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James Sabata and Don Guillory will be exploring social issues in horror. Each week we will down a different film or topic. Horror as Social Commentary is a topic we’ve covered at a few comic conventions in the past year. It’s become something that we each sincerely believe in academically as well as professionally. Social Commentary can take place in any genre, but horror has a way of planting seeds in our brains, allowing the ideas to be examined over time. While comedy has often been the go-to genre for examining social issues, horror is most effective vehicle for doing so. By creating a space where people are forced to be uncomfortable, our brains become more open to the realities around us.

James Sabata and Don Guillory will be exploring social issues in horror. Each week we will down a different film or topic. Horror as Social Commentary is a topic we’ve covered at a few comic conventions in the past year. It’s become something that we each sincerely believe in academically as well as professionally. Social Commentary can take place in any genre, but horror has a way of planting seeds in our brains, allowing the ideas to be examined over time. While comedy has often been the go-to genre for examining social issues, horror is most effective vehicle for doing so. By creating a space where people are forced to be uncomfortable, our brains become more open to the realities around us.

Location:

United States

Description:

James Sabata and Don Guillory will be exploring social issues in horror. Each week we will down a different film or topic. Horror as Social Commentary is a topic we’ve covered at a few comic conventions in the past year. It’s become something that we each sincerely believe in academically as well as professionally. Social Commentary can take place in any genre, but horror has a way of planting seeds in our brains, allowing the ideas to be examined over time. While comedy has often been the go-to genre for examining social issues, horror is most effective vehicle for doing so. By creating a space where people are forced to be uncomfortable, our brains become more open to the realities around us.

Language:

English


Episodes

The Social Commentary of ROBOCOP (w/Izzy Lee)

6/12/2022
Director joins us to look at RoboCop. We discuss corruption, violence, gentrification, copaganda, and the militarization of the police force

Duration:02:15:16

The Social Commentary of CANDYMAN 2021 (w/RJ Joseph AKA Rhonda Jackson Garcia)

6/6/2022
Rhonda joins us for another round. We're talking Nia DeCosta's CANDYMAN. We're looking at systemic racism, the reality of the world around us, the importance of oral story telling, and representation in film.

Duration:02:24:29

The Social Commentary of FRAILTY (w/Paul Michael Anderson)

5/30/2022
Paul Michael Anderson stops by to talk about FRAILTY, the best horror movie no one has ever seen. We're talking about religion, mental illness, family bonds, expected roles in the family, and how to take a cheat in writing and make it fair.

Duration:01:20:24

The Social Commentary of MIDSOMMAR (w/Allison and Ian Lovecraft)

5/23/2022
Allison and Ian Lovecraft join us to look at MIDSOMMAR. We're looking at gaslighting and toxic relationships, emancipation from those relationships, friendships that exist out of convenience, and the symbolism of the use of Runes.

Duration:01:42:21

The Social Commentary of Exorcist II (w/ChillerPop)

5/15/2022
ChillerPop stops by to defend the Exorcist II as a decent movie. Spoiler: We agreed with him! We're looking at religion, loss of faith, personal demons, and how corporate players can change a good script. Spirited Giving - Libsyn - (Use code NECRO) Fright Rags - (Use code NECRO10)

Duration:01:05:35

The Social Commentary of JASON X (w/Cameron D. Blackwell)

5/8/2022
Cameron D. Blackwell joins us to discuss JASON X. We're looking a corporate greed, the intersection of scifi and horror, the terrible plan to have one guy guard Jason, and discussing how the novelizations of the film are WAY more insane. Spirited Giving - Libsyn - (Use code NECRO) Fright Rags - (Use code NECRO10)

Duration:01:32:25

The Social Commentary of AS ABOVE SO BELOW (w/Joshua Marsella)

5/1/2022
Joshua Marsella joins us to talk about AS ABOVE SO BELOW. We're analyzing some of the levels of Hell, discussing fears, and sincerely opening up on a level we never have on this show. It's a wild ride. Jump in. Spirited Giving - Libsyn - (Use code NECRO) Fright Rags - (Use code NECRO10)

Duration:01:50:06

The Social Commentary of DEEP BLUE SEA (w/Thomas Brungardt)

4/24/2022

Duration:01:22:27

The Social Commentary of FRESH (w/Allison and Ian Lovecraft)

4/17/2022
Allison and Ian Lovecraft join us to talk about FRESH. We're talking red flags while dating, $30,000 meals, and signs that your boyfriend has a wife. Spirited Giving - Libsyn - (Use code NECRO) Fright Rags - (Use code NECRO10)

Duration:01:44:54

The Social Commentary of MALIGNANT (w/Gemma Amor, Brandon Boone, and David Cummings)

4/11/2022
Gemma Amor, Brandon Boone, and David Cummings join us to talk about the absolute insanity that is MALIGNANT. Spirited Giving - Libsyn - (Use code NECRO) Fright Rags - (Use code NECRO10)

Duration:01:42:26

The Social Commentary of SESSION 9 (w/David Simms)

4/4/2022
David Simms joins us to talk SESSION 9. We're talking mental health, psych institutions and personal experiences exploring them, the lines between perception and reality, and the most killer baked ziti. Spirited Giving - Libsyn - (Use code NECRO) Fright Rags - (Use code NECRO10)

Duration:01:43:31

The Social Commentary of THE DARK AND THE WICKED (w/Laurel Hightower)

3/28/2022
Laurel Hightower joins us to talk about The Dark and the Wicked. We're exploring family and responsibility, elder care, religion and faith, belief and disbelief, communication, and why you shouldn't invite your children to a possession. Spirited Giving - Libsyn - (Use code NECRO) Fright Rags - (Use code NECRO10)

Duration:01:26:48

The Social Commentary of SLAXX (w/Jenny Kiefer)

3/21/2022
Jenny Kiefer joins us to talk about SLAXX. We're looking at worker exploitation and sweatshops, corporate lies and misdirects, marketing, cult behavior, identity, branding, and the horrors of working retail. Spirited Giving - Libsyn - (Use code NECRO) Fright Rags - (Use code NECRO10)

Duration:01:36:27

The Social Commentary of ANTEBELLUM (w/Rhonda Jackson Garcia AKA RJ Joseph)

3/14/2022
Rhonda Jackson Garcia AKA RJ Joseph joins us to talk about ANTEBELLUM. We're exploring slavery, community, identity, race, and the extra hurdles minority writers face. Spirited Giving - Libsyn - (Use code NECRO) Fright Rags - (Use code NECRO10)

Duration:02:35:06

The Social Commentary of JAWBREAKER (w/Cassie Daley)

3/6/2022
Cassie Daley joins us to talk JAWBREAKER. Fashion, fitting in, controlling others, identity, love, and acceptance. Spirited Giving - Libsyn - (Use code NECRO) Fright Rags - (Used code NECRO10)

Duration:01:42:51

The Social Commentary of THE MUMMY (w/Jamie Stewart)

2/28/2022
Jamie Stewart joins us to talk THE MUMMY. We're looking at eternal love, strong female leads, greed, bravado, and how this movie manages to successfully merge so many genres. Spirited Giving - Libsyn - (Use code NECRO) Fright Rags - (Used code NECRO10)

Duration:01:28:25

The Social Commentary of THE EMPTY MAN (w/Dylan D. Erwin)

2/21/2022
Dylan D. Erwin joins us to talk about THE EMPTY MAN. We're discussing religion and cults, manifestation, bridges, identity, and issues of perception and reality. Spirited Giving - Libsyn - (Use code NECRO) Fright Rags - (Used code NECRO10)

Duration:01:55:20

The Social Commentary of IDENTITY (w/Laurel Hightower and Sandra Ruttan)

2/14/2022
Laurel Hightower and Sandra Ruttan join us to talk IDENTITY. We're looking at the labels we give ourselves and others, social media personas, how trauma informs who we think we are, and our different roles in life. Spirited Giving - Libsyn - (Use code NECRO) Fright Rags - (Used code NECRO10)

Duration:01:50:30

The Social Commentary of THE WITCH (w/Richard Thomas)

2/7/2022
Richard Thomas joins us to discuss THE WITCH. We're talking Puritans, Religion, Blind Faith, Punishment of the Innocent, Folklore, Favorite A24 films, and Hope in Horror. Spirited Giving - Libsyn - (Use code NECRO) Fright Rags - (Used code NECRO10)

Duration:01:16:19

The Social Commentary of ALIENS (w/Beau Johnson)

1/31/2022
Beau Johnson joins us to talk ALIENS. We're looking at motherhood, PTSD, misogyny, corporate profits over safety, possible insurance fraud, and the grind of publishing and boosting.

Duration:01:12:09