The Museum of Modern Art is back in the horror business with its impressive new film series featuring FAMILY PORTRAITS, A TRILOGY OF AMERICA, Douglas Buck’s gruelling triptych featuring Fessenden as Jimmy Doyle.
The Museum of Modern Art announces Horror: Messaging the Monstrous, a 10-week film series that includes over 110 features and a selection of short films that capture the horror genre’s uncanny ability to express the lurking fears of a society and the anxieties caused by social, cultural, and political change. Presented in the Museum’s Titus Theaters in the Black Family Film Center from June 23 through September 5, 2022, Horror: Messaging the Monstrous is organized weekly by fluid themes that shaped how the works were conceived: Slasher, Horror of Place, the Undead, Creatures, Folk Tales, Women Make Horror, Body Horror, Eco Horror, Messaging Race, and Messaging Gender. The exhibition features films from 19 countries, including genre benchmarks from the United States, Europe, and Asia, starting with Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) and spanning the 1970s into the 1990s; 21st-century films from emerging voices in Guatemala, Ireland, Iran, Laos, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea, and Zambia; and a focused look at emerging independent women filmmakers making horror over the last decade.
The exhibition opens with a 3D screening of George A. Romero’s horror classic Dawn of the Living Dead (1978). Other highlights include a screening of Night of the Living Dead (1968), which was restored in 2016 by MoMA and the Film Foundation, in MoMA’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden on July 27; the New York premiere of the new 40th anniversary restoration of The Thing (1982) on August 29; the New York City premiere of Garth Maxwell’s rarely seen masterwork Jack Be Nimble (1993) on July 12; and post-screening discussions with Maxwell, Jeff Barnaby (Blood Quantum, Rhymes for Young Ghouls), Karen Arthur (The Mafu Cage), Stephanie Rothman (The Velvet Vampire), Douglas Buck (Family Portraits), and Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary).
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