9:00 PM, Free
The Hungry Brain
2319 W Belmont
Horror 101 featuring Adam Hart and Megan Milks
Adam Hart will give a talk called, ""What’s the Point of a Monster?: Freddy, Jason and the Villains of Horror" in which he will dissect (no pun intended) slasher films of the 70s and 80s and discuss how to understand the purpose of and fascination with monsters and villains in the horror film and how they’ve changed through the genre’s development.
Megan Milks will speak on Women in Horror films, specifically the notion of the Monstrous Feminine and how it’s exploited in the genre. She’ll then turn to some more contemporary horror narratives that attempt to either eschew or satirize these tropes.
Adam Hart studies film at the University of Chicago, where he teaches courses on horror films and on the American avant-garde cinema. His dissertation-in-progress, “Something to Be Scared Of: Placing the Horrific,” has led to many, many hours watching and re-watching movies in which sharp object-wielding men in masks terrorize young people.
Megan Milks co-edits Mildred Pierce Magazine and co-hosts Uncalled-for Readings Chicago. Her fiction has been published in numerous journals and anthologies including Fist of the Spider Woman: Tales of Fear and Queer Desire. She is a Ph.D. candidate in English at UIC, where she teaches a class on Women and Horror.