The masked villain in a still from Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin. Although paying homage to the genre, this show isn’t your average slasher. Photo: TNS
The masked villain in a still from Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin. Although paying homage to the genre, this show isn’t your average slasher. Photo: TNS

HBO series Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin introduces slasher aesthetic to revive teen thriller – but in a way that empowers women

  • The teen thriller franchise is back with an homage to 70s and 80s slasher movies. A masked, bloodthirsty villain keeps the series fresh while preserving its DNA
  • The creators subvert the slasher genre though, discarding the male gaze in favour of exalting camera angles and symbolic weaponry to promote female empowerment

The masked villain in a still from Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin. Although paying homage to the genre, this show isn’t your average slasher. Photo: TNS
The masked villain in a still from Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin. Although paying homage to the genre, this show isn’t your average slasher. Photo: TNS
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