First show: October 30
Multimedia presentation before the film on Sunday, October 30:
Stepford Daughters: Weapons for Feminists in Contemporary Horror,
a new book by Johanna Isaacson
For 19-year-old Jay, autumn should be about school, boys, and weekends out at the lake. But after a seemingly-innocent sexual encounter, she is plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her. Faced with this burden, Jay and her friends must find a way to escape the horrors that seem to be only a few steps behind.
Starring Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, and Olivia Luccardi. Dir. David Robert Mitchell. USA, 2014. 100 min. Digital.
About the book:
STEPFORD DAUGHTERS: WEAPONS FOR FEMINISTS IN
Capitalism and patriarchy create monsters—but inside the darkness there lurks a strange utopia.
In Stepford Daughters, Johanna Isaacson explores an emerging wave of horror films that get why
class horror and gender horror must be understood together. In doing so, Isaacson makes the case
that this often-maligned genre is in fact a place where oppressed people can understand, navigate
and confront an increasingly ugly and horrifying world.
What happens when your smile is no longer yours? Films like Hereditary and The Babadook
show women coming apart at the seams as the promises of both the family and waged work fail
them. In Get Out, we see how poor women and women of color perform the invisible labor that
holds up our society, experiencing domestic work as a kind of possession. In “coming of rage”
films such as Assassination Nation and Teeth, we see the ways social reproduction leads to a
futureless horizon. Robbed of their dreams but not their power to resist, these heroines emerge as
the monsters and avengers we need. Books will be available for purchase at the screening!
About the Author:
Johanna Isaacson writes academic and popular pieces on horror and politics. She is a professor
of English at Modesto Junior College and a founding editor of Blind Field Journal. She is the
author of The Ballerina and the Bull, has published widely in academic and popular journals, and
runs the Facebook group, “Anti-capitalist Feminists Who Like Horror Films”.
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