Horror experts and Censor filmmakers talk gender, guts and gore – and the things we might not want to remember…
First up, critics Clarisse Loughrey and Leila Latif get to the guts of the exciting new British horror film Censor, celebrating its role in the female horror renaissance. They debate the movie’s meta-messages and share their own experiences of the video nasties era – or, in Clarisse’s case, the stateside ‘Satanic Panic’.
Next, Censor director Prano Bailey-Bond and star Niamh Algar join Anna to discuss the retro chiller, set amidst the moral panic of the 1980s video nasties craze. Niamh reveals her experience of playing the movie’s highly-strung film censor Enid, whose repressed trauma rises to the surface thanks to one of the gory slashers she’s handed for the snip. From cult horror to the culture wars, Prano shares her inspirations and fascinating research for the film – plus what it was like to shoot its more stomach-churning scenes!
From the feminist highlights of Censor to overdue reappraisals of genre-classics, there’s plenty to chew on for fans of a psychological scare.