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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 THE FLY (w/Danger Slater)

7/26/2021
joins us to talk THE FLY. We talk toxic masculinity, the male gaze, the abusive nature of humans, consent and entitlement, the cycle of abuse, and how to hit on people from their own showers!

Duration:01:15:14

The Social Commentary of ARMY OF DARKNESS (w/John Foster)

7/18/2021
joins us to talk ARMY OF DARKNESS. Concepts of masculinity, the lines between good and evil, humor in horror, punny titles, and Ash being Ash.

Duration:01:10:46

The Social Commentary of NOCTURNAL ANIMALS (w/Thomas Brungardt)

7/12/2021
Thomas Brungardt returns to talk NOCTURNAL ANIMALS. We talk writing, reading, the meaning of revenge, the justice system, and James' brain melts trying to explain why he didn't like this film.

Duration:01:34:19

The Social Commentary of THE FOREVER PURGE (w/Josh Ickes)

7/4/2021
Filmmaker Josh Ickes joins us to talk about THE FOREVER PURGE. We're looking at immigration, obsession, emasculation, class warfare, racism, and more. (Currently in Theaters) Check out the trailer for Josh's film THE REENACTMENT (w/ Tony Todd) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4x-T-K9hoAM

Duration:01:46:06

The Social Commentary of WOUNDS (w/Josh Viola & Alvaro Zinos-Amaro)

6/27/2021
Josh Viola and Alavaro Zinos-Amaro join us to talk substance abuse, obsession, addiction to technology, Gnosticism, and the empty shell of a man looking for ANYTHING to crawl inside and give his life a purpose.

Duration:02:07:31

The Social Commentary of IT'S JUST A GAME (w/Daniel Emery Taylor and James Azrael)

6/24/2021
Writer/Director Daniel Emery Taylor and actor James Azrael join us to discuss their film IT’S JUST A GAME (2018). We’re talking cults, the need to fit in, the fragility of loyalty, and some fun behind the scenes stories.

Duration:02:01:58

The Social Commentary of SPONTANEOUS (w/Brian Haas)

6/21/2021
joins us to discuss the social commentary in SPONTANEOUS a film that found a way to discuss school shootings without mentioning them and predicted COVID-19 precautions at the same time. We’re talking love, loss, the risk of taking chances and the risk of not, and the questionable need for a cemetery.

Duration:02:04:27

The Social Commentary of FREAKS (w/Mike Thorn)

6/14/2021
Author joins us to talk about Tod Browning's 1932 film FREAKS. Looking at physical difference, exploitation vs. empowerment, how 1/3 of the film is lost to history, and more.

Duration:01:23:55

The Social Commentary of GOTHIKA (w/Jason McCord)

6/6/2021
Jason McCord joins us to talk GOTHIKA. We're talking the terror of showers, We're talking ghosts, murder, mental health, loss of self, the symbolism of fire and water, and just how scary a group shower can be.

Duration:02:12:07

The Social Commentary of MANDY (w/The Terrorific Lady)

5/29/2021
The Terrofic Lady joins us to talk MANDY. The male gaze, the fragility of the male ego, the lasting effects of trauma, crazy demon cults coming to get you and chainsaw fights!

Duration:02:52:24

The Social Commentary of THE MIST (w/Thomas Brungardt)

5/23/2021
"If you lost hope, then bad things happen." Thomas Brungardt talks THE MIST with us. We're looking at shitty neighbors, religious zealots, alien bugs, and how a great ending can make you think the rest of the film was awesome.

Duration:01:54:00

The Social Commentary of VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN (w/Vincent V. Cava)

5/16/2021
joins us to discuss VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN. From Murphy trying to gaslight a woman into him being her only option, to the Julius got the come up of the century, how things look different on the outside than the inside, and we explore why no one thought it was weird their preacher took them down a dark path.

Duration:01:13:08

The Social Commentary of HELLRAISER (w/Hailey Piper)

5/9/2021
talks HELLRAISER with us. We discuss pleasure/pain, Barker's influence on LGBTQ writers, Kirsty's strong character arc, Jesus imagery, and why the Cenobites aren't demons.

Duration:00:51:34

The Social Commentary of PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (w/Shelly Grant)

5/3/2021
from the joins us to talk about nice guys, the dangers women face daily, the lasting affects of trauma, and why this film isn't the rape-revenge tale people expected it to be. Available for Rent or Streaming

Duration:02:27:02

The Social Commentary of SUSPIRIA (w/Gemma Amor and Brandon Boone)

4/25/2021
Author and composer join Don Guillory to discuss SUSPIRIA (2018). We're looking at motherhood, female sexuality, isolation, the power of Tilda Swinton, exactly why some of the dance scenes feel "off", and how Thom Yorke's score came to be.

Duration:02:04:57

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