From Romero to Get Out or: how horror helped wake me up to the American Nightmare

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


Public lecture at Edinburgh International Film Festival
The horror film is often dismissed as ‘just entertainment’. The genre is too trashy, too gory; it is not to be taken seriously, and it is certainly not Art. In this illustrated talk, horror specialist Dr Lucy Fife Donaldson will contextualise the American Nightmare season, tracing its continuing significance to contemporary horror. We will explore the power of horror to reveal the problems of society, the costs of trying to be normal, and the real reasons we should be scared.
Period24 Jun 2018
Held atEdinburgh International Film Festival, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • horror film
  • George Romero
  • Get Out