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The Brown Geeks Go to the Movies With ‘Oh The Horror’

Oh the Horror! is the Brown Geeks’ semi-weekly YouTube series reviewing horror films through the brown geek lens. Our First Review: ‘Raat’ In the first episode, resident horror expert Tamara Syed (that’s me) reviews the Hindi-Telegu flick, Raat.  The Hindi horror classic film follows a family that moves into a new home with supernatural weirdness. This film has it all: a hu...

Episode 2 of Horror Podcast ‘We Don’t Belong Here’: A Knock at the Door

The scares continue with the next episode to Avaaz Media’s horror podcast We Don’t Belong Here! Listen to “Knock at the Door” and see where Rene, Maya and Amina end up in this very peculiar world. Now available on all podcast platforms (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc.). Synopsis: Maya and Amina seek shelter from something sinister stalking them on the outskirts of the forest....

Horror, Earthquakes, and What Horror Means to Me

Horror genres subvert the mainstream formulas of commercialized beauty, focusing on the dark underbelly of life itself. In an industry that propagates excess and luxury, horror lives on the blurred lines of death, gore, and carnage. At least, that’s how I feel about it.  Not being allowed to watch horror movies as a kid made me gravitate towards them as a 12-year-old, sitting on the couch of my gr...

Top 5 Cultural Moments in ‘Evil Eye’

The psychological thriller, Evil Eye, is out now on Amazon Prime and is a must-see for all Brown Geeks alike. The film centers on the bond between mother (Sarita Choudhury) and daughter (Sunita Mani). Examining the weight of expectations on Pallavi brought on by her mother, Usha. It bridges the gap between Pallavi’s American experience and the faulty connection to her mother living overseas. As Pa...

Lovecraft Country Spins H.P. Lovecraft’s Racist Legacy

H.P. Lovecraft had more than a few monsters of his own. No, we’re not talking about the famous octopus-dragon-humanoid mashup, Cthulhu. Or any of the other creatures in his Old Ones pantheon. Lovecraft’s monsters were far more insidious and far more real than anything he could ever imagine. His blatant racism, homophobia, and misogyny are the true horrors.   With the release of the new HBO series ...

Top 5 Femme Fatales in Anime That Kick Butt and Take Names

The femme fatale is a crucial element to film noir and has been portrayed in a multitude of genres since its inception. Traditionally, a femme fatale is a female identifying character who leads the male identifying protagonist to his demise through her beauty and charms. These characters are seldom multi-dimensional, their sole purpose is to lead their prey — or should I say the lead character — a...

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