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This is the kind of class that will make you want to do your homework the moment it is assigned. Andrea and Alex are erudite, funny and, best of all, horror fanatics. They have such respect for the genre and its fans.
A podcast worth coming back to over and over again. I really enjoy the conversation and especially the recommendations of different films/books on horror. It’s inspiring to hear two very intelligent women discuss the strange and scary stuff I’m so passionate about as well.
This podcast is fantastic. Intelligent, academic, rigorous analysis by two hosts who do their research but avoid being dry. It isn’t so much film reviews as thematic discussions, and I appreciate that. They also can be quite funny. Thoughts on horror for adults. What’s not to love? Add this to your subscription list.
One of the few well-thought and well-spoken podcasts about horror films I've ever found.
I love this podcast. Alex and Andrea are interesting and fun, but more importantly this podcast has given me new perspectives on films that I've already seen and a giant list of films to see and think about. I don't always agree with them (and they don't alway agree with each other) but their commentary is always well discussed and makes me see things in a new light.
I really enjoy Alex and Andrea's analyses of movies from a social standpoint. Granted I don't always agree with their opinions, but it is always fun to get different viewpoints. And therein would be my one complaint. How they present their progressive viewpoints as fact, rather than what it is, their opinions. I presume they surround themselves with other like-minded "progressives" so their opinions are never challenged, hence why they present everything as matter of fact. For instance Andrea's idea that zombies and zombie movies represent white racism. Zombies are animalistic, brutal and cannibals. Therefore that equates to racism against blacks? Who is the racist in that theory? The person who wrote the script with no thoughts of racism in mind or the person who equates zombies to black people? I love their feminist viewpoints, especially as a father of an eight year old girl. They often provide viewpoints that I would never consider as a man and it definitely makes me think, and I believe helps me relate to and empathize with my daughter, wife and women in general. Additionally their critical analyses of horror movies are spot, with excellent backstories, trivia, and insider info on each movie. I also find that I can relate to their early life experiences which guided them into the world of horror movies, as I suspect would be the case for most horror movie aficionados. I would definitely recommend The Faculty of Horror.
I love this podcast. I love their voices. I love their knowledge on the horror films they talk about. I enjoy being able to hear about horror in a more meaningful manner than I am used to. It is a breathe of fresh air to hear an academic, feminist approach to horror. I don't always agree and neither do they, which makes it great. Also, they are quite funny and don't censor themselves. A wonderful pair!
As a recovering PhD sociologist, Faculty of Horror is the last connection to the discipline that I refuse to sever. Alex and Andrea provide some of the most compelling cultural and social insights out there--in any genre. They remind us not only why we love (or love to hate) horror culture, but why even the stinkers say something important about the larger society that produced them. In fact, I probably get more from their conversations about films I dislike than the films I know and love. And they do all of this with wit and humor. Listen, laugh, learn--you have been warned.
Two stars for feminism (wink wink). ;)

5/5

These ladies are my heroes. Informative and funny. They’ve helped me learn how to be a feminist and that it’s ok for ladies to love horror too. So inspiring.
This podcast has all of my favorite things about academia (insightful artistic and cultural criticism from well-read, witty, opinionated women) with none of the things that I hated about it (bloviating bros, grant applications). Even the episodes about movies I’ve never seen are delightfully entertaining. Thought-provoking, incisive, and funny, this podcast makes me want to a) start a podcast with my own academic BFF and b) become BFFs with Alex and Andrea.
working my way up from episode 1, and really loving the savvy analysis + smart-assery from these two awesome hosts. basically the best film studies seminar ever
Equally entertaining and informative. Casual conversation yet engaging and from a fandom perspective. Of the many, many, horror podcasts I listen to, this one is that feels the most like fans talking the good and bad of the genre yet keeping it positive the whole time.
I just moved to a new city and have been watching more horror again movies to keep me company. Luckily I discovered Andrea and Alex around the same time. Funny, academic, and knowledgeable, this podcast has slowly become one of my favorites. Listening to Andrea and Alex is like sitting through a college lecture with your favorite professors. I can’t recommend them enough for horror fans. I really didn’t know stuff on such a high level existed. Thanks guys!
I have been listening to the Faculty of Horror for quite some time and I am always excited to see what these ladies have in store! Alex and Andrea are smart, funny, and relatable. They are so committed to their research of the horror genre and I appreciate their critical opinions and arguments even when I do not agree with them. I always learn something new when I revisit an episode. Their academic approach never feels unattainable or snobby. I also appreciate how they encourage other horror fans (especially women) to pursue their own projects within the horror community. Keep up the amazing work! 💪🏼
I have been waiting for this my whole life! I’ve always craved hearing deep analysis of horror films, and Andrea and Alex deliver! They are brilliant researchers and engaging and enthusiastic personalities. It’s always the best day when a new episode drops into my feed. Thanks for all you do!
I love horror movies so listening to these in depth podcasts are so interesting!
If you love horror and smart discussions this is a podcast for you. Each month I await for it to show up in my feed. The films that they discuss are always diverse and interesting, and the knowledge and passion for the topic that the hosts display always impresses me. Great podcast!
where have you been all my life?! this is hands down the most insightful, smart, and funny analysis of my favorite genre. I can’t recommend it enough, I’ve been telling anyone who will listen.
The first episode I listened to was Halloween vs. Black Christmas. I thought these ladies did well, but then it became political. It was overtly feminist. I finished that episode and didn’t listen for a while. I decided to give it another shot today and listened to their latest episode about witches. Within 5 minutes of this episode I turned it off. These women have every right to speak about whatever they wish on their podcast and I’m not saying they shouldn’t be able to, but I’m not going to tune into a horror podcast and listen to a feminist lecture about the patriarchy and how bad men are. I think they are great when actually talking about horror, but when every episode becomes political, it’s a turn off.
Comparable shows: to many to name Distinguishing Characteristics (DC): a) unconventional approach to subject, b) uncommon 'casting,' c) genre specific focus, d) program format, e) Canadian 😊 Why DCs Matters: a) love LOVE ❤️ the sociological and historical approach to gaining listener buy-in and understanding. It is common in other shows for them to simply expound on the their own experience. It is slightly less common for the reviewer to describe the movie relative to current events. TFOH strives to describe the mood and tenor of the world in which the movie had been made, AND to also review performance and production quality. b) I'm sure there are more all female casted review programs (Culture Gabfest comes to mind as a close facsimile), but I have not found them. I don't want to reduce the program to gender politics and it deserves better, but there is something unique to this show that is not present in the vast majority of male dominated alternatives. A sort of refreshing compassion and general lack of the male 'posturing' I think I see in shows like WHM.
There’s a lot of thoughtful horror analysis to be found in print and online but not much in the podcast feed. Andrea & Alex deliver! They provide deep cuts! Historical, social, cultural, and philosophical context for films. They speak from a fan perspective that keeps one both intellectually and emotionally invested in what they have to say. I’m always excited to rewatch the films I’ve seen after listening to them. I also discover new horror I’ve overlooked. So good!
Provides a simulatenously relaxed and informed perspective on the genre.
What a treasure trove this podcast is! I couldn’t help but binge episodes when I first found Faculty o’ Horror - and I wholeheartedly recommend this practice. As a fellow female horror fan it is so refreshing to hear their wonderful juxtaposition of academic assessment and casual chatting; I feel like I could totally hang out with Alex and Andrea and not feel too intimidated by their intellectual and general fabulousness. Thank you!
I can’t say enough how great this podcast is! It’s smart and funny and, as I said in the title, it made me rethink every horror movie I’ve ever watched. I had no idea about the hidden depths of the horror genre but this podcast has converted me.

Meh
2/5

I used to love this podcast but I’ve realized that these ladies aren’t really showing their expertise in the genre. Almost every movie they talk about is a mainstream movie. They very rarely talk about and indie horror movies. If you are going to constantly remind viewers of all of your degrees, books you’ve written, speshul snowflake events you’ve been invited to then you should probably expand your discussion into the indie horror genre.
Intelligent conversation that makes me think deeply about the horror movies I watch. Really opened my eyes. So refreshing to have a podcast about horror movies that isn't hosted by a bunch of bro's one-upping each other. Alex and Andrea have great chemistry and balance the intellectual conversation with fun and wit. I attended their live show in Salem, MA in October 2017, it was awesome!
Intelligent analysis. Great choices of movies. One of the best podcasts on horror movies. Recommend to every serious fan of horror.
Alex and Andrea really take great care into a thorough analysis for their movies, whether it be big movies or smaller cult films, these two can easily make thought provoking entertainment as they have for the past several years with ease, and would gladly encourage everyone to try to take a deeper look behind the veil of these great or notso great horror movies
I watch specific movies just so I have more of these episodes to listen to! Feminist horror fans look no further.

A+
5/5

These ladies are the best! Love their analysis. I have to say, I was a little perturbed by the last show's comment equating racists co-opting american history x to kids connecting to the nihilism of fight club and boxing each other, I think they are massively different, but that's what you're gonna get here--opinions--and that's what I love 99% of the time which is good enough ffs :)
I like these two chicks they talk about horror movies in an intelligent manner and without sounding pretentious or pompous and also cracking some jokes at the appropriate times. They also use sound clips from the horror movies which is a really nice touch and also makes you feel.... more engrossed? Amused? All good things.
Finally a podcast which takes horror films seriously without losing a sense of fun about them. Well-researched and insightful.
Andrea and Alex are both unique, sincere, thoughtful hosts, bringing new insights to the movies they discuss. It feels like an oasis. I'm a stay-at-home mom and horror writer so getting to listen to these smart women talking about one of my dearest topics is such a boost and means so much. I'm greedy and wish it was out more often, but they're too busy being awesome on other projects, too, so I get it. Feels like total Christmas Morning every time an episode comes out. Keep up the great work!
Required listening for female and feminist horror fans. The ONLY horror podcast made by women. So refreshing and insightful.
Great podcast--I enjoy their academic analysis of classic horror movies. It's also interesting to hear a re-evaluation of some of my favorite films from a feminist perspective.
I absolutely love hearing horror parsed out and examined in such a thoughtful manner. They provide history and environmental factors that attribute and influence the films which enlightening to say the least. Also the feminist perspective they provide is illuminating without being overwhelming which I think lends itself to all audiences. They are also very entertaining, engaging, amusing, and sarcastic... I love them!
Andrea and Alexandra are so fun to listen to and always bring up really interesting facts about the horror movies they talk about. Many times digging deep into the meaning of the films and the background. It's also great to hear conversations about horror from a feminine perspective. As a male horror fan, it really makes me re-think a lot of my favorite horror films and see them in a new light. The Faculty of Horror is smart, informative, and even can be pretty funny some times. I'll always be a fan! Favorite episodes: The Exorcist, The Blair Witch Project, and Rosemary's Baby.
This is not a feminist horror podcast. Instead, it's a horror podcast made by feminists. And while the difference may be lost on some, I find it such a great and refreshing balance in contrast to the more popular podcasts hosted by men with beards (*cough, cough*). If you're tired of the dude-bro horror podcasts with annoying men talking over each other and making slimy jokes, this is the podcast for you!! The hosts take their topics seriously and discuss the films with a lot of love, or when it's deserving, with genuine criticism. And hearing their POVs is always so interesting because I'm often surprised at how they love or hate a film because they're so often dynamically different than mine. Their reservations with the Alien series was surprising and then their gung-ho platitudes for Antichrist shocked me. But I keep coming back even when they praise or pile-on because they do so in such interesting and well-spoken ways. They genuinely love horror, and this runs in contrast to some other specifically feminist-angled series that I've tried to get into where the tone came off as to tear-down or criticize. Which is needed, believe me, but there's a difference in being distantly critica and then Subissati/West's tough-love handling. So, if you're looking to avoid the bro-ish podcasts that dominate the charts while also looking for something that celebrates rather than negates, then I highly recommend Faculty of Horror. It's a well-researched horror podcast done-so from an academic film perspective--rather than one of nostalgia or chit-chatting (that's there in the right doses). I can't stop gushing at how good this podcast is and how well it scratches my horror itch. The perfect balance.
Alex and Andrea have changed my views on horror movies! Highly recommended!
I've been listening to a lot of horror podcasts lately (research!) and am SO HAPPY I found this one! It's my new favorite thing to listen to. I'm just bummed out it took me this long to find it.
I've seen The Shining, The Blair Witch Project, and Silence of the Lambs more times than I count, but somehow Alex and Andrea find ways to teach me something about these cinematic masterpieces. Not only do they carry a well spoken wit, but both women have incredible knowledge revolving around each movie. I always finish listening to their podcast with some new nugget of information. If you enjoy horror films and film theory, you will be so happy that you found this gem.
I've been looking for something to fill the void that Bonnie and Maude's absence has caused and this more than fits the bill. Well structured podcast that gives an insight view into horror films. It had quickly raised to be one of my favorites!
This is one of those podcasts which I listen to the instant I see it drop. Both Alex and Andrea are knowledgeable and incredibly fun to listen to. They're shared chemistry makes one feel right in the middle of the conversation. I recommend this podcast to any horror/film fan.
I'm a true fan of horror, and I am suprised by the incredibly quality and depth of this podcast. Not only the hosts are extremely knowledgeable but their selection of horror films is superb. Perhaps my current favorite podcast!
Two cool people with a great look into some of my favorite movies.
5 stars despite the fact that these hosts don't seem to be real scholars or facutly and their analysis is usually super surface and does not cite the literature from which the ideas are pulled. They should maybe ditch the academic theme, since they don't really live up to it.
This might sound odd, but I have never been a huge fan of horror? However I was looking for podcasters that give their opinion on/analyze films and I happened on this one. Alex and Andrea have totally drawn me in. Their discussions are in-depth and insightful and have gotten me to rewatch some horror movies that I've already seen and watch new ones just so I can discover what they have to say about them. Also, this might be a simplistic comment but they have wonderful voices. It's an integral thing to listeners, and no one will be disappointed with these two! Awesome stuff and I hope they never stop making new episodes!
Five stars for two rad Canadian chicks who talk about great movies in an educated fashion. One star deduction for relentless male-bashing. One star deduction for relentless America-bashing. Total: three stars! BONUS ADVICE TO HOSTS: Learn to love all human beings equally, regardless of gender or country of origin or race or religion etc, and you'll be a better (and happier!) person for it.