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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 28 DAYS LATER (w/Red Lagoe)

4/18/2021
Author Red Lagoe stops by to discuss 28 DAYS LATER. We're exploring isolation, human trafficking, slavery, hope, fear, and how this film re-animated the zombie film genre. Check out

Duration:03:16:55

The Social Commentary of THE CRAFT (w/Allison Lovecraft)

4/11/2021
Allison Lovecraft joins us to talk about the social commentary in The Craft. We're talking about the reality of witchcraft, peer pressure, sex, acceptance, self-esteem, responsibility, and so much more. Trailer: Available for Rent or Streaming:

Duration:00:50:51

The Social Commentary of BACURAU (w/Dr. Andrew Scahill)

4/7/2021
Dr. Andrew Scahill joins us to talk about the social commentary in Bacurau; a subverted Western dripping with Brazilian politics, racism, imperialism, community, acceptance of the individual and a history of war. Trailer: Available for Rent or Streaming:

Duration:06:08:09

The Social Commentary of THE SHAPE OF WATER (w/Edward Savio)

4/4/2021
SciFi author Edward Savio helps us celebrate with a deep dive into The Shape of Water. We're talking loneliness, toxic masculinity, the subjugation of minorities, the importance of a reliable narrator, and much more. Trailer: Available for Rent or Streaming:

Duration:03:21:24

The Social Commentary of EX MACHINA (w/William Johnson)

3/28/2021
William Johnson joins us to talk about artificial intelligence, what makes us human, the possibility of a soul, and whether Nathan REALLY created Ava in Ex Machina. Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYGzRB4Pnq8 Available for Rent or Streaming: https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/ex-machina

Duration:02:18:32

The Social Commentary of HOUSE (w/Jeff Whitmire)

3/21/2021
Musician Jeff Whitmire joins us to talk social commentary in the 1986 classic HOUSE. We're looking at reality v delusion, PTSD and current threats, terrible parents, why Vietnam haunts so many, and the need for SOLITUDE! Trailer: Available for Streaming/Rent:

Duration:01:58:17

The Social Commentary of CREEP (w/Brent Terhune)

3/14/2021
Comedian Brent Terhune stops by to talk social commentary in CREEP - Craigslist ads, belief in the good in others, vulnerability and gaslighting, how humans are scarier than any monster, and why minimalist #horror works so well.

Duration:01:39:31

The Social Commentary of THE MATRIX (w/Patrick McDonough)

3/7/2021
Patrick McDonough joins us to talk about the social commentary in THE MATRIX. We're talking Trans Issues, self-efficacy, body vs mind, fate vs decision, reality, trust, terrible science and even worse plans to mine energy.

Duration:01:58:51

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