Eerie Horror Fest Presents... is a guided discussion club of horror media that meets at 6:00 PM the first Tuesday of each month at Room 33 in Erie, PA. After the success of Dr. Matthews' talk at the 2021 Eerie Horror Fest, "Race, Horror and Transference: How Real Life is Scarier Than Demons" and the engagement that followed, the idea for Eerie Horror Fest Presents... was born.
Each meeting has a theme and accompanying media - some to watch at the meeting and some to watch, listen to, or read at home.
Sociologist Dr. Rhonda Matthews will lead members to delve into themes represented in the genre of horror in fun, analytical ways.
Can we talk about themes in horror from a sociological perspective? Yes. Ask any horror fan. There is one characteristic in almost every killer in a horror film: motivation. A motivation so strong it drives them to torture, haunting, or abuse.
For decades horror films have been a reflection of society's impact on the individual or the family in the place and time in which they live.
In the 21st century, not only do we see their motivation, we are taking a more critical look. Some filmmakers turn the genre on its head to reveal that the monster is the society we have let ourselves create.
And... sometimes it is still just a cold-blooded killer, otherworldly enigma, or bad-ass monster.
Meeting Dates and Themes
March 7: Body Horror
This one is not for the faint of heart. Body horror showcases grotesque violations of the body. It can be very disturbing and is perhaps the most visceral offering of the genre. We’ll discuss the nightmares come to screen.
April 4: The American Dream
Is it a dream, or a nightmare? In this month’s discussion, we’ll examine The American Dream and examine how horror addresses it.
May 2: Race Horror
This month we take a look at the horror of race in American life on film and the new film and television shows that strive to dissect the lives of diverse people.
June 6: New Classics in Horror
We'll finish up the year by discussing the “new” classics in horror and what defines them.
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UPMC Hamot is a 458-bed hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital serves as a regional referral hub and is the only accredited trauma center in the region.
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