X (2022) / FRIDAY THE 13TH: Slasher Studies

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Back to where it all began… Camp Crystal Lake, otherwise known as Camp Blood. This is FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980). Slasher films are often discussed as a genre, but in 80s America they were also a movement, a response to the politics of the day. That’s right, we’re talking Ronald Reagan! Sex is sin, and teens who reject abstinence and fail to “say no to drugs” are the perfect victims for the Voorhees family.

Then, we’re jumping ahead to remove the slasher from this context and see how those themes and tropes change. Ti West’s X (2022) is a newer film, but one we’re already excited to dig our paws into! Releasing this just ahead of the release of X’s prequel PEARL means we can examine the film unaffected by however the next film may change our interpretations.

0:08:11 – Friday the 13th

0:30:58 – X

0:49:45 – Comparisons

1:04:35 – Bone Reviews

Up Next: THE WOLF MAN (1941) / PUMPKINHEAD (1988)

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