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On this episode of the “Not Your Final Girl” podcast, we journey beyond the mortal realm to discuss “House” and “Ghost Story”.


In our haunted double feature of House (1977) and Ghost Story (1981), Ariel and Candace had the pleasure of talking to Mary-Madison Baldo about interior design, abolitionist readings of holiday classics, favorite Twilight Zone episodes, and, of course, feminine desire and rage beyond the grave.

We’ve got a butt-biting severed head, a sinister squatter boy in high heels, an evil cat, full frontal male nudity, and a man transformed into a pile of bananas. Listen to find out which of these are featured in Fred Astaire’s last film.

Mary-Madison Baldo is an independent filmmaker, artist, and educator with the voice of Snow White, the zany energy of Miss Frizzle, and the cinematic know-how of a Jeopardy contestant. Her short films have been showcased nationally and internationally at festivals in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Cannes; her passion for bright color and texture are expressed through her portraiture, photography, and makeup artistry; and she has taught classes virtually and in-person about literature, film history, and technology.

Mary-Madison Baldo

Her latest projects include a short film about a female serial killer, a feature about witches tackling a perverted patriarchy, and a music video about isolation with a color palette worthy of a kitschy kaleidoscope.

Support Madison’s project Danny here. Also please support a queer creative space and give what you can to this fundraiser for Brew Coffee & Beer. 

Movies discussed:

  • House (1977)
  • Ghost Story (1981)


Not Your Final Girl is a podcast hosted by three women (Ariel Dyer and Candace Sluder) just trying to make it to the end of the movie. Join us bi-weekly for deep dives into horror with a fresh take on the genre we love! We’re @NYFGpod on Letterboxd if you want to check out all the movies we’ve talked about on the pod. You can also follow Candace at @crammpuss if you want to peek at what movies might be coming up next.

A proud part of the Morbidly Beautiful Podcast Network. Our drive for intersectionality aligns well with the Morbidly Beautiful ethos. We love that MB is a nonprofit that gives back to the horror community, and are thrilled to be a part of the network.

The original music/theme song for the show was done by Ariel Dyer, Our main show logo/artwork was created by Brian Demarest (@evilflynn on Instagram). 

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