Hard Candy

Collective Nightmares – Hard Candy Episode


Our first full podcast episode! Our podcast is based on an involved, in-depth,  and sociologically informed discussion of horror films. For our inaugural episode we discuss the 2005 film Hard Candy directed by David Slade, written by Brian Nelson and starring Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson.

The podcast hosts are Marshall Smith and Laura Patterson.

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“Horror films are our collective nightmares.” Robin Wood.

We are still figuring out all of the technical side of this. The audio doesn’t sound great for the first several minutes of the episode. If you just can’t stand it, the audio clears up at 9:30. If you skip right to this point you won’t have missed too much discussion.

Our audio does feature some expletives and discussion of controversial content. It is most likely neither safe for kids nor safe for work.

Donations are super welcome if you enjoy what you hear.



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Topic Index

0:00 to 1:08 – Introduction to the episode

1:13 – Why the first several minutes of audio is not good

2:41 – Episode start

4:22 – Explaining the reference to Rubin

Rubin, Gayle. 1984. “Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality.” Pp. 267-319 in Pleasure and Danger: Exploring Female Sexuality, edited by Carole S. Vance. London, UK: Routledge.

7:13 – The worst of Laura’s clattering dishes

9:30 – Start of better audio

12:07 – Movies that raise questions

12:45 – Castration

13:37 – Solid color pans

14:30 – Discussion of vision

15:41 – Close Camera Work

16:41 – Sexual Framing of Scenes

17:07 – Noose Necktie

17:28 – Hanging Oral

18:21 – Playing with Vision Surgery Video

18:43 – Full Frame Eye

19:38 – What’s Up With the Neighbor?

22:31 – Clipping Roses

23:18 – Symbolic Stabbing