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Horror Film Series

October 1, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Monday, repeating until November 12, 2018


Classics in Context: The Politics of Horror

Between 1968 and 1978, horror films in America flourished; from explorations of new social changes to capitalizing on the freedom of the post-Hayes code Hollywood and the stylistic freedom of the New Hollywood Cinema, many horror films of the 70s become both box office hits and cultural touchstones that stand as seminal texts for today’s films. This series will examine a small set of these horror classics and explore the politics therein. As a genre that lives outside the mainstream, horror has always been rife with sociopolitical commentary on topics such as race, gender, class, and family. By considering these films in the context of the time in which they were made, we can explore how they reflect cultural fears and challenge cultural norms of the time, and how their contribution to the cannon of horror has helped cement them as icons of a genre. $10 for the entire series. Adults 18+.

The films we’ll be watching and discussing are:

  • Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
  • The Exorcist (1973)
  • Carrie (1976)
  • Halloween (1978)

Dr. Hayt received his Masters in English from SUNY Buffalo in 2006 with the thesis ‘In a Lonely Place: The Rubble Between Binaries’ and his PhD in English from the University of Oregon with the dissertation Remade in Our Image: Gender, Melodrama, and Conservatism in Post-9/11 Slasher Remakes. He is the author of the article ‘Moving Past the Trauma:? Feminist Criticism and Transformations of the Slasher Genre.’ His academic interests include Feminist Theory, Gender Theory, Genre Theory, Horror Film, Independent Film, Popular and Hollywood Film. After teaching at the university level for nearly a decade, he is now the co-founder and Head of Business Development of Maaterra Biotechnology.


October 1, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Kelley Beeson


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