Messaging the Monstrous

Horror of Place

Jul 2–9, 2022


Bones. 2001. USA. Directed by Ernest Dickerson. Courtesy of Everett Collection
  • MoMA, Floor T2/T1 The Debra and Leon Black Family Film Center

The genre’s haunted and terror-filled places remind us not only that the past matters but—quite graphically—that the dead matter. Whether vindictive forces arise in the setting of the home, a city, a country, or a moment in time, horror films reiterate that we cannot escape our personal, national, or human past—that we bear responsibility for the sins of the father, or of the race. The consequences for those who suppress the truth or ignore history are unavoidable; the reckoning may not always be gory, but it is rarely less than tragic.

Organized by Ron Magliozzi, Curator, and Brittany Shaw, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Film, with Caryn Coleman, guest curator.

  • This film series is part of Horror: Messaging the Monstrous.
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