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This month, we explore the werewolf motif in cinema and try to understand the internal and external forces that transform man into monster.

Episode 23: The Wolf Man (1941) and Dog Soldiers (2002) (1 hour, 23 minutes)

In this episode, the Spinsters return to the supernatural side of horror by looking at the origins of the werewolf and tackling their depiction in the two films The Wolf Man (1941) and Dog Soldiers (2002). While the Spinsters address how the horror genre has treated the image of the werewolf and its folklore on film, the overarching theme is how masculinity is addressed in the tragic archetype of the werewolf.

By looking at two very different films from two different eras in cinema, the Spinsters talk about the struggles men face to maintain the idea of being ‘manly’ men which leads to the inevitability of toxic masculinity and oppression of other species.

This episode features a guest spot from Dr. Alison Peirse, Associate Professor in Film and Media at the University of Leeds, as she talks about her writing on the film Dog Soldiers depicting the attacks on the male body, feminism, and the Final Boy.


Original podcast artwork by Brandon Mercer

Jess and Kelly co-host the well-produced, highly entertaining, and insightful monthly podcast known as I SPIT ON YOUR PODCAST. Every month, they explore the world of horror entertainment, with each episode centering around a particular theme. This is a time once a month when Jess puts down her bloody knitting needles and Kelly steps away from the TV to discuss horror movies and other horror mediums with thoughtful analysis, research, and passion.

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Original publication date: June 3, 2020


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  1. on June 3, 2020 at 8:26 pm
    Michael Williams wrote:

    Thank you for another great episode. I especially appreciated the take on the werewolves as a symbol for toxic masculinity. I also need to confess that I am part of the 2% who does not love dog soldiers, maybe I need to watch it again?


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