Not Your Final Girl Podcast: ‘Cult’ Comedies

by Brendan M. Allen
Show art by Brian Demarest

Today’s double feature is going to make you want to wear a leather jacket. Candace Sluder and Ariel Dyer are joined (for the second time) by author, blogger, and Twitter-famous person Jessica Guess to talk about 2019 Satanic horror comedies Satanic Panic and We Summon the Darkness. These movies have a ton in common: murderous cults, rock n roll, great hair, 80’s aesthetics, if not necessarily 80’s settings.

They’ll tackle some important issues in this one, such as compulsory heterosexuality, characterizing virgins, the difference between Baphomet and Satan himself, realistic atmosphere for a midwestern road trip, and whether it’s a good idea to go on the lam with someone who just tried to murder you. If you don’t trust Candace and Ariel to tell you about this stuff, trust Jessica. She got a retweet from Stephen King. 

Jessica Guess is a writer and English teacher hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She earned her Creative Writing MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2018, and is the founder of the website Black Girl’s Guide to Horror, where she examines horror movies in terms of quality and intersectionality. Her creative work has been featured in Luna Station Quarterly and Tor Nightfire. Her debut novella, Cirque Berserk, is available to purchase on Amazon (right here). Her short story Nightmare Man appears in Shiver: A Cold Weather Horror Anthology.

Movies discussed: Satanic Panic (2019) and We Summon The Darkness (2019)

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