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On this episode of the “Not Your Final Girl” podcast, we vibe with the dark but alluring side of seduction in “Alucarda” and “The Hunger”.

THIS EPISODE: “Alucarda” and “The Hunger” w/ Emma Cogan

Here come the vibes, ghouls, and they’re immaculate.

Ariel and Candace talk B movies, sapphic longing, deals with the devil, overcoming patriarchy (including in the script of your own movie), and what if vampires had proboscises with Emma Cogan, co-founder of Monstrous Femme Films.

We’ve got a tale of forbidden love and Satanic devotion in the midst of a macabre Catholic orphanage in Alucarda (1977), and an extremely goth fever dream/music video about ephemerality, lust, and blood (of course) in The Hunger (1983). This episode is dedicated to Susan Sarandon and Willem Defoe. You know what it is.

Emma Cogan is a filmmaker & costume designer from Portland, Oregon.

An independent artist, history enthusiast, and co-founder of the queer, femme-led horror collective Monstrous Femme Films, Emma is passionate about utilizing horror and sci-fi narratives to create stylized films that explore the human condition and tell under-told stories- through an inclusive, feminist lens. Emma is currently working on the next MFF short, Baby Fever, as a producer, costume designer, and art director. Additionally, she is beginning her transition into writing and directing- with her debut featurette, a queer, psychological/surrealist horror entitled Penny & The Poppies, set to go into production this fall.

Check out Monstrous Femme Film Collective at

Movies discussed:

  • Alucarda (1977)
  • The Hunger (1983)


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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