Presented by Pleasure Dome and Rue Morgue, GENRE AWAKENINGS: EXPERIMENTAL HORROR SHORTS is an online screening assembling short horror films that challenge dominant narratives and seek to excavate the genre’s political underpinnings. This pay-what-you-can program will run April 21st-28th with a closing night Q&A moderated by our own Mariam Bastani. Read on for the program lineup and ticketing info!
To reawaken a genre is a type of resurrection. In horror, such resurrections—whether by magic or experiment—never go according to plan, often bringing the haunted or concealed into plain focus. The transgressive or painful results of these confrontations are irrevocably lingering, if not transformative. This program is both a celebration of and commentary on horror; a genre with the capacity to uniquely underscore political and aesthetic concerns. The artists featured here reconfigure the formal and thematic conventions of narrative horror films with an urgency that reminds viewers: when one entity is reawakened, it is rarely alone.
GENRE REAWAKENINGS: EXPERIMENTAL HORROR SHORTS is curated by Pleasure Dome Board Director Katherine Connell and Co-presented by Rue Morgue.
You Are a Lesbian Vampire, Thirza Cuthand (Canada, 2008)
Necromantic, Mark Pariselli (Canada, 2015)
Little Red’s Pie, Rae Shaw (USA, 2016)
1,2,3 Knockup, Ariel Smith (Canada, 2007)
They Will Know You by Your Fruit, Monika Estrella Negra & Valérie Bah (Montreal, QC, Canada, 2017)
Incidents, Hajeer Moradi (Iran, 2019)
Closing Q&A moderated by Mariam Bastani (Rue Morgue) Wed., April 28, 7:00 pm EST