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We’re joined by filmmaker LaShaunte Wade for Women’s Month to revisit our high school glory days with “The Skeleton Key” and “Donnie Darko”.


Find your low-rise jeans and come with us on a journey through time, to the epicenter of our youth: the early aughts.

Candace and Ariel are talking to filmmaker LaShaunte Wade about two movies in our mental horror scrapbooks: Louisiana Gothic of menacing Spanish moss, The Skeleton Key (2005), and mind-freak Millennial anthem, Donnie Darko (2001).

We also talk scary grandmas, problematic jump scares, the mean streak in early 2000’s culture, thrifting tips, Ariel’s Gary Jules obsession, the sounds of Are You Afraid of the Dark, and The Cheeseburger Phone movie — you know the one.

Also, is Donnie Darko secretly a Halloween romcom? Listen to find out. Trust us, we would never doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion.


LaShaunte is a professional traveling chef and fashion photographer turned filmmaker, writer, and creator of Dark Creeds Productions.

Her first short film, Let Them Eat, has won over 8 awards for best special fx and best female director — and 11 nominations on top of honorable mentions and over achievement awards for special fx, best actress, and best director.

Check out the Dark Creeds Productions website. Watch Let Them Eat on Vimeo. Follow LaShaunte on Instagram


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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