We don’t love musicals, but this week on “Not Your Final Girl” we discuss two musical movies that have what it takes to change our tune.
THIS EPISODE: “THE WICKER MAN” (1973) AND “GOOD MANNERS” (2017)
Your (Not Your Final) Girls are back at it again with another oddball double feature, and this one comes with earworms.
We’re talking about the fun yet malignant musical folk horror of The Wicker Man (1973), along with the persistently hard-to-classify werewolf tale, coming of age story, and sleeper musical Good Manners (2017).
The music in these movies is fantastic. Take it from two self-professed musical theater haters (with a few notable exceptions); these are both worth your time, even if you detest spontaneous bursting into song.
We’ve got multiple strains of culture shock, the agony and ecstasy of parenting, the futility of religion, sudden animated sequences, body horror, Christopher Lee delivering a soliloquy while chilling with snails, a guest appearance from Ariel’s cat in the form of a thumping sound near the end, animatronics, and of course our best Nicolas Cage impressions.
Hit us up on the socials and tell us which songs from these soundtracks you’ve been whistling all week.
Also, what cut of The Wicker Man do you like the best? Also, what musical horror movies do we need to check out (do not say Repo! The Genetic Opera)?
Love you, ghouls.
You can rent The Wicker Man on most VOD platforms…. and catch Good Manners on Shudder or Kanopy.
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.
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