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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 Psycho Goreman (w/Dr. Andrew Scahill)

11/22/2021
Dr. Andrew Scahill joins us to talk about PSYCHO GOREMAN. We're looking at independent women gone wrong, impulse control, controlling others, cops who don't have time to remember their training and more.

Duration:01:08:45

The Social Commentary of CHILD'S PLAY (w/Ian and Allison Lovecraft)

11/15/2021
Allison and Ian Lovecraft join us to talk about 1988's CHILD'S PLAY. Why do we fear dolls? Does accuracy matter in representations of voodoo? Why didn't they just let Chucky watch the news? And more.

Duration:01:06:39

The Social Commentary of DEAD SILENCE (w/Mike Thorn)

11/8/2021
breaks down DEAD SILENCE as we discuss The Uncanny, controlling others, the art of horror films, and look deep at the career of James Wan.

Duration:01:20:54

The Social Commentary of INVISIBLE MAN 1933 (w/Brent Terhune)

10/31/2021
Comedian Brent Terhune joins us to talk about The Invisible Man. We talk toxic masculinity, gaslighting, abuse, evil intentions, and more.

Duration:00:54:35

The Social Commentary of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (w/Vincent V. Cava)

10/28/2021
Vincent V. Cava stops by to talk about PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. We talked red pillers, female characters with agency, and how long it takes to saw a chandelier chain. We compared versions of the story and heard Don's "Radio Voice."

Duration:01:06:10

The Social Commentary of THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (w/Jason Ginsburg)

10/24/2021
Jason Ginsburg talks CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON. Consequences of invading a habitat. Is the creature the victim? A woman scientist who actually gets to science! And the insanity of the sequels.

Duration:01:00:18

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