55: The Golem: Hype on Syphilis


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Welcome to Everything Trying to Kill You, the comedy podcast that talks about horror movies! On episode 55 about Doron Paz and Yoaz Paz’s film The Golem, your hosts Mary Kay McBrayer, Rachel Estridge, and Mary Beyer answer important questions like these:

What movie did Mary Kay THINK this was when she started watching this? What’s the clearest not-cheating-but-obviously-cheating behavior (like Benjamin, Hannah’s husband eating dinner at that thirsty hoe’s house) that you have personally experienced? What elements worked? What went wrong? Horribly, horribly wrong? Did you like the flaming Star of David? What were some of the other epic images? What is a “golem” in Jewish, folkloric tradition? Why is it that when monsters are children, they’re especially horrifying? Why, in the tradition, does the golem change when it’s created by a woman? Why do the golems of the Rabbi and Hannah LOOK so different? What happens when societal expectations don’t align with Benjamin’s own morality? Did you like Benjamin? Was he a good husband? Why does this setting have to be Lithuania in the 17th century? What’s going on with the presence of the plague? Were you as interested in the bully’s obsession with his daughter’s health as we were? Who, here, is playing God? What unexpected shape would your golem take?

The Golem (2018)– Written and directed by Doron Paz and Yoav Paz. Written by Ariel Coen. Performances by Hani Furstenberg, Ishai Golan, Kirill Cernyakov.

Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Suspense, Murder, Judaism, Folklore

Where to watch: Netflix

Summary: During an outbreak of a deadly plague, a mystical woman must save her tight-knit Jewish community from foreign invaders, but the entity she conjures to protect them is a far greater evil.


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