By PETER GUTIERREZ
An opening night screening of George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead in 3D? A virtual sidebar with a focus on the Video Nasties? Plenty of filmmaker-led discussions? A lineup with over 100 films in total?
It certainly sounds like a major new genre fest. The venue, however, is New York’s venerable Museum of Modern Art. Sure, New York’s cultural institutions have occasionally been known to spotlight horror, but it’s hard to recall any event with this kind of scale and scope.
Running from June 23 through September 5, and with features from 19 countries, Horror: Messaging the Monstrous offers a little something for everyone and a lot for everyone. From Psycho to quite recent releases such as Master, the films seem to have been programmed with regard for horror fandom and cinephiles as well as general audiences.
Organized thematically, the series presents a mini-fest each week that showcases different subgenres and issues. These include Folk Horror, Body Horror, Eco Horror, Race, and Gender.
We’ll post a full preview next week. Until then, you may want to check out the screening schedule, which is available here.