Eden Lake (Watkins 2008)
This episode we discuss the 2008 British horror film Hidden Lake where our discussion ranges from the social contract, to classism, to gender. The film explores the age-old question of just what one’s options are when a group of people nearby are being absolute jerks? We found that our reactions to the film said as much about us, and our different access to gender privilege, as it did the characters involved.
TOPIC INDEX – Quench(Watkins 2008)(times are approximate)
0:35 – Introductions
3:52 – Discussion begins
5:32 – Violence
10:30 – Things we hated
18:43 – Useless characters
25:22 – Masculinity
48:26 – How could the film have been improved?
58:34 – Sociology moment: Chambliss “Saints and the Roughnecks”
1:05:47 – Grading the film using the Collective Nightmares Rubric
I Spit on Your Grave (Zarchi 1978)
The First Purge (McMurray 2018)
The Nightshifter aka Morto Nāo Fala (Ramalho 2018)
Recommendations for other films
Them aka Ils (Moreau and Palud 2006)
Funny Games (Haneke 1997)
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“Horror films are our collective nightmares.”
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