Not Your Final Girl Podcast: High School Scrapbook

by Brendan M. Allen

Find your low-rise jeans and go with Candace Sluder and Ariel Dyer on a journey through time, to the epicenter of their youth: the early aughts. They are talking to filmmaker LaShaunte Wade about two movies in their mental horror scrapbooks: Louisiana Gothic of menacing Spanish moss The Skeleton Key (2005), and mind-freak Millennial anthem Donnie Darko (2001).

They also talk scary grandmas, problematic jump scares, the mean streak in early 2000’s culture, thrifting tips, Ariel’s Gary Jules obsession, the sounds of Are You Afraid of the Dark, and The Cheeseburger Phone movie – you know the one. Also is Donnie Darko a Halloween romcom? Listen to find out. Trust them, they would never doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion.

LaShaunte Wade is a professional traveling chef and fashion photographer turned filmmaker, writer, and creator of Dark Creeds Productions. Her first short film, Let Them Eat, has won over 8 awards for best special fx and best female director – and 11 nominations on top of honorable mentions and over achievement awards for special fx, best actress, and best director.

Movies Discussed: The Skeleton Key (2005), Donnie Darko (2001)

Show music by Ariel Dyer:

Show art by Brian Demarest:

Comicon thanks Not Your Final Girl for allowing us to premiere episodes of their podcast. The full Not Your Final Girl podcast archive can be found on Morbidly Beautiful’s official website,

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