Melisandre of Asshai: Subverting The Witch Trope in Game of Thrones

Morally ambiguous and often presented as alluring and dangerous creatures, witches are important characters in horror and fantasy literature and cinema. The traits and characteristics typically associated with witches and their role in storytelling are inherited from the late Middles Ages and the Early Modern period ‒ dreadful times of political unrest and heightened religious…

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Roman Sionis in Birds of Prey: Creating The Perfect Villain

Drenched in neon technicolour and carried by a fantastic cast, Cathy Yan’s Birds of Prey (released in February 2020) delivers stylish high-energy action and empowering messages through a simple story. It’s a refreshing film and a rarity in the comic book movie world: a film with a predominantly female ensemble cast and more than one…

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The Fall of the House of Usher: A look at Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak

In the crowded world of cinematic horror and supernatural stories, Crimson Peak is a beautiful, rare tale that falls into the category of gothic romance. When asked about his influences for this particular project, Guillermo del Toro answered that he tapped into literary works rather than old horror films “I read E.T.A. Hoffman, Henry James,…

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General Zod and King Orm: Catalyzing the Hero

A comparative character study. Villains are one of the great gifts of fiction. Antagonistic forces who incite conflict, the bread and butter of every story. Complex, magnetic characters we love to hate and hate to love. Villains and antagonists – for they aren’t exactly the same thing, more about that in a minute – are…

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