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Throughout the history of horror films, there have been plenty of cheesy movies made. The trends of campy, over-dramatized gore have stuck around for many decades since the creation of the genre. Now, more than ever, we are seeing a rise in horror that mimics the mundane, pedestrian aspects of life: new horror.
Names like Jordan Peele and Ari Aster now define the genre, defying all of its precedents. The fear of new horror now focuses on normalcy rather than outlandishness. Instead of being scared of what was never real, we are taken by the terror of something too real: racism met while meeting your significant other’s parents or vacationing with friends and having it go well, badly. The horror is now ourselves. The horror is human.
In this episode, the Arts, Interrupted team breaks down the history of horror and all of its sub-genres. We ponder the continued success of horror films throughout Hollywood and how the genre has shifted.
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We started with filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock who, among numerous others, laid the groundwork for new stars like Wes Craven, and more recently, Bong-Joon Ho.
Once again, thanks for listening to this episode of Arts, Interrupted. This episode has been brought to you by executive producer is Sam Small, content producers Emily Ohl, Max Rosenzweig, Avin Katyal, and Martha Starkel. Audio producers for this episode include Will Pederson and Ben Schrier. This episode was mixed by audio engineer Spencer Harris. Thanks for listening — we’ll see you…maybe soon??? In the wake of coronavirus Arts, Interrupted is most likely going to take an indefinite pause. Yet, we’re cooking up something extra special to cope with the crazy time of uncertainty.
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