catharsis (kuh-thaar-suhs): the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions

I am so angry.

If you have had access to any United States news outlets in the past week (or ever, for that matter), you have a good idea why. It is infuriating to have bodily autonomy and rights to privacy ripped from you from a handful of people with their own agendas. It is infuriating and devastating to imagine what I or someone else may face in a worst-case scenario. It is unthinkable how many people could face permanent repercussions or death over these dangerous bans.

In this time, I need to find ways to process my rage and anxieties constructively. I need something where I can shut out the world and clear my head. One of the many aspects of horror I am grateful for is its ability to let us experience primal feelings in a safe environment, in a way that does not cause actual harm. For me, some good-old slasher violence enacted by characters whose side we’re on and a dose of screaming help tremendously in times of crisis. Listed below are some horror / horror-esque films I turn to when I need something cathartic:

Psycho (1960)

The Shining (1980)

The Company of Wolves (1984)

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

Jennifer’s Body (2009)

Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)

Black Swan (2010)

American Mary (2012)

Midsommar (2019)


For anyone who needs information and/or resources, here are a few links that might be helpful:

American Civil Liberties Union:

Planned Parenthood:


Until next time,


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