It’s difficult to talk social commentary in film without looking
directly at John Carpenter. 1989’s THEY LIVE! came along intent on
making a point about classism and the lack of bubblegum in the
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About the Podcast
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.