In this Halloween special it is important to ask, is horror a living, flourishing entertainment genre? Or is it dead with nothing new to contribute to media? Perhaps it is still showing signs of life, stumbling, moaning and occasionally lashing out at unsuspecting teenagers in the woods.
This month the nerds tackle the big question: is the horror alive, dead or undead? Chase joins Michael, Tom, and Bobbie as they define horror as a genre and take the pulse of storytelling across media platforms to determine if they can save horror or if it is beyond the realm of a living, thriving medium.
The nerds discuss some of the originators of horror subgenres, such as the Exorcist, the one and only exorcism film, and classic slasher movies. Bobbie takes time to complain about Prometheus, and Chase argues Gone Girl is one of the best horror films produced in the last few years. Tom and Chase also bond over a traumatic childhood viewing of the Shining, while Michael advocates Abbott and Costello’s place in the horror film genre.
Finally the nerds give their prognosis, but you have to listen to find out which of the nerds think horror is alive and which think it is showing signs of life after death.
If the nerds did not touch on a horror film, game, or book close to your heart you can always email them at email@example.com. You can also leave comments below.
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