The Sisterhood of Horror
Day 17 was a special exploration behind the mastermind Dario Argento with Argento Orrori, Day 18 of 31 Days of Horror Movie Challenge: Bloody Sisters, takes us to a unique realm delving into horror within sisterhood. In the realm of horror cinema, sister characters have eerie portrayals and the depths of fear they can evoke, take a quick glimpse at the 1980 film The Shining, for example. While the role of the twin sisters in the iconic horror film is brief, it’s a scene that has frightened audiences decades later. Other horror films, surrounding sisters as the main subject showcase the bond between sisters becomes a fertile ground for exploring psychological horror, family secrets, and supernatural elements. This analysis focuses on two iconic films, A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) and Sisters (1972).
Both films masterfully use the relationship between sisters as a central theme for horror, offering distinct perspectives. While the former employs psychological horror and supernatural elements with a non-linear narrative, the latter utilizes split-screen techniques and psychosexual themes to create unease and suspense. Together, these films have left an impact on the horror genre, contributing to the exploration of familial relationships and psychological depth in horror storytelling; a perfect examination for Day 18 of the Horror Movie Challenge: Bloody Sisters.