In this episode, we kick off a special block of episodes exploring the much-discussed and often maligned, but perhaps misunderstood, subgenre of “Elevated” Horror which we’ve had some fun discussing in the past. To do this, we’re presenting something of an A24 sandwich made from two A24 releases and in the middle an earlier film that would certainly fit the criteria for an A24 release if it happened to come out modern day. To start we are deep diving with Rose Glass’ debut feature from 2019: Saint Maud. The gang gets all kinds of serious as we talk religion and put forth the theory that the film has a whole lot more to do with mental illness than its marketing pushed for. And so much more!
–Saint Maud Trailer
–Stream Saint Maud at Amazon Prime via EPIX or Paramount+
–Winterbeast Scene: “What Can The Matter Be?”
–Go check out Vinegar Syndrome
–Related Show: End of the Fucking World
–Related Film: Suspiria (Remake)
–Related Topic: Religious Ecstasy
–Related Topic: Self-Flagellation
–Related Literature: William Blake
–Related Story: Book of Esther
–Related Film: Crawl
–Related Art: The Ecstasy of Saint Catherine
–Related Film: Hereditary
We spend a lot of the episode talking about Mental Health. While we are far from professionals on the topic, we want to encourage you that if you want more information or would like to speak with someone directly you should check out MentalHealth.gov. If you are thinking about suicide or are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, know that you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline either at their webpage or by dialing 1-800-273-8255. You can also reach a crisis text line by texting “TALK” to 741741.
The Reflecting Skin (1990)