Required Viewing (Film Appreciation): The Horror Film
$25 For Members
Since the days of silent cinema, horror has remained a popular film genre, touching upon our deepest fears and visiting us in our darkest places. This two week workshop will examine the horror genre and all its different forms: the ghost, the monster, the vampire, the demon, and the nefarious other. The aim of this workshop is to provide a general overview of the genre, an understanding of its various themes, subgenres, and tropes, and what these films have to say about the cultures that produce them. This workshop will also look at horror cinema as a global phenomenon, reaching far beyond Hollywood—to Europe, to India, to Australia/New Zealand, and to East Asia.
John Trafton is a film writer, lecturer, and historian in the Seattle area. Hailing from Southern California, he has a PhD in Film Studies from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he also taught Film Studies for several years. His area of interest is in how cinema engages with historical events and historical figures, how genres have evolved throughout film history, and how conflict is represented on screen. He is widely published on these topics, including his recent book The American Civil War and the Hollywood War Film. www.johntrafton.com