On last week’s show, we investigated the comedic world of horror movies. This week, we wanted to go a different way… the reality of horror. Yes, of course there are horror movies that feature monsters and demons and other supernatural horrors. But what do we make of films like Deliverance, Jaws, Psycho and Cujo? What do we make of horror that “could really happen”? And if we count movies like that as horror movies, then does it go further? What about disaster films like Twister or Towering Inferno? Are they horror? And once we start going down that road, then what is horror anyway? Do we count all disaster movies? Do we count all dramas? As we round out this year’s Halloween season (such that it was, in these 2020 times) Wayne, Hannah and Mav are joined by returning guest Michael Chemers and actor Ted Williams to discuss the nature of realistic horror and how it works. What is the meaning of horror? Listen and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Citations and Links:
- This episode’s Call for Comments
- “Horror and Humor” by Noël Carroll
- “The Typology of Detective Fiction” by Tzvetan Todorov
- My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
- Thank you to Maximilian’s thoughtForm Music for our theme
- See Ted Williams’s credits on IMDB
- Follow Ted on Twitter: @natari2816
- Check out Michael Chemers on UCSC’s website at: https://theater.ucsc.edu/faculty/chemers
- Follow Michael on Twitter: @NotoriousPhd
- Order The Monster in Theatre History by Michael Chemers
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