Summary from Rotten Tomatoes: 

Filmmakers Jovanka Vuckovic, Annie Clark, Roxanne Benjamin and Karyn Kusama present four horrific tales of terror. In “The Box,” a boy starts to display strange behavior after looking inside a mysterious gift box. In “The Birthday Party,” a woman refuses to let an untimely death ruin her son’s bash. In “Don’t Fall,” an innocent camping trip turns deadly, and in “Her Only Living Son,” a mother must deal with the child from hell.


The book author Kate forgot

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado


Nerd corner:

What is an anthology?

“An anthology is a collection of selected writings by various authors, and usually, the several stories or writings are in the same literary form, of the same period, or on the same theme. Alternatively, it can also be a collection of selected writings by one author.” (Mukundarajan, 2016).

According to wikipedia, an anthology film “a subgenre of films consisting of several different short films, often tied together by only a single theme, premise, or brief interlocking event (often a turning point).” 

According to tvtropes it’s “a feature film composed of vignettes or Short Films. Generally, the shorts have nothing to do with one another, but occasionally there is a theme, Framing Device, or plot running through the stories, connecting them together.”

Why choose anthology as a vehicle? Political statement?


General conversation:

Density of short form

The framing device as a continuing story

No easy messages here, no pithy statement of morality. It’s like life is complicated and sucks and this is what people chose. 

The naming of XX



The Box- Arc Words (a recurring phrase across the short)- Often the repetition becomes more sinister with each utterance and it serves as a powerful stylistic element if done well.


The Birthday Party- Of corpse he’s alive, Black comedy, The Birthday Party, or, The Memory Lucy Suppressed From Her Seventh Birthday That Wasn’t Really Her Mom’s Fault (Even Though Her Therapist Says It’s Probably Why She Fears Intimacy).


Don’t Fall- dangerous key fumble, and I know you’re in there somewhere fight


Her Only Living Son- the power of love (love conquers all, etc. played with, because love winning meant dying), mama bear (mess with her kids and she’ll kill you)

Scariest Moment:

Don’t Fall- the wall crawl


Meme corner:

Two Medieval Monks Invent Bestiaries

What Are Frogs?

two men wearing hats wave at each other. In their speech bubbles they are saying "same hat!"


Century, Sara. (2018). The strange history of anthology horror. Syfy.


Mukundarajan, Aishwarya. (2016, October 11). A definitive guide to writing and publishing an anthology. Notion Press. 


Page, Aubrey. (2017, February 16). ‘XX’ Review: An Elegant, Imperfect and Fiercely Unique Horror Anthology.


Yamato, Jen. (2014).  Magnet Springs For Femme-Driven Horror Anthology ‘XX’. Deadline.