Proxy (2013) #WiHM

When we here at CineDump first conceived the idea to profile 28 amazing women and films during Women in Horror Month, I immediately blurted out, “We have to cover Proxy.” If you haven’t seen Proxy, don’t feel bad, a lot of people didn’t. Released in 2013 by IFC Midnight, Proxy, like the lost and lonely souls in the movie, has never gotten the love it needed.

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The Box from XX (2017) #WiHM

Jovanka Vuckovic’s “The Box” operates on horror’s oldest premise: what you don’t see is the worst thing of all. That’s not to say that this sinister short feels dated or old fashioned--on the contrary, its assault on the viewer’s sense of the uncanny feels fiendishly new. Rather than rely on gore, “The Box” maintains a clinically cold detachment, allowing the dread to mount until the haunting ending leaves the viewer hoping for that oh-so-comforting sense of closure we’ve been trained to need from horror films.

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Night of the Comet (1984) #WiHM

I’m going to put this on the table right off the bat: I love Night of the Comet. It’s one of my favorite films, and this will not be an entirely objective review. It’s not a masterwork of cinematography like The Innocents, it doesn’t boast compelling dialogue or characterization like Hellraiser, and it’s too firmly entrenched in the pop culture of the age to be a timeless classic like some of the other films I’ve discussed here at CineDump.

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Hellraiser (1987) #WiHM

Citizens of CineDump, in honor of Valentine’s day, we wanted to bring you the tale of a young woman, caught in the wiles of a dangerous, powerful man. He thrills her sexually with his rough, S&M flavored love making, and this leads to a contract that binds them both. Of course, I’m talking about 50 Sha--- no, wait, Hellraiser.

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Havenhurst (2016) #WiHM

Horror presents its own joys and its particular sorrows. Any genre fan can name them: gore over story, shallow characterization, and predictability. A parody of horror movies like the Scary Movie franchise or a loving send-up like Scream wouldn’t be complete without lampooning these less-than-desirable traits.

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The Bad Seed (1956) #WiHM

The Bad Seed gets a lot of things right, the first and foremost thing being a little acknowledged age-old truism: Kids are freaking creepy. Developmental psychology tells us that before a certain age, children are essentially sociopaths: self-serving, low on empathy, driven by desire. They form packs, they have friends adults sometimes can’t see, they resolve issues with kicking, scratching, and hitting.

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