They’ve meddled in our elections. They’re storming our borders. We’re in constant fear of some outside force taking over, we often forget our own role in wiping out an entire population of indigenous people. Invasions are as American as apple pie.
Salem Horror Fest 2019 will feature aliens, imposters, colonialism and home invasions.
Attack the Block (2011) and The Blob (1988) show two communities besieged by an alien force in the heartland of Britain’s projects and Reagan’s America. John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) and Under the Skin (2013) reveal our paranoia of imposters in the long tradition of McCarthyism. Funny Games (2007) and The Strangers (2008) confront us at our most vulnerable - in our homes and without motive.
In honor National Indigenous Peoples Day, Salem Horror Fest will present a tongue-in-cheek Critters Columbus Day marathon featuring all four films from the Gremlins knock-off franchise. The Faculty of Horror podcast will return with hosts Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West for their third live show featuring Under the Skin (2013) with discussion and analysis.
As part of our Feed Your Brain series, we explore the works of H.G. Wells in The Island of Lost Souls (1931) and War of the Worlds (1953) - tales of evolutionary theory, British imperialism and prejudice.