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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 PIG (w/Zachary Ashford)

1/24/2022
Zachary Ashford joins us to discuss PIG. We're looking at Masculinity, Identity, Integrity, Social Expectations, Maintaining Image, and Processing Grief.

Duration:01:17:34

The Social Commentary of LAKE PLACID (w/Thomas Brungardt)

1/17/2022
Thomas Brungardt joins us to talk Lake Placid. We're looking at invasive species vs. man's desire to kill, aging out of criminal activity, forced romance storylines, and crocodile helicopter fashion.

Duration:01:01:38

TheSocialCommentary of THE HAND (w/Bob Pastorella)

1/10/2022
Bob Pastorella joins us to talk about 1981's THE HAND. We discuss true ambiguity in a film, loss of connection to art, loss of control, mental health cycles and changes in stigma, and Michael Caine being Michael Caine.

Duration:01:46:16

The Social Commentary of SCREAM (w/Allison and Ian Lovecraft)

1/3/2022
Allison and Ian Lovecraft join us as we're talking SCREAM. Trauma, uncaring parents, being alone, seeking control in your life, seeking respect, and why any teen would have a cellular phone.

Duration:01:06:47

The Social Commentary of KRAMPUS (w/William Sterling)

12/25/2021
joins us to talk #Krampus. We're looking at Christmas lore, folklore, dealing with families for the holidays, and whether or not Max deserved any of this.

Duration:01:17:18

The Social Commentary of SCROOGED

12/23/2021
We (jokingly) celebrate 666,666 downloads by discussing SCROOGED. We're looking at Reaganomics, the television industry, video stores, visits from ghosts, and the Christmases we'd each want to visit again.

Duration:01:39:11

The Social Commentary of SILENT NIGHT DEADLY NIGHT (w/Paul Michael Anderson)

12/20/2021
joins us to talk SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT. We're looking at holidays, trauma, shame, and punishment. And the fastest way to write a sequel.

Duration:01:44:51

The Social Commentary of GHOSTBUSTERS AFTERLIFE (w/Thomas Brungardt)

12/12/2021
Thomas Brungardt joins us to talk Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Nostalgia, cameos, the importance of representation, the need to sell toys, and how 2016 lent a helping hand to this film.

Duration:01:28:22

The Social Commentary of NIGHT OF THE DEMON 1957 (w/Charles Cutting)

12/5/2021
(@Dice_Comics) joins us to talk 1957's NIGHT OF THE DEMON (AKA Curse of the Demon in the US). Religion, Superstition, Female Empowerment, and white guys who start cults.

Duration:01:48:11

The Social Commentary of I SAW THE DEVIL (w/Daniel Barnett)

11/29/2021
Daniel Barnett joins us to talk I SAW THE DEVIL. We're looking at revenge and the inevitability that it can never fully satisfy. characters we don't feel bad for, absolute torture, and who the real monster is.

Duration:01:17:42

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