Political Horror Film Festival (The Last Horror Film Festival Before WW3) – Trailer and Lineup

Written by Jake Helm

During a period in which so much seems out of our control – where the unthinkable becomes the thinkable and the impossible really happens, where truth itself becomes an indefinable term, and the conceivable, political and otherwise, stands in a state of flux – the horror genre has extended its enveloping tentacles and seized our turmoil, grasping our terror and conveying the political evils of our everyday lives. Jordan Peele, for instance, has captured this trend with Get Out (2017) and Us (2019), quickly fashioning himself as a political horror auteur par excellence, frequently smuggling political themes within the veil of our horrifying screams. Likewise, The Academy Awards has recognised this growing field by awarding South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s 2019 thriller Parasite Best Picture at the 92nd award ceremony – a film that offers an unsettling and, at times, heart-wrenching portrait of class conflict. But this is by no means a new trend. Political and social commentary has long traversed the horror genre, recurrently posing disturbing depictions of our political landscape encased in a mask of blood, gore and petrifying scares.

This year’s Horror and the Gothic Festival entitled ‘The Last Horror Film Festival Before WW3’, organised by the Warwick Film and TV Department’s Horror and the Gothic students, captures this sub-genre by offering a thrilling range of films that deal with social fears and political perils. The selection of films is not only petrifying, promising an abundance of blood and spine-chilling monsters (Godzilla and the Candyman are sure to leave you quivering), but also offering profound and complex reflections of the periods in which they were made and, worryingly, of our times.

And the trailer has just been released! Watch it below:

The festival runs on 7th-8th March in Millburn House and is set to offer an exciting array of film screenings, quizzes and Q&As in a much-needed celebration of all things political horror!

The films include:

Saturday 7th March (2-11pm)

Under the Shadow (Babak Anvari, 2016)

The Mist (Frank Darabont, 2007)

The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy, 1973)

They Live (John Carpenter, 1989)

Sunday 8th March (2-10.30pm)

Candyman (Bernard Rose, 1992)

Blooded  (Edward Boase, 2011)

Godzilla (Ishirō Honda, 1954)

Society (Brian Yuzna, 1990)

Think you can face the Candyman, survive the mist or confront Lord Summerisle?

Then join us on the 7th – 8th March for the Political Horror Film Festival! It will probably be…. ‘The Last Horror Film Festival Before WW3’!

Book your FREE tickets here: https://fixr.co/event/81446695

There will be free food and drinks if your stomach can take it after blood galore! Further details and timings to follow – check @PolHor2020 on Facebook for more information.

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