For this assignment, I decided to listen to an episode called “Whose Nightmares Are We Telling? How Horror Has Evolved for People of Color”. This episode was hosted by B.A Parker and included the opinions of two other critics, Mallory Yu and Richard Newby. The three dived deep into the history of horror. They unraveled the roles poc played in the horror genre. The characters backed then, lacked any depth/growth. These characters only had 3 minutes of screen time, made for a simple kill.
In this episode, the critics mainly focused on the work of Jordan Peele. Specifically his directorial debut, Get Out. They spoke about the evolution of story telling now that there are more black voices in cinema. Get Out introduced a new concept to the movie scene. This movie started the movement of making horror based on poc trauma.
This episode was amazing to listen to. It connected and resonated with me, heavily. As a Mexican film geek, I was able to relate to a lot of their takes. I do enjoy Peeles work and the new direction of cinema he has taken. I think there’s a lot of new territory we can discover with his concepts. Poc voices are expanding throughout this industry. Its becoming more clear that we are more than just a simple kill in a horror movie. I can’t wait to see more Mexican faces in horror with the rise in new voices.