Sep 19, 2019
Welcome back class! Today we are talking about a movie that was frankly pretty hard to watch, 2016's Don't Breathe. It happened to strike a chord with the public, making ten times what it cost to make. To Dawn Keetley, a Professor of English at Lehigh University, it signifies a growing trend in our cultural subconsciousness. We use her essay, "Lock Her Up! Angry Men and Captive Women in Post-Recession Horror" as a jumping-off point to discuss the movie and what trends we are currently seeing at the nexus of politics, culture, and horror. Before we get there though, we talk a bit about IT so watch out for spoilers if you haven't seen it already.
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Tyler talks a bit about Francis Bacon and his influence on the art of the Alien franchise. Check out this super cool documentary about Francis Bacon on Youtube.
Regarding IT and the depiction of gay characters, there is an awesome article discussing the topic over at Gizmodo.
Dawn Keetley's essay appears in the new non-fiction horror book, Make America Hate Again, Trump-Era Horror and the Politics of Fear from Routledge Press. You can buy a copy here or check out the preview on Google Books.
Mike totally gives a 50,000 foot view of exactly what the "structure of feeling" means. If you want to know more about that specific concept and Cultural Materialism check out this great youtube explanation from Tom Nicholas.
Please do check out another podcast, On The Media from WNYC studios. The recent episode Very Bitter Joke discusses the Violence Against Women Act and some of the difficulties in getting it reauthorized.
Next Week: Blue Velvet and The Wizard of Oz... who would have thought?