"As a writer of science fiction I was free to imagine new ways of thinking about people and power, free to maneuver my characters into situations that don’t exist…I’ve been told again and again that my characters aren’t "nice." I don’t doubt it. People who must violate their long-held beliefs are rarely pleasant. I don’t write about heroes; I write about people who survive and sometimes prevail."
- Octavia Butler quoted in Mixon, “Futurist Woman”
La venganza del doctor Mabuse 
Bahidja Hafez in Layla Al-Badawiya (1944)
Bahidja Ismail Hafez was one of Egypt’s earliest film stars, as well as a pioneering director and composer. In the above publicity still, she poses for one of her three films as director, Layla the Bedouin, a remake of Layla bint Al-Sahara (1937), which she also wrote and directed. Another notable work in her filmography is Zainab (1930), a landmark silent film that was Egypt’s first feature-length film and first literary adaptation. Zainab introduced the melodramatic narrative to Egyptian film; a major influence on 20th century Cairo cinema and the progenitor of the lush romantic dramas it became known for in the following decades.
Thinking of setting up some type of rating system on here, but not really ratings, because they’re always subjective and create needless hierarchies… But I would like to have a space to give a general idea whether we recommend a film or not and why, including its triggering content/to give a heads up… Because I realize that its a privileged position to be able to consume any media where even if it makes you uncomfortable, it will not bring up past traumas. And a part of this blog is making the horror scene easier to navigate and accessible for those with different sensibilities and histories. For example, there’s no reason to needlessly view something that condones or exploits rape or to find yourself halfway through a movie before being assailed with it. There just isn’t. And having a platform like this is a good place to filter out shit like that so that people who are interested in horror don’t necessarily have to suffer through all the admittedly white male-centric politics and assumed spectatorship many contain. If anything, we could make a post with the poster of each new movie we’ve seen and a small lowdown on why we do or don’t recommend it under a cut (though generally we would leave this open for the viewer to decide) and what potential triggers it contains and to watch out for. This way we could also catalog our journey through the canon (or outside of it) and have a visual history of our viewership. I realize horror is a particularly triggering genre because of the nature of it and the subjects it takes on but that doesn’t mean its impossible or a ridiculous pretense to avoid some of the nastier, misogynistic, racist surprises it can deal out.
They’re coming here. They’re waiting at the edge of the city. They’re peering around buildings at night, and they’re waiting. They’re waiting for you! And they’ll take you one by one and noone will hear you scream. Noone will hear you SCREAM!
Messiah of Evil (1973, Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck)