Politics in the Horror Genre Anonymous 2022-01-15 (Sat) 00:03:43 No. 691726
I’m a big horror fan, ngl, I fucking love horror; since I’m speaking about an entire genre of film (mostly film, though literature and television still count) I figured this is fine for /leftypol/ (after all, we did have a huge rock and roll thread on our main board)
I want to see anons analysis of the genre and the political themes found within them, the development of the genre, even your favorite horror era if you like (my personal favorite would be the 80s) I think horror is a quite diverse range of storytelling since it delves into one of humanity’s most primal emotions, fear In a way, horror is like a reflection of science fiction; science fiction examines what people imagine society’s future to be like and thus holds obvious political implications in this way, while horror holds many philosophical and psychological implications in my mind; with horror examining what humans fear about the world we find ourselves in, the societies we’re born into, the actions we are capable of, the random chaos of nature, etc. Horror can and often is, as mentioned, deeply political, with some holding obvious reactionary politics like the F13 franchise, others holding somewhat more conscious politics, like They Live
Anonymous 2022-01-15 (Sat) 00:10:44 No. 691730
>>691726 >obvious reactionary politics like the F13 franchise
Could you elaborate on this?
Anonymous 2022-01-15 (Sat) 00:13:20 No. 691734
Teens routinely get slaughtered for committing the heinous crimes of smoking weed, having sex, or getting a bit drunk with their friends on a weekend
If you’re non-white or gay you’re dead
If you’re a “slut” you’re dead
The main villain is a physically and mentally disabled guy that lives in the woods
In the 80s they used to those movies some of the most Reaganist films out there
Anonymous 2022-01-15 (Sat) 00:17:03 No. 691740 >>691726
Not much real commentary but I like this music video
Honestly I kinda feel like most all horror films have uncomfortable implications, I don't really like the plot of ordinary people being hunted down by superpowered monsters, I do like zombie films though because I feel like they usually have some kind of social message and the zombies are more a problem to be overcome than an invincible horror monster that just preys on everyone.
Anonymous 2022-01-15 (Sat) 00:20:16 No. 691744
Oh yeah I've heard that critique before. The survivor is always the one that fits the christian definition of purity. pretty fucked up
Anonymous 2022-01-15 (Sat) 00:57:37 No. 691786
I liked Day of the Dead quite a lot, and how the military really are just a bunch of scumfuck violent dickheads who alienate the most mentally fragile member of the team to the point that he chooses to kill them all via murder-suicide by zombie, I also like how the scientists are not so sympathetic either, seeing themselves as above the soldiers and the workers. Meanwhile the two regular workers who just do communications are the most rational and some of the only ones to survive also.
Yea, I quite like Romero
I think John Carpenter also had movies that can be interpreted through a leftist lens, like They Live or perhaps his interpretation of the Thing; he usually has working class heroes or heroes of science, usually tried to have a diverse cast for his films (which was huge in the 80s)
Anonymous 2022-01-15 (Sat) 01:39:06 No. 691837
The zombies and the shopping mall setting were also metaphors for consumerism were they not?
Alien is a pretty good example of a leftist horror film. Evil corporation treats human workers as expendable in pursuit of horrific space monster so it can be weaponized for profit.
Anonymous 2022-01-15 (Sat) 01:47:39 No. 691850 >>691837
Ah, I actually like Alien a lot, it’s one of my favorite films of all time
You might like this video then by this youtube bloke Rob Ager, he has an interesting point that Ash the android directly represents the Company and that the implication of Ash saying the Alien is perfect because it is “unclouded by remorse and delusions of morality” reflect what the company itself admires about the Alien
Anonymous 2022-01-15 (Sat) 01:53:21 No. 691854
>>691850 >Ah, I actually like Alien a lot, it’s one of my favorite films of all time
Have you ever gotten to watch it in a theater? I remember once when I was in high school the local theater held a double feature of the first two Alien films. My friends and I went to see them and I really don't think that the small screen does the first film's atmosphere enough justice. Just the opening title sequence on the big screen gave me chills.
I also saw Get Out for the first time just a few days ago and thought it was great.
Anonymous 2022-01-15 (Sat) 01:57:18 No. 691857
>>691854 > Have you ever gotten to watch it in a theater?
Yes! I actually did, think I was either 19 or 20, got lucky that they were showing it as a midnight screening at the IFC, went with my best friend, one of the only times in my life it actually scared me (other time being the first time I watched it really really high)
> My friends and I went to see them and I really don't think that the small screen does the first film's atmosphere enough justice.
It absolutely does not, the experience of Alien on a theater screen in a darkened theater at midnight is really something else
Same with the Thing, I truly wish I could have experienced it in theaters, one of my favorite films in general
Anonymous 2022-01-15 (Sat) 03:47:51 No. 691967
I recommend David Cronenberg's films. While a majority of his earlier work starts out as gross schlock, he moves into more intellectual territority starting with Videodrome.
Anonymous 2022-01-15 (Sat) 03:53:08 No. 691979
Would love some horror literature rec, mainly just read Edgar Allan Poe and HP Lovecraft and loved em. would love to see leftist critique or analysis of both, well Lovecraft would be easier I guess since he clearly was a reactionary
Anonymous 2022-01-15 (Sat) 06:16:50 No. 692090
Have you ever seen the x-files episode "Home"?
Anonymous 2022-01-15 (Sat) 06:35:27 No. 692094
Thanks. I'm watching it now.
It's lucky that a show that old is so well seeded.