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November 21, 2013

Woeful Wombs: Pregnancy and the Horror Film

“It’s like a wire inside me getting tighter and tighter.” – Rosemary Woodhouse

The best horror subverts the sublime, fouling sanctuaries, safe places and what is culturally labelled as innocent—homes, children and mothers. This troika often goes together, representing the holy trinity of an idea of domesticity, which in popular consciousness often begins with the pregnant body. As such, many horror films are read as having a reactionary view of women, reducing them to monstrous mothers or abject incubators for terrifying beings. But are these representations of pregnancy always cut and dry? What can be gained from debasing pregnancy? And what does it say about how we view (or cherish or revile) this biological process? Looking at how this “horrific” body has morphed on screen, this lecture will look at the likes of Rosemary’s Baby (1968), The Fly (1986), Aliens 3 (1992), A l’interieur (2007), and yes, Twilight (2011) in hopes to give birth to some answers.


November 21, 2013 at 8pm
Big Picture Cinema, 1035 Gerrard Street East, Toronto

Instructor: Kiva Reardon

Kiva Reardon is the founding editor of cléo, a quarterly journal of film and feminism. She is the staff writer at TheLoop.ca and contributes to various publications such as Cinema Scope, Maisonneuve and NOW Magazine.

4 Responses

  1. B says:

    do you also look at It’s Alive?

  2. […] own Kiva Reardon takes the mic at the last Black Museum lecture of the semester—Woeful Wombs: Pregnancy and the Horror Film—to discuss this very topic. Rosemary’s Baby, The Fly, and Twilight will be some of the […]

  3. Max says:

    Hope Paul is more careful handling PODs as opposed to posters…