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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”.

THIS EPISODE: “HOUSE” AND “GHOST STORY” WITH MARY-MADISON BALDO

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)

ABOUT THIS PODCAST

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, arieldyer.bandcamp.com. Our main show logo/artwork was created by Brian Demarest (@evilflynn on Instagram). 


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