What The Femme: Feminism in Holiday Horror - Virtual Class

Celebrate the season of wintry terrors with our investigation into feminist horror movies and the female characters who inhabit them.

December 1, 2020


Horror and the holidays have been a winning combination for centuries. From vengeful ghosts to psycho Santas, horror movies have explored and exploited every facet of our yuletide fears. But while other horror sub genres have benefitted from feminist analysis, holiday horror seems to have been largely forgotten. In this session, Adrienne Clark will lead a lecture investigating the depiction of female characters as they endure wintery terrors in films like Black Christmas (1974 and 2019), Elves, Krampus, and Better Watch Out, among others. The class will use a combination of lecture, film clips, and group discussion to explore the best and the worst of cinema’s most holly jolly horrors.

Zoom meeting details will be emailed to ticket purchasers shortly before the scheduled event.



Tuesday, December 1, 2020
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Presented via Zoom Webinar
$25 Sustainer | $15 Regular | $10 Reduced / SIFF Member
Registration fees offered at a sliding scale; proceeds support both the instructors and SIFF Education programming.


Students in this class are encouraged to view or have familiarity with both versions of Black Christmas (1974 and 2019) as well as Better Watch Out (2016) in advance of the class.


What The Femme is a SIFF Education series exploring female-representing character archetypes in cinema through analyzing the roles of women in horror, science fiction, and fantasy films. Each session will explore one character or archetype through two to three primary films, though more will be referenced. This education extension of SIFF's WTF Festival programming is curated by Colleen O'Holleran.

Adrienne Clark


Adrienne Clark is a writer and editor who has worked with numerous culture institutions—including the Museum of Pop Culture, the 5th Avenue Theater, and GeekGirlCon—and websites like Nightmarish Conjurings, 1428 Elm, and Ghastly Grinning. She co-founded the theater company The Satori Group in 2008, which was nominated for a Stranger Genius Award in 2014. In addition to acting and writing with Satori, Adrienne served as the group’s training manager, leading members in weekly training sessions on physical performance, storytelling, and building narrative structure.