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If ever a film was ripe for dissection and discussion, it’s the controversial 2017 opus “Mother!” from arthouse auteur Darren Aronofsky.

On this episode of The Final Girl on 6th Ave, host Carolyn Smith-Hilmmer takes a deep dive into Darren Aronofsky’s surreal allegorical nightmare, Mother! A thematically rich film with layers upon layers, it was one that the critics praised, but audiences lambasted. Complex, thought-provoking, controversial, and singularly ambitious, there’s a lot to unpack with this one. – Stephanie (Editor-in-Chief)


While this film may appear at first glance to be the classic arthouse vibe (you know, where the characters in the film don’t have real names), it is so much more than that. Check out this episode where I attempt to contain my love of Jennifer Lawrence by not talking about her the entire episode.



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The Final Girl on 6th Ave is a weekly show where host, Carolyn Smith-Hillmer, dissects an arthouse/elevated horror film. Each episode includes a detailed play-by-play of the film itself and a subsequent deep dive into the thematic elements and symbolism. Because elevated horror is sometimes viewed within the horror community as pretentious, Carolyn makes sure to use her down-to-earth tone and unique perspective to make these films less intimidating for the casual horror viewer and less ostentatious for the genre lover.

Listen to more episodes on the show’s website here

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