CREDIT Become a Patron!   Here’s that Johannes Nyholm clip with the “drunken baby” from his film, Las Palmas.  LISTEN Right click or option-click here and […]

Jan 2020

1 hr 44 min

In our first Fack Flash of 2020, Alex and Andrea look back at horror’s biggest happenings and headlines of the past decade, including #metoo, Women in Horror Month, the return of Stephen King, and much more! Become a Patron for access to the full episode! Right click or option-click here and choose “Save Target As“

Jan 2020

7 min 20 sec

Locking your windows and doors won’t do much good when Béatrice Dalle is at your door. This month we tackle the grotesque Holiday classic Inside (À l’Intérieur) and examine themes of conception, religion, and motherhood alongside the French politics of the time. Become a Patron! The Fack Dispatch – Subscribe to our monthly newsletter! REQUIRED READING […]

Dec 2019

1 hr 3 min

Pass the popcorn! Patrons in our Professor Emeritus tier can watch Bernard Rose’s Candyman with Alex and Andrea via a full-length commentary track. Here’s a taste! Become a Patron! Right click or option-click here and choose “Save Target As“

Dec 2019

4 min 19 sec

Sharpen your teeth (and your wits) because this month, we’re devouring the world of Anne Rice and her cinematic vampires. Discussing their emergence from Gothic literary fever dream to hyper-stylized incarnations on the big screen, Andrea and Alex prove that there’s still life in them yet. Become a Patron! The Fack Dispatch – Subscribe to our […]

Nov 2019

1 hr 48 min

In our first-ever Glossary of Gore episode, Alex tackles Laura Mulvey’s theory of the male gaze; analyzing Mulvey’s essay Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema and discussing how it’s been applied since it became part of cinematic vernacular.The full episode is available only to the post-graduate tier of our Patreon! Join now and gain access to […]

Nov 2019

3 min 55 sec

Live from Salem Horror Fest 2019 – Andrea and Alex tackle Jonathan Glazer’s alien masterpiece. Bringing the outlying universe down to Earth, Under The Skin reveals the darkest parts of consciousness in a chilling meditation on what it means to be human. Become a Patron! The Fack Dispatch – Subscribe to our monthly newsletter! REQUIRED READING […]

Oct 2019

1 hr 2 min

Our first-ever Ask the Fack Q&A episode is live, in which we discuss our favourite books, our top non-horror movies, and some bonus parenting tips for horror fans (hey, you asked!) The full episode is available only to the graduate tier of our Patreon! Join now and gain access to the complete one-hour episode, plus […]

Oct 2019

10 min 15 sec

Andrea and Alex kick off a new semester with a discussion of Nobuhiko Obayashi’s House, a truly bizarre but exciting entry into the horror canon. Covering everything from witch-y house cats, to nuclear bombs to inter-generational tensions, this episode may never capture the unbridled energy of the film but it might unlock some doors… Become […]

Sep 2019

1 hr 7 min

This month, Andrea and Alex pull back the veil on narrative cinema and the true-crime phenomena. From John McNaughton’s nightmarish debut to David Fincher’s gumshoe epic, the answers to our response and responsibility to real-life events is almost always more complex than they appear on the surface. Class of 2019 T-shirts are available now at Twisted […]

Jul 2019

1 hr 29 min

Is it the apocalypse or just the start of a new era? Can it be both? Andrea and Alex delve into everything from the military to existentialism, brought to life by Frank Darabont's controversial adaptation of Stephen King's novella.

Jun 2019

1 hr 22 min

Andrea and Alex hit the hay one last time to discuss how Freddy became a marketing legend, a cultural sensation and an arbiter of taste. Transitioning from installments in the late ’80s to the ’90s to the early aughts, Freddy illustrates how slashers have evolved (or devolved) to become cultural icons. Class of 2019 T-shirts are […]

May 2019

1 hr 44 min

Freddy Krueger may be the man of our dreams but what about his creator, the studio that sustained him, his victims and the 1980s? Andrea and Alex dive into their nightmares and beyond to explore the lasting effects of one of horror’s most beloved franchises. Class of 2019 T-shirts are available now at Twisted Ts!  Salem […]

May 2019

1 hr 48 min

Andrea and Alex unmask Georges Franju’s 1960 masterpiece Eyes Without a Face and peer into the damaged landscape of a post-World War II France, body modification and why sometimes, father doesn’t know best. REQUIRED READING Eyes Without a Face. Dir. Georges Franju, 1960. EXTRA CREDIT Blood of the Beasts (1949) Franju’s short documentary about the slaughterhouses on the […]

Mar 2019

1 hr 14 min

Andrea and Alex head West to explore the notions of Manifest Destiny and the Frontier Myth in Antonia Bird’s Ravenous. Combining historical context through a modern gaze, Ravenous proves you are who you eat. REQUIRED READING Ravenous. Dir. Antonia Bird, 1999. EXTRA CREDIT Manifest Destiny – An overview of the philosophical American mandate to head West. Cannibal […]

Feb 2019

1 hr 24 min

Andrea and Alex return for their annual year in review episode. From their favourite films of 2018 to FAQs and bloopers, few stones are left unturned… and those are probably haunted anyway. EXTRA CREDIT Alex’s Favourite Films of 2018: Suspiria Pyewacket Annihilation Assassination Nation Cam   Andrea’s Favourite Films of 2018: Suspiria Hereditary Assassination Nation […]

Jan 2019

2 hr

Andrea and Alex break down the foundational elements of Darren Aronofsky’s divisive mother! From authorship to ecofeminism to sink instillation, few stones are left unturned or unexamined. REQUIRED READING mother! Dir. Darren Aronofsky, 2017. EXTRA CREDIT What is Ecofeminism? An overview of the term that rose to prominence in the 1970s.   The Death of […]

Dec 2018

1 hr 14 min

This month, Andrea and Alex tackle two films whose hearts lie in the darkest, most secret parts of suburban utopia. In Bryan Forbes’ The Stepford Wives and Jordan Peele’s Get Out, we follow protagonists who are socialized to make room for the privileged and examine what happens when they strike back. REQUIRED READING The Stepford […]

Nov 2018

2 hr 4 min

Join Andrea and Alex live at Salem Horror Fest! In this episode they tackle Ti West’s The House of the Devil and it’s reliance on the 1980s Satanic Panic movement. From modern technology to notions of the real and unreal, how much of the devil is in the details? REQUIRED READING The House of the Devil. Dir. […]

Nov 2018

1 hr 6 min