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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 WOLF MAN (w/SA Bradley)

10/21/2021
joins us to talk about The Wolf Man. We're talking toxic masculinity, folklore, behind the scenes stories, which half of Larry is the monster, and whether or not the "disease" is all in Larry's head.

Duration:01:35:40

The Social Commentary of THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (w/Brian Haas)

10/18/2021
Brian Haas joins us to talk BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN including the search for acceptance, humanity, curiosity vs. science, and we delve into preservation of films.

Duration:01:21:42

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror 32

10/18/2021
Throughout the month of October 2020, we looked at each episode of The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror! Now they made us do it again. Episode 32 features THIS SIDE OF PARASITE, NIGHTMARE ON ELM TREE, and DEAD RINGER

Duration:00:44:18

The Social Commentary of FRANKENSTEIN (w/Thomas Brungardt)

10/11/2021
Thomas Brungardt joins us to discuss the 90th anniversary of FRANKENSTEIN. We’re looking at being the outsider, searching for acceptance, mob mentality, xenophobia, the line between science and nature.

Duration:01:03:59

The Social Commentary of DRACULA (w/Josh Ickes)

10/4/2021
Josh Ickes stops by to talk DRACULA. We're looking at why vampires are so adored, xenophobia, Lugosi's influence on vampire lore, how this film kicked off the Universal Monsters, and more.

Duration:01:06:34

The Social Commentary of Alien (w/Gemma Amor)

9/27/2021
joins us to talk ALIEN. We're looking at science, humanity, the expendability of employees, differing forms of the slasher narrative and a woman who has the answers, but no one wants to listen.

Duration:02:23:33

The Social Commentary of LUCKY (w/Natasha Kermani and Laurel Hightower)

9/20/2021
Director Natasha Kermani and author @HightowerLaurel join us to talk LUCKY. We're looking at the horrors women deal, toxic relationships, random threats, exhaustion, the will to fight back and how men can actually help. (Short story anthology featuring female authors. Proceeds go to help domestic violence victims).

Duration:02:01:40

The Social Commentary of HIGH TENSION (w/Dwan L. Hearn)

9/12/2021
joins us to talk High Tension. We talk psychology, what makes a great twist, whether we view the film as homophobic/transphobic, and question just were the hell that truck came from.

Duration:00:46:52

The Social Commentary of THE WOLF OF SNOW HOLLOW (w/Chris Vander Kaay)

9/6/2021
Author Chris Vander Kaay joins us for a look at The Wolf of Snow Hollow. We're discussing masculinity, addiction, control, family relationships, taxidermy, and fighting the monsters within us all.

Duration:01:15:32

The Social Commentary of SILENT HILL (w/Anton Cancre)

8/30/2021
Anton Cancre joins the show to talk SILENT HILL. We're looking at video games, gender roles and expectations, cults, weird relationships, and a film focused on women but held captive in the male gaze.

Duration:01:40:00

The Social Commentary of THE SKELETON KEY (w/Donald R. Guillory)

8/22/2021
We're talking THE SKELETON KEY - Voodoo, Hoodoo, Culture in the South, Plantations, Slavery, and more.

Duration:01:36:58

The Social Commentary of THE LIGHTHOUSE (w/Brandon Boone)

8/16/2021
joins us to talk THE LIGHTHOUSE. We're discussing toxic masculinity, hubris, unions, philosophy, and... mermaid fantasies...

Duration:01:10:16

The Social Commentary of FOUND (w/Jeff Strand)

8/8/2021
joins us to discuss FOUND. We look at familial relationships, bullying, friendships ending, finding one's own courage, and how this movie subverts expectations at almost every possible turn.

Duration:00:46:57

The Social Commentary of CRIMSON PEAK (w/Gory Cory)

8/2/2021
joins us for the 2 year anniversary episode of our show to look at the social commentary of CRIMSON PEAK. Survivalism, gender role expectations, perception, and subversion, metaphors, and some Tom Hiddleston guy.

Duration:01:24:10

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