Powered by Guardian.co.ukTAirteagal seo dar teideal “heroines haunted: mná ag dul i gceannas scannáin uafáis” Bhí scríofa ag Joanna Benecke, do theguardian.com ar an Déardaoin 23 Deireadh Fómhair 2014 09.08 UTC

Mar 31 chuige Deireadh Fómhair, Roinneann shaol na scannán ina dhá: dóibh siúd ar mhaith scannáin uafáis, agus iad siúd nach bhfuil. Cloisim go minic baill an ghrúpa sin ag cáineadh an seánra mar foréigean chun cinn agus chauvinism fireann. Cuirtear na focail "porn céastóireacht" in úsáid beagnach i gcónaí, i tagairt do an Brú agus Saw saincheadúnais. Samhlaigh dá mbeadh na generalizations céanna a rinneadh faoi seánraí eile? "Chuala mé go raibh Diana uafásach mar sin tá mé riamh faire dráma eile." "Tá an leantóir le haghaidh A ligean ar bheith Cops dona mar sin tá mé a thabhairt suas ar greann le haghaidh maith."

Scannáin uafáis, cosúil le gach scannán, teacht i réimse stíleanna, ó Slashers teen nós Oíche Shamhna, Scream agus Sorority Rae, a Gore saor chillers síceolaíoch mhaith Diabolique, An haunting, Babaí Rosemary, Na Daoine eile, agus An Fáinne. Cad go léir na scannáin tá mé liostaithe dhéanamh i bpáirt, áfach, tá a n-protagonists mná lárnach. Cad atá níos mó, siad go léir pas a fháil sa Bechdel Tástáil.

Go deimhin, Is horror seánra is éasca ina bhfuil a fháil mar thoradh mná. agus ní, nach bhfuil na scannáin ar fad faoi "roinnt cailín mór-chíoch nach féidir leo gníomhú atá ag rith i gcónaí suas an staighre nuair ba chóir di a bheith ag rith amach an doras tosaigh", mar a mhol Neve Campbell Sydney Prescott sa chéad scannán Scream.

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Sinséar snaps ... scannán faoi ghrá sisterly agus werewolves teen

Teen werewolf flick snaps Sinséar (2000) Is thar aon scannán faoi ghrá sisterly; An ghinealach (2005) – an all-girl adventure trip turned nightmare – offers a frank look at female friendship under pressure; Teeth (2007), a film about vagina dentata, is a brilliant examination of a girl fighting back against sexual exploitation; Mama (2013) is an exploration of maternal love and child-rearing (with ghosts); and Lyle (2014) – a lesbian Rosemary’s Baby – skilfully shows how aspirations can damage a family.

This Halloween, writer/director Jennifer Kent’s feature debut The Babadook opens in the UK. Ostensibly a film about a single mother whose young son finds a scary picture book full of horrid predictions that start coming true; the movie is one of the best explorations of grief, loneliness, single-parent challenges and parental guilt I’ve seen. Dubbed a female The Shining, the film also dares to explore the biggest taboo of all: a mother feeling hatred for her child. Those with sensitive gag reflexes can relax, as the gore factor is low. Mar sin féin, you will see scenes of a Bechdel-passing nature that are unique in mainstream cinema (when was the last time you watched a middle-aged mother listlessly reach into her sewing box to find her vibrator?)

Peter Bradshaw on why you should watch The Babadook

On the DVD front, your girl-power needs are met by the release of Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson’s cheerleader-zombie-witch flick All Cheerleaders Die. Anyone familiar with McKee’s oeuvre will know that he likes his gore (and does it well), but he’s also responsible for some of the most feminist cinematic narratives of recent years: Bealtaine, The Woods, The Woman, and now Cheerleaders. All the films centre on female relationships, most have central (teagmhasach) lesbian characters, and highlight the inequality of the sexes. It’s no simplistic case of girl=good, boy=bad; there are truly despicable male characters, but also scary, nasty females.

Easy answers aren’t on offer; McKee’s movies may look like lightweight slashers – and they are indeed fast-paced and humorous with catchy soundtracks – but scratch the garish pop-culture surface and you’ll find a radical gender narrative at work. McKee himself tells me, “Some people are thrown by [Cheerleaders], particularly guys who assume that at least one of the boys in the movie is going to manage to do something heroic.”

With much of contemporary cinema feeling unexciting and retrogressive, why not make this the Halloween when you challenge your assumptions and give horror a chance? You can always think of it as “art house”, “thriller” or “independent” if it makes you feel better.

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