In my November blog post, I made mentioned of a personal tradition:

Every October, I celebrate Horrorfest—31 horror movies from the first of October through Halloween night. Each year I encounter more and more people who commit to similar traditions, and we commiserate, swap recommendations, debate which film deserve to be included, and most importantly, spread the joy of horror and Horrorfest to those who have yet to adopt the tradition.

Last October, I began using Facebook to solicit film recommendations for Horrorfest, and the status received more comments than anything I’ve ever posted.


Lost Films

Daniel Fandino Blog Post

Welcome to "It Came From the Internet."  Each week the intrepid crew of the H-PCAACA will venture boldly into the farthest reaches of the internet to find interesting and offbeat sites relating to American, world, and popular culture.

This week's websites take us into the vanished worlds of lost films, a tale that is part mystery story, part history lesson. Over 3500 films are listed by various groups as lost, unseen by human eyes for decades or even longer since their original runs. Lost films are a transnational phenomena, as movies from countries all over the world have vanished. Some exist

A byproduct of studying race, gender, and popular culture is that my interaction with pop culture can rarely reach true levels of escapism or mindless consumption. I often find myself mentally tallying the number of women and people of color in films and television episodes, or noticing whitewashed advertisements while scrolling my news feed, or side-eying problematic images of women of color on product packaging as I run errands. Analyzing these images has become a hobby as much as the pop cultural consumption itself.

Which brings me to Halloween. Every October, I celebrate Horrorfest—31

The Big Wedding and Why I Hate-Watch Films for Research

Wendy Braun Blog Post

As a pop culturist who is interested in representations of race and gender in U.S. television and film, I feel it is my duty to analyze these images in all forms of media, no matter how bad or lacking in nuance the text is. I call this “hate-watching for research” and I’m usually very vocal with my friends and peers about recent awful films or TV shows I’ve forced myself to sit through for research. While I claim to dislike this aspect of my research, I secretly enjoy this guilty pleasure. It can be particularly cringe-worthy, and even painful, to watch images of Latinas in media, but as a