Knit One, Stab Two

This essay film examines the representation of knitters and knitting, in over sixty horror films made by women, from the 1920s - 2020s.

**please note - the Spanish subtitle .SRT file will be uploaded on this project page at the beginning of June 2023**

  • Alison Peirse
    Writer-Director, Three Ways to Dine Well (2020)
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 16, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
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  • El Festival Internacional de Cine Terror de Valparaíso

    December 18, 2022
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Final Girls Berlin Film Festival
    February 2, 2023
    European Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Kill Valentine Film Festival
    February 12, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Renegade Film Festival
    Marietta, Georgia
    United States
    March 5, 2023
    North American Premiere
    Nominated, Best Writing; Nominated We are the Weirdoes, Mister; Official Selection
  • Wench Film Festival
    March 19, 2023
    South Asian Premiere
    Winner, Best Short Film <10 mins; Official Selection
  • Salem Horror Fest
    Salem, Massachusetts
    United States
    May 7, 2023
  • Galacticat Festival De Cinema Fantàstic
    June 12, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Macabro: Mexico City International Horror Film Festival
    Mexico City
    August 15, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Bali International Short Film Festival
    Denpasar, Bali
    May 22, 2023
    South East Asian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Ax Wound Film Festival
    Boston, MA
    United States
    September 23, 2023
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Alison Peirse

Alison Peirse is a multi-award winning horror writer and filmmaker. Her fourth book, Women Make Horror: Filmmaking, Feminism, Genre has won awards around the world and was the subject of a screening series at the Museum of Modern Art in August 2022. Her last short documentary, Three Ways to Dine Well, won awards and played festivals around the world, including Brazil, USA, UK, Thailand, Germany, Spain and Nigeria.

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Director Statement

In Knit One, Stab Two, I explore the representation of knitters in over sixty horror films from 100 years of cinema and multiple filmmaking cultures. I ask, what happens when the woman knits in a horror film? What might the representation of knitting tell us about social and cultural expectations around gender, genre and age? This film then draws on the potential for videographic work to disrupt stereotyped representations of ageing women across over a century of horror cinema.