Netflix is turning Joe Ballarini’s three-book series A Babysitter’s Guide To Monster Hunting into a family film, Deadline reports today, with Rachel Talalay (Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare, Tank Girl) set to direct. Ballarini himself will be writing the adaptation.
The influential author Angela Carter died on 16 February 1992.
Despite her early death at the age of 51, Carter forged a reputation as a serious writer – working across fiction, non-fiction, essays and journalism.
However, it was her interpretation of classic fairy tales in the 1979 anthology, The Bloody Chamber, which sealed her reputation as an author. Teasing out the darker, sexualised elements of the original tales, Carter tackled sex, gender, and relationships head-on.
In this clip, Carter discusses her take on Beauty and the Beast – and its erotic undercurrents – with former Monty Python star Terry Jones.
The woman wears a long velvet dressing gown over a lace peignoir that froths around her ankles like seafoam as she runs across the moor. In the distance, the shape of a house grown vast and gloriously terrible beyond any architect’s dreams looms, bleak and menacing and wonderful. The moon is high enough to light the scene; the sun is a lie told by nannies to their charges to keep them from being afraid of the monsters in the night. The monsters are not a lie. The monsters are real. The monsters are already inside the house. The monsters are in the blood and the bone and walls, the monsters are here, the monsters are pursuing the woman through the heather, toward the cliffs overlooking the sea, the monsters are sitting down in the parlor for slices of cake and cups of tea.
Welcome to the gothic horror.
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