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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 IT (w/Dr. Michael Blouin)

2/28/2021
joins us to talk his new book and to deep dive into IT Chapters 1 and 2. We're talking friendships, the reciprocal nature of our relationship with society, problematic representation in King novels and adaptations. Don't worry. We actually deliver a good ending.

Duration:04:20:24

The Social Commentary of IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (w/Tim Waggoner)

2/21/2021
Author joins us to talk about IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS. We explore the themes of insanity, isolation, destiny vs free will, religion, and more.

Duration:01:13:12

The Social Commentary of SAW (w/ William Sterling)

2/14/2021
joins us to talk about the social commentary in SAW, from the claims Kramer makes to the characterization of Lawrence and Adam, views of torture porn and a better pitch for Saw VII.

Duration:02:10:26

The Social Commentary of FREAKY (w/Gory Cory)

2/10/2021
joins us to talk social commentary in FREAKY. We're talking high school, identity, gender fluidity, a search for self, the meaning of family, and more.

Duration:02:10:50

The Social Commentary of COLOR OUT OF SPACE (w/Mike Thorn)

2/8/2021
Horror author Mike Thorn joins us to talk social commentary in COLOR OUT OF SPACE. We talk isolation, environmentalism, family, tomatoes, alpaca milk, and Lovecraft's undying racism. Check out and look for his new novel SHELTER FOR THE DAMNED.

Duration:01:37:35

The Social Commentary of RIVER'S EDGE (w/Tim Meyer & Chad Lutzke)

1/31/2021
Tim Meyer and Chad Lutzke join us to talk social commentary in RIVER'S EDGE. We're talking peer pressure, loyalty, authority figures, and finding your own way in the world. And we discuss the greatness of Crispin Glover.

Duration:01:24:07

The Social Commentary of BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (w/GracieKat)

1/24/2021
Gracie from SciFiandScary.com joins us to talk about the social commentary in THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. We discuss viral marketing, reality vs. rumor, what we like and dislike about found footage films, and the age old battle of man vs. nature.

Duration:01:32:58

The Social Commentary of BIRTH OF A NATION

1/19/2021
The 1915 propaganda piece THE BIRTH OF A NATION a film so seeped in fear and racism that it led to the revival of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s. We explore blatant lies, imaginary history, and how it reflects events today.

Duration:01:11:57

The Social Commentary of THE MORTUARY COLLECTION

1/10/2021
We take a look at Ryan Spindell's #horror #anthology #film The Mortuary Collection (now on #Shudder) We look at gender expectations, consequences of sins, the timelessness of morality tales, and more.

Duration:02:06:01

The Social Commentary of HIS HOUSE

1/3/2021
We discuss the social commentary of HIS HOUSE, including immigration, migration, nativism, and the role of case managers and why they burn out so quickly.

Duration:01:49:12

The Social Commentary of BATMAN RETURNS (w/Josh Ruben)

12/27/2020
Writer/Director/Actor Josh Ruben stops by to discuss his favorite Christmas Horror film - BATMAN RETURNS.

Duration:01:36:36

The Social Commentary of SECRET SANTA (w/Adam Marcus)

12/22/2020
Filmmaker Adam Marcus joins us to talk about the social commentary in his film SECRET SANTA. If you've ever sat at the table with a relative and wanted to jam a fork in their neck this may be the movie for you!

Duration:02:11:37

The Social Commentary of ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE (w/Michael Varrati)

12/20/2020
Writer/Director Michael Varrati joins us to talk zombies, Christmas, musicals, and how sometimes the nice guy doesn't always get the girl. Will there be a Hollywood Ending? Break Away and join us to find out.

Duration:01:38:20

The Social Commentary of EL ORFANATO (w/Cynthia Pelayo)

12/13/2020
Cynthia Pelayo joins us to talk about El Orfanato. We explore forgotten people, children with disabilities, slow burn horror that actually works, and what happens when there's no villain to be found in a horror film.

Duration:01:59:42

The Social Commentary of TERRIFIER (w/David Howard Thornton)

12/6/2020
David Howard Thornton. AKA Art the Clown takes us through some of the fun of filming Terrifier and talks a bit about Terrifier 2. He lets us in on his impressive family history and how his mother's death taught him to follow his dreams instead of playing it safe. If you love Terrifier you won't want to miss this episode.

Duration:02:40:48

The Social Commentary of READY OR NOT (w/Cassie Daley)

11/29/2020
Cassie Daley joins us to talk presumed ownership of a woman's body, privilege, entitlement, wedding dresses, and the amazing works of Christopher Pike.

Duration:01:46:42

The Social Commentary of Poultrygeist (w/Lloyd Kaufman)

11/25/2020
Troma co-founder Lloyd Kaufman sits down with us to talk about Poultrygeist... and maybe we never TOTALLY get to that... but it's still a hell of a ride!

Duration:00:39:18

The Social Commentary of BODY DOUBLE (w/Bob Pastorella)

11/22/2020
This Is Horror's Bob Pastorella stops by to talk about the complexity of Brian De Palma's BODY DOUBLE. We chat about reality vs. perception, identity, desire, the roles we expect others to play, and whether De Palma was trolling us. We also talk about Bob Pastorella and Michael David Wilson's new book THEY'RE WATCHING.

Duration:01:35:57

The Social Commentary of THE WICKER MAN (w/Hailey Piper)

11/16/2020
Author Hailey Piper stops by to talk social commentary in THE WICKER MAN. We discuss religion, respect, tolerance, sacrifice, and pub songs about the inn keeper's daughter.

Duration:01:43:23

The Social Commentary of WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

11/8/2020
We are looking at WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS. We're talking Vampire lore, being an outcast, eternal love, and rules of cultures, relationships, and daily life. Consider this your invitation.

Duration:01:30:54