CFP: ‘The Terror of Now’: Contemporary American Horror Cinema (Abstracts Due 10/30)

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March 28, 2018 to March 31, 2018
Indiana, United States
Subject Fields: 
Film and Film History, Popular Culture Studies

CFP: ‘The Terror of Now’: Contemporary American Horror Cinema

Popular Culture Association

March 28-31, 2018

Indianapolis, Indiana USA



Over the past decade, American horror cinema has seen an explosion of creativity and innovation in both content and form. This panel seeks to consider the dynamics of these films and how these cultural products offer commentary upon contemporary American society as well as the horror genre itself.


Participants will be asked to compose a conference length paper and present at the Popular Culture Association Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana March 28-31, 2018. If interested, please submit an abstract of 100-250 words to Shannon Blake Skelton at by Saturday, September 30th at 11pm Central Time.


Possible Topics Include:

Film to Television Adaptations: Scream: The Series and Ash vs Evil Dead

Genre Commentary: Cabin in the Woods and Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010)

Supernatural Horror: Sinister (2012) and The Conjuring (2013)

Horror of Entrapment: Green Room (2015) and 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

Dystopia: The Purge Franchise

Gender and Horror: The Babadook (2014), The Witch (2015) and Mother! (2017)

Witchcraft: Lords of Salem (2012) and The Witch (2015)

Re-adaptations of Novels: Carrie (2013) and It (2018)

Political Horror: Red State (2011) and Get Out (2017)

Big Budget Horror: World War Z (2013) and The Mummy (2017)

1980s VHS Nostalgia: House of the Devil (2009) and Green Inferno (2015)

Reboots and Remakes: Fright Night (2011), The Thing (2011), Evil Dead (2013), Poltergeist (2015) and Blair Witch (2016)

Franchise Re-visitations: Scream 4 (2011), Rings (2017) and Jigsaw (2017)

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