Rotten Bodies, Rotten Blood: Medical Crises and Controversies as Reflected through Horror Cinema (LA)

Date(s) - Thu. Nov. 8, 2018
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Philosophical Research Society

David J. Skal

$12 advance / $15 door

The horror genre has always been informed by bottomless displaced anxieties about the body, disease, and medicine. In this lecture, David J. Skal, the author of THE MONSTER SHOW and HOLLYWOOD GOTHIC explores the pop culture underpinnings of modern horror in real-life medical crises and controversies, including the preoccupation with demon children that took hold as thalidomide, birth control, and abortion changed the reproductive landscape; the poisoned Tylenol crisis of 1982; the vogue in visceral, transformative special effects that paralleled the development of the plastic surgery industry; the link between the AIDS epidemic and a resurgent fascination with vampires; and much more.

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