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Monday, March 1, 2021

The Exploitation of Young Reese Witherspoon in ‘Freeway’ [Horror Queers Podcast]

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Trace and I are closing out a very random February. We’ve discussed found footage demons with The Taking of Deborah Logan, a Canadian slasher classic with My Bloody Valentine, and my birthday pick, the gonzo WTF-ery of Splice.

Now it’s Trace’s birthday pick and he’s opted for…exploitation/trash?

Welcome to Matthew Bright’s 1996 film Freeway, a contemporary take on Little Red Riding Hood which finds a young Reese Witherspoon attempting to escape from an impoverished life of poverty and sexual assault. She hitches a ride from Keifer Sutherland‘s predatory Bob Wolverton, who threatens to rape and kill her (though maybe not in that order) before she turns the tables on him.

What happens next involves about five different subgenres as the film tackles girls-in-prison (hi Brittany Murphy!), rape-revenge, courtroom comedy, police investigation (hi Dan Hedaya!) and lifetime melodrama (Brooke Shields sporting *enormous* earrings). It’s over the top, completely offensive and ridiculously funny, while still being incredibly prescient and disturbing.

In short, it’s a perfect pick for Trace!

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Episode 114 – Freeway (1996)

This week, in honor of trick baby Trace’s birthday, we’re delving into Matthew Bright’s Freeway (1996), a “white trash” exploitation/rape revenge/little red riding hood genre mash-up starring a very foul-mouthed Reese Witherspoon and predatory perv Keifer Sutherland. Content warning: pedophilia, sexual assault, suicide and racism.

We discuss the stacked cast, the line between satire, parody and offensive humor, and the film’s surprisingly smart class critique. Plus: Trace’s favorite lines, Joe’s difficulty divorcing the film from recent events and Brooke Shields’ earrings! This is basically “genre whiplash, the movie” – it’s A LOT and it’s amazing.


Cross out Freeway!

Coming up on Wednesday: We’re starting off March with a laugh as we tackle an even more offensive property: the Wayans brothers parody, Scary Movie 2.

– Joe & Trace

P.S. Subscribe to our Patreon for tons of additional content! Thanks to the release of the new Wrong Turn (2021), March is Hillbilly Horror-themed. In addition to tackling that new film, we’re revisiting the controversial The X-Files episode “Home”, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake (2003) and delivering an audio commentary on Alexandre Aja’s The Hills Have Eyes remake (2006).



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